Last Updated: 28/02/2020
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, providing they have not returned from Category 1 or 2 countries/areas. See the Travel section below for further details.
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 School specific advice from Public Health England.
Your child(ren) should attend school as normal.
Unless you have recently returned from one of the category 1 countries/areas, or you have returned from a category 2 country/area and have symptoms. Please see advice under Travel below.
- 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.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel during the forthcoming holiday period. If so, please refer to the Foreign Office’s latest travel advice
Category 1 Countries/Areas
If pupils travel back from any of the category 1 countries/areas, please follow the current advice and isolation arrangements from Public Health England. Please also advise the academy as soon as possible.
- Wuhan city and Hubei Province
- Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea)
- Any Italian town under containment measures
- Full list of Category 1 countries/areas including maps
Category 2 Countries/Areas
If Pupils travel back from any of the category 2 countries/areas and develop symptoms, please follow the current advice and isolation arrangements from Public Health England. Please also advise the academy as soon as possible.
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 28th February there are 16 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.