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You can also contact the Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline, launched on Monday, to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
By phone: 0800 046 8687 (please call 111 if you think you or your child might have symptoms of COVID-19, or have travelled to affected countries)
By email: email@example.com
The helpline is open from 8am until 6pm Monday to Friday.
The Department for Education and the Local Authority are encouraging schools to follow the Public Health England guidance regarding Coronavirus and to remain open. PHE advise that in most cases, even if there is a confirmed case within the school community, closure of the school is unnecessary. We can assure you that in this situation we would take further advice from PHE to ensure the right proportionate local decision.
It is important that we all do our best to ensure that our children’s education is disrupted as little as possible and as always, everyone should continue to promote good hand and respiratory hygiene:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze, then bin the tissue and wash your hands (or use a sanitiser gel).
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.