As you will all be aware, at least one school in Buxton has now had to shut due to Coronavirus.
Please be reassured to know that our school is regularly following and receiving updates from the national government websites, Public Health England websites, and the local authority health and safety department. We are following national advice and have put posters up to raise awareness of the virus and hand hygiene. The poster is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5e35b25740f0b609169cb52a/coronavirus-public-info-poster-2.pdf
We have talked to the children today about washing their hands thoroughly and demonstrated how to do this, including the importance of drying their hands thoroughly after washing. Please look at the NHS guidance for how to wash your hands thoroughly and talk to your child about this. The link is here:
We are trying to order hand sanitiser for classrooms to minimise risk for both staff and children but at the moment it seems impossible to track any down. The Local Authority have stated that we are now at medium risk and the measures we are taking are adequate at this time.
The Government states that very few cases have been reported in children. Nevertheless, pupils will be reminded about hand hygiene and staff have been reminded to share the following with pupils:
- Encourage good hygiene: always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.
- Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
I would appreciate it if you can encourage your child to follow this advice, not only because of guidelines relating to the Coronavirus, but because it is good practice with all common colds.
The guidance that we are following is from the Local Authority, Public Health England and the Government:
NHS guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Guidance for education settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Guidance for the public: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
HALF TERM HOLIDAYS
Current government advice states:
If you have returned from these specific areas since 19 February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
- specific lockdown areas in northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
- ‘special care zones’ in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
- Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)
If you have returned from these areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
- northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini)