Please find information relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 or the coronavirus and all actions being taken as a school.  In the information from Public Health England, it identifies the countries affected and particular regions within these. We are monitoring the holiday destinations of all students and staff and following advice from the DfE and Public Health regarding how this is managed in school.  Hygiene and hand washing is being promoted within school and we ask for your support with this.

 

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

On Monday a new helpline was launched to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

 

Maps showing affected regions of China, Republic of Korea and Italy

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areass

 

Advice for those who have travelled recently on a school trip - There is no need to manage returning groups any differently. Students and staff returning from trips to the countries specified above should follow the same advice.

 

Where to find the latest information

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Public Health England blog:
https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

 

Guidance for educational settings
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Government Coronavirus action plan

Yesterday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.

The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

The document includes:

·        what we know about the virus and the disease it causes·        how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak

·        the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak

·        what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes

·        the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1235112744917049346

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

On Monday we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

·        https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

·        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

·        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus