Further to our previous messages issued last week, we would like to provide you with an update regarding the staff and students who were taking precautionary measures in response to the government’s advice regarding the Coronavirus.
The two members of staff who went to a ‘category one’ area in Italy on a private holiday during half term remain in self-isolation as a precaution as per the advice from Public Health England. They are displaying no symptoms of the virus.
A third member of staff who was in self-isolation after returning from a private holiday to northern Italy (outside of the lockdown areas) and had shown symptoms of a viral infection has returned to school after being tested negative for Covid-19.
Two students who attended our half-term ski trip to northern Italy (outside of the lockdown areas) and had symptoms of a viral infection have also been tested negative for Covid-19.
We continue to respond to government advice and guidance. Please find below the latest email we have received from the government that provides a useful helpline.
Katie Boyes Headteacher Department for Education Coronavirus helpline The Department for Education has launched a new 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.firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
· No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages. Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.
New guidance for employers The Department for Business (BEIS) and Public Health England have issued guidance for employers, which you can find at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19
Where to find the latest information Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus