Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus Update - 25.05.21

We would like to inform you of the latest information, regarding Coronavirus Indian variant in Hounslow Borough following our previous email that was sent on Friday.

The Government is advising against all but essential travel in and out of eight English areas including the West London borough of Hounslow due to concerns over the Indian variant of coronavirus.

They have also advised that people living in this area should avoid mixing households as Hounslow is London's most infected borough and currently has an infection rate of 56.3 per 100,000 people, recording 153 new cases in the week leading up to May 15.

Following this new information we would like to urge all parents to be extra cautious and continue to adhere to the school's current protocols around social distancing and wearing a mask whilst on the school site.

The Government has also ramped up surge testing in these areas too and are calling for all eligible adults to take the vaccination.

It is it thought the Indian variant, which is more transmissible, is now the dominant strain of Covid-19 in the borough.

The new COVID-19 variant spreads more easily from person to person. To help stop the spread, you should take particular caution when meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble.

As Hounslow is one of the listed areas, wherever possible, you should try to:

  • meet outside rather than inside where possible
  • keep 2 metres apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with
  • avoid travelling in and out of affected areas unless it is essential, for example for work (if you cannot work from home) or education

You should also:

  • Get tested twice a week for free and isolate if you are positive
  • Continue to work from home if you can
  • Get vaccinated when you are offered it, and encourage others to do so as well

You should get tested for COVID-19. This includes:

  • Arranging to have a PCR test if you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Participating in surge testing in your local area

We would like to further highlight the importance of adhering to Government guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid within our school community.

Please can we remind you of the measures that we are continuing to take at Edison.

  • Only one adult to collect or drop off
  • Wear a mask when you come to drop and collect your child
  • Stay socially distanced from others and do not stop to chat on the school site or in the street
  • Masks MUST be worn if you are entering the building for any reason
  • Do not send your child to school if they or anyone in the household has symptoms of Covid-19 – in that instance, please arrange a test and follow the self-isolation guidance

May we remind you how important it is to have your up to date contact numbers and email address. This is to ensure we can contact you promptly.

Please note that it is every parents responsibility to inform the school as soon as they receive a positive test result. We monitor our emails over the evening and weekend, so that swift action can be taken by the school.

Let’s all work together to protect and keep each other safe.

Advice And Support For Parents And Carers

Whether you're working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children during these unprecedented times, the NSPCC has tips and advice for you.

Please click on the following link:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/

Handwashing Guide

The very important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

 

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