Schools should not close or send staff and pupils home if they have a coronavirus scare, health officials have said. Public Health England has issued advice to headteachers around the country and told them not to panic if a pupil or employee is suspected of having the virus. If a case is confirmed, the school will be contacted by the government and told what to do next. Based on what has happened at other places visited by infected patients, this may involve sending home people who have been in contact with the confirmed case and disinfecting parts of the school. More than 71,000 people around the world – mostly in China – have been infected with the virus, SARS-CoV-2. Nine people have been diagnosed in the UK. The PHE guidance comes the week after at least 11 schools in Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne were understood to have told parents that either a staff member or pupil has been advised to stay at home for 14 days by PHE. Schools messaged parents saying that they would authorise absences for families wishing to self-isolate. Schools must not panic and should wait for test results before taking steps to send staff or pupils… Read full this story
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