Covid 19 Information
Below is a link to the government guidance for schools and parents during the Covid 19 outbreak
Below is a link to the government guidance for households with a possible or confirmed case of Covid 19
Below is a link to the government guidance for contacts of people with a confirmed Covid 19 infection who do not live with the person.
Isolating when there is a school case - (Information is taken from government publications) - Being informed you must isolate due to a positive case at school is the same as the NHS Track and Trace system. If your child is informed they have been identified as a contact of a positive case, they must self isolate at home for 14 days from their last contact with the person who has tested positive. This means they can't leave the house for 14 days. It is very important that this advice is followed, even if they feel well, as symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear. Anyone advised to self-isolate has a legal duty to self-isolate and failure to comply may result in a fine.
If your child does not develop symptoms, you should not arrange for a test. Even if they did take a test and receive a negative result, the isolation must continue for the full 14 days as symptoms may not have developed at the time the test was taken.
The rest of the household does not need to isolate unless the person who is isolating goes on to develop symptoms.
If your child, or any other member of the household, goes on to develop symptoms during the period of isolation, please inform the school immediately.
Illness – If your child is unwell, please make sure you phone the school and leave a message on the absence answerphone before 9.30am. Due to the current pandemic system, please ensure that you give us clear symptoms, not just a report that a child is ill. Guidance states that if a child has any symptoms of Covid – high temperature, new persistent cough, loss of or change in smell and taste – they need to have a test. If your child has any one of those symptoms, including a temperature, even for a short amount of time, they will need a test and the result before they return to school, the whole family also need to remain in isolation. If you can’t book a test please you can email – firstname.lastname@example.org. We understand that this will be disruptive to learning and to family life but I’m sure you will agree with us, that we all need to do everything we possibly can to keep the school and wider community as safe and healthy as possible. Please do not send children back because they seem better if they have had any of the symptoms and have not yet received a negative test result or isolated for 14 days.
Temperature – We sent out guidance from the NHS website that said a temperature over 38 was a high temperature. There is now an advert on tv saying 37.8 and we understand some families have been told 37.6. Even if your child’s temperature may not be this high, please use the advice to feel their chest and back – if they feel hot to touch they have a high temperature, regardless of what the actual reading may be on a thermometer. We appreciate the guidance is constantly changing and can appear confusing, however, we need to all follow this to keep everyone safe and healthy. Whether you use a thermometer or touch their chest/back, if your child has a high temperature the whole family need to isolate. Please phone us and book a test for the person with the temperature/cough/change or loss or smell or taste. Being vigilant around symptoms will help the whole community to stay well and the school to remain open.
Testing – Please ensure you phone the school to confirm a test result before sending your child back to school. Test results can be emailed to us, but as we are incredibly busy at the start of day, we sometimes don’t get to emails until after the school day has started.
We are able to open, with children working in classes and year groups, provided we are able to maintain the Government expectation of five key controls, which must be in place all of the time. The five key controls are:
1. Minimise 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 the setting.
2. Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual.
3. Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
4. Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach.
5. Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
A further control has to be applied in specific circumstances:
6. Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE. If a child is taken ill they will be asked to wait for you to collect them away from the other children. A member of SLT or admin will wait with them and will wear PPE during this period. Staff are not generally wearing PPE in corridors or classrooms.
DROP OFF and PICK UP:
We will have a one way system operating around the site in the morning and afternoon.
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
• Learning will look different initially because all children will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. The focus will be on social emotional wellbeing and recovery within the academic curriculum.
• Teachers will help children learn any new routines and help the children to remember what to do if it is different from what they did before.
• Children will be expected to wash their hands regularly throughout the day and will need to try to follow the “catch it, bin it, kill it” routine for coughs and sneezes. This is no different from before the school's closure, but maybe different from what has happened at home.
• Toilet routines will be established in each classroom reinforced by the use of hand gel before and after each visit.
• Children will be able to bring a bag and take items between home and school.
• Daily worship will be in classes or year groups in the classroom and there will be no whole school worship.
• Some classrooms will have less tables and no soft furnishings in them.
• Breaktimes and lunchtimes will be at different times for different year groups so that everyone can have lunch and use the playgrounds safely.
• The recommendation is that school clothes are washed regularly.
• School lunches will still be provided, but will take the form of a ‘take away style meal’ delivered to the classroom and will be a choice of jacket potato, pasta dish or packed lunch as they will need to be eaten in classrooms.
What can parents expect
• Only 1 adult from each family will be able to bring children onto site. There is a one way system around the school site.
• There will be a socially distanced system to come in and go out and we will have to ask you to leave the site immediately after dropping your child.
• As before schools were closed, you will not be able to enter the classroom – however the admin email address will be active and our wonderful admin team will be ready to pass any messages onto staff.
• You are encouraged not to use public transport but to cycle or walk to school if at all possible
• FISH will be providing Breakfast club and after School Club on site but based in the hall, to ensure ‘year group distancing’ is maintained.
• We ask that parents wear masks on the school site unless exempt.
The process we have to follow if we get a case at school
Once we have received confirmation of a positive test, we must call a dedicated phone line in order to report it and seek advice. It can take a significant amount of time to get through to the relevant department and several hours to receive further instructions around which bubbles to send home.
If we are told that we need to close bubbles, we will prioritise communication with parents of children who will be directly affected first, to ensure that children self-isolate in accordance with national guidelines. Full information about this will be given out at that time. The rest of the school community will then be notified. This communication will be via email direct to parents although we will also use Facebook to draw attention to the fact that there is an important email for your attention - as we already do. As a quick reminder, please ensure your contact details are up to date and that someone on your child’s contact details is always available, should your child become ill at school.
For children having to self-isolate, remote learning will be available.
- Children will only be expected to complete remote learning if they are well enough to do so.
- If you are waiting for a test result, we remain hopeful that it will be negative and that your child will be able to return to school quickly. With that in mind, for the first 48 hours, please access the established resources outlined on our website under the class pages tab.
- After 48 hours, or if your child is confirmed to need to self-isolate due to a family case or closure of a school bubble, we will use Google classroom to assign work.
- Learning will be provided for English, maths and a wider curriculum area.
- This learning may take the form of recordings of the child’s class teacher or reference to an online resource such as The National Oak Academy or BBC bitesize. (It might be worth using Google classroom once a week so that we can support you to iron out any issues and then should we need to move online, the transition can be smooth.)
- Teachers will check remote learning regularly, in order to provide feedback to the child and be able to plan learning going forwards.
If you need any help, support or advice during remote learning please message your class teacher via telephoning the school office or emailing MIC.email@example.com Someone will get back to you as soon as practically possible.
Where an absence passes 5 days, a Google meet or phone call will be arranged in order for the parent and child to talk with their class teacher both as a wellbeing check and in order to discuss the learning.