COVID-19 -Update on rules and school procedures
COVID_19 - UPDATE ON rules and school procedures
I hope that you are all keeping well, and I would like to thank you again for your support over the last few difficult months.
I am providing information below regarding the new rules and procedures following the decision of the Government to lockdown nationally from Thursday 5th November 2020.
In light of the latest guidelines provided by Government we will be asking staff and pupils to wear face coverings as follows:
- In school transport
- As they arrive at school and walk to their classrooms
- As they walk from one area of the school to another
- As they wait in a queue, for example waiting to hand in phones
- As they use toilet facilities
- As they move from lesson to lesson
- Pupils must wear face coverings appropriately and any misuse will lead to our Behaviour Policy being deployed in order to safeguard everyone.
- Reusable face coverings should be washed daily and disposable facemasks thrown away at the end of each day. In addition face coverings must be worn and removed correctly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GncQ_ed-9w&feature=youtube
It is the responsibility of parents/carers to provide pupils with a face covering. They must be appropriate for a school setting and be of one solid colour with no logos. We will be asking members of the community, visitors and contractors to also wear face coverings. It may be necessary at times for staff to remove their face covering in order to undertake their duties effectively, they will however be following social distancing rules wherever possible.
Ventilation and clothing
We will also be ensuring that each room has as much ventilation as possible by keeping windows open even as the weather gets colder. With this in mind please make sure your son comes to school with an additional layer of clothing. This may be a t-shirt under his shirt, a jumper, jacker / blazer or a hoodie with nothing offensive on. A small logo is ok. Please note that this is not a permanent change to the dress code and is at the discretion of the Headteacher.
If you have any questions, or can foresee any issues in terms of your child’s compliance in relation to face shields or clothing, please email me at email@example.com
Testing for COVID-19
Please can I also remind you of the request from Public Health England, of our collective duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with COVID-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested.
Public Health England and the NHS has asked that the following principles are adhered to:
You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:
- a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
- a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal
Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.
- If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly:
- Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.
- If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms.
- If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms.
No one else in the same class, group or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school. The School has detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.
Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Pupils should only book a test if they get symptoms.
The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthybody/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/
It is vital for children’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.
Please do not hesitate to contact me of the School Office if you have any further queries.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19:
Please see the following information with regard to COVID-19 and the processes/information that is in place to minimise the spread of infection.
OVERALL COVID-19 SCHOOL RISK ASSESSMENT
An overall COVID-19 School Risk Assessment has been developed which outline the measures that the School has put in place to reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus as much as possible. Please click here to view the Risk Assessment document.
An Annex to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies has also been developed. This outlines the Child Protection measures that the School is taking in response COVID-19. Please click here to view.
There are also Addenda to other Policies, as below, which have been developed in light of COVID-19:
parent/carers can also access support literature as below:
Home Learning: Please see the recent letter that was sent out to you.
Mental Health: Please see the attached poster that was sent out to you.
Please also find below some web-links that may provide some answers to your children’s questions:
https://krisepsykologi.no/what-can-we-say-to-children-about-coronavirus/ (In particular, the 7 points at the end give very helpful advice)
Other communication and advice to Parents and Carers regarding Covid-19, that the School has distributed, can be accessed via this link. Communication will also continue to be sent on an ongoing basis to parents/carers via Teacher2Parent and on other occasions in the post.