COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

DfE Advice for Schools: We continue to be closed for most of our pupils and open only for the care of a very small number of pupils of key workers. The latest statement by the Prime Minister will not alter this current position for the forthcoming weeks and this provision will remain unchanged until the government allows schools to reopen on a phased basis. As we approach a possible ‘phase 2’ of the new COVID plan (towards 1st of June) we will keep you informed of the arrangements for any possible return to school. We will also update you of any further guidance we receive from the DfE, or Birmingham LA in relation to our arrangements.

We continue to remain closed. Only a small number of pupils will be on site for key worker child care. Those who can be cared for safely at home should remain at home. Queries regarding free school meal vouchers and any other matters should contact enquiry@stwilfrd.bham.sch.uk

 

Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you should self-isolate at home.

Main messages

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. (The ending isolation section below has more information)
  • after 7 days, if you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to continue to self-isolate. If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal. You do not need to self-isolate if you only have a cough or anosmia after 7 days, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone
  • if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), then you must stay at home for at least 7 days, but all other household members who remain well 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. See the explanatory diagram
  • for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for at least 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. The ending isolation section below has more information, and see the explanatory diagram
  • staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • reduce the spread of infection in your home: wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser; cover coughs and sneezes
  • if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) 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 (COVID-19) 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 onlinecoronavirus (COVID-19) service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • if you develop new coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you need to follow the same guidance on self-isolation again 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What if the UK Government classes me as a key worker?

Parents who are working in a critical sector and cannot make any alternative arrangements, our school staff are committed to providing childcare whilst you are at work. We are also committed to keeping our extended hours from 8:30 am to 3:30pm to enable you to keep the country operating. These are testing times and it is our civic and moral duty to keep our community safe, whilst at the same time keeping our critical services operating. 

 

What do I need to do if my child has ‘flu-like’ symptoms?

If a parent or child is ill and is worried about coronavirus they should contact NHS 111. You should not go to your doctors, health centre or pharmacy. The NHS and Public Health England will ascertain if the case is coronavirus or, as is most likely, seasonal cold or flu. Public Health England along with the county council’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Service will offer further advice to us as a school on what we need to do.

 

In the event that someone has been diagnosed with Coronavirus in school, can the school reveal who it is?

For reasons of patient confidentiality, we are not able to disclose who has contracted the virus. This is for the health and safety of the patient.

The local Public Health England Health Protection Team will contact school to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and advice on any actions or precautions that should be taken. If there is a confirmed case, a risk assessment will be undertaken by the educational establishment with advice from the local Health Protection Team. In most cases, closure of the childcare or education setting will be unnecessary but this will be a local decision based on various factors such as establishment size and pupil mixing.


What action you can take?

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.   

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds  with soap and hot  water  

In addition to hand washing before eating,  and after  coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.  

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:  

 

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

 

18th May 2020
Please note that everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms are now eligible for coronavirus tests.
 

Coronavirus has changed lots of things about family life. And we know that some parents and carers might be worried about how to manage stress and changes to their daily routines. It's important to remember that everyone copes with change and stress in different ways. Taking care of your mental health during lockdown.

Being a parent can be challenging in everyday situations. Now, more than ever, taking care of your mental health is important. Staying at home more or having to work during a difficult situation can put different pressures on everyone. And if you're struggling, it's okay to reach out for support from friends, families and organisations that are here to help.

The NSPCC has lots of really useful advice and support to help parents and carers.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/mental-health-parenting/

T. 0121 675 3319 E. enquiry@stwilfrd.bham.sch.uk