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Coronavirus (COVID-19)   18/03/2020

New guidance for households with symptoms

The Government has introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

Book a test by following the link below.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

The UK Government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus.

We are following the latest advice and guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

People should not be unduly worried about the possibility of catching the coronavirus.

 

Please notify the school on the first day of self-isolation and do not return for 14 days.

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Your child should remain at home at all times.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

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

If you are at all concerned about symptoms contact NHS 111 or use their online service.

https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/

If you do so, please notify the school and share any additional advice.

Our Response

The best way for us to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus is to follow the latest guidance issued by the UK Government.

We are encouraging our colleagues, young people and visitors to:

  • Wash their hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available;

  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue then throw it in the bin – in line with “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”;

  • Contact NHS 111 if in any doubt about symptoms, notify the school and share the advice.

Additionally,

  • We have adapted our cleaning regime to focus on doors, handles, surfaces, handrails and boards as well as the regular emptying of bins;

  • We have put an educational programme in place for all young people that promotes good levels of hygiene, handwashing and “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”;

  • We have a plan for supporting children with their education in case of school closure. Plans to ensure the school runs efficiently during the pandemic are also in place.

We will continue to follow the UK Government’s guidance, and provide updates via our website.

Please note in line with our attendance policy you will still be required to inform the school of any reason for absence.