To all parents and staff of Kingsbridge Community College. Update on the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus – Sunday 15th March 2020
The country has now moved into the 'Delay Phase' in response to COVID-19. I am continuing to follow the advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education. I want to reassure you that we are reviewing our practice and protocols daily and will keep you updated with relevant information through our normal channels of communication.
As in all schools, we have a number of children and staff members whose immune systems are compromised and so it is important, in order to protect all members of our community, that we adhere to the advice given:
• Pupils with a dry cough (less than a week old) and/or raised temperature are advised to self-isolate and not come into school for seven days. Current guidance is that siblings should still attend. • Any child that develops a dry cough or high temperature during the school day will need to be collected immediately and kept at home for seven days. Please ensure we have your up to date contact details so we can get in touch easily if this happens. Current guidance is that siblings can still attend. • We are reviewing our planned sporting fixtures, visits and trips and will let you know if these are postponed or cancelled.
With regards to Challenge Week and overseas trips in particular, we are keeping the situation under review and will be taking a decision on whether to proceed with the trips after the Easter holidays. We have been in touch with our insurers. Whilst they have not given us any guarantees, we have a high degree of confidence that we will be able to refund any payments made by parents should the trip be cancelled.
High staff absence may have a direct impact on the provision that is available. Decisions in relation to this will be made on a day by day basis.
I will continue to be in touch regularly with you when I receive updates and any changes to advice from Public Health England. Thank you for understanding that I cannot reply to all inquiries individually. However, if your situation involves a complex health scenario then please do contact the College and I will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible.
Thank you once again for all your support.
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 • 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.
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