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.
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.
Returning to School FAQ’s
How many pupils will be in a group?
We will no longer be operating in ‘bubbles’ so pupils in primary and students in the secondary phase will move around school as normal and come into contact with each other. Initially we will be asking students in the secondary phase to wear face masks in communal areas whilst local infection rates remain high.
Will pupils be able to mix together?
Yes, unless we are directed to go back into year group and class bubbles by public health officials. This will only happen if infection rates rise in the locality.
What happens if my child becomes upset?
They will be reassured in the normal way by their teacher.
What if my 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 reception desk. You can leave a telephone message or write an email. Teachers will now be available to make appointments to meet parents face to face again.
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?
We will continue to follow government guidance which will include:
- Staggered entry to the building split between different key stages and a similar approach at the end of the day;
- Frequent hand washing through the day, sanitising equipment will remain available in classrooms;
How will you track and trace exposure to Covid 19 in other pupils?
This will be completed by the national track and trace systems who will inform parents and the school of any action that needs to be taken. We will not be sending students home unless we advised to do so.
What check will you have in place for infection control?
Whilst the school is not responsible for contacting tracing from August 16th, we will expect parents/carers to notify us of any illness in their child or wider family. Pupils’ health and wellbeing will be monitored by their teacher throughout the day.
What will happen if a child exhibits symptoms of Covid 19?
Any pupil who falls ill during the morning will be removed immediately to the medical room and cared for separately by a member of staff wearing PPE. Parents will be contacted and asked to collect their child and take them for a test.
What happen if the teacher exhibits symptoms of Covid 19?
They will be asked to leave school and go for a test.
Does my child need to wear a face mask?
Government advice is that facemasks are no longer compulsory to wear in classrooms. We are advised that frequent hand washing is the more effective method of reducing infection and do want to retain the use of face masks in communal areas to minimise the chance of infections.
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. Primary pupils will store these 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 area used during the morning will receive periodic cleaning through the morning and a deep clean in the afternoon when pupils have gone home.
Pupils will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently, cough into the crook of their elbows and avoid spitting.
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.
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