Information from the daily Department of Education email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Please find the latest guidance from the Government regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
As is clearly stated in this latest communication from the Department for Education all schools are currently being told to remain open and "no school should close in response to either a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England." The decision to close the school does not rest with me as the Principal but will be made by Public Health England based on the risk assessments they will carry out, if or when, a confirmed case is reported to them by the NHS.
The safety of students, staff and the wider community is of paramount importance to us and we would never do anything that goes against the advice of Public Health England. For the avoidance of any doubt and to reassure all parents, carers and students Public Health England have not communicated with us in any way about any suspected or confirmed cases whatsoever.
We will continue to keep you up to date with the latest communication from trusted sources such as Public Health England.
Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.
Exmouth Community College
Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase
Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should 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:
Current advice remains in place: 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.
COVID-19 travel guidance for the education sector
The Government has issued new travel guidance for the education sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips which are already underway.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
Where to find the latest information
Please keep your GIAS contacts up to date
If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).