10:30hrs 19 March 2020 COVID 19 - LONDON SOUTH EAST ACADEMIES TRUST
The Prime Minister announced last night that as a further measure to halt the spread of Coronavirus, the majority of schools and colleges are to close tomorrow – Friday 20 March.
However, the government has stated that schools must remain partially open for specific groups of children, including those with EHCPs, those with social workers and those with parents who are key workers.
We are aware that many of our children will fall into these categories – but not all. We are currently working hard on a detailed plan to meet government directives and ensure the continuity of learning for all our children.
Each school will be communicating directly with individual parents regarding the arrangements being put in place for their child/ren. The Government is expected to issue a list of key workers later today (whose children will still be able to attend school), which will help to inform our planning.
This is certainly a challenging and uncertain time for us all, but please rest assured that our priority continues to be the health, wellbeing and safeguarding of all our children. We will provide further updates as soon as possible.
The school is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. There is currently no cause for concern at the school but we’ll keep you informed of any developments.
We regard the health and safety of our pupils and staff as our number one priority. In line with guidance from Public Health England, we are taking steps to keep the school clean and prevent the spread of the disease.
Updated government guidance (12 March 2020)
The updated guidance from the government asks people to self-isolate at home for 7 days if you have either a high temperature (37.8C and above) or a new, persistent cough. This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious. These are considered mild symptoms of coronavirus and people do not need to ring NHS 111 for advice unless their condition dramatically worsens. Government guidance on self-isolation can be found here.
How can I prevent the spread of infection
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent the spread of infection.
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
- If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
If you or your children have returned from any of the affected areas listed below in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms:
- Mainland China outside of Hubei province
- Hubei province in China
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with flu viruses
Call NHS 111 or use the 111 online Coronavirus service to inform them of your recent travel to the area and find out what to do next.
If you become unwell:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
- Call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible
- Follow the home isolation advice sheet
Please note that the situation around the coronavirus outbreak continues to change. You can find up to the minute information on the list of affected areas here.
Symptoms to look out for
If you’ve returned from the specified countries or Hubei, look out for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)
If you have any of these symptoms:
- If it’s an emergency, call 999 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days
- If you’re unwell, but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days
While you wait for further advice:
- Avoid contact with others
- Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
- Don’t travel while sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available)
If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact The School Office.
Should you have any questions relating to the virus the DFE has launched a helpline to help answer these. Students, parents, carers and staff can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)