Latest Covid-19 advicePosted on: 16/03/2020
Dear Parent / Carer
As a family of schools, we are continuing to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19. The safety of students and staff is always our priority and as such our schools are following the latest Public Health England advice designed to keep all pupils and staff safe. Currently these measures are still the promotion of good hygiene and ensuring our school environments are kept as clean as possible.
Following on from the Prime Minister’s press briefing yesterday, please find below the latest update from Public Health England as of Tuesday 17th March:
The general preventative measures remain the same. These are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
- covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
- people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
- pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
- before leaving home
- on arrival at school
- after using the toilet
- after breaks and sporting activities
- before food preparation
- before eating any food, including snacks
- before leaving school
- use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
If you or anyone in your household has one of those two symptoms, then everyone living within that property should stay at home for 14 days.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
If possible you should not go out even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. If necessary, you should ask for help from others for your daily necessities. You should also do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies .
You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
With the continuation of events linked to the COVID-19 virus I have asked schools to look for opportunities to reduce the number of planned public gatherings. We are also reviewing the foreign trips that we had planned to run over the coming weeks. Schools will be notifying parents directly if the decision is made to cancel.
If you have any questions about COVID-19 directly relating to your child’s education setting then the Department for education have opened up a helpline for schools and parents that can offer advice and guidance.
0800 046 8687
8am - 6pm Monday - Friday
We are very grateful for your support in this matter as we work together for the safety of the school community.
John Henrys CEO – Learning without Limits Academy Trust