Parents Press Release Coronavirus 09.03.20

To all parents and staff of Kingsbridge Community College. Update on the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus – Monday 9th March 2020

You may be aware that a pupil at one of the local primary schools has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently receiving all the necessary support from health services. Public Health England has advised the school that because the pupil was not symptomatic when they were in school there is little or no risk for the rest of the children and staff at that school. As a precautionary measure, they have taken the decision to deep clean the school and are therefore closed tomorrow.

I understand that this may cause anxiety amongst the local community, but I would like to assure you that we are still working closely with Public Health England and the status of the three pending results at KCC remain unchanged. We have been informed that test results are now being posted to people that have had precautionary tests. I am confident that if the pending test results had been positive we would have been contacted immediately by Public Health England. However, until we are definitively informed that the test results are negative, the three individuals remain absent from school.

I fully understand that as new confirmed cases become known in our community it causes further questions about self-isolation and attendance in school. If you are concerned about contact with any individual impacted by a positive result, please follow the link below: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

The link is a self risk assessment. It will ask you a series of yes or no questions and give advice as to what your next steps are.

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

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.