Coronavirus Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - update, advice and guidance for parents and carers

Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that the Coronavirus outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. Whilst this permits the government to plan for all eventualities, the risk to individuals remains low.

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus. Based on current information, there is currently no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or setting as normal.

Advice and guidance

Please note that this information is regularly updated and you should, therefore, refer back to it for any changes

Information regarding any change in circumstances specifically affecting the local area or schools in the borough will be provided on this webpage. You should, however, also check your child’s school’s website for ongoing information.

Other action you should take

A UK-wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue (and then immediately disposing of it), to stem the spread of viruses.  

Advice for returning travellers

Children and families returning from holidays and school trips abroad may be required to self isolate depending on where they have returned from and if they have symptoms of Coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

Travel advice is clearly set out in the government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice. This sets out whether an individual needs to self isolate when returning from identified countries / areas. Please be aware that this is a fast evolving situation and advice may change without notice.

Please speak with your child’s school before leaving the country and again when you have returned to ensure that any precautions are taken as appropriate.

If you have concerns regarding Coronavirus linked to your child’s health, the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service can provide initial advice and guidance.