We continue to carefully follow the developing situation regarding this nasty virus and we monitor the national advice published by the government and the NHS. In addition we also take advice from the county’s local education authority (LEA), Worcestershire County Council, as this authority has direct access to Worcestershire’s Director of Public Health, who is responsible for monitoring and advising on this situation. I do know that the LEA’s advice is based upon the known science of the virus and its epidemiology rather than some of the uninformed opinion one can read in certain areas of the press.
With this in mind our pupils have been taught the importance of regular hand washing and have recently had a special assembly to teach them how to wash their hands in the most effective manner. Each hand washing station has plenty of soap and paper towels along with instructions. Pupils are also acutely aware of the need to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue to prevent the spread of germs. “Wash your hands” is becoming an increasingly regular instruction heard in school being passed from pupil to pupil! In addition we have upped our already rigorous cleaning regime to pay special attention to the numerous touch points around the school to keep these as clean as possible.
Finally you might be interested to know that the DfE have set up an helpline about the Covid 19 Coronavirus, please see their message below.
We have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)