Coronavirus Latest Information
ATTENDANCE IN SCHOOL
We believe that being in school is important for all students and attendance at school is compulsory for the vast majority of students. This is because being in school means they continue to learn well, it is good for their health and wellbeing as they are with peers and taking part in activities they enjoy. The government guidance says: ‘Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance is therefore mandatory.
It is most important that your child must be fit and well before you bring them to school. If they are unwell you MUST keep them at home, and notify the School’s Education Attendance and Welfare Officer Mrs Thomas asap on 01635 510508 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child displays any symptoms of COVID -19 they MUST get tested. They will have priority for testing. You must inform the school about the outcome of the result as soon as you have it by phoning or emailing Mrs Thomas in attendance on 01635 510508 or email@example.com
If your child tests positive you will need to follow the latest government guidance and keep them at home for the period of isolation. The school will take advice from Public Health England (PHE) about who else will need to isolate. So, it is important you inform us of the results as soon as you have them. Details of how to get tested can be found on our website. If you have been overseas and returned from a country which is not on the Government Travel Corridors list your child will need to isolate for the required period before returning to school.
If your child is isolating and they are fit and well their lessons will be set on Firefly and they will be able to access learning at home. If there are any problems with access to Firefly you must let us know as we can support with devices whilst your child remains in isolation.
HYGIENE, USE OF PPE AND MEDICAL PROCEDURES
You should ensure your child comes to school in clean uniform each day and be vigilant in monitoring your child’s health in line with COVID-19 guidance.
You must make sure that your child does not attend if they or a member of their household has symptoms of coronavirus. You should let the school know as soon as possible by phone or email in order for us to risk assess each individual case.
Once students are in school, they will wash their hands regularly, including before and after they eat, and whenever they change rooms or return from break.
Handwashing is the best form of prevention of the virus spreading. We will be promoting regular hand washing for 20 seconds with running water and soap or use of sanitiser and ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the catch it, bin it, kill it approach. We will provide hand sanitiser and tissues in each classroom.
We will be cleaning more frequently to get rid of the virus on frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, handrails and equipment. Some activities where there is shared equipment will not run to ensure good hygiene levels.
Some of our staff will wear PPE, when they may need to give first aid or when they are supervising a child who has become unwell with symptoms of coronavirus while in school and a 2m distance cannot be maintained.
Students must wear a face mask as they move around the school in communal areas. If students wish to wear a face mask during lessons they can do. Students must care for their masks properly and follow guidance for wearing and disposing of masks. They will need to have a small plastic bag in their school bag to keep their mask in when they are not wearing it i.e. eating and drinking. They must take their masks home with them and if disposable dispose of it at home, if reusable ensure it is washed and cleaned for the next day. It may be a good idea they also keep a spare in their bag.