As a school we are very aware that there is much discussion about the Coronavirus and how this impacts our lives. The Government have recently decided to move from ‘Contain’ to ‘Delay’ phase of their action plan. At this moment in time, from a school’s point of view, this means business as usual. However, we know that you will have many concerns and we have tried to address these below.
Department for Health and Social Care advice
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 14 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 14 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are:
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
New Guidance for Households with Symptoms
If you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
Forced School Closure
Leasowes Primary School will follow guidance from the Government. School will close to the vast majority of children at the end of the school day on Friday 20th March.
What do I do if my Child is ill in School?
General illness in school will be treated in the same way. If school have concerns regarding Coronavirus then parents will be contacted immediately to pick up their child and contact NHS 111 for further advice.
What do I do if my Child has Coronavirus Symptoms?
If your child is presenting with symptoms stated above and you continue to be concerned, please contact NHS 111 and follow advice. If you have been advised by a medical professional to “self-isolate” your child, then we will need you to confirm the source/name of the advice and the period of self-isolation, then we will mark the absence as authorised. Normally, your child would be expected to be able to return after the isolation period.
How will School Keep me Updated?
School will keep parents and carers up to date with any new information as and when we receive it. We will communicate through our text and email to parents service.
Thank you for your ongoing support.