Today the Chief Medical Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have issued updated advice on #coronavirus symptoms.
Self-isolate if you develop:
➡️ a new continuous cough
➡️ loss/change in your normal sense of smell or taste
More info: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-an-update-to-coronavirus-symptoms-18-march-2020?fbclid=IwAR2GFwI5uCxV2jp5bVCeD6lb3_D9cjJ_oUygilfAw1HPvEnZXUgd6TSi-6s
Last night, the Prime Minister announced the good news that due to our combined efforts to curb the spread of the virus, the reopening of schools is now on the horizon, and to that end we have also received confirmation from the Department for Education that childcare and the Early Years are included in the potential 1st June reopening date (assuming that the R-rate of infection remains below 1).
This afternoon we are expected to receive guidance and clarification from the Government as well as the Department for Education following which we can start to plan for the reopening of the pre-school. It is important that we wait for these details to be published so that we do not undermine all the efforts to-date.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our children safely back to the pre-school; however, until we receive the guidance and clarification on how to make this as safe as possible, the pre-school will remain closed.
In the meantime, please make sure that you have joined the Stockton House School Facebook Chat Group, a private group for parents only to keep in touch with each other while we are not in session. If you have yet to join you can access it via this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/stocktonhouseschoolchat/
I will of course keep you updated as soon as we know more. Rest assured, however, that we will keep the safety of our wonderful children, parents and staff at the heart of our plan as we move towards reopening.
Stockton House School is now CLOSED until further notice. We will keep you posted via the website and Facebook page as well as email/text with the latest updates.
The UK Government has announced that we are not to leave our houses expect for the following reasons:
shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home
I am sure that many of you by now have heard the latest from the UK Government regarding moving into the 'delay' phase in the fight against Coronavirus COVID-19, and so rest assured that we are also closely following their advice and updates.
Therefore, in accordance with their most recent announcement, anyone (parent, carer or child) who shows the following symptoms must self-isolate for 7 days:
1. New, continuous cough
2. Temperature above 37.8 degrees
We are relying on the honesty of all parents and carers to enable Stockton House School to continue to be operational so please do not send your child to school dosed up on Calpol. We will find out about it as the child will flag as the medicine wears off over the course of the day (plus, they also tell us!).
We ask for your cooperation on this matter and encourage the continued practice of good hand-washing and sensible precautions taken to prevent the further spread of this virus.
When we have further information then we will, of course, let you know. For the latest from the UK Government please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
Thank you for your understanding and continued support during this uncertain time.
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into school or work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
2. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
3. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
4. Call 999 in the event of an emergency
Use the NHS 111 Online Coronavirus Service if:
NHS 111 Online Coronavirus Service: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
A new helpline has been launched 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)
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: