Coronavirus Advice

Launch of NHS COVID-19 app

A quick reminder that the new NHS COVID-19 app is now available to download for free in England and Wales. Information and resources including guidance on how to download the app can be found here :
https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/information-and-resources.html
The leaflet for parents and carers explaining how the app works is available to download here:
https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/parents-carers-over16s-factsheet.pdf
DfE guidance on use of the NHS COVID-19 app in schools and FE colleges is available here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/use-of-the-nhs-covid-19-app-in-schools-and-further-education-colleges/use-of-the-nhs-covid-19-app-in-schools-and-further-education-colleges
An explainer video is available here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp0kHcr_Pi4&feature=youtu.be

Guidance for schools to pass onto parents

Public Health England (PHE) has published advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance covers: helping children and young people cope with stress; how children and young people of different ages may react; children and young people who are accessing mental health services; children and young people with learning disabilities; autistic children and young people; children and young people who care for others; and bullying. The guidance will be updated in line with the changing situation.

Read the guidance: Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing

 

Government Updates

Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extra-support-for-schools-and-parents-to-help-cope-with-coronavirus


 

Public health England have created a suite of assets for us to use to help amplify the message across our communication channels. The campaign materials are available on the Campaign Resource Centre:
 
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources/4992
 
They will be adding resources over the new few days so please keep checking for new creative materials.
STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES is their key message

 25th February 2020

Dear parent/carer,

Re: Coronavirus concerns

You are likely aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK.  At Crofty Multi Academy Trust, 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 within the Trust, 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 children 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

If you or your children have returned from anywhere in Hubei province in past 14 days

Contact NHS 111 for advice, and:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days after leaving Hubei (see the home isolation advice sheet https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation for help with this)
  • If you become unwell, call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention) – see below for the symptoms to look out for

If you or your children have returned from a specified area in last 14 days

The specified areas are:

  • China (other than Hubei)
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

If you or your children 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, (see below for a list of symptoms):

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses (see the home isolation advice sheet https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation for help with this)
  • Call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention)

Symptoms to look out for

If you have returned from the specified areas or Hubei, look out for the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)

According to other official guidance, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public/guidance-to-assist-professionals-in-advising-the-general-public 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 child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Simon Hague

Chief Executive

Crofty Multi Academy Trust