Following the latest guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education (DfE) I am writing to you regarding the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and to follow the guidance from PHE and DfE. Guidance specifically directed towards colleges and schools can be found here.
If you have visited any of the areas below in the last 14 days it is really important that you do not visit Huish, do not send your children to college and keep us informed:
• Hubei Province (China), Iran, specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy (since 19th February), special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea.
• You have returned from an affected country (section 9 of the link above) and are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (section 1 of the link above).
• You have returned from Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
• You have had contact with a known case of COVID-19. The definition of contact can be found in section 7 of the link above.
If anyone who is part of the Huish community confirms that any of the above criteria apply to them we will follow the guidelines as set out by PHE and DfE. A link to the latest home office guidance can be found here.
Looking forward to the Easter holidays, PHE guidance is changing regularly and we may be in a situation where students will have to self-isolate themselves if they decide to travel to affected countries. We strongly advise against travel to affected countries over the holiday however should any individual choose to travel they will be required to arrange private quarantine for 14 days upon their return to the UK. In addition to the countries named above restrictions are currently in place for China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau. Full guidance can be found under Advice for Travellers here. If you have children in the upper sixth this would affect the start of their A Level examinations.
If your child currently lives in Oak House Boarding or Homestay accommodation please remember this facility is open as usual during the Easter holidays. There is no need to travel home or to leave the UK.