COVID-19 Latest Guidance
Following the confirmation of two cases of novel coronavirus in Gloucestershire, we know there has been a number of questions and concerns from schools and parents. We would like to remind colleagues that no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England (PHE). The risk assessments carried out by PHE are very thorough and their team will also communicate with all people who need to self-isolate or be tested following a case being confirmed.
The Department for Education (DfE) has today, launched a new coronavirus (COVID-19) advice service for the education sector, including staff, parents, carers and young people. The relevant details are detailed below:
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Under government guidance in place at the time of writing, schools can also continue to prepare for school trips to go ahead but should to continue to monitor the daily advice being provided to schools by PHE, and any travel advice issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. As you may have seen in yesterday’s national news, the Prime Minister will today (Tuesday 3rd March) be announcing new containment measures in relation to coronavirus in the UK; we will, of course, keep you updated with any developments which impact on schools.
As a reminder, the helpful links for you are as follows:
NHS111 Online https://111.nhs.uk/
Educational Settings Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Head of Commissioning for Learning
Education and Disabled Children’s Service
Gloucestershire County Council
Tel : 01452 328686
Mobile: 07770 302439