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
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:
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.
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.