Coronavirus Update – Please read carefully – 16/03/20
The Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. Following this update from the government with advice for educational settings, we would like to advise you:
• staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise, they should attend education or work as normal. Other symptoms may include aching, a sore throat or symptoms of a cold. If you think you or your child have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online in the first instance before calling 111.
• if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they will be sent home.
• pupils who are suspected to have the virus should not return to school until 7 days later.
• clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products.
• supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues, throwing them away after a single use.
The updated advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents
The leadership of the school have taken the decision that, until further notice, there will be no whole school assemblies, masses, swimming, community events and other activities involving large gatherings of pupils. There are a number of other actions aimed at reducing contact situations, which will take place in school, including the use of resources, books, registers, the lunchtime routine and more. In addition, we are carrying out additional cleaning more frequently during and after the school day. At the beginning and end of the school day, the gates will be opened 10 minutes earlier to reduce the flow of ‘traffic’ and contact between people. We would ask, at this point, that you only enter the school premises if it is essential to do so and when you do, please wash your hands in the accessibility toilet before you enter the main school. If your query can be managed by phone or online, please use this form of communication.
The current government advice remains in place regarding school closures: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
I would like to reassure you that we are taking all the necessary advice from the government, the St Ralph Sherwin CMAT and other sources, to ensure that we reduce the chance of spreading infection within our community.
Thank you again for your understanding and ongoing support.
With best wishes,
Links for further information:
Department for Education’s Coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687 - if you have any questions
about the Government’s response to Coronavirus in relation to schools.