Dear Parents and /Carers
Re: CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS
I am sure you are aware of the outbreak of Coronavirus in China and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. At New Marske Primary, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we are sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps we should all be taking to minimise the risk of any infection, of any virus, spreading.
There is currently no cause for concern at the school, but we will keep you informed about any developments and we will ensure that we are keeping the school as clean as practicably possible to prevent the spread of any virus.
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF INFECTION
This information is not specifically related to any particular virus, but is good practise to prevent any germs spreading.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol based sanitiser if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and do not attend work or school
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
- If you are worried about any of the symptoms you have, please call 101 – do not go directly to you GP or other healthcare environment.
Today I received some guidance from Public Health England regarding travel to and from various risk areas for the coronavirus. The advice stated:
1) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
- Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy
- Daegu or Cheongdo, Republic of Korea)
- Hubei province, China (returned in the past 14 days)
- Bertonico • Casalpusterlengo • Castelgerundo • Castiglione D’Adda • Codogno Fombio •
- Maleo • San Fiorano • Somaglia • Terranova dei Passerini: • Vo
2) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
- Northern Italy (see map)
3) If you have returned to the UK from any of the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.
- Other parts of China outside Hubei province
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong
As a school we are keeping up to date regarding any issues locally, national and internationally regarding Coronavirus and will inform parents about any information we receive from Public Health England regarding this matter.