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COVID-19 updated 13/3/20

The World Health Organization has named the new strain of Coronavirus as SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes as COVID-19, and now declared it a pandemic. The UK government has moved to the "delay" phase of its action plan and the risk as now "high". "Coronavirus" is actually a whole group of diseases which includes the common cold. As of 16.3.20 there is one case in Thurrock. According to current guidance we do not need to close the school or cancel events. Should this change we will inform you straight away by ParentMail.

 

 

Current government advice is:

 

"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. "

 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 but we need you to work with us to limit the spread by following this guidance:

 

  • wash your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who have symptoms should stay at home for 7 days and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting (this will probably mean your whole family)
  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    • before leaving home
    • on arrival at school
    • after using the toilet
    • after breaks and sporting activities
    • before food preparation
    • before eating any food, including snacks
    • before leaving school
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child, go to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or call NHS 111.  Do not go directly to your GP or hospital
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