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Infection Control Measures in School 10th March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

Infection Control Measures in School
I am contacting you following the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK and abroad.
I would like to take this opportunity to outline the preventative measures the school has put in place in order to minimise the spread of infection.
As per the advice from the government, the school has taken the following actions for infection control:
• Encouraging good hygiene by promoting the importance of handwashing for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap in the following circumstances:
• On arrival at school
• After using the toilet
• After breaks and sporting activities
• Before food preparation
• Before eating any food, including snacks
• Before leaving school
• Ensuring pupils and staff understand that they must cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
• Ensuring frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected more regularly than usual
• Calling NHS 111 if someone becomes unwell and isolating any unwell people in a separate room
• Advising people who have returned from category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days to self-isolate for 14 days – even if they don’t have symptoms – before they return to school and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
• Advising people who have returned from category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days to stay at home if they develop symptoms and use the
111 online coronavirus service  to find out what to do next.
The full list of category 1 and category 2 countries can be found on the government website:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
As an important part of our school community, I would ask that you encourage good infection control practices, such as thorough handwashing, at home and keep your child informed about the things they can do to discourage the spread of infection.
Unless your child has tested positive for the coronavirus (and hasn’t been exposed to anyone with the virus), they should attend school as usual unless they are too unwell due to an unrelated illness or they have specifically been advised to self-isolate.
If you think your child may have been exposed to or has coronavirus, please contact the school on Tel. 0161 432 4941 the earliest opportunity.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs Katherine Muncaster
Headteacher


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