Frequently asked Questions.

Across the trust we have ensured that we have put in place additional measures to ensure the safety of our pupils and staff please take a look across our COVID-19 Frequently asked Questions to find further details of these measures and answers to the questions that you may have.

Many thanks.

What are the new COVID-19 National Lockdown Restrictions?

Please find below the a graphical poster (issued 05 November 2020) in various formats which displays information about the national lockdown restrictions in England for everyone in all settings.

National lockdown restrictions in England

What is the school doing to limit possible infection?

  • Staff, pupils, and parents are aware of the school’s procedures (including on self-isolation and testing should anyone display symptoms of COVID-19).
  • Cleaning capacity and routines are developed to meet new specifications. Please see below cleaning measures and what we are doing.
  • Movement around the school is in a safe and secure way with appropriate attention to social distancing.
  • Classrooms / POD spaces are established appropriately to deliver the bubble requirements and support infection control.
  • Worked closely with transport teams to minimise cross contamination between pods.
  • Provision of PPE for staff where required is in line with government guidelines.

What additional cleaning measures have been introduced within the school?

  • Sanitisers and cleaning equipment provided throughout the sites.
  • Site Managers on site during the day.
  • An enhanced cleaning plan is agreed and implemented which minimises the spread of infection.
  • Rigorous cleaning provided every day.
  • Cleaning throughout the day when bubble groups move between spaces and use shared spaces, doors etc.
  • Reminders are issued daily via staff briefings regarding washing of hands and using hand sanitiser.
  • Posters around the building on hand washing guidance from PHE.
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers are mounted strategically in the corridors and in each classroom at a high level for staff.
  • Staff to assist students in sanitising hands during the day.
  • Children and staff are encouraged not to touch mouth, eyes and nose.

Will cleaning personnel be provided with PPE?

  • Appropriate protective wear is made available to staff engaged in cleaning duties.

What is expected of pupils and staff in the school?

  • Engage with test and trace: All staff are asked to download the COVID-19 App which is designed to slow down the spread of COVID-19 by alerting people who may have been exposed to infections and reminds of the actions to take.
  • Respond quickly and be agile to the needs of the school and the pupils.
  • Maintain social distancing and increased levels of hygiene in accordance with the government guidance.
  • Communicate with parents and carers about the arrangements in place on a regular basis and immediately should there be any change.
  • Staff and pupils are aware of the school’s procedures (including on self-isolation and testing) should anyone display symptoms of COVID-19.

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:

  • Breaktimes are staggered.
  • Children are encouraged to develop new games with minimal physical contact.
  • External areas are designated/zoned for different pods.
  • Pupils are reminded about safe spacing within their pods as break times begin.
  • Signage is in place around the school and in key areas.
  • Pupils wash their hands before they come back into the classroom.
  • Any entrance and exit spaces used by others are cleaned before another group uses the door.
  • The school does not provide for more pupils than can be supported when social distancing guidelines and safe spacing are applied.
  • Movement of pupils around school is minimised as much as possible, with pupils staying in classrooms and defined outside space.
  • Pupils are regularly briefed regarding safe spacing.

What if someone in my house tests positive?

  • They must stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the day the test was taken. If they develop symptoms after their test, restart their 10-day isolation period from the day the symptoms start.  All household members should also start a 14 day self-isolation period from the day of their test result.
  • A positive test result means you must complete a 10-day isolation period. In addition, all members of your household will need to self-isolate for 14 days from when the affected persons symptoms commenced.

What is the organisation of teaching spaces?

  • Classrooms / POD spaces are established appropriately to deliver the bubble requirements and support infection control.

What will happen if the teacher exhibits symptoms of COVID-19?

  • If anyone in our schools become unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature or has a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and be advised to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. This sets out that they must:
  • Self-isolate for at least 10 days.
  • Arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

What will happen if a child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19?

  • If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 whilst at home, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-testor or by calling 119.

 

  • Parent to inform school once child’s test result is back. If negative, no further action from school. If positive, please see below.

 

 

What happens if my child was tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Staff and parents of the children within the pod will be informed and sent home. Staff and children will remain in the isolation area until this is able to happen.  These staff and pupils should remain at home and self-isolate for 14 days from the date test was taken from school supply/or arranged themselves.  Inform the school of their test result.   
  • If your child develops symptoms during the school day: Appropriate PPE (face shield, face mask, plastic apron and latex gloves) is available for any staff member having to support a child or staff member showing symptoms.
  • Additional rooms are designated for pupils with suspected COVID-19 whilst collection is arranged.
  • Procedures are in place for medical rooms to be cleaned after suspected COVID-19 cases, along with other affected areas, including toilets.

If my child must self-isolate, will the school provide home-learning resources?

  • Where pupils for any reason are at home and needing to access home learning, comprehensive arrangements are in place to enable their needs to be met.
  • A copy of the academy specific remote learning plans can be requested via the relevant school office.

When can someone return to school after self-isolating?

  • A positive test result means you must complete a 10-day isolation period. In addition, members of your household will need to self-isolate for 14 days from when the affected persons symptoms commenced.  If a household member develops symptoms, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms but their self-isolation period must be not less than 14 days in total.
  • If your test is negative, you can stop self-isolating if you are well, as can the rest of household.

How will you maintain the 2-metre distancing rule?

  • Signage is placed in appropriate areas; reminders are issued via daily staff briefings.
  • Staff rooms and offices have been reviewed and appropriate configurations of furniture and workstations have been put in place to allow for social distancing of adults.
  • Staff have been briefed on the use of these rooms.
  • Pupils are regularly briefed regarding safe spacing.
  • Movement of pupils around school is minimised as much as possible, with pupils staying in classrooms and defined outside space.

What happens following an alert to a positive case?

  • Staff and parents of the children within the pod will be informed and sent home. Staff and children will remain in the isolation area until this is able to happen.  These staff and pupils should remain at home and self-isolate for 14 days from the date that the test was taken from school supply/or arranged themselves.  Inform the school of their test result.
  •  All stakeholders will be conducted with the necessary course of action for themselves or their child.

What will be done if there is an outbreak at the school?

  • If anyone in our schools become unwell with a new continuous cough, high temperature or has a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and be advised to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. This sets out that they must:
  • Self-isolate for at least 10 days.
  • Arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Where a member of staff or a pupil test positive for a case of COVID-19, a member of the leadership response team will report the case to the Department for Education (DFE) COVID-19 helpline and undertake a dynamic risk assessment with Public Health England (PHE), to establish if a partial or a closure of a POD, or whole school closure (when it is unsafe to open the school).

Do staff and children need to wear face coverings?

Pupils and staff will be receiving support, guidance and education on safe wearing of face coverings. In addition communications will have been issued to parents and carers advising of this requirement.

In education settings where year 7 and above are educated, reusable fabric face coverings should be worn by adults (staff and visitors) and pupils when moving around indoors, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

As in the general approach, it will not usually be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and they may inhibit teaching and learning.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings for example, people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability or if individuals are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate. The same exemptions will apply in education settings and as a trust we will be considerate of the needs of our pupils and staff. We will work with them to decide upon any reasonable adjustments that need to be made.

To avoid inadvertently increasing the risks of transmission.

It is reminded that safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn, and the face covering should be replaced carefully.

This video provides advice and information on how to wear and use a fabric mask safely.

 

As a reminder:

Symptoms of COVID 19:

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

On request a full copy of our trust COVID-19 Risk Assessment can be provided.