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COVID - 19 Government Guidance 18 March 2020

Dear Parent/ Carer,


I am writing to you to update you with the latest guidance regarding COVID-19. We are continuing to follow the guidance by the Department for Education, which is now as follows:


New guidance for households with symptoms:


  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started


  • If you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day the first person in the house became ill.  It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already.  Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community


  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.


The Symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough


The full stay at home guidance for households with symptoms can be found here:


In response to this new guidance, as advised in my letter this morning, we anticipate this may lead to the enforced absence of some staff and pupils. 


Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this challenging time. Please be reassured that we are doing our very best to safeguard our children.


Yours sincerely, 

Mr J Scarrott