The school is taking the following measures to ensure all pupils are safe:
We continue to monitor the situation regularly and to follow the advice of Public Health England. We are encouraging all members of the school to help in slowing the spread of all germs, including Coronavirus, and protecting themselves by:
Carrying tissues and using them to catchcoughs or sneezes; Placing the tissue in the bin; killing germs by washing their hands with soap and water, or using a sanitiser gel.
Based on current evidence, Coronavirus COVID-19 presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.
New measures are aimed at protecting the elderly and those most vulnerable to the disease, which include:
· Anyone with a "new, continuous" cough or high temperature is advised to self-isolate for seven days
· Testing will only focus on identifying people with the virus in hospital
· Schools being advised to cancel trips abroad
· People over 70 and those with pre-existing health conditions being told not to go on cruises
Public Health England has released new guidance for those staying at home because they have symptoms of the virus - a cough or a temperature of 37.8C (100F) or more. The advice states: Not to go to work, school, or public areas, use public transport or taxis - or even go for a walk. Those with even mild symptoms of infection should stay at least two metres away from other people in their homes, and should sleep alone. Those with confirmed or suspected cases should use a separate bathroom.
The Prime Minister has issued that there is no need to close schools at the moment, saying "the scientific advice is that this could do more harm than good at this time".
Anyone who is concerned about health symptoms is advised to follow the advice about what to do on the Government’s website (www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronvirus-information-for-the-public) and nhs.uk