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Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

We will keep this page updated with key information and advice in relation to the current situation

Current Advice 

17th March 

If a child or a parent is self-isolating due to coronavirus-like symptoms (persistent new cough OR high temperature) the isolation period for the WHOLE HOUSEHOLD (not just the individual displaying the symptoms) is now 14 DAYS from the onset of symptoms.
 

The school register will be amended for pupils off today with these symptoms and they will not be allowed back in school for 14 days from the onset of their symptoms.  If your child was off today and has a sibling in school, even if they are not displaying symptoms, they will not be permitted in school for the same period. This also applies if a parent or any other person living in the household is displaying the symptoms.
 

The same extension to 14 days applies for any staff members in school who are either currently off with the symptoms or who have a household member who is self-isolating.

 

We will be sending learning packs home very shortly.  In the meantime, if you have children at home make sure you check out our recommended websites below.

Information about the coronavirus

 

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

 

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.

 

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever

 

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.

 

How the coronavirus is spread

The latest information suggests that coronavirus is most likely to spread when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. There are two routes by which people could become infected:

  • secretions can be directly transferred into the mouths or noses of people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or could be inhaled into the lungs.
  • it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface or object that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching a door knob or shaking hands then touching own face).
  • There is currently no good evidence that people who do not have symptoms are infectious to others.

 

Preventing the spread of infection

There are simple steps that you can take to protect yourself, your family and others:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub available to buy in most supermarkets and community pharmacies.
  • ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’. Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue ensuring the nose and mouth are fully covered to prevent any spray escaping. Dispose of the tissue as soon as possible in the bin and wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand rub to kill any germs.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.

You can obtain the latest news at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 

Department for Education has a 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)
Recommended websites if you are already self-isolating:
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