The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China, or other areas deemed as risk areas by the Foreign Office.

What You Need To Know

Staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are feeling unwell with a new, continuous cough or high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others.

Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal.

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 or other risk areas. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

Advice to those who have travelled recently

Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

  • Elsewhere in China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau
  • South Korea
  • Iran
  • Italy

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

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

  • 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.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:

Latest information

The Isle of Wight College – Coronavirus Update & Approach

Further to concerns raised and for reassurance, The Isle of Wight College is continuing to follow Government guidance.

Public health officials in the UK are working to contain any spread of the virus within this country by spotting any cases quickly and isolating them. The majority of current UK cases are all related to infection abroad in China and other Asian and European countries.

As a college we are continuing to work to raise the profile of our collective responsibility to prevent the spread of illness including:

  • Following normal hygiene rules
  • Washing hands properly and regularly
  • Coughing and /or sneezing into tissues before throwing it away and washing hands
  • Ensuring good cleaning practices
  • Providing the latest government guidance to staff and learners on the situation.

The latest guidance from the Government can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Information on the areas of most concern can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#history

As you will see from this official communication, there are clear guidelines on self-isolation following travel from certain areas along with actions to take should any symptoms occur.

We will also be ensuring this information is communicated to learners via tutors, but also through social media.

Some of the concerns from staff are due to them having recently travelled to Italy or Norway, or that they have been in contact with people who have, We have included useful links and information below:

This map identifies the areas of containment, but also in the orange area there is a list of current regions where they are Category 1. If not in the list then Category 2:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

Category 1: Travellers should self-isolate, even if asymptomatic, and call NHS 111 to inform of recent travel.

Category 2: Travellers do not need to undertake any special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call NHS 111.

Therefore, if you have not travelled in the 11 regions identified then this is identified as Category 2, you currently do not need to take any special measures, however, if symptoms develop then self-isolation is required and NHS 111 must be called.

We hope this helps to provide further clarity, but if parents, learners or staff have any concerns at all, please direct these to info@iwcollege.ac.uk and we will follow up.


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