We have undertaken rigorous Risk Assessment (RA) to respond to the pandemic.
The full Risk Assessment can be found via the link at the bottom of the right hand column and has been approved by Health and Safety.
For most pupils the government guidance has meant that they have done their school work at home.
For small groups of children the school has remained open and we have adopted advice to ensure pupils and staff are safe and the risk or infection is carefully managed.
Please see our school's Guide to School Changes in Response to Covid-19.Guide to School Changes in Response to Covid-19
In summary we are:
- Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.
- Cleaning hands more often than usual - wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.
- Ensured good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- Cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach.
- Minimising contact between pupils by establishing small teaching classes, adopted a one-way system around the school that adheres to 2 metre social distancing.
- Risk assessing the re-opening of schools to more pupils in accordance with Local Authority and Public Health England.
- Following new Fire Evacuation procedures.
- Ensuring new routines are embedded with all staff and pupils and are regularly reviewed.
Correspondence - Lockdown Letter to Parents 04.11.20Risk Assessment for Schools
Positive Test Information and Reporting
UK Isolation Period Shortened to 10 Days
The Government have announced that, after reviewing the evidence, they are now confident that the number of days that contacts self-isolate can be reduced from 14 days to 10 days.
From Monday 14th December, the change to the isolation period for contacts will apply to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before Monday 14th December.
In the event of a pupil testing positive for Covid-19, parents/carers will receive written communication via School Cal to inform them whether or not their child has been in close contact with the identified member of the school community. If your child has been in close contact with a positive case of Covid-19 they will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the last point of contact; the dates will be identified on the letter.
During this time, if your child is well they will be expected to access their online learning during the school day. Home Learning Protocol Expectations for pupils who are self-isolating If you are well and self-isolating, in order to continue with your learning, you will:
• Log-in to TEAMS between 9.00 - 9.10am and follow your daily timetable, accessing each subject TEAM, including PSHE for ‘form’ time. An on-line register will be taken
• Contact the school immediately, if you cannot login
• Join an ‘invite’ to meeting as part of your lesson, if you are part of an isolated ‘class bubble’
• Access the lesson in your class ‘TEAM’, follow the instructions. This is the same lesson as your peers will be following in school, or as planned by your teacher
• Use the TEAM ‘post’ or ‘email’ your class teacher if you have any questions, during the school day.
Information for Parents and Carers - Information and Guidance
The latest guidance Parents and Carers during the Coronavirus-Covid-19 outbreak can be found here.
(Updated 27th November 2020)
The ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ campaign urges everyone to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates. The NHS has released a ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ video that may be a useful resource when communicating the importance of wearing a face covering on transport directly to children and young people.
Further information on face coverings can be found in our guidance on transport to school and other places of education: 2020 to 2021 academic year.
We have updated our guidance for parents and carers to reflect the end of National Restrictions on 2nd December and how these settings should operate under the local restriction tiers.
We have updated our guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges to clarify the position under the local restriction tiers for:
- clinically extremely vulnerable children
- face coverings
- music, dance and drama performances
- educational visits and trips
- extra-curricular activities
We have updated our guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings to clarify the position under the local restriction tiers for:
- children with health care concerns
- parent and child groups
- music, dance and drama performances
Guidance for the Christmas period