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Coronavirus Latest DFE Update

We know that some of you have may have concerns or questions about the current outbreak of coronavirus so we have set up this webpage which we will update as new information is shared with the school. 


We want to reassure you we are working hard to ensure everyone at school is safe. 

Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase

Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here:

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 14 days*, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas.

This means people/students should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 14 days* from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. (*7 days is you live alone).

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The current guidance (as at 17.3.20) states:

  • if you live with others and you or one of them 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. (See ending isolation section below for more information

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 If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

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.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

On the 2nd March , DFE 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
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

For all the latest information and guidance on the outbreak of Coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and actions taken in the UK and abroad, please see the government’s website here.

The website is updated daily.

Please see this website page for updates.  

There are also Government social media posts here:

If there are any further developments with the situation here in the UK, we will keep you updated or if you have any concerns please call the school office on 01903 237864.