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Please click on the link below for advice on what to do if your child is ill of injured during the COVID19 outbreak
What to do if your child is ill during COVID19
Take a read of the latest issue of our fabulous Blatch Patch, our outdoor teaching and learning magazine!
Its a great read and there are some fun activities to do
Blatch Patch - Issue 5
The latest NHS advice on coronavirus can be found on: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If anyone in your house has a persistent cough or temperature, everyone in the house should self isolate for 14 days.
If there are no symptoms, children should come to school as normal.
Mini Monkeys will not operate for the rest of this term, with immediate effect.
This is because we need all of our staff available to ensure the smooth operation of our school during the coronavirus outbreak. We hope to re-open Mini Monkeys after the Easter holidays.
Thank you for your understanding
We appreciate that media speculation is rife about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and families are understandably concerned, however not everything we see and hear is necessarily accurate.
The safety, welfare and wellbeing of all in our school community is our primary concern and a constant dialogue has, and will continue, to take place with Brighton & Hove City Council to ensure that the school acts in accordance with current guidance from Public Health England.
Brighton & Hove City Council has confirmed to us that Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer are clear in their advice that schools do not need to close.
The release of trusted and accurate information will always be released initially by the Chief Medical Officer. You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The Public Health England advice to our school community on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is as follows:
Like with other illnesses, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via coughs and sneezes or hand contact.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands with soap and water.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
School staff are regularly reminding children of the importance of good hygiene and additional tissues and hand sanitisers have been placed around the school to support this.
We will continue to keep you updated with any advice that is passed to us.
If you have any concerns about your child please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Some of you may have seen the reports on the news and social media that King's School will be closed tomorrow (Monday 10th February 2020).
The high winds from storm Ciara have caused significant damage to their school building which needs to be made safe by contractors before the school can safely open to students and staff. They anticipate being open as usual on Tuesday 11th February.
Our school has been visited this afternoon and there was no evidence of any obvious damage to our school and therefore West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School will be open as usual tomorrow. There will be a health and safety walk early tomorrow morning to check for any potential overnight damage and is anything changes we shall email parents and carers.
An email has been sent our our parents and carers.
In light of the recent confirmed cases of Coronavirus, we would like to pass on the following advice from Public Health England:
The Local Authority have confirmed to us that Public Health England and the office of the Chief Medical Officer are clear in their advice that schools do not need to close.
Public Health England are leading on control measures and they will be contacting people who may be affected using their established systems for similar situations. We will continue to keep our school community updated with any advice that is passed to us.
Here is advice Public Health England have asked schools to share with their communities:
What is the coronavirus?
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus has been spreading since it was first reported in December 2019.
Symptoms include fever and respiratory symptoms including coughing and shortness of breath. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
If you develop these symptoms and have recently travelled to an area where the coronavirus is being widely reported or believe you may have come in contact with the virus then you should stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of the details linking you to the virus.
A case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Brighton & Hove?
An individual has tested positive and has been taken to a hospital where they are being well cared for.
Public Health England is the lead organisation responding to the situation. Public Health England is working with partner organisations to take measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus.
Anyone who may have been in contact with the virus is currently being identified and will be contacted directly by Public Health England.
If you are feeling unwell and have not been contacted by Public Health England, then there is no need for concern.
You should continue to treat your symptoms as usual for seasonal flu or a common cold. If you feel unwell and do not know what you should do, then call NHS 111.
As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to bugs spreading:
Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Where can I find more information?
Information for the public: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information