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Coronavirus Letter

Dear Parent/Carer

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Bridgend County Borough Council’s primary concern is for the safety of children in our

schools and we will continue to act in their best interests.

While the situation regarding coronavirus is developing quickly, please be assured that

the local authority is working closely with schools, Public Health Wales and Welsh

Government in order to implement any necessary measures to protect pupils, staff

and visitors from the spread of coronavirus.

While there are currently no identified cases in Bridgend, your child’s school is

following specific advice issued by Welsh Government in relation to the management

of coronavirus in schools.

National advice, as of today (12 March 2020), remains very much a case of ‘business

as usual’, but I wanted to reassure you that the local authority is closely monitoring

developments, both locally and nationally. In this respect, the local authority is

currently developing a strategy to ensure that effective plans and resources are in

place to respond appropriately to this changing situation.

For information, there is a range of advice available to the public on the Public Health

Wales, Welsh Government and UK Government websites in relation to coronavirus.

In addition, more specific advice for parents and carers can be found on the Public

Health Wales website and I would encourage you to access this routinely. Further

general advice in relation to travel to or from the UK can also be found on the website

of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

In the meantime, your support as parents/carers is critical to our strategy to fight the

spread of coronavirus. I can only reiterate that the best way to prevent infection is to

avoid being exposed to the virus through good hygiene.

Therefore, please advise your child to wash their hands:

before leaving home;

on arrival at school;

after using the toilet;

before food preparation;

after breaks and sporting activities;

before eating any food, including snacks;

before leaving school; and

on returning home from school.

Please also advise your children to:

avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and

avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

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If you are worried that your child may be symptomatic for coronavirus, please call

NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other

healthcare environment.

Please be assured once again that the local authority is taking all possible steps to

respond to this situation.

Yours sincerely

L. I. Harvey

Lindsay Iorwerth Harvey (Mr)

Corporate Director – Education and Family Support

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