UPDATED 16 March 2020
The government and Public Health England have updated their advice for schools regarding Coronavirus/ Covid-19:
- 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
- unless you have been directly advised to close by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team, we recommend all education settings remain open.
The main messages are:
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
- it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
- for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
- if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
- if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
- if you have coronavirus symptoms:
- do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
- testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
- if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
Full details of this current advice can be found at : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
UPDATED 13 March 2020
The government and Public Health England have updated their advice regarding Coronavirus/ Covid-19:
As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.
Public Health England (PHE) are asking anyone who shows certain symptoms to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means that PHE want people to 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 go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation 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.
The Department for Education operate a helpline for any parents, children or staff members who would like further advice.
T: 0800 046 8687, E: DfE.email@example.com Available: 8am to 6pm (Mon to Fri)
More details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
25 February 2020
Following the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, Olive Academies is following the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Authority to ensure the health of our whole community, including students and staff.
As the situation is rapidly developing, it is best to check the government’s online advice for the latest and most up-to date information. There is also a PHE blog containing further information and advice.
We will contact parents and carers directly should there be any additional advice that PHE or the Local Authority ask us to share with you.
Encouraging good hygiene – As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:
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.
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.