As you may well have seen, on 16 March 2020 the Government announced further steps in its plan to tackle the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 and updated their advice for this ‘Delay Phase’.
The new features of this phase are:
Previously announced measures are:
You will find the government advice in full at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
It is summarised in this table:
At this time, the Government has said that no schools need to close, and that we should all follow the advice from Public Health England.
In line with that advice, please ensure that your child stays at home for 14 days if they show any signs of a persistent cough or a high temperature; all other family / household members should also stay at home if one family member shows the symptoms.
As testing will now only be done upon hospital admission, we are unable to confirm numbers of cases. This is because not everybody who gets symptoms of the virus and self-isolates will go on to be tested.
We will be able to update you on any confirmed cases we are informed of (see below).
To reiterate, the amended advice is now:
Current school position
At present, the school has no confirmed cases within our school community. All the necessary precautions are being taken i.e. more frequent handwashing, additional cleaning taking place during the school day for communal areas.
Many events that had been planned have been cancelled. We are also taking the view that we should cancel particular school events as part of the delay response.
As such the following events have been cancelled:
Please be assured the school is liaising closely with Merton Council, the NHS and Public Health England, and will update you as necessary. For further health advice, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus