CORONAVIRUS – ADVICE FROM THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION
We have received this advice from the Department for Education and have been asked to share it with all parents, students and staff:
18 March - As you will be aware there was a change to the government advice regarding COVID-19. Guidance from government is being updated regularly and it is strongly advised that you regularly check the links below and/or subscribe to email updates.
Also below is a link to the guidance for households with possible infections. To clarify, the person with symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days whilst others in the household should self-isolate for 14 days. If a member of the household develops symptoms within the 14 days they need to self-isolate for 7 days from when they develop the first symptoms.
13 March 2020 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.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone who has travelled recently or will be travelling in the future. This can be found at:
Public Health England blog:
Latest information and advice can be found at:
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 or further education setting 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:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel 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.
You can also share content from the following social media links:
Information: helpline launched to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education
The Department for Education has 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
The opening hours are 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).