An Update Regarding Coronavirus

A Message from our Trust

Dear Family Members

We understand completely that there has been extensive media coverage relating to the Coronavirus outbreak that began in China. We have monitored all advice from the Government and feel that it is an appropriate time to to communicate with families the guidance that all schools have received.

On February 25th the government updated its advice to include Northern Italy as one of its Category 2 countries at risk of Coronavirus. As you may know the Academy Trust had a ski trip to Northern Italy earlier this month which left Italy on the 14th February. The Government have identified a number of “at risk” locations in Italy and our students did not visit any of the towns which have been put into lockdown.

Government advice is for people who have visited a category 2 area is as follows:

“If you have returned from these areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.”

Having spoken to the NHS, unless students are exhibiting any symptoms and because the students returned before February 19th, the current advice is that no further action is required.

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Government Advice 

The Department for Education, Public Health England and the NHS have all provided extensive guidance which the Academy has followed.

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate.

However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting any of the affected areas.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area.  The area affected and advice can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Advice for parents/guardians is included in the link below:

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There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their education setting as normal.

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.

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