Latest advice from Department for Education (12.05.2020):
Guidance on the wider opening of education and childcare settings
Yesterday we published guidance on our plans to open education and childcare settings to more children from 1 June.
Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June can be found here:
Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:
Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:
Safer travel guidance for passengers during the coronavirus outbreak
The Department for Transport has published guidance on travelling safely during the coronavirus outbreak, providing information on walking, cycling, using private vehicles, travelling in taxis and on public transport. Information on children travelling on public transport is also provided in this guidance.
The guidance can be found here:
Latest guidance for households with symptoms
The Government's current guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), 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
- for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
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 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.
Where to find the latest information
We continue to follow government guidelines, and all users of the building are asked to take the recommended precautions. Current advice from the Department for Education (DfE) is that schools stay open and children attend. Should there be any change in this, or should there be an occurrence of Covid-19 within the school community, we will of course inform parents and carers immediately. In the event of school closure, we will also inform all parents and carers of how work will be provided. For further information, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
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