Update on the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Jan 30th 2020

We would like to update and reassure you about the precautions the School is taking in response to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. We are regularly monitoring a rapidly changing situation, and will continue to follow the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and the other relevant authorities, including the Boarding Schools’ Association. PHE advice is updated regularly and we would encourage concerned parents to follow their updates:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

Based on the current evidence, PHE believe that there is no immediate cause for concern. We have however
taken the following precautions:

 

  • Confirmed that no pupil has been to China since the start of term.
  • Briefed staff on the signs and symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus.
  • Are contacting the guardians we work closely with to understand the precautions they are taking.
  • In accordance with best practice, put in place a contingency should a child show signs of suspected Novel Coronavirus.
  • No longer accepting pupils or visitors who have recently travelled from affected regions and will continue to do this until the outbreak is contained and/or we receive different advice from the UK’s public health agencies.

The current advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is against travelling to Hubei Province. As the half-term break approaches we ask that any family who intends to travel to a part of the world currently affected by the virus, or will have direct contact with anyone from a Novel Coronavirus affected area, to inform us immediately. And, although we do not know how the situation will develop, it is important to inform you that pupils who do travel to an affected area at half-term may be prohibited from travelling back to the UK as part of measures to limit the spread of the virus. Possible quarantine requirements may also be put in place which could prevent children from returning to School until the end of any incubation period. The wellbeing of our School community is of the utmost importance and we are thinking of those families living in affected areas during this worrying period. We will continue to keep you informed as the situation or official advice changes our approach.