COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT
Posted on 12th March 2020 at 11:29
UPDATED 16th MARCH 11:30am
Sandwell Residential Education Service and its centres are following the latest guidance as it emerges with regard to the Covid-19 coronavirus strain.
Precautionary measures taken at all centres include briefing staff on:
the Catch It, Bin It, Kill It campaign
the importance of frequent and thorough handwashing
frequent cleaning of regularly-touched surfaces such as door handles
being vigilant about their own health and symptoms of Covid-19; and reporting any concerns.
Staff in centres are also reminding visiting children and staff to wash hands thoroughly and frequently, including when they arrive at the centre off the coach; to follow the Catch It, Bin It, Kill It message; and to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of Covid-19.
If Anybody Displays Symptoms
If anybody in the centre presents symptoms, we shall as far as possible provide an isolated area (with pastoral support), and follow latest medical advice. The most likely scenario is that parents would be asked to collect the child; as is normal in cases of illness whilst away. If a child or member of staff were to be tested positive, Public Health would immediately become involved and lead on measures to be taken.
Updates / if Things Change
We are updated daily by Sandwell Council, and will follow all health advice and directives in the best interests of children, adult visitors and staff. Any emerging concerns or measures will be communicated to schools/groups that have planned a visit to one of our centres.
It might be noted that the centres are “closed” communities – those there live in close proximity to each other, but the engagement with the wider public, crowds, public transport etc is minimal. In the vast majority of cases you do not share the centre / accommodation with other groups, and will spend much time outside.
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