The Hive College Coronavirus Update
There have so far been no cases of coronavirus infection of any staff or students in college. Wilson Stuart School did prevent a member of staff from coming into school last Thursday and Friday as a precaution because her brother had symptoms. It turned out that he was not infected and there was no risk.
We are continuing with our hand-washing, cleaning and all the measures as specified by the health authorities.
We have been informed by nurses that students with a dry cough and/or temperature in college must go home and will need to be collected by parents.
A few parents have taken the decision not to send students into college because they are concerned about the virus in relation to underlying health issues. We are looking at ways we will be able to keep in touch with students who are off college.
The NHS has stopped testing people with any symptoms of coronavirus and is now telling them to self-isolate. This includes people with colds and sore throats, we have a few members of staff who are currently off college for this reason.
The Government, as you will be aware is considering measures including isolating the elderly and vulnerable, this may include consideration of the need to do this for students who have medical issues and who might be at significant risk if they were to be infected. We will have to wait and see what happens and what decisions are taken. In the event of a college closure we will be providing work to be completed at home and are considering what we will do if any closure may be long-term.
We have taken the decision to cancel work placements and community visits. We have also restricted visitors into college to a minimum and will be increasingly using conference calling meetings.
Due to restrictions on purchasing food items, the tuck shop will now be operating a reduced menu. We will not be having a Friday special and if parents could provide a packed lunch for students, this would be appreciated.