Message from the Principal
I am pleased to draw to the attention of students and parent/carers a new NHS service which allows young people (11- 19 year olds) to confidentially text the NHS on a variety of issues.
NHS Text Message service now open for young people in Peterborough.
Andrea Graves, Service Lead for the programme said: “ChatHealth is a great new line of communication for young people in Peterborough which gives an alternative way to engage with school nurses and tackle the issues that are standing in the way of their happiness. It has successfully operated across Cambridgeshire over the last two years and expanding into Peterborough is a clear demonstration of how health services are working in partnership across the area for the benefit of all young people, their parents and carers.”
As a school, we are guided by Public Health England (PHE), also by the ability to operate the school safely. This means we will continue to operate as normal, preparing students for the forthcoming examinations, subject to not being affected by excessive staff absence.
We will be postponing the curriculum day on Thursday 19 March and the Year 7 rewards trip. If payments have been made, then we will be further advice on reimbursements if required. World of Work Day will go ahead for Year 10 that have secured placements and the business still gives consent to them visiting for the day.
However, PHE guidance or staff absence may have a determining factor on how we move forward. The latest Government announcement is to move to phase two (delay). This actively encourages schools to remain open based on the theory that young people are more resilient to the virus. However, I must ask parents/carers to use the normal school procedures if your child becomes unwell. If the illness are symptoms relating to COVID_19 which are as follows:
- a new continuous cough,
- and a fever above 37.8
- and/or breathing difficulties
Then click here to the following guidance from Public Health England guidance which was released only on Thursday afternoon. Only tested patients confirmed by the NHS can confirm they have contracted the COVID-19 virus.
When you phone in an please make it clear about the nature of the illness and if you have been confirmed as having COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Government advice is that You should remain at home until 7 days after the onset of your symptoms. After 7 days, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature, you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, you should contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.