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Covid 19 Parent/Carer Information & FAQs

 

Latest guidance for COVID-19 for educational settings

 

Please see the link below for the latest guidance from the DfE and Public Health England in relation to the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to update this as we receive information.  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Our return to school risk assessment can be found here.

For full information on isolating your child please see the Kirklees guide here: Covid 19 Isolation Guidance

BMAT Trust Covid Risk Assesment - Trust Risk Assessment During Covid-19

 

 

Lateral Flow Testing FAQ's

Is my child required to have a Lateral Flow Test in order to attend school?

No. Tests are simply designed to help safeguard everyone by identifying anyone who may have the virus but not exhibit symptoms.

 Is the Lateral Flow Test Compulsory?

No. We will only involve a student in the testing process if consent has been provided by you (under 16) or them (over 16). The test is only on offer to secondary age students.

 What will happen if my child test positive?

Results will be communicated to you and the student will be removed from their lesson and parents contacted.  If the lateral flow test is positive then a confirmatory PCR test still needs to be completed, this can be arranged by calling 119, by visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or school can provide a postal test. Until the result of this test is confirmed all members of the household will be required to isolate.

If the PCR test is negative then students can return to school on the next available opportunity.

 How often will my child have a test?

We have been asked to test students when they return to school. Two tests will be administered 3 to 5 days apart. After this no further testing will be required unless you child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. In these circumstances your child would be tested for seven consecutive days to check they have not been infected through contacted with someone who has tested positive.  This could occur again should they have contacted with someone else who tests positive at a later date.  The consecutive days of testing will be extended beyond seven to cover weekends, this is to ensure there is a seventh test result.  

 My Child has had the virus do they still need to be tested?

Anyone who has tested positive for the virus in the last 90 days will not be required to take the test. After this time period they are able to do so providing consent is given.

 

School Reopening FAQ's

How many pupils will be in a group?

In Primary Phase Pupils will be in groups or ‘bubbles’ that consist of their entire class. In Secondary Phase 'bubble' will be the entire Year Group. All 'bubble' are being kept separate from each other to minimise the risk of infection. 

 Will pupils be able to mix together?

Pupils will only be allowed to mix with other pupils from with their 'bubbles'.

What happens if my child becomes upset?

If your child is upset they will be reassured in the normal way by their teacher. We have specialist staff in school who can talk to your child in a dedicated time slot. These need to be 'booked' through their form tutor as drop in facilities are no longer available. 

What if my child has an accident?

If your child has an accident first aid will be administered as usual, following school protocols. Staff administering this will be wearing appropriate PPE (gloves, face mask and apron)

How can I speak to the class teacher?

You can ask for a message to be passed from the registration desk. You can leave a telephone message or write an email. Teachers will not be holding face to face appointments.

If my child is not with the class teacher, will they have another qualified teacher?

Yes, it may not be their class teacher or from within their Key Stage, but they will be a qualified to lead a group.

What will the school be doing to keep my child safe when they are in school?

A range of strategies will be undertaken to keep your child safe we are following the government guidance which will include:

  • Staggered entry to the building and a similar approach at the end of the day;
  • Restricted access to the site for adults (only one parent will be permitted to accompany their child);
  • Bubbles will be kept completely apart, with no mixing. They will have their own timetable and playtime arrangements, staggered to avoid any meeting in corridors;
  • Face masks worn by Secondary Phase students in communal areas;
  • Specialist equipment wiped down between lessons;
  • Frequent hand washing through the day.

How will you track and trace exposure to Covid 19 in other pupils?

We will be reliant on parents informing us if someone has isolated due to symptoms and is waiting for a test result. A pupil will not be permitted back to school until the end of this period of isolation or a negative test result is provided. Please see government guidance for specific details. 

What will happen if a child exhibits symptoms of Covid 19?

Any pupil who falls ill during will be taken to the medical room and cared for separately by a member of staff wearing PPE you will be contacted and asked to come and collect your child, government guidance is that you should then be tested to confirm if they are infected. Please keep the school updated to help us make the right decisions to protect other students and staff. 

What happen if the teacher exhibits symptoms of Covid 19?

The same process as pupils applies.

Does my child need to wear a face mask?

Yes, students in Secondary Phase are required to wear a face mask whilst they are in communal areas. Face masks are not worn in the classrooms. Exemptions to this will be made to students with a medical condition that has been discussed with the school and medical professionals. 

Does my child need to bring a PE kit?

Yes, they need to bring their PE to school as normal. Primary Phase pupils are permitted to arrive in school in their PE kit. Secondary Phase students need to bring their PE kit in a bag as normal. 

Does my child need to bring their school bag?

Yes. Pupils will be expected to bring their own pencil case and drink and store this in a tray beneath their desk. No items will be shared between pupils, except in YR1 and reception where resources will be limited and washed between pupils accessing them.

How will you maintain the 2 metre distancing rule?

This will not be possible within the bubble.We are closely following government guidance and by maintaining the integrity of the bubbles in school we can minimise the risk of infection. 

What will the layout of the classroom be - number of students / how will they be spaced out?

There will be one bubble per classroom. The tables and chairs will be where possible arranged so they face the front.

what if we have a family member that is in one of the vulnerable groups living with us?

Government guidance is now that all children should return to school. The procedures we have in place will minimise risk of infection and protect family members in the community, 

How will the school ensure that families are keeping to the recommendations outside of school?

We have no means to do so. It is for every individual in our community to ensure they are following government guidance.Please ensure you have made arrangements to bring your child to school at the allotted time. Parents should avoid congregating at the front of school to help maintain social distancing. Unfortunately it is not possible for parents to enter the site. 

What are the cleaning / hygiene arrangements for the children whilst they are in school and after?

Each room will have a hygiene box containing, wipes tissues and hand sanitiser. Areas such as corridors, banisters and door handles are wiped throughout the day and toilets are cleaned regularly. Specialist classrooms are sanitised between every lesson. 

Pupils will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently, cough into the crook of their elbows. We are reinforcing the catch it, bin it procedure. 

Will a hot meal be available to purchase in school? 

Unfortunately, due to the need to limit interaction between different year groups we will not be able to offer for sale food or beverages in our dining hall to Secondary Phase and KS2 Students therefore these students will need to bring their own food and drink for break and lunchtime. 

KS1 students will be provided with a hot meal in accordance with the universal free school meal allowance. 

Those students that are entitled to a free school meal will be provided with a grab bag at break time containing a sandwich, drink and a piece of confectionary. It is important they collect this at break time from their designated area. Grab bags are not available to be collected at lunch time. 

What if my child forgets their lunch?

They should inform their form tutor and we will attempt to contact you and/or make arrangements for them to recieve a lunch within school. 

 

COVID 19 - FAQs

What is school doing to limit possible infection?

The school is prioritising the cleaning of all frequently used surfaces. Liquid soap is frequently replenished in the toilets and students have been spoken to about the importance of good hygiene. We have advised students to avoid handshakes in school to limit contact.

What if i am ill?

Follow the advice. Self isolate only if you have a fever or temperature above 37.8 degrees and have developed a NEW cough. Please inform school if this is the case. NOTE this does not mean you have the virus.

When can someone return to school after self isolating

All members of the household should self isolate for 14 days. If after 14 days you are symptom free you are able to return to school.

If you continue to experience symptoms follow the latest government advice which is currently to call 111 or NHS Online if you have internet access.

What if someone in my house tests positive?

All members of the household should self isolate for 14 days and refer to government guidance for specific isolation duration periods. 

Can I speak to staff face to face within School? 

 We are restricting access to site for all visitors. If you are a parent please either email or telephone school with any queries you have. Should a meeting be required an appointment will be made with the relevant person and this may be conducted remotely via Google Meets.  Any other visitors to school are strictly vetted and by appointment only. Face masks are required to be worn whilst in the building. 

Advice for Educational Settings