3rd March 2020
Dear parents and carers,
The government body, Public Health England, recently updated their official guidance for educational settings regarding COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus.
While schools and educational establishments are low-risk settings, we believe it’s still very important to share these guidelines in order to maximise the safety of everyone in our school community.
While the infection is not serious for most people, including children, the coronavirus can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, and it is crucial that everyone does everything they can to help keep others safe.
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
We are encouraging pupils, staff and visitors to wash their hands:
We will be providing an alcohol-based hand sanitiser where available: please inform us if this is unsuitable for your child.
Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or staff are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.
People who have returned from Category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days should self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days after they return.
People who have returned from Category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days, are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms. All other pupils or students and staff should continue to attend school or university, including their siblings attending the same or a different school (unless advised not to by public health officials).
As a school, we will, of course, continue to follow guidance from Public Health.
Mr R Thompson