Please see a letter below detailing the most up to date advice from The Government, regarding the spread of coronavirus. In school we are encouraging all children to 'catch' sneezes and coughs in a tissue or hand and to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.
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The DfE have issued updated guidance on the COVID-19 virus which can be found here:
The most important section is Section 3 which is advice about how to prevent the spread of the virus. We have reproduced this here:
3. Preventing spread of infection
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
They have also issued guidance about what action should be taken if you have travelled to areas that have been affected as follows:
Based on the scientific advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
We are carrying out enhanced monitoring of direct flights from these areas. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.
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.
If you have returned from these specific areas since February 19, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
If you have returned from these areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
The specific lockdown areas of Italy are indicated below:
The government has said any Britons who have been to 11 quarantined towns in Italy must self-isolate. The quarantined towns in Italy are Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione d'Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia, Terranova dei Passerini - all in Lodi province in Lombardy - and Vo' Euganeo in Padova province, Veneto.
And anyone who has been north of Pisa is asked to stay at home for 14 days if they develop flu-like symptoms.
If your child is affected by any of this guidance please contact school to let us know.
Mrs S Howard
Head of School