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26th Feb 2020

Coronavirus Guidance Update

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The school is following the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Authority to ensure the health of our whole community, including pupils and staff.  

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (PHE) are carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation and have published information and advice for the general public and for schools.

PHE published ‘Guidance to educational settings about COVID-19’, which is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19.

This guidance assists schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding:

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19;
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19;
  • what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting; and
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled from countries detailed in the guidance within the last 14 days

Hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue is the best way to prevent the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.

Please check the online advice for the latest and most up-to-date information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

and the PHE blog for further information https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

We have also received the following advice about travel:

Re: COVID – 19 Advice for schools and educational settings

You may be aware that advice for travellers from affected areas has recently changed. Please be aware that this is a fast evolving situation.

As of today (25th February) advice for returning travellers is as follows;

1) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Daegu or Cheongdo, Republic of Korea)
  • Hubei province, China (returned in the past 14 days)

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2) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

  • Northern Italy (see map)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

3) If you have returned to the UK from any of the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.

  • Other parts of China outside Hubei province
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

Further guidance for educational settings has been published at the following links and will be updated as soon as possible with the above advice and any further changes: : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Information for the public: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public