Covid 19 Information

SAFETY FIRST

We are committed to keeping our schools as safe as possible during this period. We require parents to read all of the communications sent by the schools carefully for full details of plans from September onwards. The school risk assessments and key policies related to Covid-19 are available on the school websites. The risk assessments are continually being reviewed and will be updated whenever government guidance changes or whenever we feel it is required.

Each school will have their own policies relating to cleaning and sanitising, PPE and infection control.

SYMPTOMS & TESTING

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If your child experiences any of the above symptoms then they need to self-isolate at home for 10 days, and all household members and anyone in your support bubble needs to self-isolate at home for 14 days. A test should be arranged as soon as possible and only if the test comes back negative can you stop self-isolating.

Do not send any child into school if they have any of the above Covid-19 symptoms.

If your child were to develop the above symptoms whilst at school parents will be contacted and your child will need to be collected from school immediately.

WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS FROM 8TH MARCH 2021

The latest government guidance states that

"In schools and colleges where pupils and students in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by everyone (unless exempt) when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained.

In these schools and colleges, we now also recommend that face coverings should be worn in classrooms and during activities, unless social distancing can be maintained. This will not apply in situations where a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example PE lessons. Face coverings do not need to be worn by pupils or students when outdoors on the premises.

The wearing of face coverings in classrooms is being introduced for a limited time until Easter. It will be kept under review and our guidance will be updated at that point."

From Tuesday 9th March, the trust schools will follow government guidance and strongly recommend that all students wear a face mask when in classrooms and must wear them in communal areas. 

Any disposable face masks worn to school on public transport must be disposed of at the entrance to the school, and a fresh one worn whilst in school.

Safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully.

Students must not touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing and must then wash their hands before and after.

The World Health Organisation have a video aimed at children to demonstrate how to wear and put on/take off a face mask safely. Please watch the video here.

USEFUL SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Please see below for links to some useful sources of information:

Flowchart (to follow)

Stay at home guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

NHS Covid Information

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

DFE Information for Parents and Carers about returning to school from March 2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-covid-19

 

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