Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Corona virus - guidance and advice by schools standards agency

Audience:
All Schools – Headteachers, All School Staff, Parents

Coronavirus Advice

There is currently an outbreak of a novel coronavirus with the focus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The situation is evolving so you are advised to check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for updated information.

Coronavirus posters
Public Health England have produced the attached poster containing information on how to prevent the spread of germs, including novel coronavirus. We would be grateful to all schools if they could please display the attached posters prominently within schools.

Here is a link to current Public Health England Q&As:
https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

The majority of cases report mild illness and symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, chest tightness or shortness of breath.

We are asking people to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like they would with other flu viruses.

This means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan and not going to work, school or public areas.

Where possible, you should avoid having visitors to your home, but it’s ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.

Further information on this can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

We advise any students or visitors to the school who are unwell AND have visited Wuhan City or Hubei Province, China in the last 14 days, to seek medical advice from NHS 111 or by phoning their GP for advice, detailing their travel history.

Students and staff who have returned from Wuhan City or Hubei Province in the last 14 days are advised to:
• stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
• call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city

Please request they follow this advice even if they do not have symptoms.

Students and staff who have returned from elsewhere in mainland China (including Taiwan, but not Macao or Hong Kong) in the last 14 days do not need to self-isolate if they do not have symptoms; but if they become unwell during the 14 days after leaving China they are advised to self-isolate and call NHS 111 or their GP for advice, detailing their travel history.

We would encourage you to remind all staff and students of the importance of good hygiene practice. Coughing and sneezing should be into tissues that are promptly disposed of in bins. Hands should be washed with soap and water or using an alcohol hand rub, even if hands are visibly clean.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are now advising against ALL travel to Hubei Province, and against all but essential travel to mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao). Anyone travelling to China should remain vigilant and check the latest travel advice on GOV.UK.

Further guidance is in preparation for education settings and once published will be cascaded via national channels. Guidance documents are being regularly updated, so please refer to the most recent versions at the following links:

• Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus
• China travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china
• Travel advice from the Foreign Office: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china
• Travel health advice: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Contact details:
School Standards
Tel: 020 7745 6456
Email: school.standards@rbkc.gov.uk