17th March 2020
Dear Parents, Carers and Staff ,
As promised in our communications last night, I write to remind everyone of the latest Government advice. Our schools remain open as long as we have the staff to do so and we are continuing our preparation to support learning at home. In the event of forced closures, we would seek to remain open to ensure that those key workers who need to get to work for the health and security of the country. As always we are guided by Government advice
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-dista ncing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-i n-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
In summary this new guidance is advising the following:
* For households with more than one person - you must stay at home for 14 days if any one person in your household has symptoms of COVID-19.
* Individuals are asked to self-isolate for 7 days from the onset of COVID-19 symptoms but any other individuals in the household are now asked to self-isolate for 14 days from that moment as well.
* If other members of your household develop symptoms, however mild, at any time during the 14 days, they must not leave the home for 7 days from when symptoms (a high temperature or a new continuous cough, however mild) started.
* The Government has taken the further measure of asking whole households to isolate because it is likely that people living with others 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 those who remain well, are under 70 or do not have an underlying health condition, they are advised to limit their social contact where possible, including using less public transport, working at home and considering not going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and bars.
* For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, they are strongly advised against these activities and to significantly limit face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.
* The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.
* The awareness campaign also reiterates the importance of seeking help online by visiting NHS.UK/coronavirus to check your symptoms and follow the medical advice, rather than visiting your GP. It also urges people with any symptoms to avoid contact with older and more vulnerable people.
* Only if symptoms become worse should people use the NHS 111 service. To ensure the phone service is readily available to those who need it, where possible people should use the 111 website rather than calling. Please find attached a useful grid to support social-distancing decision making. We will keep the communication channels open and will post any new updates via the school websites. Whilst we are in unsettling and worrying times we will get through this together, be kind. With gratitude for all your support.
Mrs Claire Lowe CEO