We continue to monitor the situation with regards to the Coronavirus. To the best of our knowledge we have no cases in the student or wider community of Rainford High.
The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do by Public Health England.
Finally, the best way to tackle the challenge posed by Coronavirus is by following public health authorities’ advice, for example on hand washing, and reducing the impact and spread of misinformation by relying on information from trusted sources, such as that on http://www.nhs.uk and https://www.gov.uk/
If there is any change to the situation we will update you as quickly as possible.
Advice for parents/guardians
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice.
What action you can 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, to stem the spread of viruses. For more information download this advice leaflet: coronavirus-public-info
Advice to those who have travelled recently
Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:
Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province
If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:
Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas
This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:
If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:
Encouraging good hygiene
As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs: