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COVID-19 Advice & Information

This page has been provided to give families key information about the school during the Coronavirus pandemic and to provide you with regular updates regarding any school closure.

School status

The school is fully open for all pupils of all ages.

The Government may instruct that the school is to close again to pupils other than those who are Critical Worker or vulnerable children. In this instance, the school will define vulnerable pupils as those who have social care involvement, have an EHCP, are Looked After Children (LAC; SGO) or are Post Looked After Children (PLAC). Critical Worker and vulnerable children would be taught from 8:45am to 3:30pm in our 'Rainbow' classes. All information regarding Rainbow class would be sent to families at the time and would be accessed at the bottom of this page.

September 2021

All information for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, including information about our systems of control, can be found in our 'Guidance For Parents' document at the bottom of this page.

Families do need to be mindful that changes can be made to the organisation of the school day and to the site at any time if the number of COVID-19 cases rises or if the school has an 'outbreak' (a high number of positive cases within the school community at any one time). These changes would be communicated with parents via email and our guidance document updated. Any changes are always made with the purpose of ensuring we help keep pupils, parents, staff and visitors safe.

Attendance

Any child who is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend school and a PCR test must be booked. Please visit this page for booking a COVID-19 test. Attendance is mandatory for all children aged 5 and over. All attendance will be recorded and monitored, with any absence being dealt with through the usual attendance procedure. Parents should be aware that exceeding ten sessions of unauthorised absence may result in them receiving a fine from the Local Authority. If the whole school is closed or there is a bubble closure, pupil absence is marked with an authorised code and no fines are issued.

School Holidays

The school closes fully during all school holidays. If a child tests positive for COVID-19 during a holiday period, parents must let the school know immediately despite us being closed. The school will need to see evidence of the positive test result (this can be a screenshot or a forwarded email). Parents let the school know by emailing the school office.

From July 19th 2021, schools no longer issue track and trace instructions. If a child tests positive for COVID-19, they are to self-isolate for ten days and must report their positive test result to the NHS. The NHS will issue track and trace instructions to any close contacts. From August 16th 2021, children under the age of 18 will no longer be told to self-isolate though if they are deemed a close contact. They will just be told by the NHS that they are a close contact and will be encouraged to go for a PCR test themselves.

The school may need to contact parents during a holiday period whilst we are working in these unprecedented times. Parents should always check their emails daily for this reason.

What is the Coronavirus and what are the symptoms?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed Coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.

Preventing the spread of infection:

The best way to prevent infection is through hygiene. Some general principles that help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • wearing a face covering
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • ventilating rooms
  • socially distance from others, keeping a minimum of 2m apart

If anyone is worried that they may be showing symptoms, they must 'self-isolate' for 10 days. If anyone in the same household as you shows symptoms but you do not show any yourself, you must 'household-isolate' for 10 days from the date of the first symptom being shown. If symptoms persist or worsen, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environments. Further information can be gained on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website. If anyone who is asymptomatic has a Coronavirus test and the outcome is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test.

To find out current, up to date information about the spread of Coronavirus, please visit this link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Anyone can be tested for COVID-19 and test results are generally received within 30 minutes (lateral flow testing) or within 24 hours (polymerise chain reaction (PCR) testing). Tests can be requested by calling NHS 119 or clicking here. The school has a small supply of COVID-19 PCR test kits but these are only given out for a pupil who starts to show symptoms when at school but has no means to testing when going home.

Important information

As a school, we follow Government advice and instruction regarding COVID-19. We will regularly update parents about our plans via this website page and through our social media platforms. If parents have any questions, please do contact us directly via the school office. Whilst children and staff are at the school, we are doing everything that we can to ensure that no infection happens. Children and staff are encouraged regularly to wash their hands throughout the day and full cleaning takes place daily as it should, including a full deep clean weekly. Disinfectant spray is used throughout the day on door handles and other objects that are commonly touched. We are continually educating the children about the virus to make them aware but we do not panic the children un-necessarily. Whilst in school, all of our children follow our 'Coronavirus Code of Conduct'. These can be viewed or downloaded below.

Catch-Up Funding Strategy

All schools have received extra funding to combat the impact that COVID-19 has had on children's education. To see the school's strategy plans for how we are using this funding, please see the 'Catch-Up Funding Strategy' document at the bottom of the page.