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Free illustrated children's book

Axel Scheffler (illustrator of The Gruffalo) has illustrated a digital book for primary school children about coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.  Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  The company also had advice from two headteachers and a child psychologist.

To ensure the book is widely accessible to children and families, it's available free of charge to anyone who wants to read it on screen or print it out. 

At the back of the book, there's an invitation to make a donation to support NHS staff.

 

 

Daily Government Update for Education Settings

We will post any daily update from the Government here relevant to Schools.

 

20.03.2020

Please see Government advice on key workers:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

17.03.2020

Today the Chancellor has confirmed the Government will continue to pay for free early years entitlement places even if settings are closed on the advice of Public Health England or children are not able to attend due to coronavirus. We expect local authorities to follow the Department’s position, and to continue early entitlements funding for all childminders, schools and nurseries. We will not be asking for funding back from local authorities.

 

The Government’s advice remains that childcare settings should stay open unless advised otherwise by Public Health England, and today’s announcement should help settings to continue to do so. This will minimise both longer-term disruption to parents and any income losses that providers may otherwise experience.

The full statement can be found here:

Latest Information - 17.03.2020

We  continue to monitor, on a daily basis, the situation regarding the Coronavirus.  Our schools have no cases but we are reminding the children, daily, to wash their hands properly.  All children have been taught to wash their hands to a song and taught how to wash all areas of their hands with soap, rinse and dry. They have been reminded to use a tissue to catch sneezes or coughs, (or into their elbow) and to bin tissues immediately and wash hands after.  All our cleaners have been asked to use extra anti bac spray to clean surfaces and door handles.

 

If you are concerned at all, please call 111 for advice.  Please update yourselves on current advice and self isolate according to the advice you are given informing the school immediately by emailing exechead@villageschoolsfederation.co.uk.

 

Please ensure you have signed up to the schools closure website - this will be the method used to inform you in the event of a closure. If the schoo, is closed, the school website will be the main point of communication.

 

https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/closures

 

In the event of a school closure, work will be posted on the school website for your child to complete and bring with them on return to school.  Please use the schools website for up to date information.

 

Best Wishes and stay safe,

 

Marie-Claire

 

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    • before leaving home
    • on arrival at school
    • after using the toilet
    • after breaks and sporting activities
    • before food preparation
    • before eating any food, including snacks
    • before leaving school
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
  • see further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.
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  Department for Education     16.3.2020
 
 
 

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

What you need to know:

  • 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

The updated guidance can be found here:

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.

 

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

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