Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Coronavirus – Advice for all schools

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.  The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate.

However, we understand that people may be concerned where there are students or staff returning from or visiting China.

 Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area.  This can be found at:

·         https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

·         https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Advice for Parents / Carers

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.  There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school as normal.  We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period.  If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.  Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.



Coronavirus (2019-nCov)

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans.

 What is the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.  But the risk to individuals remains low.  Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

 Symptoms of coronavirus

Symptoms usually include:

A cough
A high temperature
Feeling short of breath.

How is coronavirus spread between people?

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets.

 How to avoid catching and spreading germs

There are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading:

Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.  Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel

·Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.  Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

·If you have arrived back from China or specified areas in the last 14 days, seek advice from NHS 111.

 Treatment for Coronavirus

There is no specific treatment from coronavirus.  Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms.