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Parent summary of reopening schools.

15.4.2020 Local Support

20.3.2020  Update

 

From the 23rd March schools will be closed to pupils.  School will provide childcare for children of critical care workers as defined by the DfE/Government.

 

School will provide online learning tasks for pupils via the website here:

https://www.parkhouse.derbyshire.sch.uk/school-closure-work/

 

Pupils will be given a login for our blog area where they can communicate with teachers:

https://www.parkhouse.derbyshire.sch.uk/home-learning/

 

16.3.2020

 

If you are in a household with someone with symptoms such as a new, persistent cough and/or high temperature your child must stay off school for 14 days and the whole family should self isolate.

 

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

The updated guidance can be found here:

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 would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

Recording school pupil absences

Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.

If a pupil does not attend school, despite the school operating as usual and the pupil is not self-isolating, they should be marked as absent. It is for headteachers to determine whether or not the absence is authorised depending on the individual circumstances.

Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.

Handwashing advice

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.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

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:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

 

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

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

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

UPDATED GUIDANCE 12.3.2020

 

If you or your child has a 'new, persistent cough' or 'high temperature of 38 degrees' you should self isolate for 7 days.

The news and media is full of information about the Coronavirus and is obviously worrying for parents.  We take the health and safety of pupils seriously and have discussed handwashing and good hygiene with our pupils.  We appreciate the support of parents in informing us of any family members or trips where category 1 or 2 countries have been visited.

 

School are sent updated Government advice on a regular basis.  The information below is correct at the time of posting, however please see the latest information by clicking the link below.

 

The link below gives the latest guidance on travelling abroad.  If any of our families are planning to travel to any of the affected countries, then we ask you to follow the advice in the article and inform the school. 

 

We will publish further updates as we receive them. 

 

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

 

  • 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.

 

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.

 

 

www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

 

If you or your children have returned from a category 1 country or area in the past 14 days.

This includes:  

  • Wuhan city and Hubei province,
  • China  
  • Iran*  
  • Daegu or Cheongdo,
  • South Korea*  
  • Any Italian town under containment measures*

  *Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020 
 
Contact NHS 111 for advice, and:  

Self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the country or area (see the home isolation advice sheet 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 category 2 country or area in the last 14 days This includes:  

Cambodia  

China (other than Wuhan city or Hubei province)  

Hong Kong  

Italy: north* 

Japan  

Laos  

Macau  

Malaysia  

Myanmar  

Singapore  

South Korea (other than Daegu or Cheongdo)  

Taiwan  

Thailand  

Vietnam

*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020 
 
Then 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 

 
However, 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 
  • 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 any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries, look out for the following symptoms:  

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

                                    
According to other official guidance, 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) 
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