3 March 2020

Coronavirus Dfe Guidance

The Department for Education continues to keep schools updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

The Department for Education have launched a new Coronavirus 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, opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) or via email at: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk 

A poster produced by Public Health England can be found on the link below:  

Please be assured that all our toilet facilities are stocked with soap and drying facilities and checked daily to replenish where necessary. The cleaning team have been briefed on the importance of checking and maintaining appropriate hand washing facilities to support with containing the spread of all viruses. 

The purpose of this article is to share the guidance that we have received with you which emphasises the importance of good hygiene. 

Advice for parents and carers: 
The DfE has advised that you should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus and there is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school as normal. The DfE recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China/Italy/other affected areas during the forthcoming Easter holiday. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice. 

What action we can 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, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses. This important message has already been given to students. 

We continue to monitor the wider situation and will keep you informed of any further guidance we receive. 

Following the recent COBRA meeting, schools have been informed that any potential closure (either national or localised) will be directed by National Health England. There is no indication at this stage that this will happen. 

However, we would like to reassure parents, students and staff that we are currently putting plans into place regarding methods of communication with all stakeholders to keep them informed.

Mr Le Marquand
Business Manager