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We understand concerns you may have however please can we request that you don’t contact the school requesting specific updates regarding coronavirus. We will provide updates on our website and to the school community as and when we have them. We are currently following all national guidance in line with central government advice. Should you have any queries the Department of Education have set up a helpline which is open Monday-Friday between 8am-6pm on 0800 046 8687.

Thank you for your continued support.

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We have no update to give to the previous message regarding Coronavirus. Please note that the School will continue to be open as normal.

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We wish to update you that a student is currently awaiting test results for Coronavirus. Results will be known on Tuesday 3rd March. Please note the student’s family were ill whilst the student was away in Northern Italy on the ski trip and has since become ill with similar symptoms at the weekend. However due to recent travel in Northern Italy and the symptoms of fever/cold, a swab was taken. The student is self-isolating until the results are known.

As advised by public Health England, we continue to be open and will take further advice once results are known. Please be assured that we are monitoring this closely each day and continue to follow the recommended guidelines.

Again please remind your children about the importance of good hand hygiene and see the latest advice from Public Health England below.

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

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We are continuing to monitor the developing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following advice from Public Health England and the Local Authority. There are now a number of designated areas with implications for travellers which fall into category 1 or 2. I want to reassure you that our recent ski trip falls into a category 2 area and if students are well they will continue to be in school. See list below of current Category areas.

Designated Category Areas:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

Areas Category 1: Travellers should self-isolate even if they feel well – see information below on self-isolation.

Areas Category 2: Travellers do not need to undertake any special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call NHS 111.

Please can we ask that if you have travelled to any of the Category 1 or 2 areas in the last 14 days and your child becomes unwell with cough, fever or shortness of breath, self-isolate them and seek medical advice from NHS 111. Please inform the student absence line of the reason for absence.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available.
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.

What to do if a pupil, student or staff member has travelled from a Category 2 specified country/area in the last 14 days

If they are currently well:

  • they are advised to self-isolate only if they develop symptoms (cough, fever or shortness of breath)
  • they can continue to attend work or education
  • they do not need to avoid contact with other people
  • their family do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities
  • testing people with no symptoms for COVID-19 is currently not recommended

If they become unwell:

  • they should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as they would with other flu viruses (see this home isolation advice sheet).
  • they (or a family member, colleague or member of staff) should call NHS 111 immediately for them to be assessed by an appropriate specialist, as quickly as possible
  • they should stay at home and should not attend work or education
  • they should not go directly to their GP or other healthcare environment
  • if they require emergency medical attention, call 999 and tell the call handler or ambulance control that the person has a history of recent travel to risk areas for COVID-19

We continue to monitor this on a daily basis.