Coronavirus advice

Dear Parents, Carers and Families

We are very aware of the concern many families have about news reports about the spread of COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus. We are monitoring the situation carefully, and are following local and national advice in full, including the specific advice issued for schools.  

The key advice for those who have recently travelled is:

  • People who have returned from Category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days should self-isolate and not attend school or work until 14 days after they leave Hubei Province.
  • People who have returned from Category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms.

The updated lists of Category 1 and 2 countries/areas are defined here: 

Symptoms of coronavirus are flu-like, including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing.

People who have these symptoms and are concerned it may be coronavirus should call NHS 111 and, if appropriate, explain which country they have returned from in the last 14 days. They should not to go to their GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital. Students should tell a member of staff if feeling unwell. 

Currently there are minimal cases outside the risk areas and therefore the likelihood of an individual coming into contact with a confirmed case is low.

There are general principles everyone should follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water or alcohol sanitiser, especially after taking public transport.
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.

We will review this advice and update you whenever required to do so.

With best wishes

Kat Miller
Director of Operations

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