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  • The school has followed the GCC guidance to put up posters in staff toilets and to make staff aware of the NHS guidance to educational settings.
  • The children are all taught to wash their hands after using the toilet and before meals, to use a tissue and to cover their mouths when coughing, as part of our daily routine.
  • Currently our school has no staff or pupils in our school who we believe (nor have we been notified of anyone) who may have been exposed to COVID-19 either through travel to affected countries or contact with a confirmed case.
  • If a suspected case arises our school will follow the guidance and contact our local Health Protection Team.
  • If anyone is diagnosed the school will be contacted by our Local Health Protection Team who will advise us on any actions.
  • If anyone is identified as a contact the Health Protection Team will advise the school.
  • At our school we have no pupils or staff who have travelled anywhere in the Hubei province of China in the last 14 days. The school has not been made aware of any pupils or staff who have travelled from a category 2 risk area. Currently pupils or staff returning from travel anywhere else in the world are being advised the risk level is low and they are advised not to avoid normal activities or educational settings.


GENERAL GUIDANCE ON PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF INFECTION FROM THE NHS IS: There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

The COVID-19 communications toolkit can be downloaded from NHS Inform containing public health resources about how you can help stop the spread of viruses, like those that cause COVID-19, by practicing good respiratory and hand hygiene.

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 based hand 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.

? people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or early learning and childcare setting

? children, pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

o before leaving home

o on arrival at school/setting

o after using the toilet

o after breaks and sporting activities

o before food preparation

o before eating any food, including snacks

o before leaving school/setting

? use an alcohol based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol 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 your GP or NHS24 (111). Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment but phone.

? see further information on HPS COVID-19 website and NHS Inform


Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or staff are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.


Published: 05/03/2020 13:22:37