16th March 2020
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
GOV.UK - 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 via the link;
The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus.
You can help too.
Germs can live on some surfaces for hours.
To protect yourself and others:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them
to catch your cough or sneeze.
• Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your
hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
• If you have arrived back from China within 14 days
follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost
any germs, including Coronavirus.
Find out more at gov.uk/coronavirus