Parents Press Release Coronavirus 10.03.20

To all parents and staff of Kingsbridge Community College. Update on the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus – Tuesday 10th March 2020

Further to yesterday’s email regarding a pupil at a local primary school testing positive for COVID-19, I am writing to confirm that despite conjecture and speculation on social media, the family concerned do not have a child who attends KCC.

I would ask that all parents respect the privacy of any individuals who have already been directly impacted by the current situation. I will continue to update you through this regular channel should the situation at KCC change. I am sure that you will appreciate that it is impossible for us to respond to individual queries and questions that are coming into the College. We continue to follow advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education.

I am pleased to be able to confirm a negative test result for the remaining teacher who has been absent from work and they will be returning to College with immediate effect. The other two test results are still pending.

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.