As a precautionary measure schools have been asked to share with you the current NHS advice on the Coronavirus or COVID-19 illness. However, this advice is being updated frequently and updates can be found using the following links to ensure you access the most up to date advice and guidance:
Current advice from Public Health England
What is the risk of catching Coronavirus in the UK?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
The symptoms of Coronavirus are:
- A cough
- A high temperature
- Shortness of breath
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places. Very few cases have been reported in children.
What should you do if your child feels unwell and you think they have been exposed to Coronavirus?
Call NHS 111 for advice immediately, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Keep your child away from others and at home to stop the infection spreading. They should avoid public transport if you think they have symptoms of coronavirus. If they become unwell at school, they should tell a member of staff.
Students who have returned from Iran, specific lockdown areas in northern Italy, special care zones in South Korea or Hubei province China (returned in the past 14 days) should self-isolate, and NOT attend education or work for 14 days.
The NHS also has an online 111 tool for Coronavirus, it can be found at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
The risk is still low for individuals but we wanted to share this information with you so that we can remain vigilant.
Should there be further, different guidance for schools we will of course communicate these as soon as possible. Please also support us by keeping school informed of any absence due to any type of illness.
Mrs Butcher – Principal