Covid-19 Update - January 2021On 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown. During the lockdown, schools, and colleges should only allow vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers to attend. All other school and college children and young people will learn remotely until the 8th March, at the earliest.
Early years providers should stay open and allow children to attend their normal timetabled hours. This includes early years registered nurseries and childminders, maintained nursery schools, nursery classes in schools and other pre-reception provision on school sites. If your child is in reception, they should only attend education or childcare if they are a vulnerable child or at least one parent or carer is a critical worker. We know that receiving face-to-face education is best for children’s mental health and educational achievement. We will keep the restrictions on schools and colleges under review so that children and young people can get back to school and college as soon as possible. Limiting attendance does not suggest schools and colleges are significantly less safe places. Instead, given rapidly rising numbers of cases across the country and intense pressure on the NHS, the government is acting to reduce the number of contacts we all have with people in other households.
What procedures are in place at present?
We ensure that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.
Children’s classes act as their ‘bubble’. They do not interact with other classes during break times or lunchtimes.
We have a lengthy window of time for children to enter via the main entrances and exits to ensure they do not congregate in the
We request that parents socially distance themselves in the playground during drop off/pick.
We focus on cleaning hands thoroughly more often than usual.
We promote good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
We have established enhanced cleaning routines, cleaning frequently touched surfaces often.
Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
We keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
What will happen if there’s a confirmed case of coronavirus?
We have a responsibility to manage confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst the school community.The school will engage with the NHS Test and Trace process. We will follow local health protection team advice to contain any outbreak. In the event of a confirmed case in school, children and staff within that bubble will be notified and will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, as per the government guidance.
What happens if my child develops a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell, when at school?
Children must be sent home and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection. They should self-isolate for at least 10 days and you should arrange for them to have a test. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
What will happen to my child while they are waiting to be collected?
They will be moved to where they can be isolated. They will have appropriate adult supervision if required and a window will be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, then they will move them to an area which is at least 2 meters away from others. The staff member supervising the child will have to wear PPE if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (e.g. for young children or a child with complex needs)
Will staff and children be required to wear face masks?
The government is not recommending universal use of face coverings in all schools.
Will the school be able to request a copy of a negative test result?
We will not request evidence of negative test results or other medical evidence before admitting children or welcoming them back after a period of self-isolation.