From Friday 20th March, the school buildings will be closed, and all RGSS’s students and staff will be working remotely. Details of the precautions RGSS’s is taking as a result of the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak can be found here.
The health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance and we continue to monitor the advice from Public Health England. We will keep our procedures under review and continue to update parents, visitors and the school community on a regular basis as the situation evolves.
The instruction which we must all now follow is this:
If you have a new persistent cough or a raised temperature, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
If you live in a household where someone is self-isolating, you must also self-isolate for 14 days
We do not have any confirmed case of coronavirus at St Benedict’s, but we do have a number of staff and students who are staying away from school at the moment as a precaution. The plan remains to continue to keep the school open for as long as it is possible to do so, unless we are instructed by UK government to close.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have provided advice to travellers returning from category 1 and category 2 regions here and as summarised below:
Anyone who has recently returned from a category 1 region is advised to remain at home, even if asymptomatic, and to contact NHS 111 for advice. Category 1 countries/areas are: Italy (since 9 March); Iran, Wuhan city and Hubei Province (China), specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy, Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea) returning in the last 14 days.
Anyone who has recently returned from a category 2 region and developed symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath is advised to remain at home and to contact NHS 111 for advice. Category 2 countries/areas are: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Italy (before 9 March), Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Republic of Korea (not including Daegu or Cheongdo), Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
We have asked our school community to follow this advice and for parents to inform us of any student to whom it applies or who may have had close contact (for example a member of their household) with someone to whom it applies. We will then conduct our own assessment following the advice of Public Health England.
Precautions for visitors:
To help us continue to maintain the health of everyone in our school community we ask that you do not visit the school if you are unwell. Following advice from Public Health England, we are currently unable to accept any visitors to the school who fall into the above categories for returning travellers or who have been in contact with a known case of coronavirus. We hope to be able to welcome all visitors to St Benedict’s again as soon as possible.
Precautions in school:
The government has indicated that their focus is now moving towards delaying the spread of coronavirus as far as possible and we have reviewed and either cancelled or rescheduled some school trips and events with multiple visitors into the school. As ever, we will update the school community on any changes to our activities and events programme and will continue to prioritise our core objectives of providing teaching and pastoral care to our students.