Coronavirus Guidance and Update
No doubt you will have heard in the media over recent weeks about the coronavirus outbreak in China which has now spread to several European countries including Italy and the UK.
All parents should have received an email this week from Bosbury School regarding our current policy on the outbreak. The school is being advised and supported by a Public Health Doctor who would like parents and carers to consider the FOUR KEY MESSAGES shown below.
Although there has understandably been a lot of concern worldwide about the spread of this new virus, much of it attributed to the fact that there is as yet no known vaccine to cure it, there is still much we can all do on a personal level in order to help prevent infection and spread of the disease:
⇒ PROPER AND REGULAR HANDWASHING IS VITAL and a key way to prevent infection and spread of the virus. ALWAYS wash hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap and water using the NHS-recommended method shown below, especially after using the toilet, before and after handling food and administering first aid. Remember that sufficient handwashing should take at least 15-30 seconds - the length of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice, if this helps! Keep fingers away from mouths and noses as much as possible!
⇒ COVER YOUR MOUTH AND FACE WHEN COUGHING AND SNEEZING, ideally using a tissue when sneezing before immediately disposing of it. Remember: catch it, bin it, kill it!
⇒ DO NOT CONTACT OR ATTEND YOUR GP OR GO TO ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY if you suspect coronavirus symptoms. Instead, call the NHS number 111.
⇒ THE DISEASE IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO BE FATAL AMONGST CHILDREN AGED UP TO NINE YEARS. This has been shown by the largest study performed anywhere in the world so far by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, which looked at a case study of over 72,000 coronavirus infections of which there were ZERO fatalities in this age group.
Please therefore avoid unnecessary concern and panic, but we do ask our school community to remain vigilant. All pupils now wash their hands at the start of the school day using soap which is always available in the Key Stage 1 and 2 toilet areas, and hand sanitizers have also been made available for all parent readers and other volunteers who very kindly give up their time each week to work with the children in school.
For additional information, please see the useful poster below which Public Health England have produced in order to provide information on the coronavirus with regards to places of education.
STAY HAPPY AND HEALTHY BOSBURY FAMILIES!