Coronavirus Update Information
Coronavirus Update Information – 05.03.2020
The Government released the Coronavirus action plan on 3rd March. The document sets out what the UK as a whole has done – and plans to do – to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, based on experience dealing with other infectious diseases and our influenza pandemic preparedness work.
The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan/coronavirus-action-plan-a-guide-to-what-you-can-expect-across-the-uk
The document sets out:
- what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
- how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- the actions taken so far in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- what we are planning to do next, depending on the course the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak takes
- the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future
Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more, especially when you arrive to school or work and arrive home, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, before you eat or handle food. Also using the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
At SJCR we have also provided additional sanitiser dispensers in key locations around the school. Students have been encouraged to use these in between hand washing.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The DfE launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline below:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8.00am to 6.00pm (Monday to Friday)
Coronavirus Information – information shared 02.03.2020
You will be aware that the situation with respect to Coronavirus is a fast moving one. We have been receiving information from the DfE on how to manage any situations with respect to staff and students at the school and we have been tracking the government advice website to monitor the situation.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep parents/carers and staff up to date with any changes to the advice. If you have recently returned from one of the areas identified, please call the school for further advice before sending your child to school.
Information received from Public Health England:
As of today (25th February) advice for returning travellers is as follows;
1) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19, call NHS111 to inform
them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do
not have symptoms:
- Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy
- Daegu or Cheongdo, Republic of Korea)
- Hubei province, China (returned in the past 14 days)
* Bertonico • Casalpusterlengo • Castelgerundo • Castiglione D’Adda • Codogno • Fombio •
Maleo • San Fiorano • Somaglia • Terranova dei Passerini: • Vo
2) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop
symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other
people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have
- Northern Italy (see map)
3) If you have returned to the UK from any of the following areas in the last 14 days and
develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately stay
indoors and avoid contact with other people, call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent
travel to the country.
- Other parts of China outside Hubei province
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
Further guidance for educational settings has been published at the following links and will
be updated as soon as possible with the above advice and any further changes: :
Information for the public: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirusinformation-for-the-public