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Updated Advice on Coronavirus

On Friday 13th March 2020, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak,  the Government issued updated advice to all schools.

 

The advice from the Department for Education, Public Health England and the Government is that

if your child has symptoms of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature, then they must remain at home for a period of at least 7 days.

 

Please let us know the reason for your child's absence in the usual way, with a phonecall to school.

 

If a child presents in school with these symptoms, then parents will be contacted and the child must be collected and remain at home for the 7 day period.

 

We intend to follow this advice consistently, for all children.

 

The information for parents who present with these symptoms is to self-isolate, but if children remain healthy then they can attend school.  However this may present problems in bringing the children to school, so we will understand, if you let school know, that your children cannot come into school.

 

Should you have any concerns about symptoms, the advice remains to contact NHS 111.

 

The advice about self-isolation can be found by following this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

 

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. 

 

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

Up to date information can be found at : DFE helpline: Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

 

We will continue to update the school website as we receive new information. 

 

Please do contact school should you need clarity regarding this advice.

 

Thank you for your support in this difficult time, in following the given advice.

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