Parents Press Release Coronavirus 06.03.20

To all parents and staff of Kingsbridge Community College. Update on the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus – Friday 6th March 2020

Thank you very much for your continued support and all of the contact that we have had from you appreciating the communication that we have been able to give.

I am pleased to be able to confirm a negative test result for one of the teachers who has been absent from work and they will be returning to College on Monday 9th March. As soon as we have any further information we will update you through this regular channel. The other three test results are still pending.

NHS 111 Online – latest coronavirus (COVID-19) advice: Find out what to do if: . you think you have symptoms . you might have been exposed to the virus when travelling . should you be worried regarding your own exposure to the virus, please find a link to a self-assessment tool that Public Health England have released: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

The importance of hygiene Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.


  1. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

  2. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

  3. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

We have taken additional steps to improve the ability for staff and students to have excellent hygiene. We are installing more communal hand washing facilities and hand sanitisers have been installed around the College.

Pupil Absence Current advice to schools from the Department for Education is that if a pupil’s absence follows the isolation guidelines laid out by Public Health England (i.e. they have had close contact with an infected person or they have returned from a category one area) then the absence will be authorised. If the absence is not in line with this advice, then it will not be authorised