Coronavirus COVID–19 advice for schools 

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Dear parents and carers,

Re: Coronavirus COVID–19 advice for schools 

Regrettably, it’s important to update you again on the School’s position on COVID-19, or Coronavirus.  We continue to monitor and follow PHE advice daily, while continuing to operate our school day as normal, keeping an informed, calm perspective.   The School has contingency plans which are being followed and updated as relevant.  

We have ensured that staff and students are appropriately informed, including all-important messages about good hygiene, hand-washing and use of tissues.  Posters about this are displayed in school and students have been briefed in form time a number of times. The DfE Helpline has confirmed that our approach, action and planning is correct and proportionate.  As far as we are reasonably able to know and according to all advice, the School does not have any confirmed cases of Coronavirus. 

If your child is unwell and has symptoms that concern you, you should call 111 to seek advice. The School is not in a position to diagnose students’ illnesses.  It is of course your decision if you choose not to send your child to school because he or she is unwell. At present, since we have not been asked to close the School, it is not appropriate to require teachers to plan both for lessons in school and for off-site learning at the same time.  However, a good deal of school work is posted on Google Classroom as a matter of course. This can be accessed online by students who are unwell.    

If and when school trips or activities have to be cancelled, we will keep you informed. We are seeking advice from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on trips planned.  

It is possible that schools will be told to close.  In the event that we are instructed to close the School, you will be informed of arrangements at the soonest opportunity.  School work will be made available via Google Classroom for students to do off-site. We suggest that parents and carers consider plans for the care of their  children should the School be closed. To emphasise: we have not been told that this is going to happen; it is just important to think ahead. 

Below are links to the most reliable, non-sensationalised information about the Coronavirus from Public Health England.  This is the advice we are following. 

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

The DfE’s helpline for schools, staff, students, parents, carers can be accessed by phone or email: 

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

The School will continue to follow Public Health England advice and will keep you informed of any implications for school as appropriate in as timely a way as we can.  Our priorities are to ensure that our students and staff keep safe and well and to do all that we can to ensure we can continue to run our school day as normal, keeping things in perspective. 

Best regards,

 

Ms Pugh

Headteacher

COVID–19 advice for schools and educational settings

Friday 6th March 2020

Dear parents and carers,

Re: COVID–19 advice for schools and educational settings 

I am writing again to update you on the School’s position on COVID-19, or Coronavirus.  This week’s updates from the Department for Education and Public Health England have not changed the School’s approach.  We continue to monitor and follow PHE advice, while continuing to operate our school day as normal, keeping an informed, calm perspective. 

We have ensured that staff and students are appropriately informed, including all-important messages about good hygiene, hand-washing and use of tissues.  Posters about this are displayed in school and students have been briefed in form time. We have also used the DfE Helpline, launched this week, to check that our approach, action and planning is correct and proportionate and we have been assured that it is. 

Below are links to the most reliable, non-sensationalised information about the Coronavirus from Public Health England.  This is the advice we are following. 

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

The DfE’s helpline for schools, staff, students, parents, carers can be accessed by phone or email: 

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

The School will continue to follow Public Health England advice and will keep you informed of any implications for school as appropriate in as timely a way as we can.  Our priorities are to ensure that our students and staff keep safe and well and to do all that we can to ensure we can continue to run our school day as normal, keeping things in perspective. 

Best regards,

 

Ms Pugh

Headteacher

COVID–19 Advice for schools and educational settings

Dear parents and carers,

Re: COVID–19 Advice for schools and educational settings 

I am writing to you again following the receipt of updated guidance about the possible impact of COVID-19, or Coronavirus. 

We are receiving regular updates from the Department for Education, from Westminster council and from the London Diocesan Board for Schools.  All these bodies, like us, are guided by the advice from Public Health England. While following this advice, we will continue to operate our school day as normal unless the situation changes or until we are instructed to do otherwise. We have emphasised to staff and to students the importance of good hygiene routines.   The most recent advice about returning from travel overseas is pasted below, but please note that this might change so you are advised also to follow the advice from Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

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Call NHS 111, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if you’ve travelled to the UK from:

 – Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms

Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms
– other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
– other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)

Lockdown areas in northern Italy:

– in Lombardy: Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano

– in Veneto: Vo’ Euganeo

Special care zones in South Korea:
Daegu
Cheongdo

See maps of the specified areas.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call NHS 111.

This guidance is based on the recommendations of the UK Chief Medical officers. These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.

For areas with direct flights to the UK we are carrying out enhanced monitoring. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.

Read more about what you should do if you’re asked to self-isolate.

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Please contact the School if this applies to you.  The Public Health advice to schools is summarised here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

In addition, you may find this information useful: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Please read and see how this advice applies to you.   The School meantime will continue to follow Public Health England advice and will keep you informed of any implications for school as appropriate in as timely a way as we can.  Our priorities are to ensure that our students and staff keep safe and well and to do all that we can to ensure we can continue to run our school day as normal.  

Best regards,

Ms Pugh

Headteacher

Coronavirus Public Health Advice

Dear parents and carers,

Please find below the latest information about the COVID 19 coronavirus from Public Health.  The situation is evolving daily and the advice for returning travellers has been updated on the Public Health England website:

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

We recommend that you continue to check this website for the most up-to-date information.

 

Returning Travellers:

The guidance for Italy, Iran, and Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea) applies to individuals who returned from these specific areas on or after 19th  February 2020. All other advice is for travellers who have returned within the last 14 days.

 

  • Anyone who has returned from the following areas should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, even if not experiencing any symptoms:

 

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (10 towns in the Lombardy region and 1 town in the Veneto region see map)
  • Special care zones in the Republic of Korea  (Daegu and Cheongdo see map)
  • Wuhan city and Hubei province 

 

  • Anyone who has returned from the following areas and develops symptoms should  call NHS 111, stay indoors, avoid contact with other people, even if the symptoms are mild.
    • Cambodia
    • China (outside of Hubei province)
    • Hong Kong
    • Northern Italy (see map)
    • Japan
    • Laos
    • Macau
    • Malaysia
    • Myanmar
    • Republic of Korea (other than regions specified as special care zones above see map)
    • Singapore
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • Vietnam

If this applies to you, please follow this advice and inform the School immediately.

Best regards,

Ms Pugh