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Information and advice for schools

This is where you will find the most up to date information and guidance for all education settings in Hounslow. This is a constantly changing picture, with guidance changing all the time, so please check back regularly to see if there are any updates.

View our most up-to-date Hounslow Education Settings Local Response Plan for Managing COVID-19

If you have any questions or concerns about the information listed in the Response Plan, please contact the Public Health team who will be able to answer your queries. This is a live document and will be kept up to date with any changing guidance.

Other useful information is sent out regularly via the Headteachers Bulletin.

The Contingency Planning team at LBH have a number of resources available to schools for Emergency Planning resources. They are contactable at contingency.planning@hounslow.gov.uk

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Health Team at publichealth@hounslow.gov.uk who will be happy to support you.

Frequently asked questions for headteachers

Q: What do I do if there is a single suspected case in my school?

A: Contact LBH Health & Safety who will provide advice, including access to testing

Q: What do I do when I have a single confirmed case of coronavirus in my school?

A: Contact Public Health England London Coronavirus Response Cell (PHE LCRC) on 0300 303 0450 and inform the Hounslow Public Health team (publichealth@hounslow.gov.uk)

Q: Can school staff get tested without symptoms?

A: Yes, in Hounslow, all school staff are considered keyworkers and are therefore able to get tested with or without symptoms.

There is a wide range of testing options available, including drive-through appointments, pedestrian appointments, and home testing kits. You can book an appointment via the government portal for keyworkers.  

Q: I have a child in my school who is Aerosol Generating. What PPE do my staff need to wear?

A: Any staff working with the child within two metres (e.g. performing suctioning etc) will need to wear full PPE (FFP3 mask, gloves, apron). School staff can be trained how to don and doff PPE and will need to be fit tested for the FFP3 masks.

If this is the case, please contact the Children’s Commissioner, ellie.tobin@hounslow.gov.uk - to arrange a fit testing appointment for your staff.

Q: I’m struggling to access testing for my students/ staff. What do I do?

A: Contact the Public Health Team (publichealth@hounslow.gov.uk) who will be able to support you.

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