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Coronavirus update - advice for parents/carers

The safety of our pupils and staff across the trust is our number one priority.

Our schools continue to operate normally in line with the current advice published by the Government and Public Health England for schools and education settings.  The Department for Education (DfE) has advised that no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do by Public Health England.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will notify parents/carers of any changes to how we operate.  We will continue to provide updates as and when we have them on this page.

Steps to prevent the spread of coronaviruses

We have implemented the advice from Public Health England for education settings to prevent the spread of coronaviruses including routines around coughs/sneezes and hand washing.

Please encourage your children to wash their hands carefully and regularly for 20 seconds with soapy water and to sneeze or cough into a tissue and dispose of it in the bin.

Staying at home for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are the onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature.

If anyone has symptoms of coronavirus infection, however mild, they must stay at home and not leave their house for 7 days from when the symptoms started.  You do not need to call NHS 111 to decide to self-isolate.

If this applies to your child, please report their absence to their school in the usual way and ensure you confirm that you are self-isolating your child because they are showing symptoms of coronavirus infection.

While they are at home:

Anyone self-isolating should remain at home until 7 days after the onset of symptoms. After 7 days, if they feel better and no longer have a high temperature, they can return to their normal routine and go back to school or work. If they have not shown any signs of improvement and medical advice has not already been sought, you should contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Please note that a cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared.  A persistent cough alone does not mean a person must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.

If your child is confirmed at any stage as having coronavirus following testing, please notify the school.  We will follow the advice from Public Health England about tracing contacts and protecting other pupils and staff.

Education helpline

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a helpline to answer questions about coronavirus (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)

General health advice

Go to the NHS webpage on the coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself and your family.

Use NHS 111 online

Call 111 if you need to speak to someone about a health concern.  Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

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