Dear Parents and Carers,

You will be aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (Also referred to as COVID19) in various parts of the world. To date there have been 35 confirmed cases in the UK. Warrington & Vale Royal College are monitoring the situation very closely and are following all Public Health England and Government advice.

We will keep you informed should we need to take any action, in order to safeguard the health and safety of your son/daughter.

We share the latest guidance for you to consider;

There is currently no cause for concern at the College. We are following general advice about infection and prevention and continue to promote good hygiene procedures.

For those who have travelled recently please follow the Government guidance below;

Returning travellers

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if you’ve travelled to the UK from:

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms
  • Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms
  • other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
  • other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
  • Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

We ask you to consider and follow the guidance above, in the light of any recent travel to/from the above Countries.

If you decide that your son/daughter will not be attending their lessons, for a short period of time, please contact their Progress Coach and confirm their reason for absence. Their Progress Coach will arrange for work to be sent to them to keep them in touch with their learning during their period of absence.

The most up to date information and advice can be found on www.gov.uk as the information changes and the virus spreads:

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

 

Further advice from the Department for Education regarding coronavirus.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Today, 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
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

New guidance for employers

The Department for Business (BEIS) and Public Health England have issued guidance for employers, which you can find at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Updated: 2nd March 2020