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Corona Virus advice and information

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Government Daily Briefing Advice for Schools

Please click here to access the Government's general  information page on the Corona Virus for more details.

Please click here for further information and advice regarding educational settings.

This is a link to information regarding self-isolation.

The importance of hygiene  at home and at school

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Guidance from the Government

The Government has issued the following statement.

'No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.'

The Government has also issued advice stressing the importance of handwashing as well as a helpline desk.

Details as follows.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Today, we have 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.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
    Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) 

Public Health England: Advice on the coronavirus 

How serious is the coronavirus?

  • It can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough & difficulty breathing
  • The infection is not serious for most people, including children
  • There is currently no vaccine
  • Most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain

How likely are you to catch the virus?

  • You can only catch it if you have been close to a person who has the virus
  • The chance of being in contact with the virus is currently low in the UK
  • If you have travelled to areas where many people are infected, your chance of catching the virus is higher, i.e. China and any affected areas

Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Do not share items that come into contact with your mouth such as cups & bottles

If unwell do not share items such as bedding, dishes, pencils & towels

Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

What should you do if you feel unwell?

Keep away from others and stay at home to stop the infection spreading.

Avoid public transport if you think you have symptoms of coronavirus.

If you become unwell at a place of education, tell a member of staff and let them know if you have travelled to any other countries in the last 14 days. If your staff member or parent thinks you have symptoms of coronavirus, they should call NHS 111 for advice.

Follow the UK Government advice for childcare or educational settings gov.uk. Parents can visit NHS.UK to find out more information.

Teachers and support staff should follow the UK Government advice. Staff, students and pupils who have returned from Wuhan and Hubei Province in China should self isolate, and NOT attend education or work for 14 days. See NHS.UK for advice on coronavirus.

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