Coronavirus – Advice for Schools & Parents/Guardians

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Coronavirus – Advice for schools
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad. The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-chinaLatest information and advice can also be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Advice for parents/guardians
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus. There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their school as normal. We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s latest travel advice via the link above.
The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too. Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
• Bin the tissue, and to kill germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
• If you have arrived back from China within 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.
Advice to those who have travelled recently
Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province
If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:
– stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
– call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas
This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:
Elsewhere in China
Thailand
Japan
Republic of Korea
Hong Kong
Taiwan
Singapore
Malaysia
Macau
If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:
– stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
– call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Encouraging good hygiene
As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:
– always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
– wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
– avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
– avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Latest information
Updates on Coronavirus:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
By | 2020-02-21T12:06:27+00:00 February 12th, 2020|
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