This article was shared from the Newcastle Bridges School website.
As concern around Coronavirus/Covid-19 grows, I would like to reassure you that we are following all the latest Government and NHS guidelines and monitoring the local picture around Covid-19 so that we are up to date at all times. The wellbeing of our pupils, families and staff is our highest priority and we all need to be sensible and avoid risks, whilst ensuring we do not compromise the education of our pupils.
Following the government’s announcement yesterday, Thursday 12th March that the country is moving to the next stage in the fight against coronavirus it is extremely important that that if your child develops a cough or high temperature that you keep them off school and isolate them for 7 days. It is also vitally important that you inform the school of the situation.
With Prosper Learning Trust all schools are implementing measures to prevent the potential spread of the virus. I would like to reassure you that we are prepared and have policies and procedures in place to be able to manage whatever is required to ensure the safety of our pupils, staff & families. There will be increased advice and guidance given to pupils and staff on hygiene control.
We continue to encourage all pupils and staff to adopt regular handwashing, and sneezing and coughing into tissues and then safely disposing of the tissue to help minimise the infection.
The following advice continues to be of high importance in this respect:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
What to do if you are worried
The Department for Education have launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
If you are worried about your child, or a member of your family’s symptoms, please call NHS 111 – do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment. We would ask that you keep the academy informed of any conversations with NHS 111 or Public Health England so that we can offer support and take any action as required.
Essential you keep updated
National updates on Coronavirus can be found at:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Public Health England blog:
Can I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. We will endeavour to keep you updated in this ever changing situation.
CEO Prosper Learning Trust: Mark Jones