NGA has today (18 March 2020) published an updated information sheet for governing boards on dealing with the risk and implications of the Coronavirus.
The updated sheet refers to the measures announced by the government urging people to work from home if possible, stop all unnecessary contact and travel, and avoid pubs and restaurants. It also states that has been no change to the government’s position on school closure: no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) case of Corona Virus unless directed to do so by Public Health England or under the advice of their local Public Health protection team. However, Public Health England has also stated that school closures “may be necessary” in response to staff shortages caused by the Coronavirus.
In these challenging and unusual circumstances it is more important than ever that those governing and working in schools and trusts communicate well and support each other. As well as maintaining the dialogue over current issues and the response, supportive messaging to staff and stakeholders will also be appreciated, especially by school leaders who are under a great deal of pressure.
In view of these measure and to minimise the risk of spreading the virus, NGA advises governing boards that they hold only essential meetings and suspend governing activities that involve visiting the school.
The information sheet advises the business of the governing board can be maintained in the midst of the Coronavirus.
NGA has made its GOLDline advice service provided to GOLD governing boards available to all governing boards that have questions relating to the information sheet.