Following recent Coronavirus updates from the Government and Public Health England, we would like to reassure parents and carers on the precautions that are being taken at QEGS in relation to the prevention of Coronavirus.
We are working closely with authorities to ensure we are acting upon the latest guidance and that we are fully aware of the appropriate steps to ensure the welfare of our school community. On a daily basis, we are monitoring the latest guidance from Public Health England and the Government. We are also in regular communication with the NHS School Nursing Team.
We can confirm there have been no pupils or students in school with symptoms of Coronavirus, nor anyone who has returned from an area on ‘lockdown’. We have this week communicated with all parents/carers to ensure they are aware that if they return from certain areas of the world that are listed here, they must self-isolate for 14 days after they return.
As of 28th February, these areas are:
- Specific lockdown areas in northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
- ‘Special care zones’ in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
- Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)
Parents/Carers should also be aware that for those who have returned from Category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days, the advice is to stay at home if they develop symptoms. These areas are:
- Northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
All other pupils or students and staff should continue to attend school, including their siblings attending the same or a different school (unless advised not to by public health officials).
Public Health England has issued specific guidance for Educational Settings, which can be found here. This guidance includes general advice of how to prevent the spread of viruses with good hygiene habits. As a preventative measure, we have increased our cleaning regime throughout the school, with a focus on ‘high traffic’ surfaces such as doors and pin code pads.
We will continue to strictly follow the official guidance from Public Health England and DfE and we will provide updates as required via our website and through parent communication.
We would like to thank parents and carers for their support as we continue to prioritise the welfare and safety of our school community.