In line with guidance from Public Health England and the Boarding Schools’ Association on minimising the risk of coronavirus disease at school, we are requiring all visitors to Newbury Hall:
1. not to come into school if they have visited any affected Category 1 area within the past 14 days
2. not to come into school if they have close contact with anyone who has travelled to a Category 1 affected area until the traveller has remained symptom-free for 14 days having left the area
3. not to come into school if they have had close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the past 14 days
Our full assessment of risks and applied protocols are as follows:
Pupils or staff leaving the school and going into a Category 1 affected area as listed by the government may not return to school before a self-imposed quarantine of 14 days has passed with no symptoms emerging.
Pupils or staff leaving the school and having close contact with anyone who has travelled to a Category 1 affected area may not return to school until the traveller has remained symptom-free for 14 days having left the area.
Anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 should self-isolate for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the confirmed case. Anyone who has had close contact with a suspected case of Covid-19 should take advice from the school in the first instance.
Prolonged close contact with members of the public, wherever they have come from, brings with it enhanced risk of infection. The school will therefore cancel or adapt any opportunity for close contact over which it has control, and cancel attendance at any relevant event both in and away from school by staff or pupils. Any attendance which is deemed to be essential is now subject to a rigorous process of risk assessment and will only go ahead if the school is satisfied that appropriate adaptations can be made to ensure that the nature of contact does not reach the threshold for prolonged close contact as defined by Public Health England.
This is a dynamic situation and it is likely that things will continue to change. We will continue to issue new information and guidance as appropriate.
15 March 2020