Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

Coronavirus COVID-19

You will be aware from the news that the latest concerns regarding Coronavirus now includes travellers who have returned or are returning from Northern Italy and we are conscious that some families may have travelled to this area over the half-term break. We would ask that if families did travel to Northern Italy, that you follow the advice below, but ask that you also inform us via the School Office.
 
The guidance for travellers returning to the UK, states:
 
Returning travellers
 

  1. Based on the scientific advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from:
  • Mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
  • There is enhanced monitoring of direct flights from these areas. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.
  • These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.
  1. If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, even if you do not have symptoms:
  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy. See the map below: 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/868103/Map_showing_specified_areas_of_Italy_250220.pdf
 

  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea.
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)
  1. If you have returned from the following areas since 19th February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

 
Students and staff are being reminded regularly of the need for good personal hygiene and hand washing.  Our premises staff have increased the cleaning and sanitisation of key areas of the school, and tissues are available to contain and dispose of any sneezes.

If you require more information and live updates, please use the link below to the Public Health England advice 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public