The College would like to reassure parents and visitors about the precautions our College community is taking to prevent against the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. We continue to monitor the situation regularly and are taking a dynamic approach to this complex and changing picture, following the advice of Public Health England (PHE), the Boarding School Association (BSA), the government and the NHS to ensure the health of our whole community, including pupils and staff.
We are mindful that there will be parents who are concerned about the health of their children and would like to assure you that we are assessing any potential risks daily. The advice we are following is regularly updated and I would encourage you to follow these updates on the PHE website which offers sensible and unbiased information to anyone who may be worried. Based on the current evidence from WHO and PHE there is no immediate cause for concern, however we have taken the following precautions:
- We are accepting no pupil or visitor from China and Hong Kong and the primarily affected regions until the outbreak is contained, without a quarantining process.
- All staff in the Health Centre and boarding Houses, have been briefed on the signs and symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus, and we have procedures in place for isolation should this become necessary.
The latest update from the NHS can be found here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus
As half-term approaches, we ask that any pupil or family who intends to travel to/from, or have direct contact with anyone from, a Novel Coronavirus affected area, to inform us immediately. At this stage, we advise our pupils proposing to travel to China and Hong Kong over February half-term to consider not travelling. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advises against travel to Hubei Province.
- Any pupil, parent or visitor who has travelled to or been in direct contact with anyone from a Novel Coronavirus affected area may be asked to remain at home or with guardians to prevent the potential spread of the virus.
- We ask our international community to speak with their UK guardian to check that emergency cover can be made available and if not to let College know immediately.
The wellbeing of our whole College community is of the utmost importance at this time, especially those from China, Hong Kong and other affected areas, and I am sure you will join me in supporting them during this worrying period.
We will continue to keep you informed as the situation and official advice changes. Should you wish to discuss any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact the College.
Dave Walker, Deputy Head Pastoral