Reducing the risk of transmission in our school
We have completed a full risk assessment and have put into place a number of controls to help reduce the risk of transmission in our school.
These measures include:
year group bubbles
designated seating for pupils
designated isolation room
reduced movement around the school building
thorough cleaning of the school building and resources
additional hand sanitising and hand washing facilities
staggered start and finish times
one way systems
allocated toilet facilities for bubbles
allocated hand washing facilities for bubble
signage promoting social distancing
We have fully considered and implemented the guidance from the Department for Education: guidance for full school opening, Public Health England Covid-19 Early Outbreak Management, Gov.uk: Covid-19 cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside the home and Gov.uk: Safe working in education, childcare and children's social care. We continue to keep up to date with the latest government guidance and will implement this as it is received.
Recognising the symptoms of coronavirus
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.
For clinical advice you can contact the NHS 111 Covid 19 website at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
To Book a test please visit https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name
If you have difficulty obtaining a test via the website you can call the NHS coronavirus helpline on 119.
Advice for parents
Please click here to view our Information for Parents regarding suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19.
What if my child is unwell?
If your child is showing any 1 of the main symptoms of coronavirus.
A high temperature – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back, a new, continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of smell or taste
Do not send your child to school and do not come to school yourself, nor send anyone from your household
Follow the government instructions on guidance for households Covid-19 stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus covid-19 infection.
Inform the school office straight away
Your child and household must self-isolate and book a test for your child
Inform the school immediately if the test result is positive
If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible.
Your household should stay at home for 14 days or until you get the result of the test.
Your child can return to school when the test result for your child comes back negative and no one in the household has symptoms.
What if another member of the household has symptoms of coronavirus?
If a member of your household displays any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, all other household members need to stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
Please click here to view the GLF flow chart regarding suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Taking into account the government’s advice and the need to balance the ongoing risks of Covid-19 against the importance of children returning to school, the Trust has agreed three key objectives to guide our planning: http://www.glfschools.org/1168/coronavirus-covid-19
Below, we have provided a document which shows what support is available for parents/carers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Staggered Drop off and Collection Times
We have implemented staggered start and finish times for different year groups to enable social distancing and reduce the numbers of people needing to access the school at key times. We ask that all members of the community adhere to social distancing while dropping off or collecting pupils.
We ask families to adhere to their allotted time slot wherever possible to ease congestion.