UPDATED WEDNESDAY 18th March 2020- 6:00am
New guidance for households with symptoms
The Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
The symptoms are:
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.
What you need to know:
The updated guidance can be found here:
Current advice remains in place: 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.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. 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.
To inform us of any absence please use Studybugs, or leave a message on the absence line, as usual.
Please tell us your child's symptons and when they started. If they have a continuous cough or high temperature they will be signed off from 7 days from the start of their symptoms. We will expect them to be off for all of this period.
For further health advice on Coronavirus see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For any other illnesses please follow the usual advice on our school website and let us know each day that your child is absent.
Please be assured we will update you of any changes to this guidance.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance: