If your child has a high temperature (that is over 37.8C) or a new, persistent, dry, continuous cough, they should self-isolate for 14 days.
The advice from the Director of Public Health, England remains the same that Schools should not close unless advised to do so and we shall keep you up to date with regards to this.
Based on the advice given by Boris Johnson in the most recent COBRA meeting on Monday, 16th March, we have updated our advice to parents with regards to children being unwell.
1. High temperatures and coughs
Those with a high temperature (that is over 37.8C) or a new, persistent, continuous cough, should self-isolate for 14 days. Going forward, this will have the biggest impact in the fight against Coronavirus.
What does self isolate mean? Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days from the onset of symptoms following the current advice. If someone has serious symptoms they cannot manage at home, they should use NHS 111 online (people should only call NHS 111 if they cannot get online). This advice unless advised otherwise doesn’t include family members so there is no reason at this point not to allow these individuals into school either as teachers or pupils.
After 14 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal routine. If they have not had any signs of improvement after 14 days and have not already sought medical advice, they should use NHS 111 online (people should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online) before they leave their home or let visitors in.
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 stay at home for more than 14 days.
2. Hand sanitisers and alcohol content
Regular hand washing is the optimum defence against the spread of infections, but we are aware that that option is not always readily available.
The advice is to use a hand sanitiser with a 60% alcohol content and above as these are the most effective against viruses, such as the new Coronavirus, but remember, soap and water is the best option.
Please be aware we have hand sanitiser stations in classrooms and around the school and there are sinks in every classroom. That being said, children are allowed to bring in their own hand sanitisers into school, to keep on their person.
3. Alcohol-free sanitiser
We also have alcohol-free sanitiser available that is Halal certified placed throughout the school that "kills 99.99% of common germs, viruses and harmful bacteria".
4. Those with underlying health issues, please seek advice from your GP or contact NHS 111 online
This refers to people who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Chronic asthma
- or Weakened immune systems
Public Health England continues to recommend that in addition to hand-washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
We receive daily updates on behalf of the Director of Public Health and review the school status accordingly. Please find attached a link to the government guidance for educational settings https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song: