18 March 2020
Due to the situation with COVID-19 Glenlyn Academy has taken the decision that the school will close from 9.30pm on Wednesday 18th March.
For the foreseeable future, we will deliver teaching programmes digitally online.
What is Glenlyn Academy doing to minimise the risk of infection?
We are following all Public Health England and Office for Students advice and guidance and are continuing to communicate regularly with our students and staff.
A team of key staff regularly share information, review the rapidly changing situation and put in place contingency plans should the situation change.
We are encouraging all students to follow the following basic health protection advice:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
What are the symptoms and what should I do if I suspect I have Covid-19?
Covid-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. The main symptoms are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
Generally, Covid-19 can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Government advice on what to do about symptoms changed on 12 March. The latest guidance is that if you have a new and persistent cough for up to four hours and a temperature of 37.8 degrees and above you should self-isolate at home for seven days.
These are considered to be mild symptoms of coronavirus and people do not need to ring 111 for advice unless their condition dramatically worsens.
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
- Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Where can I receive the most up-to-date public health information and guidance?
- NHS Direct can be reached via phoning 111.
- Public Health England is publishing daily updates on its website.
- The Department for Education has set up a dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) helpline for any queries related to schools and other educational establishments in England. It is open Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm: 0800 046 8687.
- UK Government Information. Find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you’re a returning traveller, and what the government is doing about the virus.