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Updated Covid 19 Guidance

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

Following the latest announcements from the Government relating to COVID-19, we are writing to confirm the guidance, in particular the changes announced yesterday:


  • If one person in your household has a new, persistent cough and/or a high temperature 37.8 degrees or above, your whole household needs to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If your child is currently self-isolating and they have siblings in school, your child and the siblings will also need to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms.
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature 37.8 degrees or above they should be sent home
  • It is very important that you do not send your child into school if they have symptoms or if anyone in your household has symptoms.

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.

Further guidance can be found here:

At this current time, Whitings Hill will remain open. If you are having to self-isolate we will automatically update the register for the 14 day isolation period. You do not need to call the school daily during this time. If you are choosing to keep your child off school with no symptoms in the household we are unable to authorise that absence and you will be contacted by the school. Children are still
expected to attend school as normal where possible.