Coronavirus [COVID-19]

Updates from the Government and Public Health England

Where to find the latest information

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Public Health England blog.

The latest public information can be found here.

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

All information below is correct at the time of posting. Please check the links above for the latest up to date information. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people Questions and answers about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people. Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020 From Friday 20 March, all educational settings are closed to everyone except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. The coronavirus outbreak is expected to continue having a significant impact on the education system, and the country, for months to come. Therefore exams have been cancelled now to give pupils, parents, and teachers certainty, and enable schools and colleges to focus on supporting vulnerable children and the children of key workers. Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers Information for parents and carers of children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools. COVID-19 Parent Information Letter - 18 March 2020 https://portal.coopersschool.com/CLG/Webdocs/Information/COVID-19%20-%20Parent%20Update%2018%2003%2020.pdf Latest Goverment Guidance Please be aware that following the latest government advice our earlier guidance and the letter from the CEO has now been superseded. Please follow the latest government guidance here. We intend for schools to be open as normal and will communicate any changes in circumstances. COVID-19 Parent Information Letter - 13 March 2020 https://portal.coopersschool.com/CLG/Webdocs/Notices/COVID-19%20-%20Parent%20Information%20Letter%2013%2003%2020.pdf 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/ 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: https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU Public Health England recommends that in addition to hand-washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport Government coronavirus action plan Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain phase – the first phase in the government’s coronavirus action plan. The coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what we have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes. The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented. Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy Yesterday, Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111. Exam preparation and Ofqual advice We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal. Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum. It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-statement-on-coronavirus The Government have set up a coronavirus helpline and email which staff and parents can call/email if they have any concerns. Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) We would also like to draw your attention to the following websites which may contain useful 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 If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms: Iran Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (see link to maps below) Special care zones in South Korea (see link to maps below) Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days – see link to maps below) If you have returned from the following areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111: Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini – see link to maps below) Vietnam Cambodia Laos Myanmar If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days, stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel: China, apart from Hubei province (see link to maps below) Thailand Japan Republic of Korea, apart from special care zones (see link to maps below) Hong Kong Taiwan Singapore Malaysia Macau Maps showing affected regions of China, Republic of Korea and Italy https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas You’re likely aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. We take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking. There’s currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus. Prevent the spread of infection Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus: Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands Avoid close contact with people who are sick If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment If you or your children have returned from anywhere in Hubei province in past 14 days If you or your children are currently well: Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with flu viruses Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities If you become unwell: Please call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible Follow the home isolation advice sheet If you or your children have returned from a specified country in last 14 days The specified countries are: China (other than Hubei) Hong Kong Japan Macau Malaysia Northern Italy Singapore South Korea Taiwan Tenerife Thailand If you or your children are well: You don’t need to avoid contact with other people Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities If you become unwell: Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses Follow the home isolation advice sheet Call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible Symptoms to look out for: If you’ve returned from the specified countries or Hubei, look out for the following symptoms: Cough Difficulty in breathing Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher) If you have any of these symptoms: If it’s an emergency, call 999 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days If you’re unwell, but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days While you wait for further advice: Avoid contact with others Stay at home – don’t go to work or school Don’t travel while sick Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available)
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Coronavirus [COVID-19]

Updates from the Government and Public Health England

Where to find the latest information

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Public Health England blog.

The latest public information can be found here.

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in

educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and

students.

All information below is correct at the time of posting. Please check the links above for the latest up to date information. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people Questions and answers about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people. Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020 From Friday 20 March, all educational settings are closed to everyone except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. The coronavirus outbreak is expected to continue having a significant impact on the education system, and the country, for months to come. Therefore exams have been cancelled now to give pupils, parents, and teachers certainty, and enable schools and colleges to focus on supporting vulnerable children and the children of key workers. Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers Information for parents and carers of children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools. COVID-19 Parent Information Letter - 18 March 2020 https://portal.coopersschool.com/CLG/Webdocs/Information/C OVID-19%20-%20Parent%20Update%2018%2003%2020.pdf Latest Goverment Guidance Please be aware that following the latest government advice our earlier guidance and the letter from the CEO has now been superseded. Please follow the latest government guidance here. We intend for schools to be open as normal and will communicate any changes in circumstances. COVID-19 Parent Information Letter - 13 March 2020 https://portal.coopersschool.com/CLG/Webdocs/Notices/COVI D-19%20- %20Parent%20Information%20Letter%2013%2003%2020.pdf 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/ 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: https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU Public Health England recommends that in addition to hand- washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport Government coronavirus action plan Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain phase – the first phase in the government’s coronavirus action plan. The coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what we have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes. The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus- action-plan Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented. Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy Yesterday, Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self- isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111. Exam preparation and Ofqual advice We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal. Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum. It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-statement-on- coronavirus The Government have set up a coronavirus helpline and email which staff and parents can call/email if they have any concerns. Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) We would also like to draw your attention to the following websites which may contain useful 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 If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms: Iran Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (see link to maps below) Special care zones in South Korea (see link to maps below) Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days – see link to maps below) If you have returned from the following areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111: Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini – see link to maps below) Vietnam Cambodia Laos Myanmar If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days, stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel: China, apart from Hubei province (see link to maps below) Thailand Japan Republic of Korea, apart from special care zones (see link to maps below) Hong Kong Taiwan Singapore Malaysia Macau Maps showing affected regions of China, Republic of Korea and Italy https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19- specified-countries-and-areas You’re likely aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. We take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking. There’s currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus. Prevent the spread of infection Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus: Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands Avoid close contact with people who are sick If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment If you or your children have returned from anywhere in Hubei province in past 14 days If you or your children are currently well: Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with flu viruses Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities If you become unwell: Please call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible Follow the home isolation advice sheet If you or your children have returned from a specified country in last 14 days The specified countries are: China (other than Hubei) Hong Kong Japan Macau Malaysia Northern Italy Singapore South Korea Taiwan Tenerife Thailand If you or your children are well: You don’t need to avoid contact with other people Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities If you become unwell: Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses Follow the home isolation advice sheet Call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible Symptoms to look out for: If you’ve returned from the specified countries or Hubei, look out for the following symptoms: Cough Difficulty in breathing Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher) If you have any of these symptoms: If it’s an emergency, call 999 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days If you’re unwell, but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days While you wait for further advice: Avoid contact with others Stay at home – don’t go to work or school Don’t travel while sick Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available)
Sunday 22 March 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
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Monday 16 March 2020
Friday 13 March 2020
Wednesday 11 March 2020
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