important message from the interim Principal
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE INTERIM PRINCIPAL
I want to reassure parents that we are continuing to follow closely the latest guidance issued by the Department for Education and Public Health England on Coronavirus.
I know that some parents have expressed concerns about a member of staff who visited Italy during the half term holiday. I can confirm that the area he visited was deemed to be Category 2 (not one of the quarantined areas) and in line with the latest advice, as he did not have any symptoms, he was not required to self-isolate. The advice for anyone returning from such areas remains as follows:
What to do if a pupil, student or staff member has travelled from a Category 2 specified country/ area in the last 14 days. If they are currently well:
- they are advised to self-isolate only if they develop symptoms
- they can continue to attend work or education
- they do not need to avoid contact with other people
- their family do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities
- testing people with no symptoms for COVID-19 is currently not recommended
- it is useful to always take a mobile phone with them when they go out so that they can contact others if they do become unwell
We have obviously been monitoring the situation closely and both the member of staff and his partner remain well. They are well beyond the 14-day period and no one within their family or circle of close friends have presented with any symptoms.
Today, one of our students was taken by his mum to the local health centre with suspected tonsillitis and this has now been confirmed by a GP so he is now at home recuperating. As the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are similar to those associated with many other common ailments, parents are advised that if any member of their family has health concerns or symptoms, they should contact NHS 111 in the first instance and seek advice and not visit their local GP Surgery or A&E, you can also access advice online https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.
The local health centre felt forced to take precautionary measures as a result of the student’s visit but has since re-opened.
As a school, we take our duty of care extremely seriously and we will keep you updated on any further developments should the need arise.
In the meantime, there is guidance from the Department for Education available here on steps that can be taken to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including Coronavirus, and as a school we are following these closely. As you will see, maintaining high levels of personal hygiene, including regularly washing hands and following the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it advice when sneezing or coughing, has been advised. As you would expect, we already promote these practices within school and we would appreciate your support in continuing to encourage the same at home.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.