Coronavirus update - 24th March 2020
On Thursday 18th March 2020, the Government announced all schools in England will close except for children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23rd March.
Parents should keep their children at home, wherever possible and that they’ve asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
Do you fall into one of the categories below? If so, please call 0115 915 1271 or email school to tell us
- Health and social care
- Doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, frontline health and social care staff including volunteers or work in the supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical equipment
- Key public services
- Justice system, religious staff, charity workers, anyone responsible for the management of the deceased, journalists, broadcasters
- Local an national government
- Anyone working in administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or those working in the payment of benefits
- Food and other necessary good
- Food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery
- Public safety and national security
- Police including support staff, MoD civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue employees, National Crime Agency staff, boarder security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas
- Those who keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass
- Utilities, communications and financial services
- Staff needed for essential financial services provision, including those working in banks, building societies and financial markets, the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors, including sewerage, IT and data infrastructure, civil nuclear, chemicals and telecommunications, including call centre staff, network operations, 999 and 111 critical services, postal services and delivery, payment providers and waster disposal sectors
It was also confirmed on Thursday 18th March 2020 that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams. The Government will inform us tomorrow giving clarity and the arrangements of what will happen instead.
On Monday 16th March 2020, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
The symptoms are:
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
Denewood and Unity Academies are updated and responding to daily advice provided by the government. If you are concerned or worried about you or your child's health, contact the school so we can listen and provide advice.
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.
- Pupils staff are reminded to regularly wash their hands – at least for 20 seconds, using soap and warm water. Tip: sing happy birthday twice as this lasts about 20 seconds
- Hand wash before eating food, after coughing and sneezing and after visiting the bathroom or travelling on public transport
- Do not touch the face with unwashed hands, especially eyes, nose and mouth
- Pupils and staff are to use their own drinking bottles or disposable cups for drinking
- Pupils will be reminded about staying healthy and to use simple tips about their self-care
- Cleaners have been told to take extra time around door handles and surfaces
How to catch a cough or sneeze?
- Everyone should cough and sneeze into tissues or sleeve (see picture below)
- Bin the tissue straight away
- Wash your hands immediately
Follow NHS advice on how to wash your hands properly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGJNspLRdrc
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/
Latest travel advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Where to find the latest information
Updates on Covid-19
Guidance for educational settings
Travel advice for those travelling or living overseas
Latest DfE information