We have worked hard throughout the summer to prepare for our students to start school as safely and as stress free as possible.
Do I have to send my child to school?
The government has said that all students should return to school, unless they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19).
What are you doing to keep children safe?
Students will remain in their bubbles throughout the day, minimising contact. Increased hand washing and use of hand sanitiser is being encouraged, as well as arranging classrooms to have forward facing desks.
Cleaning of classrooms and corridors has been increased and hand-sanitising stations are located throughout school.
Students can bring a packed lunch and water to school. This can be in a bag, which will be kept under their desk. Students should avoid bringing unnecessary items to school.
Full details of the work we have done to keep our families safe is available in our COVID-19 Risk Assessment.
What should students bring to school?
Students should bring as little as possible to school. Stationary packs, including pencils, pens, rulers, calculators, and books are being provided. These packs will remain in school, to avoid cross contamination between school and home.
Students can take their books home, and staff can also take these home to mark.
Are face masks needed?
If a student is ill with coronavirus symptoms in school, anyone looking after them will use appropriate PPE until the student is able to return home.
Some individuals are exempt from wearing a face mask:
- If they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
- Speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate
Do students need to wear school uniform?
Students are expected to wear full school uniform, which parents should wash regularly. As the weather gets colder students will need to bring an outdoor coat.
Can children still do PE?
PE is being offered as normal, but on PE days students should wear their PE kit to school and return home in it. Changing areas are unavailable due to current restrictions.
If students have to self-isolate we will switch over to remote learning. Our onsite and remote learning is seamless so students can always access a high-quality education.
Our home-school agreement has been updated to include COVID-Safe Guidance. If a student chooses to not follow this guidance the pros and cons will be explained to them, if they still refuse their parents will be contacted and if they cannot reason with their child, they will be sent home and their absence recorded as unauthorised.
We are working within very tight guidelines and have to keep the majority of our community safe.
Parent Visits, Pick Up and Drop Off
Parents must remain outside of the school building during pick up and drop off.
We are unable to have any face-to-face meetings or visits from parents without prior appointment. Please ensure you phone school for an appointment if you need to arrange a meeting.
What if someone in my household is clinically vulnerable?
People with pre-existing conditions might be especially at risk of catching COVID-19 and so the people living with them must take some additional precautions.
If your child is in the clinically vulnerable category, you should seek the advice of a doctor before deciding to send your child back to school or not. If your child is living with someone who’s clinically vulnerable, they’ll still be encouraged to attend school while adhering to strict social distancing.
What if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
If a student or staff member is unwell, they must not come to school and school MUST be informed as soon as possible.
When a student or staff member develops ANY coronavirus symptoms, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate and arrange to be tested, by visiting NHS.UK or phoning 119. If they test negative, they can return to school.
If the student tests positive their entire year group may need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Our Local Health Protection Team is PHE Cumbria and Lancashire Health Protection Team,
Lancashire County Council, Pitt Street Reception County Hall,
Hubs has been set up to offer support with any issues that arise during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Other sources of support:
- Kooth - online support and counselling for young people
- Childline - counselling support for young people. Call 0800 1111
- Mind - mental health information and support
- Healthy Young Minds - mental health information and support
COVID-19 Response Documents & Policies
Government & Local Authority Guidance