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Government Coronavirus Action Plan

The government strategy is being regularly updated to deal with coronavirus (COVID-19). Please refer to the information below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government- response

The coronavirus action plan

This document sets out what we have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes.

The action plan can be found here:

Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.

Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy

Yesterday, Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.

The latest travel guidance can be found here:

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water

In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

There is a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Advice for Trust schools

Public Health England have issued comprehensive guidance for schools which the Trust is following and checking for updates regularly

COVID-19: Guidance for Educational Settings https://www.gov.uk/government/ publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Advice for parents/guardians

The Trust is carefully monitoring the situation and directly following the advice given by Public Health England. We will make sure you are kept fully updated should the situation change.

At this time, there is no reason why your child should not continue to attend school as normal.

What action you can take?

  • A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus by careful attention to basic personal hygiene practices such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses. We are encouraging pupils to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene in all Trust schools. Please can you reinforce these messages at home.

Please advise your school immediately if you/your family have recently returned from any of the following countries and regions under Category 1 or 2 on the Government link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/ covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors- arriving-in-the-uk

Please contact your school directly if you have any further questions or concerns; we thank you for your support.