COVID-19 Information

Please be advised that this note is current as of 16th March 2020.

Due to developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, all the Head Teachers of the AEFE network in London met on Sunday 15th of March at the request of the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in London, in order for our schools to adopt a common position.

We can confirm that the decision has now been taken to suspend face-to-face lessons. This will be effective from the evening of Monday 16 March until further notice. There will be no access to the school buildings.


New guidance for households with symptoms

On Monday 16th of march, 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:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough


The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:


Information about the virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.


Preventing the spread of the virus

Staff will be particularly vigilant in the following areas:

  • Organization of regular hand washing of pupils during 20 seconds, with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Reminding pupils: cough into their elbow, discard used tissues carefully into bins;
  • Ventilation of classrooms at the end of each lesson and during breaks in lessons,
  • For your information, cleaning of classrooms and communal spaces, including door handles, will be thorough.

It is important to keep calm and for common sense to prevail. Thus, the usual measure to ask a family not to send a child with fever to school is to be applied strictly.

We will keep you informed very regularly.


Links to Authorities Information Pages:

British government

French Government




More Information


Due to the general evolution of the situation created by Covid-19 the Heads of Schools of the French network in London came together at the French Embassy’s Cultural Services request and made the collegial decision to suspend lessons in person and close our buildings to pupils until further notice from Monday 16 March evening.

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