Please see below advice from Public Health England (PHE) about the coronavirus.
If you have any health concerns in the first instance please take advice from the NHS by dialling 111. Parents of pupils who are absent from school, who have travelled to affected areas should let me know so that the absence can be marked appropriately.
Further updated advice given by the DfE below:
The government and NHS have updated the advice on #COVID19.
If you have: a new continuous cough OR high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher) you should stay at home for 7 days.
Read the full guidance now:
Please continue to keep up to date with the advice being provided to all by PHE. If I am given any further instruction by the DfE to provide any additional advice I will do so immediately.
Note: if we are instructed to close, we will notify everyone using our normal school closure protocols.
Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease
All national guidance is available from the PHE website https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus. Please check it regularly for updated guidance.
Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province – If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas – This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:
Republic of Korea
If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor:
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Yesterday, 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.