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Coronavirus update

6 March 2020 (by admin)

Government update on the coronavirus.

Personal hygiene

Can we please encourage schools to ensure all children and staff are enabled to wash their hands at key points during the day, particularly prior to eating. For younger children, advice is that staff should be supervising and observing children when hand washing to ensure they are using the correct technique. Public Health have asked for reassurances that this is happening.


To support schools we can signpost to the following resources:


We are aware that many schools have already been undertaking some excellent work in relation to this.


Business continuity

Can we please invite schools to ensure that they revisit their school business continuity and emergency management plans, paying particular attention to the eventuality that multiple members of staff may be required to self-isolate and be away from school at the same time. How would your school manage such situations? Further guidance can be found here: https://www.schoolimprovementliverpool.co.uk/Schools-Emergency-Planning


We would recommend that schools continue to check the gov website each day for advice.


Liverpool City Council have also created a dedicated area of the LCC website for Coronavirus updates. This can be found here: https://liverpool.gov.uk/communities-and-safety/emergency-planning/coronavirus/


School Improvement also have a dedicated page https://www.schoolimprovementliverpool.co.uk/blog/coronavirus-update

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Government coronavirus action plan Yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain phase – the fi…




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This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Government coronavirus action plan

Yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain phase – the first phase in the government’s coronavirus action plan.

The coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what we have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes.

The action plan can be found here:

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

Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.

Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy

Yesterday, Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.

The latest travel guidance can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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/

The importance of hygiene 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.  

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water 

In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. 

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at: 

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available. 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

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

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

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

Educational resources

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

·       https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

Latest Department for Education information:

·       https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

·       https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Please keep your GIAS contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About School (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

·       https://www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/