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Updated 3.3.2020

 

Department for Education
 
 
 

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

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Today, we 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.

New guidance for employers

The Department for Business (BEIS) and Public Health England have issued guidance for employers, which you can find at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

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

 

 

 

 

updated 27/2

 latest information in relation to COVID-19, in particular the attached guidance for education settings which relates to schools returning from trips to Northern Italy over half term.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19?utm_source=ea2a3a2e-d918-4ba4-bc32-b7fdcd00da61&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

 

Anyone who is concerned about their own individual circumstances should phone NHS 111.

 

In terms of those returning from travel abroad, the embedded links in the guidance above will identify what are the specified countries and what actions to take.

 

GOV.UK

COVID-19: guidance for educational settings

Please click on link below:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

 

Please note that this will be updated every 3 days.

 

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

 

 

Notice from the Department for Education - Coronavirus

 

Notice from the Department for Education 

Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers


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 children, 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:

 

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

 

 

Please share this advice with your staff and cascade as appropriate.

 

Advice for parents/guardians
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 their early years, school or further education setting 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. 

You can do this by: 

Displaying this poster in relevant public spaces:

 

 

 


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