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Corona Virus advice and information

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Government Briefing Advice for Schools

 

Guidance for getting all pupils back in the autumn term

This week we published guidance for schools outlining our plans for the autumn. The guidance includes details to help schools prepare for all children and young people to return to full-time education in the new academic year. It includes plans to:

  • lift current restrictions on group sizes to allow schools, colleges and nurseries to fully reopen to all children and young people as COVID-19 infection rates continue to fall 
  • keep children in class or year group sized ‘bubbles’ and encourage older children and staff to keep their distance from each other where possible
  • encourage testing if staff, pupils or their families develop COVID-19 symptoms and provide access to easy to use home testing kits for children and staff who would otherwise be unable to get a test
  • increase the frequency of cleaning and minimise contact in corridors
  • take action in circumstances where there is a positive case in a school or college

We also published information for parents about what to expect.

Separate guidance has been published for specialist settings supporting children with SENDfurther education and early years.

Further detail on some of the other areas outlined in the guidance will be published in the coming weeks.

 

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

Updated advice for parents ref. schools reopening (posted 14th May)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

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

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline:

     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

 

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. 

Links for wider support

  • Samaritans – call free 24 hours a day on 116 123
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline – call for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247
  • Shelter provide free confidential information, support and legal advice on all housing and homelessness issues if you call 0330 0536 083 (please note, this is not a free phone number and your call will be charged). A free webchat is available at https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/webchat
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