Coronavirus advice for families
9th March 2020
Public Health England and the Department for Education are regularly updating the information that they publish about the Covid-19 coronavirus. To make sure you have the most up-to-date information we recommend that you regularly check the latest guidance.
- Click here for the PHE article “Coronavirus – what you need to know”
- Click here for the PHE/DfE guidance for schools and educational settings
- Click here for the PHE’s “Advice for home isolation”
- Click here for guidance for British people travelling and living overseas
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The DfE recently 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 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
UPDATE: 16TH MARCH 2020
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOL IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAVE EITHER OF THESE SYMPTOMS.
Parents and children have been advised to self-isolate
- 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.