Coronavirus Information

Latest news - 10th July 2020 - Tucasi SCOPAY

Dear Parent/Carer,

With the return of students in September, there will be some changes to the lunchtime routines, in order to control the numbers of students using the canteen, which have been designed to limit the risk of transferring any infection and keep everyone as safe as possible.

There will be no/limited time for students to load funds onto their canteen accounts using the fingerprint readers with the new arrangements we will be implementing in September.

Therefore, it is advised that you make use of the TUCASI SCOPAY app to pre-load student accounts with sufficient funds for their snacks, drinks and meals throughout the day. This should be completed no later than the day before they are needed to allow the money to be transferred to your child's account.

If you do not already have the SCOPAY app you must download this as soon as possible. A letter with the account codes has previously been issued to every student and this should be used to register the account via the website https://www.boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk/information/parents-apps/tucassi-sco-pay/ or simply search and download the SCOPAY app that is available on mobile phone app stores.

In the event that you need a new account letter, please e-mail finance@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk with the name of the student that you require a letter for and one will then be e-mailed back to you.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Finance Team

 

 

 

 

Be Safe

As you know we are experiencing some hot and high temperatures over the next couple of days, and a lot of people going to unmanned reservoirs and swimming in them. The unfortunate death of Adam Kay a few weeks ago has been devastating and would be devastating for that to happen to someone at BSCA.

Please keep save and follow the Greater Manchester Fire Services guidance, watch these useful videos:

 

 

Reminder for Year 10 students for week commencing 15th June

We wanted to remind you all of the key things to remember for your child returning to school next week:

What bubble is your child in?
Bubbles ABC are only in on Monday and Tuesday
Bubbles DEF are only in on Thursday and Friday

They must not bring in any bag or equipment from home - only a disposable water bottle and a snack. All equipment and exercise books will be provided at school and kept at school.

Coats will need to be removed in the lesson and put on the back of chairs -It may be chilly in the rooms so wear layers as we have to have the windows and the doors open.

Arrive on time - all year 10 bubbles to enter at the correct time - Bubbles A and D - 8.30am , Bubbles B and E - 8.40am, Bubbles C and F - 8.50am.

Only enter through the level 3 bay from the Newby Road entrance - there are markings on the floor to line up. Students will not be able to enter via any other entrance as these are being used for other bubbles of students that will also be onsite.

Social distancing - if you are meeting and walking with friends keep at a 2 metre distances. This must also always be stuck to whilst within school.

We are really looking forward to seeing you all.

 

Kind Regards,

Rachael Lucas - Headteacher

Jason Whittaker - Deputy Head

 

 

Latest news - 11th June 2020 - Confirmation that school will reopen to Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 6, Year 10 and Year 12 on Monday 15th June

 

For the attention of of parent/carer who had arranged to send their send back to school on either Monday 8th June or 15th June,

As you know last weekend the Trustees of the Bishop Fraser Trust took the decision to delay the wider opening of the Primary school until the 15th June following an increase in the "R" value- the rate of infection of the coronavirus.


Following a meeting on Wednesday I am pleased to confirm that the wider opening of the Primary school and the opening of the secondary phase to Years 10 and 12 will still take place from the 15th June. This is following the Trust and the school receiving more detailed information from public health officials in Bolton about local hospital admissions and death rates falling.

For parents and carers of those year groups eligible to return - Nursery, Reception, Years 1 ,6, 10 and 12 plus key worker and vulnerable children - you have already received information about the restart of school, so please refer to those documents about start times and finish times.


For the attention of of parent/carer with students in other year groups,

The main form education for your children will be through remote learning until the end of the year. We are working on some more remote learning platforms- Microsoft Teams and Seesaw for Primary to help make that remote learning experience more convenient and more dynamic.

In the event that we have to have some sort of partial opening in September - perhaps a year group at a time, we will need to make sure our remote learning is as robust as possible.


Of course at moment we, nor does anyone else, know what September is going to look like for schools.
As soon as we have any confirmations of course we will be letting you know.


In the mean time I will be in touch with a summer newsletter shortly to let you know of some the things that are still going on in school.

 

If you have any further questions or queries please don't hesitate to contact school.

Kindest Regards
Rachael Lucas

 

Latest news - 6th June 2020 - delay of reopening to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils until 15th June

On Friday afternoon it was announced by Public Health England and the University of Cambridge that the R value for the North West is at 1.01. The R value is the rate of reproduction of the Covid-19 virus; in this instance for every 1 person who is infected, they infect 1.01 people. One of the five Government's tests for opening schools more widely is for the R value to remain below 1.

Whilst Public Health England says that the R number of about 1 or above is not necessarily a cause for immediate concern they also said that further investigation was needed to identify hotspots within the North West.


The safety of our children, staff and the wider community is at the forefront of everything we do. Accordingly our Trust Directors have reviewed this new information and feel it is important to take some time to investigate the implications within our Bolton community. Currently we await further information from Bolton Local Authority and Public Health England.


It is therefore with regret that we have to postpone opening BSCA primary until, at the moment,
15th June. Key worker children and vulnerable children from all year groups will still attend Monday 8th June, but Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 6 will be delayed until the 15th.


We are still planning to open to our Year 10/12 secondary students at BSCA, St James's CE School and Canon Slade CE School from the 15th June.


We will communicate with you all again by Friday 12th June.


Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause due to the late notice, but we hope you understand that the information was only received late Friday afternoon. We know this will be significant news to our families who were planning for a return on Monday, but the safety of our community is paramount.


Revd. J Ainsworth
Chair of Trustees

Click here for a printable version of the letter - Letter to Parent-Carer - 6th June

 

Latest news - 5th June 2020 - arrangements for children of Key Workers from W/c 15th June

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following on from the government guidance, we have now finalised our plans to invite year 10 and year 12 students into school for some face-to-face contact with teaching staff from 15th June.

We have deliberated long and hard about this process and how best to do this whilst considering safety as the paramount importance. We have also had to constantly review our plans because of the ever changing guidance provided to schools.

Having additional students in school during this time has meant we have had to make changes to school arrangements.

Your child is still welcome to attend school on every day as normal.  During this time, we will continue to focus our support on their remote learning as well as provide sessions of physical and creative activities.

Your child must arrive at school on each morning , using the main entrance of school only between 08:40 - 08:50

Once the lessons have finished, at 15:00 your child will be directed out of school, using the main school entrance. They will wash their hands or use the hand sanitiser. They will be expected to leave the school grounds immediately.

Your child will be expected to travel from home to school directly and vice versa, observing social distancing guidelines as they travel.

Please remember that students should not attend school if they have any symptoms of coronavirus or if you are self-isolating because someone in your household has suspected or confirmed coronavirus. Parents need to phone school to report student absence if this is the case. As parents you will be contacted if your child becomes ill during their time in school. We do have facilities to isolate students who become ill.

A separate email has been sent to you with a new home-academy agreement that must be completed before your child is allowed back into school. Failure to complete this will result in your child not being able to start back week commencing 15th June.

We look forward to seeing your child in school again, and helping to support them as they move forward.

Kind regards

Jason Whittaker

Latest news - 5th June 2020 - Return for Year 10's

Information has been emailed/text home about the arrangements for returning to school for Year 10's - click here to read this information and to complete the compulsory questionnaire for your child to return to school.

https://forms.gle/zZx5Hy8F7DRgYwFD9

 

Additional information for each 'BUBBLE'

Information has been sent home to inform parents of specific arrangements for each bubble of students, please click here for those letters:

Bubble A

Bubble B

Bubble C

Bubble D

Bubble E

Bubble F

If you have not received any information, but have confirmed that your child is returning to school on 15th June, please email contact@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk or ring us on 01204 335233 to find out which bubble your child has been placed in.

 

Latest news - 1st June - Year 10 and 12 Students Returning to School 15th June

Dear Parents/Carers of Year 10  and 12 Students,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well.

I need to update you on plans to reopen the schools for years 10 and 12.

Many thanks to those parents that have responded to our previous requests for information about your intentions to send your children back into school. As you may know the Government changed their guidance following an announcement from the Prime Minister on Sunday 24th May and followed that up with more written guidance to schools on Bank Holiday Monday.

We now need to plan to open from Monday June 15th not June 8th as previously planned. Below is an extract from the guidance:

  • From 15 June, secondary schools are able to offer face-to-face support for a quarter of the year 10 and 12 cohort at any one time.
  • Provide some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 students, with a clear expectation that remote education will continue to be the predominant form of education delivery for these year groups and that this should be of high quality.
  • Continue to use best endeavours to support all other students remaining at home, making use of the available remote education support and ensuring a high quality offer

This means we have to change our original plans.

We will be contacting all year 10 and 12 families who did not respond to our original contact to outline our new plans by phone.

The broad outline is to keep  supporting our students through remote learning with face to face learning in groups of no more than 10 students for two mornings a week. The focus will be Maths, English and Science and then support for the remote learning of options subjects.

Please expect a call if you previously did not respond to our first contact. If you have changed your mind from the original contact please let us know as soon as possible by emailing swilliams@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk .

Many thanks

Mrs Lucas

Headteacher

 

Latest news - 21st May 2020 - Year 12 - Return to School Arrangements

Dear Parents of Year 12,

The leadership team at BSCA have been planning for the return of Year 12 after half term from 8th June.

We have included a survey for you to complete by 9am Monday 25th May to indicate whether you are planning for your Year 12 child to return for the final few weeks of this academic year - https://forms.gle/PCoiUYcqjPaFdq3CA .

To inform your decision making on the return to school, I would like to share with you my thoughts on how the school experience will be different during covid19 and the need for social distancing.

For Year 12, the plan is to have students in for each of their subjects 3 times for a period of 3 hours in one day over the half term. The majority of Year 12 students study 3 subjects and a resit, so this means they would be in school 4 times over a period of two weeks.

For example.

Monday – study at home

Tuesday – 9am to 12noon SUBJECT 1

Wednesday – study at home

Thursday – 9am to 12noon SUBJECT 2

Friday – study at home

Monday – study at home

Tuesday – study at home

Wednesday – study at home

Thursday – 9am to 12noon SUBJECT 3

Friday – 9am to 12 noon SUBJECT 4

The lesson would be in a 'bubble' with one teacher and with the same students in the same room. It would start at 9am and end at 12 noon. Students will be taught new material and also have the opportunity for a socially distanced 1 to 1 time with their teacher to review any work done through lockdown.

During this 3 hour period, students would take a break in the room and would need to take snacks with them - no food and drinks will be available on site.

Government guidance has recently changed, and we would like to remind you not to send your child into school if:

https://bit.ly/2XjmVtE

  • your child, or anyone in the same household, shows signs of any of the main symptoms
  • your child, or anyone in the same household, is clinically extremely vulnerable.

Please remember your MUST complete this short survey by 9am Monday 25th May to let us know if your child will be attending https://forms.gle/PCoiUYcqjPaFdq3CA. Your child will not be able to just turn up on the day if we aren't already aware that they are attending.

We will be in touch with the details of which subject will run on which day when we have the full information on student and teacher attendance.

If you have any questions, please email contact@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk or ring on 01204 332533.

Take care, and keep safe.

Kind Regards,

Rachael Lucas

Headteacher

 

 

Latest news - 21st May 2020 - Year 10 Return to School Arrangements from 8th June

Dear Parents of Year 10,

The leadership team at BSCA have been planning for the return of Year 10 after half term from 8th June.

We have included a survey for you to complete by 9am Monday 25th May to indicate whether you are planning for your Year 10 child to return for the final few weeks of this academic year - https://forms.gle/PCoiUYcqjPaFdq3CA .

To inform your decision making on the return to school, I would like to share with you my thoughts on how the school experience will be different during covid19 and the need for social distancing.

School cannot open as normal and so it will feel rather different and the students need to be aware of what school will look like for them.

For Year 10, the sessions will be half days – 8.30am up to 1pm and depending on staffing and student numbers, and would be for a number of days a week. Access to and from school may also be done on a staggered start and finish to ensure everyone's safety.

We will be grouping the students into groups of no more than 15. Each group during the session will receive some face to face teaching for Maths, English and Science. For all the option subjects they will access pre-recorded lessons or on line learning facilitated by a member of staff.

Break time will need to be take in the classroom whilst socially distancing. We will not be serving lunch and no food and drinks will be available on site.

Government guidance has recently changed, and we would like to remind you not to send your child into school if:

https://bit.ly/2XjmVtE

  • your child, or anyone in the same household, shows signs of any of the main symptoms
  • your child, or anyone in the same household, is clinically extremely vulnerable.

Please remember you MUST complete this short survey by 9am Monday 25th May to let us know if your child will be attending https://forms.gle/PCoiUYcqjPaFdq3CA. Your child will not be able to just turn up on the day if we aren't already aware that they are attending.

We will be in touch with the details of which subject will run on which day when we have the full information on student and teacher attendance.

If you have any questions, please email contact@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk or ring on 01204 332533.

Take care, and keep safe.

Kind Regards,

Rachael Lucas

Headteacher

 

 

Latest News - BSCA and reopening - 18th May 2020

Please read this letter for the latest information

BSCA Latest News - 18th May 2020

Operational Guide for Parents regarding phased return to school from 8th June. This letter is only for parents that have received an invite from school for their child to return.

 

Latest News - Government announcement - 10th May 2020

We have heard some more about the Government's plans this evening around possible school reopening. I am sure we will receive more details in the coming days. School still only remains open for vulnerable students and those whose parents are key workers. We will get more information out to you once we have it. Our paramount goal is we open safely both for staff and students.

 

Latest News - Free School Meal Voucher Update

Letter from Mr Watson regarding Primary Free School Meals - 4th May 2020

Over the past few weeks we have been working hard to contact parents whose children attend BSCA and receive Free School Meals funded by Bolton Council. During the school closure the government have made arrangements for families to still receive free school meals for their child(ren) by issuing them a Free School Meals Voucher via email.

Therefore, for the last 10 days the staff at BSCA have been working hard to obtain email addresses from parents, so that they can be registered with their child's details on the government website. Once this has been completed voucher codes are emailed to you and can be used at all major supermarkets.

Please see below for further information:

 

Are you entitled to a Free School Meals Voucher?

If you are in receipt of Government benefits such as Income Support or Universal Credit and have a household income of less than £7,400pa, or you have recently applied for government benefits due to a change in circumstances, you may be entitled to Free School Meals, and therefore the Free School Meals Voucher even when school is closed.

Free School Meals are not automatically awarded, you need to apply for them. The easiest way to do this is to complete an online application form with Bolton Council - https://www.bolton.gov.uk/free-school-meals-clothing-allowance/free-school-meals-help-school-uniform . If you are successful you must proof to us at BSCA.

If your child is in our Primary they would have received either government funded Universal Free Meals (Reception, Year 1 and 2), or BSCA funded meals (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6) when school was open, but these are different to the Free School Meals and therefore does not necessarily mean that you are entitled to a Free School Meals Voucher. Therefore, it is very important that if you are in receipt on government benefits, as above, but have not applied for Free School Meals because your child's meals were already be provided by the Universal Free Meals scheme or by BSCA, that you complete the Free School Meals application form https://www.bolton.gov.uk/free-school-meals-clothing-allowance/free-school-meals-help-school-uniform

 

My child already has Free School Meals, how do I get the voucher?

If your child has previously received Free School Meals you will be entitled to a Free School Meals Voucher, but this is not automatic. BSCA needs to register you, your child and email address on the government system. The government system will then email you your entitled voucher(s) - £15 per week, per child. Therefore, if you have yet to do so please email us your email address – contact@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk

 

I have provided my email to BSCA, but have not yet received a voucher?

Your child must be entitled to Free School Meals, have successfully applied via Bolton Council (either in the past or due to your current circumstances) and received a certificate, and have sent proof to us at BSCA.

If yes...

Please check your junk email box.

It has been a short turnaround for the government to set up and implement this system, and the government have had to upgrade their system to meet the high demand, therefore, there may be a delay in vouchers being sent out initially for first few weeks until the system is up and running.

If you sent your email address last week and have still not received a voucher this week then contact us so we can check everything is correct with us – contact@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk or 01204 332533 (between 9am and 3pm).

 

How does the voucher work?

Each family will receive £15 per child per week to help pay for lunches they normally would receive at school.

A voucher code is sent to your email address along with instructions of how to exchange the code for a voucher. Vouchers are accepted at all major supermarkets.

For ease, you should open your email account on your mobile phone so that you can show the voucher at the checkout.

 

I don't have an email address?

If someone in your household has an email address and you are both happy for it to be used to receive the vouchers, then provide us with this email address.

If no-one has an email address but you do have the internet either at home or on your mobile phone, then create an email account for example, use google to set up a @gmail.com account and follow the step by step instructions.

 

Contact us

Please do not hesitate to contact us – contact@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk or 01204 332533 (between 9am and 3pm).

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If you have any safeguarding concerns please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead Anna Tobin -

Mobile: 07850308896

Email: DSL@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk

COVID-19: guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Updated 16 March 2020

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Main messages

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Who this guidance is for

This advice is intended for:

  • people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
  • those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus

Things to help you prepare now

Make a plan for your household or family

The best thing you can do now is plan for how you can adapt your daily routine, and that of others in your household, to be able to follow this advice. Some of the ways in which you could prepare include:

  • talk to your neighbours and family and exchange phone numbers of household contacts
  • consider and plan for those in your home who are considered vulnerable
  • create a contact list with phone numbers of neighbours, schools, employer, chemist, NHS 111
  • set up online shopping accounts if possible

Will my household be tested if we think we have coronavirus symptoms?

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

Why staying at home is very important

It is very important that individuals with symptoms that may be due to coronavirus and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable.

Those with symptoms and living alone should remain at home for 7 days after the onset of their symptoms (see ending self-isolation below). This will reduce the risk of you infecting others.

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, then household members must stay at home and not leave your house for 14 days (see ending self-isolation below). If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in your house became ill.

If not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.

It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or may already be infected. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

Staying at home may be difficult and frustrating, but there are things that you can do to help make it easier. These include:

  • plan ahead and think about what you will need in order to be able to stay at home for the full 7 or 14 days
  • talk to your employer, friends and family to ask for their help to access the things you will need to make your stay at home a success
  • think about and plan how you can get access to food and other supplies such as medications that you will need during this period
  • ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online, but make sure these are left outside your home for you to collect
  • make sure that you keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or through social media
  • think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have successfully completed a period of staying at home have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • many people find it helpful to plan out the full 14 days, such as on a make-shift calendar. You may also find it helpful to plan in advance what you will do if, for example, someone in the household were to feel much worse, such as have difficulties breathing
  • when you are feeling better, remember that physical exercise can be good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses that can help you take light exercise in your home

While you are staying at home, make sure you do the following things

Stay at home

You and all household members should remain at home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.

If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day the first person in your house became ill.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you will need to ask friends or relatives. Alternatively, you can order medication by phone or online. You can also order your shopping online. Make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online. The delivery driver should not come into your home.

If you are an employee and unable to work due to coronavirus, please refer to this guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions to find out about the support that is available to you.

If you are living with children

Keep following this advice to the best of your ability, however, we are aware that not all these measures will be possible.

What we have seen so far is that children with coronavirus appear to be less severely affected. It is nevertheless important to do your best to follow this guidance.

If you have a vulnerable person living with you

Minimise as much as possible the time any vulnerable family members spend in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas, and keep shared spaces well ventilated.

Aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from vulnerable people you live with and encourage them to sleep in a different bed where possible. If they can, they should use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. Make sure they use separate towels from the other people in your house, both for drying themselves after bathing or showering and for hand-hygiene purposes.

If you do share a toilet and bathroom with a vulnerable person, it is important that you clean them every time you use them (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with). Another tip is to consider drawing up a rota for bathing, with the vulnerable person using the facilities first.

If you share a kitchen with a vulnerable person, avoid using it while they are present. If they can, they should take their meals back to their room to eat. If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry the family’s used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly. If the vulnerable person is using their own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these.

We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others at home. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your household should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and clean frequently touched surfaces.

If you are breastfeeding while infected

There is currently no evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted through breast milk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone in close contact with you. The current evidence is that children with coronavirus get much less severe symptoms than adults. The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of the virus through breast milk or by being in close contact; however, this will be an individual decision and can be discussed with your midwife, health visitor or GP by telephone.

If you or a family member are feeding with formula or expressed milk, you should sterilise the equipment carefully before each use. You should not share bottles or a breast pump with someone else.

You can find more information at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.

Cleaning and disposal of waste

When cleaning you should use your usual household products, like detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and table tops. This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house.

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Laundry

To minimise the possibility of dispersing virus through the air, do not shake dirty laundry.

Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. All dirty laundry can be washed in the same load.

If you do not have a washing machine, wait a further 72 hours after your 7-day (for individual isolation) or 14-day isolation period (for households) has ended when you can then take the laundry to a public launderette.

What you can do to help yourself get better

Drink water to keep yourself hydrated; you should drink enough during the day so your urine (pee) is a pale clear colour. You can use over-the-counter medications, such as paracetamol, to help with some of your symptoms. Use these according to the instructions on the packet or label and do not exceed the recommended dose.

If you or your family need to seek medical advice

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness or the illness in any household members is worsening. If it’s not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you or your relative have coronavirus symptoms.

All routine medical and dental appointments should usually be cancelled whilst you and the family are staying at home. If you are concerned or have been asked to attend in person within the period you are home isolating, discuss this with your medical contact first (for example, your GP, local hospital or outpatient service), using the number they have provided. If your concerns are related to your coronavirus symptoms contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Wash your hands often

Clean your hands frequently each day by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser. This will help protect you and the people you live with. This step is one of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of passing infection to others.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have one to hand, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand.

If you have a carer, they should use disposable tissues to wipe away any mucus or phlegm after you have sneezed or coughed. Then they should wash their hands with soap and water.

Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser.

Facemasks

We do not recommend the use of facemasks as an effective means of preventing the spread of infection. Facemasks play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, but there’s very little evidence of benefit from their use outside of these settings.

Do not have visitors in your home

Do not invite or allow social visitors, such as other friends and family, to enter your home. If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, use the phone or social media.

If you or a family member receive essential care in your home, then carers should continue to visit. Carers will be provided with facemasks and gloves to reduce the risk of you passing on the infection.

If you have pets in the household

At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs and cats can be infected with coronavirus.

Looking after your wellbeing while staying at home

We know that staying at home for a prolonged period can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you or other household members may feel low. It can be particularly challenging if you don’t have much space or access to a garden.

It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if you need it. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media. There are also sources of support and information that can help, such as the Every Mind Matters website.

Think about things you can do during your time at home. People who have not minded staying at home for a week have kept themselves busy with activities such as cooking, reading, online learning and watching films. If you feel well enough you can take part in light exercise within your home or garden.

Many people find it helpful to remind themselves why what they are doing is so important. Hopefully, none of your family will suffer more than flu-like symptoms. But some people are badly affected by coronavirus, and particularly the elderly and those with certain medical conditions. By staying home, you are protecting the lives of others, as well as making sure the NHS does not get overwhelmed.

Ending self-isolation and household-isolation

If you have been symptomatic, then you may end your self-isolation after 7 days. The 7-day period starts from the day when you first became ill

If living with others, then all household members who remain well may end household-isolation after 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day illness began in the first person to become ill. Fourteen days is the incubation period for coronavirus; people who remain well after 14 days are unlikely to be infectious.

After 7 days, if the first person to become ill feels better and no longer has a high temperature, they can return to their normal routine. If any other family members become unwell during the 14-day household-isolation period, they should follow the same advice - that is, after 7 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have a high temperature, they can also return to their normal routine.

Should a household member develop coronavirus symptoms late in the 14-day household-isolation period (for example, on day 13 or day 14) the isolation period does not need to be extended, but the person with the new symptoms has to stay at home for 7 days. The 14-day household-isolation period will have greatly reduced the overall amount of infection the rest of the household could pass on, and it is not necessary to re-start 14 days of isolation for the whole household. This will have provided a high level of community protection. Further isolation of members of this household will provide very little additional community protection.

At the end of the 14-day period, any family member who has not become unwell can leave household isolation.

If any ill person in the household has not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, they should contact NHS 111 online. If your home has no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

The cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to self-isolate for more than 7 days.