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School Partially Closed Due to COvid19

Harcourt Primary School is currently partially closed in line with government guidance.  To contact the school please kworker@harcourt.kent.sch.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES: HARCOURT PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED TO ALMOST ALL CHILDREN FROM MONDAY 23RD MARCH 2020 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

DfE Advice for Schools:

As I am sure you are aware, the Government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad. We are currently moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

To Minimise the spread of COVID-19, the UK Government has made it clear that all parents are to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. That is why it is important to underline that Harcourt must remain a safe place for our children.  We will also need to take account of both: a) the latest government scientific advice on the proportion of pupils that it is advisable to maintain direct support for in order to maintain efforts to delay the spread of the virus. At present this has been set by the government as a maximum of 20% of the school population and b) the number of staff available to work. This may require us to prioritise which pupils receive an offer, according to greatest need.

WHERE POSSIBLE CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD STAY AT HOME

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

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 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.

Guidelines for whole household isolation are:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household 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.

The symptoms are:

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

 

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

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/

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