I wanted to give you all an update on the situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus. We are following advice and guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) as it is released to protect Woodbridge School as best as possible. At the moment, the Chief Medical Officer has described the risk to the UK as low.
Woodbridge School has put in place some precautionary measures to minimise the potential spread of the infection:
- We have postponed visits from prospective parents, agents and pupils from China and any affected countries until further notice.
- All students from affected countries have been instructed not to travel over the February half term but stay with their local guardians and host families.
- We have also placed restrictions on all other visits to and from affected areas, including those by staff.
- If a parent or carer still decides to require their child to travel, anyone returning from China will be required to spend a period of 14 days in the UK before returning to school, and will self isolate during this time.
It is highly likely that restrictions will still be in place at Easter, and everyone must now plan for that eventuality. We will keep you informed of further developments and should the virus begin to spread within the UK, this guidance will be updated in accordance with the Chief Medical Officers’ requirements.
The whole of Woodbridge school community is being fully supportive of those with family and friends in affected areas and we are well aware of the significant burden of any restrictions that the School makes. Please be assured that the health and welfare of each and every member of our community is our primary concern.
I am extremely grateful for your ongoing support and engagement at this difficult time. I shall continue to update you as the situation develops.
Miss Shona Norman