Covid-19 update - 19 May 2020
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Statement on schools opening
Cllr Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said:
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Don’t think, “What if I’m wrong?”. Think, “What if I’m right!”
Stay at home as much as possible
See the latest Government guidance on staying alert and safe.
Stay safe while out for exercise
Please follow the Government’s advice when leaving your home for exercise and observe the 2 metre rule for staying a safe distance apart. For more information about where you can walk in the Bradford district, and how to stay safe while you do so, visit our public green space and rights of way guidance page.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Preparations for national thank a teacher day – Wednesday 20 May
On Wednesday 20 May, we are celebrating teachers, senior leaders, support staff and all those working in education settings who are making a difference to their schools and communities during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Department for Education is working in partnership with the Teaching Awards Trust which has produced a set of resources including a Thank a Teacher toolkit containing graphics, images and frames for social media that you’re free to use.
The Thank a Teacher Toolkit is available here:
Additional guidance for maintained schools, academy trusts, colleges and universities on procurement policy note 02/20
We have published guidance to help schools, academy trusts and post-16 educational establishments in higher education and further education understand how policy procurement note (PPN) 02/20 guidance applies to them. The PPN sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus outbreak.
The additional guidance for state-funded schools can be found here:
The additional post-16 educational sector guidance can be found here:
Coronavirus testing eligibility and how test and testing kits work
Anyone in England showing symptoms of coronavirus who has to leave the home to go to work, or is aged 65 and over, is eligible for testing along with members of their households with symptoms. This is in addition to all essential workers with symptoms.
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available can be found here:
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has published guidance for members of the public and patients about coronavirus tests and testing kits, including information on the different types of tests available and how they work.
The guidance can be found here:
Updated guidance from the Student Loans Company
Deputy CEO of the Student Loans Company, David Wallace, is advising students thinking about going to university for the first time this autumn to complete their funding applications online as soon as possible.
New students are being asked to submit their applications before 22 May 2020. The deadline for returning student applications is 19 June.
Applications for student finance can be made here:
The Student Loans Company has updated their guidance for prospective students to include guidance for those whose academic year is extended because of the coronavirus outbreak and for migrant worker student applicants.
The guidance can be found here:
Reminder to submit the daily online attendance return to the Department for Education
Please continue to provide information on your educational setting’s status during the coronavirus outbreak. Your data helps us build a national picture of educational provision so that we can focus support more effectively, monitor the impact of the virus, and ensure children are safe.
The online form can be found here:
The information below has not changed since yesterday.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:
Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK
All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can be found in one place on GOV.UK at:
- Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June_ guidance for parents and carers - GOV.UK.html
25 March 2020 An open letter from Vicky Ford MP
Following the Prime Ministers announcement last night of stricter measures to contain the spread of the corona virus. The government have sent an updated guidance for Early Years and Childcare sector.
For the latest advice and information on COVID-19 @ 19.3.2020
- People are advised to visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
- When schools and early years providers close from Friday, do not let your children visit elderly people (age 70 or over), those who have a long-term health condition, those who are pregnant, or people who have a weakened immune system.
- If any of your family develop symptoms of a high temperature and a new, continuous cough, follow the advice on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. DO NOT visit your GP, pharmacy or hospital. If symptoms persist or get worse use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service - 111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ - you should only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
- If you have an underlying health condition follow the government advice
Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education last night, we are currently starting to put plans in place for next week. At this moment in time, the key worker groups have not been identified and we are awaiting further guidance from the Cabinet Office which is due to be published today and guidance from Bradford Council. Please can we ask that you do not phone the office at this stage as currently we have no further information on this matter. As soon as we have any information we will update on how we plan to move forward.
Thank you for your understanding in this very challenging time.