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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for parents/guardians

Dear Parents and Carers,

The situation regarding the Coronavirus is concerning for us all so I wanted to update you on how we are approaching this issue at Park High. As Headteacher I am receiving very regular advice and information from the Department of Education and from Harrow Borough Council. 

I understand that many parents and carers may have some concerns about the spread of Covid-19.  As a result, the Government advice is for anyone showing symptoms to self-isolate and call NHS111 for further information. If there are no symptoms, students and staff should attend school as normal. Here is the public health blog, with guidance for families: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/ 

We have taken precautionary measures as advised by the Department for Public Health. Our pupils are always reminded to wash their hands after using the toilets and before they have their lunch. There has been further information and advice on handwashing and being aware of how to stop the spread of infection through sneezes and coughs.  The school has also installed foam hand sanitisers in key areas of the school and all pupils, staff and visitors are asked to use them regularly. We will continue to remind our pupils of the importance of this advice and ask you to do the same.

Our cleaning company continue to clean the school daily after school and our premises team regularly check and clean toilet areas as necessary during the school day.

We will continue to keep you updated with the situation and any changes to the current arrangements.

Yours Sincerely,

Headteacher

update 06/03/20

Coronavirus – Update

As previously stated, the Department for Education are giving us regular updates regarding the coronavirus.

Message for Parents and Carers from DfE

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline:

We have 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.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

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.

- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, bin it

- Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unless you’ve just washed your hands

- Using a normal detergent to clean the surfaces people touch regularly like door handles and lift buttons is also sensible.

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public for the most up to date advice.

Update 05/03/20 

Department for Education

 
 

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Government Coronavirus action plan

On Tuesday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.

The action plan can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

Action plan overview

The action plan sets out a four phased approach in response to the Coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research. An approach designed by world leading experts.

As there are already cases in the UK, the current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, but planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.

As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice about educational settings in England, which can be found on Public Health England’s website. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes – also help in delaying the peak of the infection.

The action plan is a framework that outlines the types of options open to government in each of these four phases. But this document is only a list of the types of measures we could consider – not those we are planning to implement.

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a public information campaign that focuses on the importance of handwashing. Washing hands for 20 seconds is central to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

On Monday we 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.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

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

Latest Department for Education information:

·         https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

·         https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Update 26/02/20

Please find below information received from the borough which we have been asked to circulate.

From the school office

Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

For information on COVID19 please see the NHS website:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Returning (or visitors) from affected areas

Advice if you have travelled to or transited through Category 1 and Category 2 countries/areas in the last 14 days

Category 1 countries/areas

Category 2 countries/areas

Wuhan city and Hubei Province (China) (see map)

Cambodia

Malaysia 

Iran^

China*

Myanmar

Daegu or Cheongdo (South Korea) (see map)^

Hong Kong

South Korea^* 

Any Italian town under containment measures (see map)^

Italy: north^* (see map)

Singapore 

 

Japan

Taiwan

 

Laos 

Thailand

 

Macao 

Vietnam 

^The guidance for Italy, Iran, and Daegu or Cheongdo (South Korea) applies to individuals who returned from these specific areas on or after 19 February 2020.

*Except areas of the country specifically referred to in Category 1.

Category 1 countries/areas:

If you are well, and have returned from these specific areas since 19 February 2020, or have returned from Hubei province China in the past 14 days, follow the self-isolation advice from PHE. Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu.

Your family do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities. Call NHS 111 (or regional contacts below) to inform them of your recent travel to the area.

If you become unwell you should follow the self-isolation advice from PHE and immediately call:

NHS 111 (England and Wales)

Public Health Agency 0300 200 7885 (Northern Ireland)

Your GP or NHS24 111 (Scotland)

Category 2 countries/areas:

If you are well, you do not need to self-isolate. Your family do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities.

However, if you become unwell within 14 days after return from these countries/areas you should follow the self-isolation advice from PHE and immediately call:

NHS 111 (England and Wales)

Public Health Agency 0300 200 7885 (Northern Ireland)

Your GP or NHS24 111 (Scotland)

If you or your children are planning to travel in the coming month

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel abroad to countries where there is a higher risk of transmission.   The affected countries are: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand. Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),  Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar.  Travellers currently in countries that are reporting cases of COVID-19 should follow local public health advice. UK travellers should also ensure they are up to date with the latest advice from FCO and PHE.

Please refer to https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/498/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-update for the latest travel advice.

Public Health England has also issued general advice for members of the public https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#advice-for-travellers

What does self isolation mean?

Self isolation means that the person should stay at home and isolate themselves within the home unless there is a need for medical attention.  This advice is a precautionary measure to minimise the spread of the virus within the community.   The advice from Public Health England on self isolation can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation

What actions can everyone take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices to stem the spread of viruses: these include regularly washing hands with soap and water and always sneezing or coughing into a tissue and then disposing of it.  

Further information is available from https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/ which is updated regularly.

Regards

Carole Furlong

Director of Public Health

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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