National advice, as of today (13 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.