General Hygiene Information – Cold, Flu and Coronavirus 16th March 2020
With more and more reports about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news, we would just like to inform you of the steps we have in place as a school and some of the things you can do at home. All of this will help prevent any spread of any virus.
– We have hot running water and soap available across the site
– We use paper towels to dry hands
– All children are reminded to wash their hands at key points in the recommended way.
– We have had an assembly about germs and good hygiene
– Each class will have a lesson in the next few days about germs and how to have good hygiene.
– We have ordered extra tissues for each class and extra hand gel for the site
– We have stepped up our general cleaning regime and handles are also being wiped down throughout the day.
– Children have their own water bottles, which are sterilised.
– Talk to your child about good hygiene
– Teach them how to sneeze and cough into a tissue / into their elbow
– Reassure them if they are worried about anything they hear on the news
– Get them to wash their hands just before leaving for school and as soon as they get home from school.
Please note – we do not have any cases of Coronavirus and this information is just to ensure general good hygiene which will help protect everyone from a variety of viruses such as colds and flu.
What if my child has flu like symptoms such as a fever, cough and difficulty breathing?
If your child feels unwell, they need to stay at home. If they have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and phone your doctor or the NHS on 111.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
General Advice from the World Health Organisation
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID19.
If you would like to find out more about the coronavirus you can visit the World Health Organisation website:
In order to minimise the risk of spreading infection, we have made the reluctant decision to cancel the Easter Egg Competition for parents but will still hold it for the children and the Easter Service at church.
If you have any questions or concerns – please do get in touch and thankyou again for your continued support.
Mrs Donna Lee