Department of Education - Coronavirus Information

Last updated on 17th March 2020

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Updated Information about COVID-19 – Novel Coronavirus (16th March 2020)

Current situation
As of late on Monday 16th March 2020, we have moved into the next phase of how we look to protect people in the UK from COVID-19 within the “delay” phase of the COVID-19 action plan, which can be found here.

A press conference was held by the Prime Minister, and the Chief Scientific and Medical Officers on 16th March 2020, who set out the new enhanced approach and reasons for it. Please see here to watch the press conference in full.

There were 4 new actions identified as part of the new approach, which may be required for some weeks:

1) Whole household isolation if someone in the household develops COVID-19 symptoms (see below section on Household isolation)

2) Stopping all unnecessary social contact with others and unnecessary travel – this advice is particularly important for people with certain health conditions, people over the age of 70 and pregnant women (see below section on Social distancing advice)

3) Those with the most serious health conditions will be contacted directly on Monday 23rd March about further restrictions, likely to be put in place for around 12 weeks

4) Advice against mass gatherings, as part of reducing social contact, but also ensuring critical workers can be used instead to support COVID-19 work.

Household isolation

 Detailed information and advice for the public about what they, and their family contacts, should do can be found here on the website (and will be regularly updated). There is some very important detail in the Stay at Home guidance, including at what point people are able to come out of self-isolation, which can be found here

People do not need to phone NHS111 if their symptoms are mild but should do if their symptoms worsen/if they need medical care, or if symptoms do not get better after 7 days.  There is also a 111 online service that people are being asked to use in the first instance. Please call 999 in an emergency

Social distancing advice

Information for the public, and particularly for people aged over 70, people with certain health conditions and pregnant women can be found here

Washing hands regularly with soap and water is one of the best way we can prevent spread of the infection.

A dashboard showing confirmed cases can be found here

Please see PHE advice against use of COVID rapid tests that are being marketed here

Department of Education have a helpline up and running to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

It is extremely important, as the national situation evolves, that we think about how we can best support the mental health and wellbeing of people affected by the outbreak – individuals, families, workplaces, schools, as well as people who are working hard to protect the health of our communities. The Mental Health foundation has some good advice here. Also, following simple advice about washing our hands more regularly with soap and water really can make a difference.

Travel advice

Travel advice is changing regularly as the situation changes internationally. We recommend that you look up country-specific information and advice on the Foreign Office website here.

 Useful guidance, resources and communications materials,

A helpful list of all national guidance has also been published here, and this contains guidance for a range of partners/sectors, including guidance for educational settings, adult social care settings (including guidance about returning health and care workers), the transport sector, guidance for employers and businesses as well as advice for professionals advising the public and NHS guidance.

PHE have produced a “Finding the Evidence” collection of resources – here

Information about 5 things we can all do to protect ourselves and our community can be found here

A national handwashing poster can be found here

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has worked with Future Learn to develop a new free to access online learning programme on COVID-19

 Imperial College London have just opened up a new online COVID course

It is still safe to swim

CV Life School Swimming Lessons Press Release

After taking the following advice from Swim England, Public Health England (PHE) & PWTAG, School swimming lessons at all CV life facilities will continue to operate.

Public Health England opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time. Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus and PHE have also confirmed the following;

“We have checked with our national leads who confirm that coronavirus would be inactivated at the levels of chlorine used in swimming pools.”

We will be ensuring that all children using the swimming pools, are directed to shower before entering the pool to remove impurities typically found on bodies, and to shower on leaving the pool. We are also advising the children to follow good personal hygiene whilst visiting our sites.

Following the above guidelines we are also making the following changes;

  • Frequent, regular, testing of the pool water for pH and disinfectant levels.
  • Monthly bacteriological tests of pool water are carried out by an UKAS approved laboratory.
  • To clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the pool environment, ensuring a frequent and regular cleansing regime of all areas used by the public.

For any further details or to discuss further please contact Wendy Jackson

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