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COVID-19 Coronavirus– Advice for parents/carers and students – 19th March 2020

 

We are working on our provision for education from Monday 23rd March and will be in touch with all parents directly over the course of the next two days.  

 

Taunton Deane Partnership College is following the advice of the Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) during the current pandemic.  We know this is a worrying time for everyone and want to reassure you that we are taking all steps we can to minimise risk to our staff and students.

 

This is a fast moving situation – this advice will be updated regularly.

 

If anyone in your household has a persistent cough or fever, you must not send your child to school and everyone in your household should self isolate for 14 days.  Please do not send your child to school with a cough or a temperature as we will have to contact you to take them home.

 

Full or partial closure of the school

The current advice is that schools should remain open unless advised otherwise by PHE.

In the case of a severe impact on staffing, the headteacher may consider moving staff and students to other TPDC centres, provided there is no risk to staff or students.  You will be informed if these arrangements are put in place.

Should large numbers of staff be unable to attend and the school is unable to function safely, a partial closure may be necessary.  You will be informed if this arrangement has to be put in place.

In the event of a full closure of the school, arrangements will be made for work to be accessed online.  Full details will be sent to you if a closure is needed.

 

How to minimise the spread of infection

The school has robust procedures in place to minimise the spread of infection, including enhanced cleaning.  Hand soap and paper towels are available in all bathrooms and handwashing posters have been put up in toilets.

If any COVID-19 cases are confirmed in our school, we will work with Public Health England and follow their advice.

You can help by encouraging your child to follow good respiratory hygiene:

  • washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
  • pupils should wash their hands:
    • before leaving home
    • on arrival at school
    • after using the toilet
    • after breaks and sporting activities
    • before food preparation
    • before eating any food, including snacks
    • before leaving school
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

 

What to do if you or your children become unwell and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19

Do not go to your GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.  You should self isolate at home for 14 days and call NHS 111 if your symptoms become worse.  Please inform the school as soon as possible.

If your child becomes unwell at school, they should tell a member of staff immediately.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance for further advice and guidance.

 

Exam preparation

Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

The school will follow any updated advice that is received.

Further information from Ofqual can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-statement-on-coronavirus

 

Where to find the latest information

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Updates on COVID-19:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

 

 

 

 

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