Woodhill Primary School Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Woodhill Primary School Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Woodhill Primary School is working hard to ensure life continues as normal as possible amidst the Coronavirus outbreak. We are keen to ensure pupil and community safety is our utmost priority and will follow the advice given by the Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE). You can find out what they are saying here

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/869250/Coronavirus_advice_for_educational_settings_poster.pdf

 

If you have a concern about your child’s health, you must follow the Department of Health’s advice, which you can find here

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

If your child has an underlying health problem which puts him or her at higher risk, please contact your GP.

We will continue to follow advice on trips and visits and thoroughly risk assess each planned activity. We’ll put information here about any that are cancelled.

 

  1. Public Health England (PHE) has just issued guidance to recommend that anyone with symptoms, however mild should self-isolate for seven days from the onset of symptoms.  For the moment I suggest that school leaders should simply be saying to staff to follow the PHE guidance.  But I suspect that anxiety within the workforce will grow over the weekend and absences will start to increase.  I am therefore working on some guidance that we can aim to share with staff from early next week.  This will be firmly based on what ACAS is already saying

 

  1. The prime minister has just made a statement about the government’s response.  It is worth a read but the key message for us is below:

 

We are not - repeat not - closing schools now. The scientific advice is that this could do more harm than good at this time. But we are of course keeping this under review and this again may change as the disease spreads. Schools should only close if they are specifically advised to do so. And that remains our advice.