Coronavirus: Advice from the Department for Education

Government Updated Guidance - 16/03/2020

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Read our advice about staying at home.

Parent Email Coronavirus Update - 16/03/2020

Parent Email Coronavirus update - 09/03/2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

To help to minimise the spread of the Coronavirus, the school has put the following measures in place, effective from today Monday 9 March 2020:

  • All staff and visitors entering the school must use the hand sanitizer, available at key entry points, before entering the school site.
  • We are asking for there to be no hand shaking/contact between staff and/or visitors at meetings/parents evenings for the foreseeable future.
  • If you or your family have travelled from an affected area, or are planning to visit an affected area, we ask you to follow government guidance before coming onto the school site - please seek advice if you are in doubt
  • If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should call NHS 111 for advice. Follow the UK Government advice for childcare or educational settings Parents can visit NHS.UK to find out more information.
  • If you or someone in your household feels unwell, keep away from others and stay at home to stop the infection spreading. If you or someone in your household become unwell at a place of education, tell a member of staff and let them know if you have travelled to any other countries in the last 14 days.
  • If you have chosen to self-isolate a student who attends Cheney School, because you believe they may have been exposed to the virus, please let the relevant pastoral leader know as a matter of urgency.
  • We are educating our students about how to wash hands effectively, when to wash hands and what else students can do to minimise the spread of the virus. More information can be found here:
  • Additionally, we ask you to talk to your son/daughter about the importance of hygiene and handwashing, especially after sneezing/coughing.

Day to day school life is operating as normal. All school trips will be going ahead as planned, at this time, and we will be taking appropriate action to protect students whilst they are out of school. There is currently no plan to close the school due to Coronavirus, but we are receiving daily updates from the Department for Health and will be guided by them and their advice. All this information and more can be found on our website update page.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

We have 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)

Advice for returning travellers:

Updated travel advice for travellers

The latest travel guidance can be found here:


Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

Encouraging good hygiene

As always, if you have
symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:

1) Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
2) Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
4) Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Updates on Coronavirus:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Public Health England blog: