St Matthew's C of E

Primary School

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28th February 2020 - Latest advice from Public Health England

Friday 28th February 2020


Dear Parents, 


Please help and support us by ensuring you follow the correct advice for Coronavirus.   As you’re aware in this age of social media it is very easy for misinformation to circulate and for people to be misguided and frightened by unofficial sources and hearsay.


We will endeavour to send regular advice to you from Public Health England and would ask that you also keep yourself up to date by regularly checking their official website.  See link below:


In terms of preventing the spread of the virus in schools advice from Public Health is that it is all about highlighting the good hygiene rules we already follow in schools i.e. frequent hand washing.  When sneezing, blow into a handkerchief or disposable tissue then wash your hands again. Increase cleaning of all furniture surfaces, door handles, equipment that is handled.    


Public Health say  that it is important to recognise that, at present, the risk of catching Coronavirus is minimal. Self-isolation is only required if staff or pupils have travelled to the areas outlined in the advice link for schools below:


If they have travelled to a category 1 area within the last 14 days they should self-isolate and call NHS111 to inform them of recent travel and then follow their instructions, regardless of whether they have symptoms.


If they have travelled to a category 2 area within the last 14 days they are advised to self-isolate only if they develop symptoms.  If they are well they do not need to avoid contact with other people and can continue to attend work or education.


If they have not travelled to one of these areas they would only need to be self-isolated if they have had close contact with a confirmed case.  This would not be required for suspected cases.  For further detail on this please contact school for further advice.


Public Health have advised that the following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has Coronavirus:  - cough - difficulty in breathing – fever.


Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.


Thank you for working with us to protect our school and pupils from Corona Virus and undue stress and anxiety.