The following page contains up-to-date information about the schools response to COVID-19 and the plans moving forwards. It also has all of the recent communications as well as relevant government guidance and links. 

We are currently working with the Operational guidance for September 2021 and we will publish details very soon. 

 

Any child or adult who is showing symptoms of the coronavirus (becoming unwell with a continuous cough or high temperature, or has a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell) MUST NOT come into school.  They must be tested and school informed of the results.  If the test is negative, your child can come back to school.  If the test is positive, school and parents must follow the advice from Public Health England, who will support with track and trace and may advise others within the groups to take action.

 

 

What happens if my child develops symptoms at school?

Any child (or adult) who develops symptoms in school will be immediately isolated to our allocated medical room. Children will be supervised whilst we make contact with parents to arrange immediate collection. We will then give direction to the parent about how to access the COVID-19 testing system. 

If the test returns a negative result, the child is free to return to school. 

If the test returns a positive result, the child and their household members, will need to isolate for 10 days.

What happens if a child in the group tests positive?

We will take swift action when we become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). 

We will contact the local health protection team. 

The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

The health protection team will work with us in this situation to guide us through the actions we need to take. 

Based on the advice from the health protection team, we must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 10 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact means:

  • direct close contacts - face-to-face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin);
  • proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2m for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual;
  • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person.

The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. To support them, we will keep a record of pupils and staff in each group, and any close contact that takes places between children and staff in different groups. 

A template letter will be provided to us, on the advice of the health protection team, to send to parents and staff if needed. We will not share the names or details of people with coronavirus (Covid-19) with anyone except the public health authority for public health reasons e.g. to trace contacts and protect against the serious threat to public health.

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. 

If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 10-day isolation period they should follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’. They should get a test, and:

- if the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 10-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (Covid-19) within the remaining days.

- if the test result is positive, they should inform school immediately, and must isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms. Their household should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’

If we have 2 or more confirmed cases within 10 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (Covid-19) is suspected, we may have an outbreak, and will continue to work with the local health protection team who will advise if additional action is required.

In some cases, health protection teams may recommend that a larger number of other pupils self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole site or year group. If we implement the controls from this risk assessment, whole school closure based on cases within the school will not generally be necessary and should not be considered except on the advice of health protection teams.

In consultation with the local Director of Public Health, where an outbreak in our school is confirmed, a mobile testing unit may be dispatched to test others who may have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. Testing will first focus on the person’s class, followed by their year group, then the whole school if necessary, in line with routine public health outbreak control practice.

What measures are in place around school?

We are implementing measures (all in the risk assessment) to ensure that the environment is as safe as possible. These include:

  • Having strict routines in place for good hand hygiene
  • Encouraging good respiratory hygiene through the catch it, bin it, kill it approach and regularly reminding and teaching children
  • Increased and more focused cleaning measures throughout the day and after school
  • Ensuring there is good ventilation in all classroom areas
Is Wraparound Care available?

Our popular wraparound (WAC) service will be open as per normal (AM from 0730 and PM up until 1800). Mrs. Lee and the team are very much looking forward to welcoming children in.

Can my child bring a bag?
Children can bring bags to school. Any hand sanitiser/hand cream should be labelled with the child's name and handed to the teacher.  
Does my child need a PE Kit?

Yes - We will be teaching PE and active sessions throughout the year so children will need their PE kits. 

PE however, will mostly be outside and we can't let the weather stop play too much so please ensure you send appropriate clothing on their PE day (you will know the PE day via the teachers). 

Does my child have to attend school?
Yes - School attendance is mandatory and we are looking forward to welcoming all children back. If you have any concerns or requirements and wish to discuss the return further, please get in touch and we will ensure we support all families as much as we can. Please see our Attendance Policy for further information.
Will there be after-school clubs?
We have a range of after-school clubs available now. Please see the communications about clubs. 

 

Attendance Policy: Covid-19 Addendum November 2020

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