14th March 2020
I am pleased that parents have taken a sensible view of the Covid-19 situation and seem to be listening to government and medical advice. Today I received the following clarification about self-isolation:
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 traveled 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:
• A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
• A new, continuous cough
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
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.
If your child develops a new, continuous cough, combined with a high temperature, then please let the school know and keep them at home. If they have a cough but feel fine and do not have a temperature, come to school. Things will undoubtedly change but this is where we are now. I will keep you all updated.