Latest Coronavirus Guidance - 17.03.20
I am writing to you with my daily update about Coronavirus and the most recent guidance our schools have received about and how to keep all pupils safe. The situation is developing constantly, and Government advice can be updated and changed at short notice.
- Again, I wanted to assure you that school will be open tomorrow as usual; however, the guidance around the symptoms is continually changing. The Government introduced guidance on whole household isolation on Monday, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
- If you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household 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 anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared - regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
As a school, we will also authorise absences where a pupil is not able to attend because of an underlying health condition that means they, or a family member in their household, is particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, we will authorise the absence of children with pregnant mothers.
Although we have children absent from school and some staff too, we have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus either in our staff, pupils or relatives.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep in touch with you as it develops.
Thank you for your continued support in these challenging times. As ever, the health, safety and well-being of pupils and staff is our priority.