Release Potential is operating as usual.

We are closely monitoring and reviewing the advice being given from Public Health England and will continue to follow their recommendations.

Please visit the NHS website for more information:

Release Potential has put plans in place and is in a position to act quickly should the advice from Public Health England, the NHS and the World Health Organisation change. Pro-active steps have been made to ensure we put the safety of our learners, staff and visitors first.

Learners and staff are receiving regular communications and we are issuing regular information about the importance of good hygiene:

• Staff and learners to avoid necessary physical contact with each other

• Staff and learners to commit to washing hands every two hours and at start of the day

• Advice on the coronavirus for places of education PHE posters to be display at appropriate venue locations.

• Now wash your hands posters to be displayed in the toilets

• Mugs, cutlery and food preparation equipment to be washed after use

• Staff to reinforce virus fighting message at frequent intervals

• Points of contact e.g. laptop keyboards to be sanitised twice daily.

How serious is the coronavirus?

• it can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough & difficulty breathing
• the infection is not serious for most people, including children
• there is currently no vaccine
• most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain

How likely are you to catch the virus?

• you can only catch it if you have been close to a person who has the virus
• the chance of being in contact with the virus is currently low in the UK
• if you have travelled to areas where many people are infected, your chance of catching the virus is higher, i.e. China and any affected areas

What should you do if you feel unwell?

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
• a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
• a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
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.

Staff and students and who have returned from Iran, specific lock-down areas in northern Italy, special care zones in South Korea or Hubei province China (returned in the past 14 days) should self isolate, and NOT attend education or work for 14 days. See NHS.UK for advice on coronavirus.

Latest updates:

• For the latest updates from Public Health England

• To find out more from the World Health Organisation

• To use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do if you think you might have coronavirus

As always, the safety and welfare of our learners and staff is of paramount importance and we will continue to follow the appropriate measures.

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