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Putteridge Primary School

Putteridge Primary School

Coronavirus advice and information

We are aware that all families will be concerned about the spread of the Coronavirus across the UK. This page has been provided to give families key information about the Coronavirus and to provide you with regular updates in case the virus continues to spread nationwide.

What is the Coronavirus and what are the symptoms?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 14 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas - this now includes all members of their household. This means people should stay at home and avoid contact with others for 14 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, dry and continuous cough (not one that you have had a number of days/weeks)

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Preventing the spread of infection:

The best way to prevent infection is through hygiene. Some general principles that help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If anyone is worried that they may be showing symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment. Further information can be gained on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website. Updated advice on self-isolation and associated symptons can be found  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection All other children 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).

To find out current, up to date information about the spread of the Coronavirus, please visit this link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Important information:

As a school, we follow Government advice and instruction regarding the Coronavirus. We will regularly update parents about our plans via this website page and Parentmail. If parents have any questions, please do contact us directly via the school office. As a school, we are doing everything that we can to ensure that no infection happens at the school. Children and staff are encouraged regularly to wash their hands throughout the day and full cleaning takes place daily as it should. Disinfectant spray is used on door handles and other objects that are commonly touched. We are continually educating the children about the virus to make them aware but also do not panic the children un-necessarily.

School status

From Monday 23rd March the school is OPEN to only Key Worker children and those children who are deemed to be vulnerable

Whilst the school is closed to the majority of pupils, weekly learning activities will be posted in to the Curriculum area of the website. Parents will be notified via Parentmail each time a new batch of activities have been uploaded.

We aim to provide work that will either be linked to current learning in class, the upcoming topic themes or consolidatory activities on topic that the children have recently completed. We aim to provide work that parents will be able to support with at home.

Please note that the school office email address will continue to be active throughout any longer closure.