Latest Advice From Public Health England and ADO Update
As our duty to inform parent-carers of the very latest updates from Public Health England, the situation has rapidly developed over the last few days. Until we are told by the authorities to close, ADO will continue to provide both our early years and alternative provision services for as long as our own resources allow. These are very testing times for everyone and we, as an important community service provider, are doing our upmost to ensure the safety of your children and young people in care for as long as we can. As wth all service providers the loss of some of our staff through self-isolation will impact our business, although we have been planning for this since the outbreak and have some robust strategies in place to cope.
The key changes to previous guidelines on Tuesday 17th March is as follows:
Re: COVID – 19 Advice for schools and educational settings
♦ Staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
♦ If staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
♦ Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
♦ Supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
Current Advice is That Schools Remain Open.
Current advice remains in place: No education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Where To Find The Latest Information
Where to find the latest information Updates on COVID-19: • https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings: • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings: • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: • https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus