Coronavirus

It is important that we keep you informed of the information the school has received from Public Health England with reference to coronavirus.  This is an ever-evolving situation and we are anticipating regular updates and advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England which we will continue to share with you.

Last updated 20/03/2020

Advice from Public Health England is for education and children’s social care settings to remain closed from Friday 20th March 2020. However, schools are to remain open for the children of key workers (list available here https://tinyurl.com/sqjewep ).

The latest advice from the Government regarding coronavirus is as follows:

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • if you live with others and you or one of them 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. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Please click here to see letter from Focus-Trust for our Parents: Focus-Trust corona advice letter

Department for Education Corona Virus helpline

The DfE has 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)

On 12th March, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 is now moving into the Delay phase – the second phase in the government’s coronavirus action plan.

The coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what has been done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what the Government plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes.

The action plan can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

Kirklees Coronavirus information pack

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The importance of hygiene

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.

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