Coronavirus Advice

Last Updated: 24/02/2020

Guidance for Parents/Carers, Staff and Pupils

Current Status: There is no immediate cause for concern and your child is safe to attend school as usual.

The following message is to update and reassure you about the precautions that the Cabot Learning Federation and it’s Academies are taking, in light of the highly publicised Coronavirus.

All Academies in the Cabot Learning Federation, are following the specific advice to educational settings from Public Health England.

School Attendance

Your child(ren) should attend school as normal.

Unless you have recently returned from Wuhan or Hubei Province or you have returned from elsewhere in china and have symptoms. If so please see advice under Travel below.

Precautions

  • Follow normal hygiene rules
    • Wash hands properly and regularly
    • “Catch it, Bin it, kill it” – Coughing and/or sneezing into a tissues before throwing it away and washing hands.
    • We continue to promote this through assemblies, classroom teachers and posters.
  • We continue to ensure good cleaning practices
  • We are committed to keeping staff, pupils and parents/carers updated with advice from government.

Travel

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming holiday period. If so, please refer to the Foreign Office’s latest travel advice

If pupils travel back from mainland China the current advice is:

  • If arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province that you stay at home for 14 days and self-isolate. Contact 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area, even if you do not have symptoms of the virus. Please advise the academy as soon as possible.
  • Arriving from elsewhere in China or the following areas listed below and you have symptoms; stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu, and contact 111 to inform them of your recent travel. Please advise the academy as soon as possible.
    • Elsewhere in China
    • Thailand
    • Japan
    • Republic of Korea
    • Hong Kong
    • Taiwan
    • Singapore
    • Malaysia
    • Macau
  • Arriving from elsewhere in China and you are symptom-free and remain symptom-free- no further action.

Current Government Advice

Racist Behaviours

This week, Local Authorities, along with Avon and Somerset Constabulary, have been notified that pupils of Chinese heritage have been shunned, bullied and subject to peer on peer harm. BBC radio also reported incidents of racism relating to school children that led to isolation and distress to them and their families.

Every major disease outbreak brings with it an accompanying element of fear and alarm. When links are made to particular groups or communities, there is potential for racist sentiment to build in our schools and settings. Please support us by challenging such behaviours if they emerge at home. We take a zero tolerance approach to any racist incidents and we continue to monitor this closely.

I can reassure you that we are not aware of any incidents in the academy however if you have any concerns please contact your child’s Academy.

Background and Latest Advice

A new infection has been detected in Wuhan, China, a new strain of coronavirus.  As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals in the UK has not changed at this stage.

Furthermore, In order to introduce and strengthen legal powers to keep individuals in isolation where required corona virus has been declared as an imminent threat to public health.

As of the 24th February there are 13 persons in the UK identified and confirmed as having the virus, and several persons under quarantine after returning on government organised evacuation flights from Wuhan.

All advice at this time is precautionary and based around standard hygiene practices at this time of year.

We ask parents and staff to make the principal aware, if any families have traveled to or from or had relatives/ friends visiting them recently from China, particularly the Hubei province, and the city of Wuhan.

World Health Organisation – within here you will find a useful section of frequently asked questions and myth busters around the corona virus.

Public Health England