Advice Regarding Coronavirus
IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING COVID 19 - Letter from the Head Teacher
Please take the time to read the letter at the end of this page, entitled
Covid 19 - Update 17 Mar 2020
We're sure that we are all acutely aware of the high profile Coronavirus cases and the spread of the virus in recent weeks. We wish to outline the position of the school regarding this matter.
Other than for normal illness reasons, there is no reason to keep your child from school unless:
Advised to do so via a medical practitioner, such as your GP or NHS 111.
You have returned from one of the areas designated by the NHS* within the last 14 days and are displaying flu like symptoms (at which point you should call NHS 111).
If you or your child has returned from Wuhan and Hubei Provinces of China in the last 14 days (at which point you should call NHS 111).
*Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Northern Italy, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
The Health Department’s view is that, even with confirmed Coronavirus, most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine to alleviate pain/discomfort. The chances of being in contact with the virus remain low in the UK and this extends to educational settings. Other than ensuring good hygiene practices are in place, there are no current wider actions required of schools.
Effective hygiene practices and facilities are already in place at Samuel Laycock School. Pupils have been reminded to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly, before eating and after using the toilet, and to use tissues and cover their mouths if they have a cough. This is no different to the advice normally given to children. We will keep reminding pupils of this expectation.
This information is accurate at the date of being published. Should advice or guidance change for schools, we will endeavour to update you.
For further advice / information:
The Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 (coronavirus) 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)
Please find the latest information, which includes containment areas in Italy and other affected locations, via the government’s website:
For further information and advise, please visit the government’s latest information for the public: