Coronavirus Advice Update 25/03/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Yesterday, the government launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19) – 16.3.20
Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.
What you need to know:
- staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
- if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
- clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
- supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
The updated guidance can be found here:
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
All parents should follow the advice given by the NHS – please click here to visit the NHS Coronavirus webpage – and self-isolate your child if they display the following symptoms:
- A high temperature – you feel hot to the touch on your chest or back, or
- A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.
Where to find the latest information
Advice from the Gov website:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu.
- Maintaining basic hand and respiratory hygiene such as regular hand washing and using disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing.
- Safe food practices and avoiding close contact, when possible, with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Advice on home-isolation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhannovel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation
Advice on those living with an infected patients can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patientsundergoing-testing/advice-sheet-for-people-who-live-in-the-same-accommodation-as-the-patient
Encouraging good hygiene
As always, if your child has symptoms of a cold or flu, please remind them of the usual measures they can take to stop germs:
• always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• wash hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.
• use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Please find the most recent information that has been uploaded to the Southwark Website with the latest information on Coronavirus.
How to put you child at ease and how to answer questions they may have (available in many different languages):