Covid-19 Update 17th March

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

As you’re probably aware, the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We’re getting in touch to let you know what we’re doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.


We’d like to reassure you that at St. Patrick’s we are taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and Southampton Local Authority.


What’s the current situation?

  • The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given.

  • The school functions continue to run as normal. If your child is unwell or is self-isolating, report this as you would normally.


We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation


What is the latest guidance for households with symptoms?

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:


  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started

  • If you live with others and you or another member of the household 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.


The symptoms are: