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COVID-19

From Monday 8th March, all pupils are expected to return to school following a period of school closure when only our most vulnerable pupils and those with parents who are key workers were in attendance.

 

We have followed operational guidance provided by the Department for Education, taking action to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus in school. This includes public health advice, endorsed by Public Health England.

 

Whilst we are aware that the predominant new variant of coronavirus is more transmissible, PHE advice remains that they way to control this virus is with a system of controls in school.  This is a set of actions that we must take, grouped into 'prevention' and 'response to any infection'. 

 

Prevention

 

We must always:

 

1.  Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not attend school.

2.  Ensure face coverings are used in recommended circumstances.

3.  Ensure everyone is advised to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.

4.  Ensure good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' approach.

5.  Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.

6.  Consider how to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing where possible.

7. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

 

In specific circumstances:

 

8.  Ensure individuals wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary.

9.  Promote and engage in asymptomatic testing.

 

Response to any infection

 

10.  Promote and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.

11.  Manage and report confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst the school community.

12.  Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.

 

 

To prepare to welcome all pupils back to school we have:

  • Reviewed and updated our risk assessments to reflect changes in guidance and the increase in the number of pupils in school.
  • Ensured that we are following the system of controls set out in Department for Education guidance to minimise the risk if infection.
  • Ensured that we have contingency plans in place for possible outbreaks in school or changes in restrictions.

Pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable:

 

If your child is considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, you should have received a letter informing you of this.  The advice for such pupils is that they should not attend school at the present time and they should stay at home as much as possible until further notice.  Remote learning will be provided for any pupils who are considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable until the advice changes.

Lateral Flow Device Testing

 

In order to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus, all school staff are carrying out twice-weekly lateral flow device testing at home.  This enables us to respond quickly in the event that a member of staff carries the virus without symptoms.

 

From 1st March, if you are a member of a household, childcare or support bubble with a school pupil or someone who works in a school, you can now access lateral flow devices to carry out twice-weekly rapid testing at home.  You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point.  Our local collection point is Castle Meadows car park in Whitehaven and it is open between 1pm and 8pm, 7 days a week.  Anyone over the age of 18 can collect the tests.  These can also be ordered online at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests if you are unable to get to the collection point.  

These tests are not intended to be used by primary aged pupils who should only be tested if they develop symptoms.  They should then be tested at a testing centre with a PCR test and not a lateral flow device.

Remote Learning

 

Whilst the vast majority of our pupils are back in school, we continue to have the capacity to offer immediate, high quality, remote education in the following circumstances:

 

  • Where pupils have been advised that they are clinically extremely vulnerable and should not attend school.
  • Where individual pupils need to self-isolate because they are close contacts of someone in their household or childcare/support bubble who has tested positive.
  • Where groups of pupils or whole bubbles need to self-isolate because someone in school has tested positive.
  • Where the school is affected by a Remote Education Temporary Continuity Direction which limits the pupils attending school.

 

Every child from reception to Year 6 has been provided with a tablet to support their learning at home and we are able to provide internet access for those families who do not have it. 

 

Our Remote Learning Plan sets out what remote learning looks like for our pupils and how we will support our families in balancing the need for remote learning with their own need to work and manage day to day life. 

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