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Coronavirus Update: Friday 13th March 5pm

Coronavirus Update: Friday 13th March 5pm


Schools have been given the following advice form Government:

  • Schools should not close. If there is a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case schools should remain open unless advised to do so by Public Health England.


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 self-isolate themselves for 7 days.


The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough


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.


School Attendance and self-isolation

If your child shows symptoms identified above and a decision is made to self-isolate the guidance says that we are permitted to send work home for children to complete.

All children who are self-isolated must stay at home and must not be seen in other public places including parks and supermarkets for 7 days.  

Please follow the usual school procedures to let us know if your child is going to be absent for school for any reason.


Self -isolation

Self-isolation means cutting yourself off from the rest of the world.

You need to stay at home, not go to work, school or other public places, and avoid public transport or taxis, says Public Health England.

"Common-sense" steps include staying in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened and keeping away from other people in your home.

Ask for help if you need groceries, other shopping or medication.

It's OK to have friends, family or delivery drivers drop off supplies to get you through.

But you shouldn't have any visitors, PHE says. You can have deliveries left on the doorstep.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.


Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. 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.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:


Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:


Further updates

Please keep an eye on the Government and Public Health Websites for up-to-date information. We will let you know as soon as we do if we receive any additional information.