You’re likely aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus, now named Corvid 19, in China and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. At Plashet School, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we are sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.
There is currently no cause for concern at our school, but we will keep you informed about any developments and ensure we are keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.
Prevent the spread of infection
Make sure you and your daughter(s) follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
• Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
• If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
- mainland China,
- Republic of Korea,
- Hong Kong,
in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
- Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
- Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
- Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)
If you have returned from the following areas since 19th February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
- Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
If you or your daughter(s) are well:
• You don’t need to avoid contact with other people.
• Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities.
If you become unwell:
• Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses.
• Follow the home isolation advice sheet
• Call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible.
Symptoms to look out for
If you’ve returned from the specified countries or Hubei, look out for the following symptoms:
• Difficulty in breathing
• ever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)
If you have any of these symptoms:
• If it’s an emergency, call 999 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days.
• If you’re unwell, but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days
While you wait for further advice:
• Avoid contact with others.
• Stay at home – don’t go to work or school.
• Don’t travel while sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available).
If you or your daughter have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school either by telephone, 0208 471 2418 or email, email@example.com.