Health and Medical Information including Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Latest Update re Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance from Public Health England and the DfE 

We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

**Update 2nd July**
Plans for all children and young people to return to full-time education at the start of the autumn term

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced our plans for all children and young people to return to full-time education at the start of the autumn term in Parliament today. The guidance for what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

**Update 26th June**
Online education resources for home learning update

The DfE have updated our guidance their online education resources for home learning to include additional resources and new tips to help parents and carers with home education. The list of resources can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources

Updated guidance on keeping children safe online
With the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the DfE have updated advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include new information on apps to help children stay safe online. The advice and guidance on keeping children safe online can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online

Information for schools and academies
On Tuesday 23rd June it was recommended that from 4 July 2020 people keep two metres away from others as a precaution or one metre when the risk can be mitigated by taking other precautions in the staying safe outside your home guidance. The latest staying safe outside your home guidance can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home

 

**Update 19th June**
Updated guidance for parents and carers on educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The DfE have updated their guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools, and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to align with policy announcements already made, for example, the flexibility for primary schools to welcome back additional pupils where they have the capacity to do so. The DfE have also changed the layout of the page in response to user feedback to help parents and carers navigate to the information they need. The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak


**Update 16th June **

Updated handwashing advice
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides. The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces. The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here: https://e-bug.eu

**Update 10th June**
An update from the Secretary of State for Education on wider opening of education and early years settings

In a statement made yesterday (9th June) in the House of Commons the Secretary of State for Education said that the Department for Education continues to follow the best scientific advice and that this cautious, phased return of education and childcare settings is the most sensible course of action to take. While the DfE are not able to welcome all primary children back for a full month before the summer, the DfE are working with the sector on the next steps to allow schools that have the capacity to bring back more children in smaller class sizes to do so before the summer holidays. The DfE will provide further details in the coming days. The statement in full can be found here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2020-06-09/debates/1FB411B2-E5C6-4E6B-A9F2-1DDBF5F5E8B1/EducationSettingsWiderOpening


**Update 3rd June**

Updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about education settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The DfE have updated their guidance on what parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include information on the curriculum, after school activities, repeating a year for pupils, transport and keeping children safe online. They have also amended information on whether it is compulsory to send pupils to educational settings and education for children at home. The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

**Update 29th May**

Primary schools and early years settings opening to more pupils from 1 June
The Prime Minister has confirmed that the government’s five tests are now being met, and based on all the evidence we will now move forward with plans for the wider opening of education and early years settings. From 1 June, primary schools will begin to welcome back children in Reception, year 1 and year 6, while nurseries and other early years providers will begin welcoming back children of all ages. Full details of this announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-press-conference-statement-on-the-five-tests-28-may-2020

Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus
The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, including children under the age of 5 years. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test. A coronavirus test can be booked here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Essential workers in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.​UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers

**Update 26th May**

Schools and nurseries on track to open to more children from 1st June
The Prime Minister has confirmed (Sunday 24th May) that schools and nurseries across England remain on track to open to more children from 1 June, subject to the Government’s five tests being met. Primary schools will welcome back children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, while nurseries and other early years providers will begin welcoming back children of all ages. It remains the case that schools will only reopen to more children if the government’s five tests are met by Thursday 28th May.
Full details of this announcement on 24th May can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-confirms-schools-colleges-and-nurseries-on-track-to-begin-phased-reopening

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Handwashing advice:
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides. The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: https://e-bug.eu/

**Update 21st May**


Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during the coronavirus outbreak
The DfE have published information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home during the coronavirus outbreak. They have updated the guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home to include information on the wider opening of educational settings.The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on helping secondary school children continue their education during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-secondary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus:
The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.

A coronavirus test can be booked here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.​UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Department for Education coronavirus helpline – Monday 25 May Bank Holiday opening hours
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Phone: 0800 046 8687

The helpline will remain open over the May Bank Holiday weekend for staff, parents and young people as follows: 10am to 4pm – Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Our standard opening hours will resume on Tuesday 26 May:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday & 10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

**Update 18th May**

Secretary of State for Education’s statement on coronavirus
Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, spoke at the daily press conference on Saturday 16th May about the Government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and plans for schools safely opening to more pupils. The transcript of the speech can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/education-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-16-may

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

**Update 11th May**
Phased opening of early years settings and schools to more pupils from 1 June

Yesterday 10th May, the Prime Minister addressed the nation on coronavirus. The Prime Minister announced that from 1 June at the earliest, primary pupils may be able to begin going back into school in stages, beginning with Reception, year 1 and year 6. The ambition is that secondary pupils facing exams next year will get some time with their teachers before the summer holidays. The Government will also ask childcare settings to prepare to open for more children from 1 June.

The transcript and recording of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-10-may-2020

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy briefed by Prime Minister Sunday 10th May

The government has published its roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the coronavirus outbreak. This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus outbreak and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus.

The roadmap can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy

Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak have also been published. Those relating to schools and childcare can be found at section 6: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people

The DfE have published guidance for parents and carers on the opening of schools and other education settings to more children. This guidance provides information on when and how we will open education settings to more children.

The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

**Update 5th May**

Department for Education coronavirus helpline – Friday 8 May Bank Holiday opening hours

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.

Phone: 0800 046 8687

The helpline will remain open over the early May Bank Holiday weekend for staff, parents and young people as follows:

10am to 4pm – Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Our standard opening hours will resume on Monday 11 May:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

**Update 29th April**
Public Health England has updated their guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Public Health England has published guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at risk or has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing eligibility extended to help protect the most vulnerable
The government has announced that anyone in England showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) who has to leave the home to go to work, or is aged 65 and over, is eligible for testing along with members of their households with symptoms. This is in addition to all essential workers with symptoms. Testing can be booked through a new online system. Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

**Update 20th April**
Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings

Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities learn at home can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-with-send-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the support available for parents, online educational resources and support for vulnerable children. The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides. The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

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

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: https://e-bug.eu/

**Update 9th April*
Schools to remain closed until further notice
All early years settings, schools and further education providers will remain closed until further notice, except for children of critical workers and children who are vulnerable. We will only re-open settings when the scientific advice indicates it is safe to do so.

Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

The helpline will remain open over the Easter weekend for staff, parents and young people as follows:
10am to 4pm – Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday, Closed Easter Sunday
Standard opening hours will resume on Tuesday 14 April.

**Update 8th April**

Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of education settings
The DfE have updated our guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings to include information about the Easter holidays, examinations, and educational resources and support. The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides. The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

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

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: https://e-bug.eu/

**Update 1st April**
Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online
The DfE have updated information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.

Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

**Update 20th March**
From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except:

- children of critical workers 
- vulnerable children

We have published guidance for parents and carers:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Critical workers
If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.

The Government has published a list of critical workers:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision   

 **Update 19th March**

Schools, colleges and early years settings to close
Yesterday (18th March) Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19, schools, colleges and early years settings have been asked to close to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March.

A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. We will share this with you once this information is made available.

Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.

Further details on this announcement can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-colleges-and-early-years-settings-to-close

The Department is working through the policy implications of this announcement and, over the coming days, will be sharing with you the further information that you need.

**Update 17th March*
New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday (16th March), the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

• if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started

• if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

• for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:
• A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
• A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
• https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

• https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020

**Update 16th March**

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues.


The updated guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

**Update 13th March**

Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase
Yesterday the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Stay at home guidance:
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms to slow the spread of infection. The symptoms are:
- a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- a new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you do not have internet access you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

School Attendance
Current advice remains in place: no education or children's social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children's education and on the workforce will be substantial but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group. 

It is important that we all do our best to ensure that our children’s education is disrupted as little as possible. In line with current (13 March 2020) Government guidance, students and staff should continue to attend school unless:

  • They have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), a new continuous cough and/or high temperature, however mild, when they should stay at home and not leave the house for 7 days from when the symptoms started.

All other children and staff should continue to attend school, including their siblings attending the same or a different school (unless advised not to by public health officials or government guidance).

How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water. watch this short NHS film for guidancehttps://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

Public Health England recomends that in addition to handwashing before eating and after coughing/sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

The DfE Coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children's social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows (please note the helpline is experiencing high volume of calls - your call will join a queue and be answered as soon as possible):

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

**Update 12th March**

Government coronavirus action plan
The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) and what we plan to do next. The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser. The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan.

The action plan sets out a four-phased approach in response to coronavirus - Contain, Delay, Mitigate and Research. The current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, however planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train. As part of the Contain phase, the DfE has been providing advice to educational settings in England and launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries. 

As of 10th March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated travel advice and is currently advising:

against all but essential travel to Italy
against all travel to Hubei Province in China
against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China
against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea

The FCO is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19. The latest travel advice can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

**Update 10th March**
Government Coronavirus Action Plan: 
Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that the Government's response to COVID-19 remains in the 'Contain' phase - the first phase in the Government's Coronavirus action plan. The Coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what we have done to tackle Coronavirus, and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current Coronavirus outbreak takes. The action plan can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children's social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.

Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy:
Yesterday, Public Health England updated their travel advice recommending anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111. 

The latest travel guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:
https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/

The importance of hygiene

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 more often for 20 seconds with soap and water. In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should wash their hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline:
The DfE Coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children's social care. 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)

**Update 6th March 2020**

There has been a change to the advice for travellers returning from Italy. The whole of Italy outside of the specified lockdown towns in the North of Italy is now in category 2 and the advice is:

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places (information for the public in the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public) in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, even if your symptoms are mild.

The advice for the category 1 lockdown towns remains the same.

The latest travel guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

F
urther information on what you should do if you are asked to slef-isolate can be found here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/


**Update 4th March 2020** 

Government Coronavirus action plan
Yesterday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.


The document includes:
• what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
• how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak
• the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak
• what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes
• the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
 
The importance of hygiene
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.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1235112744917049346

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.

**Update 2nd March 2020**

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline:
Today (02.03.2020), the DfE 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)

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

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.

Where to find the latest information:
Updates on COVID-19:
 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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

**Update 26th February 2020**

Re: COVID – 19 Advice for schools and educational settings 

You may be aware that advice for travellers from affected areas has recently changed and it has come to our attention that this may affect children and staff returning from the half-term holiday. Please be aware that this is a fast evolving situation and we will continue to share any new advice at the earliest opportunity.

As of Tuesday 25th February advice for returning travellers is as follows:

1) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Daegu or Cheongdo, Republic of Korea)
  • Hubei province, China (returned in the past 14 days)

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2) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

  • Northern Italy (see map)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

3) If you have returned to the UK from any of the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country. 

  • Other parts of China outside Hubei province
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau 

Information for the public: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public