On Monday 23 March, Heron Hall Academy becomes the 'CHAT Hub school' for keyworkers from Heron. Key workers from Cuckoo, Woodpecker, Kingfisher and Enfield Heights have a Hub School at Kingfisher. Children should ONLY attend if it is absolutely necessary and you have NO OTHER OPTIONS. If we can support any of our families please see our Helping Families web page.

Coronavirus advice

Coronavirus Advice Note for our families.

9 March 2020

We are following national advice. The main sources of government advice for parents are:

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline, for education related questions: 0800 046 8687

National guidance:

Gov.uk guidance
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Gov.uk guidance for educational settings
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

NHS
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

What is happening to School trips?

In the case of school trips or other off site events we are monitoring the situation closely. We will risk assess each situation individually using the most up to date government advice.

Parents: Coronavirus issues, what should I do?

A.    If your child has travelled back from a Category 1 specified country/ area in the last 14 days you should self-isolate even if there are no symptoms.

Your child should not attend school.

The updated Category 1 list is:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

B.    If your child has returned from a Category 2 specified country/ area in the last 14 days you do not need to do anything and your child should attend school unless they develop symptoms.

If they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call NHS 111.

Government advice on symptoms can be checked here:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The updated Category 2 list is:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

C.    If your child has not travelled anywhere or been in contact with someone who has a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis but is feeling unwell, contact NHS 111 for advice on what to do, in the usual way. If it is a normal cold etc. your child will be able to attend school. The NHS will advise you.

D.    If your child has not travelled anywhere but has been in direct contact with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus call NHS 111 for advice. You be will asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

E.    If your child has not travelled anywhere but has been in direct contact with someone who has a suspected case of coronavirus call NHS 111 for advice.

Weakened immune system

If your child has a weakened immune system or a long term medical condition which you feel may put them at risk, contact your GP or NHS 111 for specific advice relating to their medical needs.


Updated advice - 3 March

Schools met today

The headteachers from each of the schools in our Trust met this afternoon to review the situation and to go through in detail the latest government advice. The group, which is chaired by the Trust's Chief Executive Officer, will meet regularly to ensure we are doing everything we can to restrict the spread of the virus in line with the latest government advice.

Headteachers reviewed and reiterated the need for frequent washing of hands within the school, contingency arrangements for additional supplies of hand wash, sourcing additional hot and cold food if this becomes necessary, and the need to communicate clearly to parents as the situation progresses.

The safety of the children remains our highest priority. 

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason currently why your children should not continue to attend school as normal.

Please help to support the national campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

We will follow national guidance and assess each case on its own merits.

Gov.uk guidance

Read the guidance here.

Gov.uk guidance for educational settings

This includes:

  • what to do if children or staff feel unwell and believe they have been exposed to the virus
  • what to do if a case of the virus is suspected in a child in school
  • what to do if a case of the virus is confirmed in the school
  • what to do if children or staff are contacts in a confirmed case of the virus in school
  • what to do if children or staff have travelled to a category 1 specified county or area
  • what to do if children or staff have travelled to a category 2 specified county or area

Read the guidance here.

Travel advice

Read the guidance here.

Foreign travel checklist

Read the guidance here.

Advice for women traveling abroad

Read the guidance here.

NHS

Read the guidance here.

Preventing spread of infection

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

•    washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
•    covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
•    people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting.

Pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
•    before leaving home
•    on arrival at school
•    after using the toilet
•    after breaks and sporting activities
•    before food preparation
•    before eating any food, including snacks
•    before leaving school
•    use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
•    avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
•    avoid close contact with people who are unwell
•    clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
•    if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111.

Do not go directly to your GP or another healthcare environment.

Updated advice 2 March 2020

We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
•    No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Updated advice 27 February

DFE CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE

The DFE has issued the following guidance to schools:

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their school as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half-term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses. (Please see the Pubic Health Poster).

What action are we taking at CCCS?

We have put up notices reminding staff and students to manage their personal hygiene and continue to maintain supplies of liquid soap in bathroom areas and hand sanitiser products in key environments.

For up to date information about the Coronavirus please refer to the central government information sources:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Department of Health Twitter
Department of Health Facebook
Department of Health LinkedIn

Coronavirus - Advice from Public Health England

Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers.

Advice for parents/guardians intending to travel abroad this half term.

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel abroad this half term to countries where there is a higher risk of transmission.

The affected countries are: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

If so, please refer to https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/498/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-update for the latest travel advice.

Public Health England has also issued general advice for members of the publichttps://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#advice-for-travellers

What action you should take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

Anyone who has travelled to the UK from the countries listed in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, should to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

Further information is available from https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Updated advice

Preventing spread of infection

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
•    washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
•    covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
•    people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
•    pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
•    before leaving home
•    on arrival at school
•    after using the toilet
•    after breaks and sporting activities
•    before food preparation
•    before eating any food, including snacks
•    before leaving school
•    use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
•    avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
•    avoid close contact with people who are unwell
•    clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
•    if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment



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