Hammersmith Academy continues to follow Public Health England (PHE) and National Health Service (NHS) guidance on the Coronavirus. We would like to reassure you that the Academy is well prepared should all schools be advised to close.
PHE has updated the list of countries that require action by anyone returning from those locations. You can find full details here:
Student Advice and Concerns
Academy staff have delivered presentations to students to alleviate any concerns they may have and provided guidance on how best to maintain good hygiene standards.
The Academy has taken extra steps to ensure that best practice is being followed. Additional hand sanitisers are being installed at reception for staff, students and all visitors. Students are allowed a small bottle of hand sanitiser in their bag to use during their time at school. Students and staff have been advised on how best to keep their hands clean.
Guidance for anyone visiting the Academy
As a precaution, in line with Public Health England guidance (as of 12th March 2020), we are unable to welcome visitors (including staff, parents and students from other schools) to the Academy if:
- they have a high temperature, or
- a new continuous cough.
Anyone showing these symptoms should stay at home and stay isolated for 7 days.
Furthermore, we are unable to visit anyone that has travelled to the UK from mainland China within the past 14 days, or have been in direct contact with anyone who has. In addition, we are unable to welcome visitors to the Academy if:
- they have travelled to the UK from any of the Group one areas listed below within the last 14 days, or been in direct contact with anyone who has;
- they have travelled to the UK from any of the Group two areas or been in direct contact with anyone who has, and are showing symptoms of coronavirus.
Group One Countries/Areas
- anywhere in Italy on or after 9 March
- specific areas in northern Italy in the last 14 days
- Iran in the last 14 days
- Hubei province in China in the last 14 days
- Daegu, Cheongdo or Gyeongsan in South Korea in the last 14 days
If you, or anyone in your immediate family have returned from the Group One areas, you should self-isolate and call NHS 111 even if you do not have symptoms.
Group Two Countries/Areas
- Italy (outside specific areas in northern Italy) before 9 March
- mainland China outside of Hubei province
- South Korea outside of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan
- Hong Kong
If you, or anyone in your immediate family have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate and call NHS 111 immediately. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
Anyone who is showing symptoms or falls within these two categories should not come to the Academy for a period of 14 days, after which time, if no symptoms have developed, they will be welcome to return. Please contact the Academy directly if this is applicable to you.
The Academy continues to monitor the changing situation and we will update you as and when we receive new guidance. We thank you for your understanding and in helping us maintain a safe environment for all those at the Academy.