Covid-19 – brief but important update on new government advice and school arrangements.
New rules about isolation for those who become symptomatic or live with someone who has become symptomatic:
In the interests of clarity – I have quoted the guidance directly here:
• 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.
• The relevant symptoms remain ‘new or continuous cough and/or high temperature’.
In these circumstances, please contact the school office email@example.com
New advice for those who are vulnerable or who live with someone vulnerable:
The government has provided a list of the conditions which they consider rendering individuals vulnerable and have advised people who fall into these categories to operate on a ‘social distancing’ basis. These measures include avoiding those with symptoms, avoiding non-essential use of public transport, working remotely where possible and avoiding gatherings.
If you are concerned that these measures apply to a pupil or a member of a pupil’s family, and you have not already made contact with the school to discuss this, then please do so.
All parents received communication via email on Friday 13th March detailing work that could be undertaken should a boy need to self-isolate. Heads of Year will email out on Friday 20th March further instructions for work that will be missed if boys self-isolate next week.
WCPS is monitoring the situation closely, following the advice of Public Health England to ensure the health of our school and the wider community.
We are very grateful for the support of our community in this matter; we appreciate the added complications it may cause for some families and the concern which it causes for us all. The health and safety of our pupils, staff and community is of the utmost importance, and we will continue to keep our procedures under review, updating parents, visitors and the school community on a regular basis as the situation evolves.
Precautions in school:
1) Pupils and staff have been briefed regarding infection control, and have been encouraged to pay particular attention to hand hygiene. A number of new hand sanitisers have been installed around the school.
2) Any pupil who has a persistant cough or fever is being asked to self isolate for 14 days.
3) All Clubs are cancelled
4) No visitors are allowed on site
5) All trips are cancelled
Precautions for visitors:
Following the advice we have received from Public Health England, we are currently unable to accept any visitors to the site.