No, not all systems related to Covid-19 will be removed from September
1. Frequent and thorough hand cleaning will remain regular practice.
2. The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important.
3. We will ensure teaching environments reamin well ventilated.
4. Risk assessments will be updated regularly
5. Inidividuals displaying symptoms will be asked to go home.
6. An enhanced cleaing system will remain in place.
What has changed in schools since September?
Government documentation states that children no longer need to stay in consistent bubbles and maintain social distancing. Assemblies will resume and all pupils will eat their lunch in the lunch hall. Collection times will revert back to 3.30pm for all pupils.
Since 24th February, close contacts of cases no longer have to self isolate or take daily tests. Weekly asymptomatic testing has ended and face coverings are no longer advised in schools.
However, some of these measures would return if a substantial increase in Covid-19 cases were recorded in school. These measures are outlined in our Oubreak Management Plan.
Will school contact parents when cases arise in school?
School will not contact parents for every individual case of Covid-19. We will contact parents with guidance and advice if a substrantial outbreak occurs asd guided by the local Public Health Protection Team.
Does my child have to attend school?
Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. This means it’s your legal duty as a parent to send your child to school regularly if they are registered at one.
If you have concerns about your child attending, you should discuss these with us by contacting the school office to arrange a meeting.
Can I insist that my child attends school?
If you insist on your child attending nursery, school, or college when they have symptoms, they can take the decision to refuse your child if, in their reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19. This decision would need to be carefully considered in light of all the circumstances and current public health advice.
What will happen if my child has to self-isolate?
School will support those who need to self-isolate because they have tested positive to work or learn from home if they are well enough to do so.
We will maintain our capacity to deliver high-quality remote education, which will be equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school. We will work collaboratively with families and put in place reasonable adjustments so that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can successfully access remote education.
I feel like my child is falling behind due to lockdown. What can I do?
Teachers frequently assess pupils progress from their individual starting points to identify any recovery intervention needed. The government provide catch-up funding to schools as part of the education recovery support. Any parent with concerns should discuss them with their child's class teacher.
Additionally, some pupils may be experiencing a variety of emotions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as anxiety, stress or low mood. Uuseful links and sources of support can be found on promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools.
How will I know that my child is safe in school?
We willl undertake full and thorough risk assessments in relation to all school systems and any educational visits to ensure that any public health advice, such as hygiene and ventilation requirements, is included as part of that risk assessment. Any changes to key systems will be communicated to parents. Any concerns that you may have should be forwarded to the school office and a member of the Senior Leadership Team will respond.
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