Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Masks/face coverings

Masks/face coverings will be compulsory at the following times and in specific situations:

  • on entry to school and until students reach their bubble roll call zone
  • exiting the bubble area to the canteen queue (at break and lunch time), whilst in the queue and in the canteen making their purchase (as you would in any shop currently); masks to be removed once they reach their allocated bubble zone, where they eat after exiting the canteen.
  • Leaving bubble zone at the end of the day until off site (this applies to all students, not only those travelling by bus)
  • Queueing for the bus and on the bus for the duration of the journey
  • Teachers will support by reminding students to put their masks on at the end of the day.

Access to Site

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, we are unable to allow access to site to students before 8.05am. This is to ensure that students from different bubbles are not able to mix. If your child walks, cycles or comes to school by car, please bear this in mind. The entry gate will open at 8.05am and students will be directed to their bubble zones by staff. The majority of buses arrive between 8.10 and 8.20am. If your child’s bus arrives before this, they will disembark and wait on the pavement within the school main gates until the pedestrian gates open at 8.05am.

Please see the images below for the location of roll call and break time 'bubbles'.

Uniform

In the event that a student arrives at school without a necessary item of uniform, eg tie, uniform will be loaned to the student as usual. However, we will now be collecting a personal item from the student, eg. mobile phone to hold as a deposit until the return of the item at the end of the school day. This has become necessary due to our stocks being continually depleted through non-return of borrowed items. Any item held for the day would be securely stored. All uniform borrowed will be laundered after use. If you are having any difficulty obtaining uniform for your child, please contact you Director of Learning. The Directors of Learning for the 2020-21 academic year are as follows:

Equipment

A reminder that we are unable to loan equipment due to necessary hygiene measures. Please ensure your child arrives at school fully equipped. Please also provide your child with hand sanitiser.

Behaviour

It is vital that all students adhere to the measures in place to ensure the safety of all stakeholders on site. Any student deliberately breaching bubble boundaries will be sanctioned, parents will be contacted and a fixed term exclusion may be considered. In summary, there will be a zero tolerance on the following:

  • Breaking social distancing rules or leaving their seat without a legitimate reason
  • Coughing or spitting to simulate any of the symptoms of COVID as a ‘joke’.
  • Pretending to be ill or alleging other students are ill as a joke
  • Passing or throwing any equipment around the teaching space that may potentially spread the virus
  • Antagonising any other student about any issue to do with COVID
  • Failing to follow any clear instruction given by any member of staff
  • Deliberately breaching another bubble

Canteen servery

The servery has been divided into two parts. Key stage 3 and Key Stage 4 will line up in single file in separate queues. Each key stage will access its allocated area to purchase food and will do so without mingling with students from the other key stage. Students will sanitise their hands on entry and follow a one-way system. Perspex screens have been installed at tills and the canteen is providing a take away service only. As mentioned above, face coverings are recommended when using the servery.

Visitors to site

A reminder that parents and carers may access site by appointment only and only one visitor may enter reception at a time. Social distancing is required at all times on site and all visitors will be expected to wear face coverings.

 

Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms 

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  • Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  • Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
  • If you have a child with coronavirus symptoms, please do not send their sibling(s) to school.

Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus

You can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) now. You can choose to take the test:

  • at a test site near you
  • with a home test kit

You need to get a test within the first 5 days of having symptoms

 

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

• wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly

• cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces

• make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Key contacts

The following email addresses are monitored daily during school open hours:

[email protected] - emails to this address will be forwarded to staff as required

[email protected]- to report a safeguarding concern (in confidence)

[email protected] - for notification should your child/you become symptomatic

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[email protected] - IT support

[email protected] - Finance office/FSM queries

[email protected] - Administration Manager and queries for the Principal

Updates are sent home by email and also posted on this page.

Home Learning

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Reporting absence

Email [email protected]

Please provide as much detail as possible about the absence and whether it is related to COVID-19 or an alternative reason. Your support with this will be much appreciated. Please also state your child’s name and year group.