Due to the media attention surrounding the Ebola virus the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued some advice to schools.
First and foremost Parents/guardians should not be unduly worried about the possibility of their children catching the Ebola Virus. Public Health England reports that:
- The risk of Ebola arriving in the UK is low and to date there have been no cases of Ebola Virus Disease being contracted in the UK.
Any person arriving in the UK having travelled from any Ebola affected countries will be screened. If they are free of symptoms they are not infectious so there should be no restrictions on their school attendance or normal activities.
It is not possible to catch Ebola from a person who is not showing signs of being infected. It can only be caught by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is ill with the disease.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school or their early years setting as normal.
Please do not panic, this is standard guidance and it has been issued to all schools in the UK. At Holy Trinity we do our best to share local and national information with our parents/carers. If other schools haven’t shared this information with their parents it is not because they haven’t been informed, it is due to the fact that the school has chosen not to share it. I do not want anyone to think that we have a potential problem or are at more risk than other schools – we are not – we just like to keep you well informed.
If the advice changes in any way I will ensure that you are kept up to date.
Jon Smith (Headteacher)