6 March 2020

The Department for Education has launched a new Coronavirus helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. 

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) 

Please note, no school will not close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19 can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way to tackle COVID-19. Simple and effective hand hygiene can help.  Washing hands for 20 seconds is central to prevent and slow the spread of the virus; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.