Close

COVID 19 Information

This area of our website contains important information relating to how we are keeping our school a safe place during the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

 

 

20/21 Letters relating to coronavirus

Attendance advice

Face Coverings

Face coverings in schools:

Guidance for staff, students and parents

As you will be aware the government has announced new guidance regarding the use of face coverings in school which will come into effect from 1st September 2020. This information is aimed to support staff, students and parents understand the latest guidance as they prepare to return to school in September.

Nationally the government is not recommending face coverings are necessary in most education settings because the systems of control, that are already in place in educational settings provide additional measures to reduce the risk of infection transmission.

Most schools and colleges will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas where social distancing cannot be safely managed if they believe that it is right in their particular circumstances.

 

What about schools in Manchester?

Consistent with The World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) new advice, schools and colleges should take additional precautionary measures in areas where the transmission of the virus is high. These areas are defined as areas of national government intervention. Manchester is currently an area of national government intervention (a local intervention lockdown area).

Schools and colleges in these local intervention (lockdown) areas, (where Year 7 and above are educated) should ensure that face coverings are worn by adults and pupils when moving around, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

It will not usually be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and they may inhibit teaching and learning.

If local Intervention (lockdown) restrictions are lifted then then this guidance will continue to apply until the school notifies you of any updated guidance around the use of face coverings.

When will my child need to wear a face covering at school?

  • When moving around the school on corridors.
  • When using the school toilets.
  • When walking through communal areas e.g. the dining room, main reception, the atrium.
  • Using shared office-space and staffrooms (for staff).

When will my child NOT need to wear a face covering at school?

  • When they are sitting down in classrooms having their lessons.
  • When they are outside the building having their break.
  • When they are sat down eating their lunch in the dining room.

What will my child need?

Your child needs to come to school with:

A face covering. We would recommend a reusable one so that they can use it more than once, as they will need to take it on and off several times during the school day. If this isn’t an option, they will need to bring in several single-use face coverings each day. Their face covering should be secured to your child’s head using ear loops only.

A sealable plastic bag to keep their face covering in when they’re not using it so that it doesn’t contaminate (or get contaminated by) other surfaces in school.

Where can I get a face covering?

  • Reusable and single-use face coverings are available to buy in shops or online.
  • We’ve attached instructions from the government on how to make a cloth face covering  how to make a cloth face covering
  • Supervise your child if they’ll be making it themselves.

Full face coverings such as balclavas / ski masks must not be brought into school. For safeguarding purposes it is important that we can quickly identify individuals so we know that our school community is safe.

How should my child use their face covering?

  • Watch this video from the World Health Organisation with your child so they know how to wear their face covering safely.
  • Their face covering needs to cover their nose and mouth when they’re wearing it allowing them to breathe comfortably.
  • They shouldn’t touch the front of the face covering or the part that’s touched their mouth or nose.
  • They shouldn’t wear their face covering on their neck or forehead.
  • They should only handle the face covering using the straps, ties or clips.
  • They should avoid taking it off and putting it back on again in quick succession.
  • They shouldn’t place it down on their desk / table in front of them.
  • They must not give their face covering to someone else to use or share other people’s face covering.
  • They should wash their hands regularly throughout the day using soap and water (for 20 seconds) or hand sanitiser.
  • They should store their face covering in an individual, sealable plastic bag between uses.
  • If it becomes damp, they shouldn’t wear it, and they should replace it carefully
  • Single-use face coverings should be disposed of after use (in a general waste / NOT recycling bin)

How often will it need to be washed?

  • Reusable face coverings should be washed at the end of each day, ready for your child to wear the next day.
  • You can wash and dry reusable face coverings with normal laundry – follow the washing instructions for the fabric and use normal detergent.

What if my child is exempt from wearing a face covering?

  • They won’t need to wear one in school.
  • Please let us know by contacting your child's pastoral manager if your child is exempt so that we don’t ask them to wear a face covering.

What if my child forgets their face covering?

  • They should notify a member of staff as soon as they get to school.
  • We’ll have a small supply of spare face coverings available at school.
  • To be safe in the knowledge that everyone has one, please make sure your child has their own so that we can keep our supply of spares for emergencies.

Wearing a mask

 

 

Health advice

For the latest government health advice please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

A Step by Step Guide:

What to do if someone in school shows symptoms of, or tests positive for, COVID 19

What happens if someone in school tests positive?

If we have received information that someone in your child’s group tests positive for COVID 19 the school will alert you as soon as possible. It is possible that this information will inform you that your child will need to isolate for 14 days from the date they were first in contact with a confirmed case. 

This will be an initial safety response whilst Public Health England investigates the matter further.  When we have additional information we will follow up with further communication to clarify matters further and offer further guidance / information.

If you do get the initial message, please follow national guidelines and isolate for 14 days in order for further cases to be avoided ensure we can get students back into school as quickly and as safely as possible. Stay at Home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19). Your child must not go to school.

What happens if your child becomes unwell with symptoms?

If your child becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), please alert the school and do not send your child into school. Follow the government guidance COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance. and outlined below.

You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Your child must stay at home for at least 10 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for at least 10 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.

What happens if someone in your household tests positive?

If someone in your household or someone your child has had contact with has a positive test result for Coronavirus (COVID-19) the medical advice is clear: your child must immediately self-isolate at home for 14 days. If it is a member of the household, the 14 days would start from when the symptoms appeared. If it is a person outside of the household, then the 14 days would start from the date of their last contact with them.

 Stay at home for 14 days and follow the Stay at Home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19). Your child must not go to school.

 

What happens if a member of staff tests positive?

The member of staff must stay at home for at least 10 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

What happens if a member of staff tests negative?

The government guidance for those who test negative is that they can return to their work setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can get a test?

·         All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of Coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.

·         To access testing, parents will be able to use the NHS online test booking service: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or call 119 if they do not have internet access.

·         You will be asked how you want to get the test (e.g. by driving to a Regional Testing Site or asking for a home test kit to be posted to you) and for some contact details.

·         Staff who are classified as essential workers can also access testing through https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers

What testing sites are available locally?

There are currently two Regional Testing Centre sites operating in Manchester and Trafford; these are at Manchester Airport and the Etihad Stadium.  Both sites provide drive-through testing only. Testing is either self-swabbing (individuals complete their own test) or assisted swabbing (a healthcare worker completes the test).

Mobile Testing Units also operate occasionally in other locations for short periods of time, the details of these will be given when you contact the test booking service.

Can children be tested?

Yes. The Government has said that children of any age can be tested.

How long will individuals wait for test results?

Test results should be returned within 72 hours.

How do I get a test if I am not able to drive to a testing centre?

Residents and essential workers can apply for home testing kits for themselves or members of their household, if they have symptoms of coronavirus. These are available through the NHS website or by calling 119. 

What happens if my test is positive?

If your test is positive for COVID-19 you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace within 24 hours and asked to give contact details of people you have come into close, recent contact with and the places you have visited. (These details will be entered onto a secure website.) You must also complete the rest of your 7-day self-isolation. Members of your household should also complete their 14-day self-isolation period from when you started to have symptoms.

The NHS Test and Trace team will then find those people you came into contact with using email and phone numbers and will tell them to self-isolate for 14 days even if they do not have any symptoms.

 

What guidance has the school used to plan the current in school provision?

In order to plan effectively for our in school provision we have used the guidance documents that can be found using the links below:

Where can I find the most up to date guidance regarding Covid-19?

The most up to date guidance regarding Covid-19 can be found by clicking on the link below:
www.gov.uk

Definitions and associated mitigating strategies in relation to people who are classed as clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable.

For definitions and associated mitigating strategies in relation to people who are classed as clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable please use the link below:

www.gov.uk

Useful videos / information to support conversations about how your child can help keep themselves and others safe.

As a school we wanted to share with you some of the official guidance and videos that you can use to support your conversations with things your child can do to help keep themselves and others safe:

WI-Leaflet.pdf

Risk assessment

The school day

The school  day structure has been altered to reduce transitions and the possibility of the infection spreading. 

 

Times 

Length 

Activity 

Transition 

Arrival 

8.25 – 8.35 

10 minutes 

All staff on duty in social space bubbles x 4 

Remain in year group bubbles 

Line-up 

8.35 – 8.45 

10 minutes 

Staggered line-up and walk to reading form 

Extended form 

8.45 – 9.10 

25 minutes 

Induction, form activities, assembly (either streamed or live),pastoral bulletin, retrieval. 

In year group bubbles and escorted by teachers 

Recovery 

9.10 – 9.50 

40 minutes 

SCC/Reading 

None

Period 2 

9.50 – 11.10 

80 minutes 

Timetabled lesson 

Some teachers transition from Reading Form Zone to Period 2. 

KS3 remain in their Zone. KS4 transition.  

Break 

11.10 – 11.30 

20 minutes 

All teachers walk students to their social space as directed.  

In year group bubbles and escorted by teachers  

Period 3 

11.30 – 12.50 

80 minutes 

Timetabled lesson

In year group bubbles and escorted by teachers 

Lunch 

12.50 - 1.40  

50 minutes  

Each year group has 40 minutes to allow for transition: 20 minutes outside, 20 minutes in social space 

In year group bubbles and escorted by teachers 

Period 4 

1.40 – 3.00 

80 minutes 

Timetabled lesson

 

Advice to parents

Back to Top