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News

Key events are sent out to parents termly in the parent calendar and the school Facebook page is updated with reminders. Text messages are also used so please make sure your contact details are kept up to date with the office. 

Coronavirus 

17/07/2020 September Opening Plan

Dear Parents, 

We have reached the end of the summer term in possibly the strangest circumstances we have had. We look forward to seeing everyone back with us in September and things being a bit more back to normal. 

Please see the school opening plan which includes the details around drop off and pick up times - The last three pages are those with the most details for parents about the school day (although all of the plan is important!). 

We are expecting to see everyone back which will be fantastic. 

Take care and stay safe, 

Mrs White 

School Opening Plan 

17/07/2020 Our final EPIC of the year

Please follow this link to see today's final EPIC assembly. The link takes you direct to our schools Facebook Page where all the assemblies can be found - FYI you do not need a Facebook account to view the video content. We hope you enjoy and have a fantastic summer all. 

https://www.facebook.com/794820190565336/videos/1196528964027298

29/06/2020 Letter update

Please see the letter from Mr Savory regarding the updated guidance for schools and the end of term. Please note the updated finish time of 12 o clock for those children in school on the last day of term- We appreciate this is different to the 1.15pm previously sent out and apologise for this change. 

Letter 

Assembly - EPIC work

Here you will find our virtual assembly sharing all that is EPIC as Springbank, at school and at home. A huge thank you to our special guests and to all of you watching. 

 

Virtual Growth Mindset Assembly

A thank you to everyone that viewed and participated in our Growth Mindset assembly today. We hope you liked it and enjoyed seeing our very special guests. Here is the video to watch back.

Update 12/06/2020

Please see the letter from Steve Savory, CEO with an update on the school situations. 

Letter to parents (12/06/2020)

Update 27/05/2020

We have a series of videos being uploaded over the coming week to share with your little ones. They will answer all of their important questions and attempt to explain what coming back to school with be like for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children.

Virtual Celebration Assembly

A massive thank you to everyone that viewed and participated in our very first EPIC Celebration Assembly. Here is the video to watch back. 

Bubbles

Playtime with friends

Who is in my bubble?

Will I be with my teacher? 

Some children have asked if they will be with their class teacher. Here is a little video to explain how we are organising the bubbles.

KS2 Corridor Classrooms

This is a little introduction to the KS2 corridor classrooms and introducing a few new classroom changes. Please show your little ones and let us know if you have any questions.

Reception Classrooms

An introduction to the EYFS classrooms and a few little changes. Please show your little ones in preparation for you coming back.

Keeping you safe

Keeping you safe in school has always been our priority. This is a video to remind you of a few strategies that have been put in place to keep you safe and clean. We hope this video helps to settle a few coming back to school nerves.

Toilets

Using the toilets at Springbank Primary will be a little different for some children. This is a video to explain those small changes.

We will be making sure that children stay within their bubble groups or are using the toilets one at a time. Nursery, Reception and children in the Year 1 and Year 2 classrooms will see no changes

 

Washing Hands

All children at Springbank Primary will be encouraged to wash their hands at key times. We have posters up to help, but the wonderful Mrs Sills has put together a video to help too.

Please show you little ones and highlight the importance of keeping clean.

 

Coming Into School

This is a video from Mrs White talking through some of the changes and letting the children know which way to go.

*Parents, please note the distancing changes in place and restrictions for Y6/Key workers children groups at the school gate.

 

Social Distancing

Entering the school is a key time for maintaining social distancing. We are aware that some of our children might not know what that looks like. This is a little video to show the children how far to keep apart when coming into the school and moving around.

 

Birthday Questions

We have had some questions from parents about birthdays. Mrs Sills and Miss Kennedy have put together a video to answer these questions.

 

Update 26/05/2020

Please see our guide for parents regarding school re-opening. This is applicable for parents of children in EYFS/Year 1 and Year 6 however it also includes information regarding vulnerable children and children of key workers. At this point we are unable to re-open Little Learners. 

Parent Information

Reeption/Year 1 and Year 6 parents it is really important that you complete the following form to inform us of your intentions regarding sending your child back to school. 

 Reception (EYFS) Parents: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H6cFeSTl102noHjSzT_vqP9KFASkc0lLt6qHfbjvj3xUOVBERjg1N1BHUlpIQzI5V0ZZS0xaVkNWTi4u

Year 1 Parents: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H6cFeSTl102noHjSzT_vqP9KFASkc0lLt6qHfbjvj3xUOTJWWEtDUzRVTEdHRE9BQ0pKSFpHV1gxTC4u

Year 6 Parents: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=H6cFeSTl102noHjSzT_vqP9KFASkc0lLt6qHfbjvj3xUQUc5TjZMM1ZOUVpCVUFZSkRCT0gzMEw0MS4u

Update 20/05/2020 

Please see a letter to all parents regarding schools preparing for re-opening from Steve Savory, CEO of the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance. 

Letter to parents 

Update 14/05/2020 

Please see a letter to all parents from Steve Savory, CEO of the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance 

Letter to parents 

Update 10/05/2020

Update following Government Announcement

Following the government's announcement this evening I just want to clarify the arrangements that remain in place for pupils, parents and schools.

Schools remain to be closed apart from for those children who are eligible for a place based on the government's criteria. This criteria has not changed to include any other trades/jobs. On the briefing this evening, the advice was to return to work if you are able however, this does not mean your children are able to return to school. If you are able to work from home you should.

The earliest schools are likely to open is June 1st and this will be for specific year groups. Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 were those specified by the government this evening. The date for this may change based on the progression of the virus and we will keep you updated as the arrangements for this become clear. Home learning remains available for each year group on the school website, along with other links you could use to add to this.

I know you are doing a great job for your children either at home or at work - keep it up! Many parents and children are feeling anxious about the end of the year and transition to the next year group. Please be assured everyone is in the same position and we are considering and planning for all options, but also have to be guided by the government.

If you have any queries/questions please do either email admin@springbankpri-ac.gloucs.sch.uk or call and leave a message on 01242 527766. Do not post about your individual circumstances on this page or post - please use the contact details above.

Stay safe.

Mrs White

Update 04/05/2020 

Good morning everyone. We are on the first Monday in May which just seems slightly mad - next week would have been SATS for Year 6 and Year 2 would have been doing theirs this month as well (I'm sure they won't mind missing these out but there are lots of past papers online if they are having withdrawls!). I need to brush up on my times tables having been beaten by several children on Times Tables Rockstars. 

I have pictures of both staff and children reading in their pyjamas for the Books Trust Pyjamarama to share and will get them up today and through the week, there are some great book recommendations on there. If you have any more to share please do send them to admin@springbankpri-ac.gloucs.sch.uk.

The Department for Education has put together a virtual Academy with many online video lessons to help support learning at home for all year groups - have a look at www.thenational.academy for these - some of our staff have been using them with their children to try them out and reports are positive :) 

There should be a government update this week with plans going forward and I will share these as soon as I can. 

I hope you are all safe and well and, as always, please do get in contact if you need anything at all. 

Have a good week.

Mrs White 

 

Update 06/04/2020

Good morning everyone - this would be/is the first Monday of the Easter holidays! I hope all of you are staying healthy and safe inside and where there has been an illness a speedy recovery for you too. 

We are still open at school for key children with a small number of staff however if you do need anything/have any questions please do ring and leave a message or email the admin account as we will pick these up and endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can. 

We are not uploading daily work for the Easter holidays as we would not do this normally, but there are choice boards for all year groups on the website (thank you for bearing with us on this - it isn't used to so much traffic!). If in doubt - read! Anything that may be useful/interesting we are sharing on the Facebook page too. 

I have no more indication of how long this will last than you do as we receive the same updates from the government as they are announced on the TV briefings but we will update you as soon as we know anything. 

A huge well done and thank you to you for keeping your children at home so we can provide the school service here and pass one on a massive well done to all your children who are having to learn in a different way and stay in. 

Stay home and stay safe and hopefully we will see you all again soon. 

Mrs White.

Update 22/03/2020 (regarding Monday 23/03/2020) 

I hope you all have had lovely weekends and been able to enjoy the sunshine. As set out, the school is closed to the majority of children as of tomorrow. We are only open for those children whose parents we spoke to on Friday (thank you for bearing with us as we had lots of calls to make!).
 
For those of you staying at home, I would remind you of the need to maintain social distancing if you do go out for some fresh air. There is plenty of work on the website and links on here but do take plenty of breaks and don't worry if things don't quite go to plan. We hope you stay safe and well and look forward to hopefully seeing you soon.
 
For those attending Springbank, remember to dress for a full day in school and provide a packed lunch (we will have said if this is not needed). If you find you don't need the provision please let us know. We do have breakfast club and after school club but would like to limit these as much as possible and we will not be taking 'on the day' bookings.
Nursery/Reception and Year 1 - Please enter school through the reception class doors.
Years 2/3/4 - 3B class door (first on the left through the green gate).
Years 5/6 - 4H class door (second on the left through the green gate).
Siblings can enter together and then go to the right rooms if they would prefer.
End of day collection will also be from these doors.
 
For all the Public Health England guidance is still in force - a persistent cough and/or high temperature means the household staying at home for 14 days.
 
We are working with a much smaller staff so please use the school email to get in contact if you need to rather than ringing. Staff are volunteering to be in and keep the school open so I am hugely thankful to them and it shows what a dedicated team there is at Springbank. Parental support has also been great and has meant a lot to everyone in these uncertain times.
 
We will continue to update via Facebook and the Website.
 
Many thanks and stay safe,
Mrs White.

Update 19/03/2020

Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, has asked for this message to be passed to all those who work in the education sector

The government recognises the huge importance of the role you have played in maintaining the education, training and social care of our children and young people during this challenging time. I recognise that you will have the same anxieties as the rest of the country about your health and that of your families. On behalf of the Prime Minister and the entire government, I thank you all for all of your work so far, and your continued support. I am deeply grateful for the civic spirit and dedication of everyone working in education, and I will continue to provide my full support throughout this crisis.

Next steps

It is clear that education and children’s social care settings are increasingly finding it difficult to continue as normal, as illness and self-isolation impacts on staffing levels and pupil attendance. To provide parents, student and staff with the certainty they need we are announcing that schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.

Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.

A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office tomorrow.

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.

We are expecting early years providers and sixth form and further education colleges to do the same. We are working with Her Majesty’s Treasury on the financial support required. We are also asking that independent schools and boarding schools follow the same approach.

Many universities and other higher education institutions are already taking necessary steps to keep their staff and students safe and where possible keep providing education. We are confident vice-chancellors are making the right decisions and the Department for Education continues to support them in doing so.

Update on assessments and examinations

We can confirm that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year.

We will work with the sector and Ofqual to ensure children get the qualifications they need.

My Department is working closely with local authorities, representatives of early years, schools and head teachers, regional school commissioners and bodies such as Ofsted and Ofqual about how to deliver this change as effectively as possible.

And we will do whatever is necessary to support local authorities, settings, schools and teachers through the weeks and months ahead.

Free school meal provision

We will give schools the flexibility to provide meals or vouchers to children eligible for free school meals. Some schools are already doing this, and we will reimburse the costs. As soon as possible, we will put in place a national voucher system. 


Coronovirus advice from the SALT Team

 

Update 17/03/2020

Why staying at home is very important

It is very important that individuals with symptoms that may be due to coronavirus and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable.

Those with symptoms and living alone should remain at home for 7 days after the onset of their symptoms (see ending self-isolation below). This will reduce the risk of you infecting others.

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, then household members must stay at home and not leave your house for 14 days (see ending self-isolation below). If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in your house became ill.

If not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.

It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or may already be infected. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

Staying at home may be difficult and frustrating, but there are things that you can do to help make it easier. These include:

·         plan ahead and think about what you will need in order to be able to stay at home for the full 7 or 14 days

·         talk to your employer, friends and family to ask for their help to access the things you will need to make your stay at home a success

·         think about and plan how you can get access to food and other supplies such as medications that you will need during this period

·         ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online, but make sure these are left outside your home for you to collect

·         make sure that you keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or through social media

·         think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have successfully completed a period of staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films

·         many people find it helpful to plan out the full 14 days, such as on a make-shift calendar. You may also find it helpful to plan in advance what you will do if, for example, someone in the household were to feel much worse, such as have difficulties breathing

·         when you are feeling better, remember that physical exercise can be good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses that can help you take light exercise in your home

While you are staying at home, make sure you do the following things

Stay at home

You and all household members should remain at home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.

If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day the first person in your house became ill.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you will need to ask friends or relatives. Alternatively, you can order medication by phone or online. You can also order your shopping online. Make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online. The delivery driver should not come into your home.

If you are an employee and unable to work due to coronavirus, please refer to this guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions to find out about the support that is available to you.

If you are living with children

Keep following this advice to the best of your ability, however, we are aware that not all these measures will be possible.

What we have seen so far is that children with coronavirus appear to be less severely affected. It is nevertheless important to do your best to follow this guidance.

If you have a vulnerable person living with you

Minimise as much as possible the time any vulnerable family members spend in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas, and keep shared spaces well ventilated.

Aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from vulnerable people you live with and encourage them to sleep in a different bed where possible. If they can, they should use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. Make sure they use separate towels from the other people in your house, both for drying themselves after bathing or showering and for hand-hygiene purposes.

If you do share a toilet and bathroom with a vulnerable person, it is important that you clean them every time you use them (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with). Another tip is to consider drawing up a rota for bathing, with the vulnerable person using the facilities first.

If you share a kitchen with a vulnerable person, avoid using it while they are present. If they can, they should take their meals back to their room to eat. If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry the family’s used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly. If the vulnerable person is using their own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these.

We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others at home. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your household should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and clean frequently touched surfaces.

If you are breastfeeding while infected

There is currently no evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted through breast milk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone in close contact with you. The current evidence is that children with coronavirus get much less severe symptoms than adults. The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of the virus through breast milk or by being in close contact; however, this will be an individual decision and can be discussed with your midwife, health visitor or GP by telephone.

If you or a family member are feeding with formula or expressed milk, you should sterilise the equipment carefully before each use. You should not share bottles or a breast pump with someone else.

You can find more information at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.

Cleaning and disposal of waste

When cleaning you should use your usual household products, like detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and table tops. This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house.

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Laundry

To minimise the possibility of dispersing virus through the air, do not shake dirty laundry.

Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. All dirty laundry can be washed in the same load.

If you do not have a washing machine, wait a further 72 hours after your 7-day (for individual isolation) or 14-day isolation period (for households) has ended when you can then take the laundry to a public launderette.

What you can do to help yourself get better

Drink water to keep yourself hydrated; you should drink enough during the day so your urine (pee) is a pale clear colour. You can use over-the-counter medications, such as paracetamol, to help with some of your symptoms. Use these according to the instructions on the packet or label and do not exceed the recommended dose.

If you or your family need to seek medical advice

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness or the illness in any household members is worsening. If it’s not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you or your relative have coronavirus symptoms.

All routine medical and dental appointments should usually be cancelled whilst you and the family are staying at home. If you are concerned or have been asked to attend in person within the period you are home isolating, discuss this with your medical contact first (for example, your GP, local hospital or outpatient service), using the number they have provided. If your concerns are related to your coronavirus symptoms contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Wash your hands often

Clean your hands frequently each day by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser. This will help protect you and the people you live with. This step is one of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of passing infection to others.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have one to hand, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand.

If you have a carer, they should use disposable tissues to wipe away any mucus or phlegm after you have sneezed or coughed. Then they should wash their hands with soap and water.

Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser.

Face masks

We do not recommend the use of face masks as an effective means of preventing the spread of infection. Face masks play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, but there’s very little evidence of benefit from their use outside of these settings.

Do not have visitors in your home

Do not invite or allow social visitors, such as other friends and family, to enter your home. If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, use the phone or social media.

If you or a family member receive essential care in your home, then carers should continue to visit. Carers will be provided with face masks and gloves to reduce the risk of you passing on the infection.

If you have pets in the household

At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs and cats can be infected with coronavirus.

Looking after your well-being while staying at home

We know that staying at home for a prolonged period can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you or other household members may feel low. It can be particularly challenging if you don’t have much space or access to a garden.

It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if you need it. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media. There are also sources of support and information that can help, such as the Every Mind Matters website.

Think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have not minded staying at home for a week have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films. If you feel well enough you can take part in light exercise within your home or garden.

Many people find it helpful to remind themselves why what they are doing is so important. Hopefully, none of your family will suffer more than flu-like symptoms. But some people are badly affected by corona virus, and particularly the elderly and those with certain medical conditions. By staying home, you are protecting the lives of others, as well as making sure the NHS does not get overwhelmed.

Ending self-isolation and household-isolation

If you have been symptomatic, then you may end your self-isolation after 7 days. The 7-day period starts from the day when you first became ill

If living with others, then all household members who remain well may end household-isolation after 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day illness began in the first person to become ill. Fourteen days is the incubation period for coronavirus; people who remain well after 14 days are unlikely to be infectious.

After 7 days, if the first person to become ill feels better and no longer has a high temperature, they can return to their normal routine. If any other family members become unwell during the 14-day household-isolation period, they should follow the same advice - that is, after 7 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have a high temperature, they can also return to their normal routine.

Should a household member develop coronavirus symptoms late in the 14-day household-isolation period (for example, on day 13 or day 14) the isolation period does not need to be extended, but the person with the new symptoms has to stay at home for 7 days. The 14-day household-isolation period will have greatly reduced the overall amount of infection the rest of the household could pass on, and it is not necessary to re-start 14 days of isolation for the whole household. This will have provided a high level of community protection. Further isolation of members of this household will provide very little additional community protection.

At the end of the 14-day period, any family member who has not become unwell can leave household isolation.

If any ill person in the household has not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, they should contact NHS 111 online. If your home has no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

The cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.

 

Update 16/03/2020

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

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

Recording school pupil absences

Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.

If a pupil does not attend school, despite the school operating as usual and the pupil is not self-isolating, they should be marked as absent. It is for headteachers to determine whether or not the absence is authorised depending on the individual circumstances.

Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.

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:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

Update 13/03/2020

Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here:

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 stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

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 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

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.

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.

COVID-19 travel guidance for the education sector

The Government has issued new travel guidance for the education sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips which are already underway.

The full guidance can be found here:

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:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

 

Update 02/03/2020

We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Department for Education

We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low.

Advice for those who have travelled recently

Yesterday, the Chief Medical Advisor for England, Chris Whitty updated advice for travellers returning to the UK from specific areas affected by COVID-19, which you can find at:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
·         Iran
·         Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (see link to maps below)
·         Special care zones in South Korea (see link to maps below)
·         Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days – see link to maps below)

If you have returned from the following 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:
·         Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini – see link to maps below)
·         Vietnam
·         Cambodia
·         Laos
·         Myanmar

If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days, stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel:
·         China, apart from Hubei province (see link to maps below)
·         Thailand
·         Japan
·         Republic of Korea, apart from special care zones (see link to maps below)
·         Hong Kong
·         Taiwan
·         Singapore
·         Malaysia
·         Macau

Maps showing affected regions of China, Republic of Korea and Italy

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas

Advice for those who have travelled recently in a group, such as a school trip

There is no need to manage returning groups any differently. Pupils, students and staff returning from trips to the countries specified above should follow the same advice.

Where to find the latest information

Public Health England blog:
https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Guidance for educational settings
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19