UPDATE

Kingsley – Precautions against the Novel Coronavirus

We are closely monitoring this complex health situation and we are frequently assessing and updating potential risks to our community to keep your children safe and healthy at Kingsley.

There are now 2 confirmed cases in the UK of the Coronavirus and the World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak a global emergency. Public Health England (PHE) has revised the status of the threat of the virus spreading from low to moderate.

The measures that have been in place at Kingsley since 20th January (16 days), and the professional advice that we are taking daily includes:

  • Daily checks on Public Health England, The Department of Health and Social Care, and with the Medical Officer of Schools Association and advice from the NHS nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus.
  • We are in direct daily communication with Public Health England SW
  • We have checked the home addresses of all our Far East pupils, and none are from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and all returned to the UK before the Coronavirus outbreak was announced
  • With half-term looming, we are carefully checking all the travel plans of our international students.  At present, none of our pupils have travel plans to visit China or Hong Kong over half term; if any pupil does visit China or Hong Kong over half term, he/she will not be able to return to Kingsley for at least 14 days after his/her return to the UK. This is a straightforward precautionary measure in line with the best scientific and expert advice on how to stop the Novel Coronavirus from spreading. As more countries succumb to the virus, this list of countries affected by the travel ban/quarantine may be expanded.
  • As usual, Kingsley boarders can remain in school and be looked after by school staff during half term, or they can use this facility should their travel be considered unsafe or be restricted.  Provision to look after international boarders in school during the Easter break is being made so that facility is in place.
  • We will continue to keep pupils informed of the latest advice by the UK and Chinese health authorities, including simple precautionary measures such as proper hand and respiratory hygiene, in their tutor groups and assemblies
  • We are not receiving any visitors to the school from mainland China or Hong Kong (including parents) until the threat from the virus is lifted, or unless they have shared with school details of a medical check in the UK within the last 14 days.
  • Kingsley will also help support pupils who may be anxious about their home country and will support them as best as we can

The wellbeing of our whole school community is our main concern at this time, especially those from China and other affected areas, and I am sure you will join me in supporting them during this worrying period.  While this virus is a very serious global issue, we are reminding pupils to remain calm and not to overreact if anyone in school falls ill as there are always coughs and colds at this time of the year.

Kingsley will continue to follow the latest public health advice and will closely monitor the situation, putting interventions in place, should they be needed. We will continue to keep you informed as the situation and official advice changes. Should you wish to discuss any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr Pete Last

Headmaster

 

 

24th January 20202 – Coronavirus

There is, of course, a lot of press coverage at the moment about the Coronavirus and we wish to inform parents and pupils that we are doing all that we can to ensure that all of our pupils and staff are safe.

The measures we have already put in place, and the professional advice that we are taking daily includes:

  • Daily checks on Public Health England, The Department of Health and Social Care, and with the Medical Officer of Schools Association
  • We are in direct daily communication with Public Health England SW
  • We have checked the home addresses of all our Far East pupils, and none are from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and all returned to the UK before the  Coronavirus outbreak was announced
  • As is tradition, we are celebrating Chinese New Year in school this week; none of our pupils will be travelling back to the Far East for this important event
  • With half-term looming, we are carefully checking all the travel plans of our international students
  • As usual, Kingsley boarders can remain in school and be looked after by school staff during half term, or they can use this facility should their travel be considered unsafe or be restricted
  • We will continue to keep pupils informed of the latest advice by the UK and Chinese health authorities, including simple precautionary measures such as proper hand and respiratory hygiene, in their tutor groups and assemblies
  • Kingsley will also help support pupils who may be anxious about their home country and will support them as best as we can

 

Pete Last said: “Ensuring the safety and welfare of our pupils is a top priority. We have been monitoring the coronavirus situation as it unfolds and are doing daily checks with Public Health England, the Department of Health and Social Care and Medical Officers of Schools Association (https://www.mosa.org.uk/) to which we are a member. Kingsley will continue to follow the latest public health advice and will closely monitor the situation, putting interventions in place, should they be needed.”