Update

Duke of Edinburgh – 6th March 2020

Further to the communication sent out earlier today, and have reviewed the latest advice released by the government regarding COVID-19, we can confirm that the Duke of Edinburgh Expedition will be going ahead as planned.

I wish to highlight the need for increased vigilance of hygiene and awareness of potential symptoms.

We are grateful for your continued support in this complex and evolving situation. If you do have any queries, Mr Arnell, Miss Bardsley and Mr Weyers will be onsite between 5 pm – 6 pm this evening.

A reminder that students should be arriving at Bentley Copse between 9 am and 10:30 am for the start of their expedition.

We will continue to update you if the requirements or advice changes and we will continue to follow government advice.

Update

6th March 2020

In the past few hours the school has been made aware that a member of the temple congregation has sadly tested positive for COVID-19 and I wanted to communicate this to you as quickly as possible. The individual concerned has not recently been to the temple however other congregation members have been in contact with this person. As such, the school has taken advice from Public Health England and Harrow Public Health and has continued to follow their guidance.

Once again I wish to highlight the need for increased vigilance of hygiene and awareness of potential symptoms. Please utilize the links below to gain a full and detailed overview from NHS England and Public Health England.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

As per our previous communications, please continue to notify the school if you have visited the areas internationally identified by Public Health England. This includes visiting the school and ensuring any declarations are made to the relevant members of staff.

At this stage there is no reason to expect that our school will have to close, though you will be aware that other schools have been subject to closure as part of the counter-measures to contain the spread of the virus.

We are grateful for your continued support in this complex and evolving situation. We will continue to update you as and if the requirements or advice changes and we will continue to follow government advice.

Update

We want to provide a further update regarding the school response to Coronavirus Covid-19. This is an addition to the information sent out to parents earlier in the week and is to alleviate any issues that are being raised through social media.

As outlined in the previous communication the school is taking direct advice from Public Health England. The school has followed all correct procedures.

A member of staff returned from a trip to Italy. The staff member was on a visit outside of the exclusion zone in Northern Italy. The decision for the member of staff to remain at home was taken. This was made as an extra precaution, above and beyond the recommendation from Public Health England. The member of staff has taken medical advice and they are presenting with no symptoms therefore no further testing was required. We are in contact with the member of staff involved.

The advice from the previous communication remains and we will update you if there are any further developments from Public Health England. We have been liaising directly with Public Health England, as well as the local authority, other local schools and Trustees.

We have been made aware of the comments on social media regarding this issue. We would like to highlight again that all correct procedures have been taken. The comments on social media that have been made do not help in a challenging time for all schools and we would ask all to show the restraint required and to use social media appropriately and correctly. If further issues are raised after this communication we will respond accordingly.

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