Coronavirus (COVID-19) St. Paul’s Pre-School Update

I’m sure you are all aware of the international events surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) following the outbreak in China. Whilst the Department of Health and Social Care describe the risk as low in the UK, we wanted to update you with some guidance that we are following at St. Paul’s Pre-School. 

As a precautionary measure, those who have recently returned from Wuhan Province (China) have been advised to remain at home and avoid contact with other people for 14 days after they return, even if they do not have symptoms of the virus. This includes staying away from the Pre-School. Children should not be dropped off at Pre-School by anyone who has recently returned from Wuhan and those who have recently returned from Wuhan are advised to contact the NHS on 111 for further guidance. If anyone has plans to visit China in the coming weeks, here is a link to the government’s updated travel advice.

Current guidance states that should anyone return from any of the following countries and experience symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath then they should remain at home and call 111, even if symptoms are only mild: 

  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

The UK wide campaign launched to help slow the spread of Coronavirus promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses. I have attached the poster created by Public Health England for education settings which echoes this guidance. We already have robust infection control measures in place at the Pre-School, therefore these consolidate what the teachers already do and encourage the children to do so also.

Here are some links to provide more up-to-date information about the virus should you wish to have them: 

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/ 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public 

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus  

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china  

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

We will keep you updated with information from PHE should we receive any more.