Coronavirus Guidance

Updated: 16th March 2020

What are we doing at Abbey Multi Academy Trust?

We wish to assure you that each of the academies within Abbey Multi Academy Trust is following the latest advice from Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education, to ensure the health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and the wider school community which is, as always, our top priority.

We are of course being extra vigilant and encouraging pupils, parents and staff to continue taking additional precautions, including maintaining high levels of personal hygiene, regularly washing hands and following the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it advice when sneezing or coughing. As you would expect, we already promote these practices within our academies and we would appreciate your support in continuing to encourage the same at home.

Each of our academies will continue to follow the latest government guidance and keep this under review. This includes: the use of teaching resources with the children around hygiene and hand washing, advice posters, regular and thorough cleaning and the sharing of any DfE and Public Health England guidance as it is published.

We would also encourage you to closely monitor the health of your child(ren) and if they or a member of your family show any symptoms or you have any concerns, your child should be kept at home and not attend their Academy. You should then please contact 111 or visit the NHS’s website for advice (https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19) and not attend your local GP Surgery or A&E. We would also ask that you notify the Academy immediately, to allow to us to take any necessary steps.

The link to the full guidance being provided by the Government is also available to at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response This website is regularly updated so you may find it useful to return to the site from time to time as it will keep you up-to-date with the latest Government advise as it is issued.

As a Trust, we have developed risk assessments and updated our contingency plans in the event that we have to close or partially close due to either government instruction or due to staff absence. In the event of any closure, partial or full, we will use or usual means of communication to inform you. Most importantly, we will remain open and hope for excellent attendance across all our academies.

As a Trust, we take our duty of care extremely seriously and we will keep you updated on any further developments should the need arise. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.

If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Government Coronavirus action plan

This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next. The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

The document includes:

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

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.

Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages. https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1235112744917049346

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

On Monday the Department of Education launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

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

Name & Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
Leeds
LS16 5EA
Registered Company Number: 07705552