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St. James' CE Primary School

Catch it. Bin it. Kill it - Latest DfE health advice Tel: 0800 0468687

19.03.20:  Following the Government's advice that all schools will close from Friday 20th March; s chools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.  Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. A full list will be issued by the Cabinet Office today. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans. Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care. We will be issuing further information on this as soon as we have it.

In the meantime, social distancing, self-isolating and thorough hand washing are the key ways to stop the spread of the virus at present.

Wash your hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to hand washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

A helpline  answers questions about COVID-19 related to education. Parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The latest travel advice can be found here:

Personal hygiene is the most important way to tackle COVID-19 with the NHS advice to thoroughly wash hands and how to deal with used tissues. The animation below re-enforces these messages.