Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance
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Guidance Updated 20.03.20
The school is now closed from Monday 23rd March to all pupils except vulnerable children and children of identified key workers.
The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
We will be providing a packed lunch for all children on benefit entitled free school meals. If your child is entitled to benefit related free school meals, you will receive a separate letter about these arrangements.
Pupils have all been given a pack of work including maths and reading workbooks that should be completed at home and returned to school when the school re-opens. There are also a number of online resources for pupils on our website https://westminsterschool.co.uk/pupil-links/ Logins and passwords for the online resources have been sent home. If you need a login or password reminder, please contact the school office. Please keep checking the school website as more online links will be added over the next few weeks.
The school plans to update parents via a weekly newsletter on our website. A text will be sent to parents/carers to let you know that the newsletter is available. Please ensure that the office have an up to date contact number for you.
The DfE has also opened a helpline to answer specific COVID 19 questions related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: Dfe.email@example.com
- Opening hours are Monday- Friday from 8am to 6pm
Symptoms and Self Isolation
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
When should I self-isolate?
- If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
- For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.
If you have coronavirus symptoms:
- do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
- testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
- If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
Please see the following guidance links:
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are currently advising against all but essential international travel: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice