As you will be aware we have now had to sadly close the school to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23rd March. Please find a copy of the letter here: Coronavirus letter re closure
As you will be aware we have put in place a number of preventative measures such as;
- disinfecting communal areas such as door handles twice daily
- ensuring children wash their hands on entering and leaving the school
- encouraging regular hand washing throughout the day, especially prior to eating
This emphasis on personal hygiene is a key aspect of the recommended action plan as outlined here
Here at Minet we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated of any changes as and when they might occur.
National guidance emphases 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.
The guidance for educational settings identifies the most common symptoms of coronavirus as a new, continuous cough or a high temperature. It advises that for most people, coronavirus will be a mild infection. The current guidance (17th March) states:
- If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
- If you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
If anyone is advised to stay at home, there is guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus infection here
There is also published guidance on social distancing for everyone in the United Kingdom here
The Department for Education has a coronavirus helpline available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Updates are posted on: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
We will update this guidance as and when we hear of further changes to government advice.