Coronavirus in the UK
I am sure you will have seen the latest media reports about Coronavirus in the UK, and you may be concerned. I would like to reassure you that we are taking this situation seriously and following all Public Health England (PHE) advice.
The advice from Public Health England is as follows:
- Where there has been a suspected case in a childcare or educational setting, there is no need to close the setting or send other children or staff home.
- Even if there is a confirmed case in a childcare or educational setting, in most cases, closure of the childcare or education setting will be unnecessary, we will only close the school on the advice of PHE.
- There may be occasions going forward where staff or students are asked to self-isolate as a precaution. We will always follow current PHE advice on this.
- Everyone should continue to promote good hand and respiratory hygiene:
- 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. 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).
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
In Bradfields, we are taking the following steps:
- All staff have been made aware of concern countries and are vigilant to identify any of our students returning from infected areas. If this is the case PHE advice will always be followed.
- Staff are aware of the symptoms of Coronavirus and if anyone is spotted with these we will follow the latest PHE advice and inform parents.
- Students are being reminded of the importance of good hand and respiratory hygiene.
- If there is a confirmed case of Coronavirus within the academy, we will inform parents immediately through School Gateway / Text / Email / phone call.
- Should there be cases where students self-isolate on PHE/NHS 111 advice and as a precaution, we will only advocate this where it is on professional healthcare advice.
It is at times like this that there may be untrue and unhelpful rumours on social media. If there are any developments we will inform parents immediately.
Miss M Sweetlove