Coronavirus COVID-19: Information and Advice
This page will contain the latest updates and information about the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), in the United Kingdom, and the Trust’s response.
Firstly, please be assured that our primary concern is for the health and safety of all of our students and staff. It is understandable that this is a stressful and anxious time, due to novelty of the virus, so knowledge is not pre-existing, thus is developing daily.
On Wednesday 11th March 2020, the Coronavirus outbreak, was declared a Global Pandemic, and the United Kingdom progressed into the ‘Delay’ phase of disease management, on Thursday 12th March 2020.
We are closely following the advice which is issued by the UK Government and Public Health England (PHE), and are making all necessary arrangements and steps to ensure the safety of the of students and staff.
Headteachers/Principals will be taking decisions on a day by day, case by case basis. If a decision to close becomes necessary, it will be based on an overall Health and Safety consideration.
We ask you to bear in mind the scale, complexity and seriousness of the situation. Our aim always will be to safeguard the interests of our children and our staff.
Please familiaraise yourself with the information of this page, which will continually be updated as the situation develops.
Latest Information: Updated 13th March 2020
Latest Information: Updated 10th March 2020
The COVID-19 strain of Coronavirus was identified in Wuhan within China’s Hubei province, December 2019. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the virus a public health emergency of international concern 30 January 2019, though at the time of writing the virus has not been declared ‘a pandemic’.
Anticipating that the virus will continue to spread in the western hemisphere including the United Kingdom, Wellspring Academy Trust (WAT) has prepared this briefing and accompanying risk assessment to consider the impact on its operation, including to employees, facilities and supply chains. This is designed to support informed, rapid decision making to take account of what is a fast-changing situation.
Whilst Public Health England (PHE)/Government advice to schools remains unchanged since 28 February 2020, news reports 9 March indicated that the Government may move the UK from the “contain” phase of its response to a “delay” phase. This would mean that the focus shifts to reducing the speed of growth rather than preventing geographical spread. The below information and risk assessment focuses on the approach currently recommended (“contain”) – i.e. business as usual with minimal impact.
If you feel you would like further information, please see links below. However, please be ensured, that the information provided to personnel, will be accurate based on the pivotal information provided by the Central Parties of the UK Government.
Public Health England – www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm
World Health Organisation –www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019