Coronavirus – Advice from the Department of Education

24 February 2020

Advice for parents/guardians

Update:

We do not have any confirmed cases of Coronavirus and have taken advice from Public Health England that our school should remain open and all students should attend if they are well.  Any students who are unwell and exhibit the symptoms of fever, cough, cold or respiratory problems should remain at home and contact 111 for advice. 
We are closely monitoring the guidance from Public Health England and should there be any changes to the advice we will provide updates to you all. The current advice is:

For those people returning from Category 2 areas (our ski trip was in a category 2 area)

If patients receive a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result, they should remain in self-isolation until either their symptoms resolve or until the end of their 14-day observation period, whichever is shorter.

If they develop new symptoms or their existing symptoms worsen within their 14-day observation period they should call NHS 111 for reassessment*.

*Patients should have a repeat SARS-CoV-2 test if their clinical symptoms worsen, or if within their 14-day observation period new symptoms develop. The observation period refers to 14 days after their arrival in the UK or last contact with a confirmed case.

Consultant in Health Protection, London Coronavirus Response Cell

0300 303 0450, LCRC@phe.gov.uk or phe.lcrc@nhs.net

Please note the above inbox is monitored 9am-5pm for any urgent issues please contact the LCRC by telephone

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For information, our school ski trip went to a ski resort called Bardonecchia which is in a category 2 area in Northern Italy and not a category 1 area (towns under containment measures); it is on the French border and Public Health England have been informed of this and have reassured us we are taking appropriate action.

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You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take?

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus