We now have further information from the Government, giving details of those who are considered to be key workers. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIST.
You will see that the Government has said, "if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be'. This is the safest place for your child and the rest of the community.
If you are a key worker and your child is unable to stay at home, please contact the school before 1.30 pm today (Friday 20 March) to let us know.
Provision in school will be the same as at home - online learning but pupils will be supervised in school in order that key worker parents can go to work.
If you tell us that your child will need to come into school, we will treat this the same as usual school attendance.
BBC advice for parents: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51734855
How to keep safe: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51711227
Advice for those with asthma: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/#Advice
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation for more information)
if you live with others and you or one of them 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. (See ending isolation section for more info).
if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
if you have coronavirus symptoms:
plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
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.
How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
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.
We recognise that the current situation will be worrying for many children. The guide below might be useful to help you talk to your child, supporting you to give enough information and help them feel more comfortable.