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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information update

Dear Parent or Carer

We are sharing with you the latest government information we have received regarding coronavirus. The school will continue to send updates as we receive them.

Government advice: If you have a new or continuous cough or high temperature however mild, you should stay at home for at least 7 days to protect others and help slow the spread of the virus. 

Government coronavirus action plan

The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what they plan to do next.

The situation is constantly reviewed, and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The action plan can be found here:

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

Action Plan Recap

The action sets out a four-phased approach in response to coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate and Research, based on the scientific evidence.

The current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, however planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice

As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO is currently advising:

  • against all but essential travel to Italy
  • against all travel to Hubei Province, in China
  • against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China
  • against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not currently advising against travel to Any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19

The latest travel advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Updated advice for travellers returning from Italy

On 10 March, Public Health England updated its travel advice for travellers returning from Italy. The advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/

The importance of hygiene 

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.

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

 

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Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Please note, the line is currently experiencing high volumes of calls and the helpline apologise for any wait that you may experience. Your call will join a queue and will be answered as soon as possible.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

How to protect your mental health

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

In summary:

  • Limit the news and be careful what you read
  • Have breaks from social media and mute things which are triggering
  • Wash your hands - but not excessively
  • Stay connected with people
  • Avoid burnout

 

As stated, we will continue to update parents and carers with information when we received it from the Government or Public Health England.

We will continue to update parents we receive r Public Health England.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs C O’Dwyer

Headteacher

Doctors of the World have shared Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 20 languages, which were produced in partnership with the Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice see website or attached PDF's:

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

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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