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16th March Update

COVID-19 Update - 16TH MARCH 2020

Thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented times. I want to reassure all parents that whist we continue to try and operate as normal here at the GPUTC, the safety and welfare of all our students, staff and visitors is our highest priority. You will no doubt be aware the UK Government have increased the Coronavirus risk level to HIGH.  As a response to this we are monitoring the daily updates from Public Health and preparing for all eventualities.

Please see below for guidance on what to do if you are feeling unwell, and how to help prevent it.

NEW GOVERNMENT ADVICE (DELAY PHASE) TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

Any student who has a new and persistent cough or a fever should not enter the building, not attend SCHOOL and should self-isolate for 7 days. Please help us in reducing the spread of COVID-19 by not sending in your child if you think they are showing symptoms. Call us and let us know.

If you have a confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, however mild, this is the advice you should follow:

  • Stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started (this will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious)
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • Sleep alone, if that is possible
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
  • You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAND WASHING  

We have published and promoted hand washing protocols via the staff and student intranets as well as specific sessions as part of tutorials. We recommend students, staff and visitors should wash your hands:

  • Before leaving home
  • On arrival at college
  • After using the toilet
  • After breaks or sporting activities
  • Before food preparation
  • Before eating any food, including snacks
  • Before leaving college

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD HYGIENE

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
  • If you are worried about you or your child’s symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION HELPLINE

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education. Education establishments have been informed not to close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Staff, 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)

PREPARATIONS FOR CLOSURE

We are well aware that there may be an instruction to close college and as a result we are preparing for various scenarios and the implications of any closure.

If we get the instruction to close further communication will be issued. 

Warm Regards

Mr David Bisley
Principal