Coronavirus – Information for Parents
Latest Update – Monday 15th March 2021
Our offer is underpinned by our risk assessment and all learning will continue to take place within known and existing class bubbles. As far as possible staffing will remain consistent to minimise crossover. A consistent routine regarding hygiene/handwashing and social distancing/use of PPE, together with effective ventilation will be maintained. Outdoor breaks/play will be effectively supervised factoring in all above aspects relating to Covid compliance.
All learners of secondary school age and upwards have completed three Lateral Flow Covid Tests at our on-site testing centre and we will now transition to home testing for all students and staff where twice weekly testing is strongly encouraged.
The residential team will liaise with parents individually to confirm details with regards to extended school services.
Our offer is underpinned by our risk assessment which takes account of the following:
- Medical fitness of staff/students to attend without concerns relating to COVID or other related conditions and/or wellbeing.
- A rigorous system for maintaining hygiene protocols and social distancing where possible.
- Effective staffing/rooming.
- A well structured day caters for individual student needs including supervised breaks and lunch.
- Agreed transport arrangements either from commissioning LA or parent/carer choice.
- Specialist staff team on site to oversee medical needs, safeguarding, site safety and maintenance.
All learning will continue to take place within known and existing class bubbles. As far as possible staffing will remain consistent to minimise crossover. Lunches will continue to be served within the same learning setting to minimise movement across site. A consistent routine regarding hygiene/handwashing and social distancing/use of PPE, together with effective ventilation will be maintained. Outdoor breaks/play will be effectively supervised factoring in all above aspects relating to Covid compliance.
We are very aware of how contentious an issue face coverings are. Our policy is, in line with guidance from Public Health England advice:
“We now also recommend in those schools, face coverings should be worn in classrooms or during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. We (The Government) are taking this additional precautionary measure for a limited time during this period of high coronavirus (Covid 19) prevalence in the community. These measures will be in place until Easter. As with all measures, we will keep it under review and update guidance at that point”.
Therefore, though the choice remains with the individual, we strongly recommend that pupils and staff wear face coverings in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained.
This recommendation does not apply to children who are exempt – if you believe your child should be exempt then please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and following review your child will be provided with a pass to inform staff they are exempt – we do not require medical confirmation of this exemption.
Face Coverings will be available for all students and replaced daily to meet hygiene standards. Government information regarding all aspects of face coverings (including safe usage) can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-where-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-where-one-and-how-to-make-your-own