Letter Home 13th March 2020
Category : Events
Yesterday the Prime Minister briefed the nation indicating that those with a ‘high temperature’ or with a ‘new, continuous cough’ should remain at home for 7 days and stated that everyone should adhere to this Coronavirus advice where it is appropriate.
One of our staff members have been off all week with a cough. On Wednesday the GP had no concerns, however, today the GP has suspected they may have the virus, but this has not been confirmed. The member of staff has not been in school at all this week, however other family members have been on site, but have not shown any symptoms. Following the advice from Public Health Wales the family are self-isolating.
To reiterate, we have had no confirmed cases of coronavirus from staff or students at school, and regarding this suspected case, the member of staff has not been in all week.
I have also been in contact with Public Health Wales today and following current advice, school will continue as normal. Any changes to this will be published on our school website and our social media channels as usual.
If you have any concerns of a family member showing symptoms, please call 111, and if appropriate, explain which country they have returned from in the last 14 days. You can do this on their behalf if this is easier. People who become unwell should be advised not to go to their GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature/fever
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- this action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
- stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
- sleep alone, if that is possible.
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
- stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.
- you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Any information regarding the cancellation of future trips abroad will be considered over the coming days, and information will be issued to the parents/carers of those who are due to attend an overseas trip. We will be liaising with travel companies and insurance in due course.Many thanks, for your understanding and co-operation. This is a changing picture, and we will update the website and social media channels as further information becomes available.
Mr M Vickery