2 October 2020

Monday 21st September, 2020

Dear Parent,

 

Once again, thank you all for your fantastic support and cooperation.  The children are getting very used to their new routines and they continue to be very respectful of each other’s safety and learning.   

This week’s updates include:

 

CHET Year 7

Last week our Year 7s had their visit to CHET as part of their induction into high school.  Thankfully, the weather was lovely and it looked like they all had a great time.

 

Year 9 letter from Sefton re: Colleges

Year 9 parents would have received a letter from Sefton making them aware that they can leave school at the end of Year 9 and apply for a course at one of the local colleges e.g. Hugh Baird.  This is something they do each year and it is sent to all Year 9 pupils in Sefton. If this is something you may be interested in for your child, please contact Mr Nutman, Progress Leader Year 9, for advice.

 

Careers North

Our new careers provider, Careers North, will present our new careers programme to Year 11 today and to Year 7 next Monday.

 

What happens if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case

You may have read in the news of pupils/year groups having to be sent home due to a confirmed case in school.  This is our protocol if this happens:

  • We will contact all parents/carers of children in that year group immediately.
  • You will have to make arrangements to come and collect your child from school or give permission for them to go home on the school bus.  We have been informed that pupils can go home on the school bus but they cannot use public transport.  If your child uses the school bus, they must go straight home and not visit any shops etc.
  • We will arrange a deep clean of the areas of the school site used by that year group.  Depending on what time of the day the year group is sent home, we may need to close the school the next day to facilitate a deep clean.
  • We will inform all parents in other year groups that we have had a confirmed case. 
  • All pupils in that year group must self-isolate for 14 days.  Other members of the household do not need to self-isolate unless their child develops symptoms.
  • We will send you an email with details of how your child can access Microsoft Teams and other materials to support their learning at home. 
  • Your child’s lessons and resources will be on Teams for the next two weeks and your child’s teacher will be on-line (on Teams) to answer any queries/questions at their normal lesson time.  For example, if your child has Maths Period 1 on a Wednesday, their teacher will be on-line to answer questions at that time.

 

COVID Absence Protocols

Last week I sent out a ‘Quick Reference Guide for Parents’ regarding COVID-19 related absences (I’ve included a copy at the end of the letter).  Hopefully, this will help with any queries you may have but if you are still unsure, please contact school for advice.

Staffing

We are delighted to welcome Miss Hadwin and Mrs Davies to our Learning Support Team.

 

Thanks again for your feedback, patience and cooperation, we really do appreciate your support.

Have a great week.

Mr Symes

 

Covid-19 Related Pupil Absence - A Quick Reference Guide for Parents

 

 

What to do if ……..

Action Needed

Return to school when …..

My child has Covid-19 symptoms;

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE – this means

you feel hot to the touch on your chest or back.

  • A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH – this

means coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.

  • A LOSS OR CHANGE TO YOUR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

  • Contact the school to inform us.
  • Self-isolate the WHOLE household for 14 days.
  • Get a test.

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY UPON

RECEIVING THE TEST RESULT

You have a negative coronavirus test and you no longer have a fever. 

 

My child tests positive with Covid-19

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

  • Contact school to inform us.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return. A Minimum of 10 days after symptoms started.

 

NOT SOONER THAN 10 DAYS AFTER THEIR SYMPTOMS STARTED.

Students should remain off after this period if they still have a fever. They can return if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell as these symptoms have been shown to continue even when the infection has passed. 

 

My child tests negative for Covid-19

CONTACT THE SCHOOL

Discuss when your child can come back to school. 

 

The test is negative, symptoms have passed and you feel well.

 

 

 

My child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19.

FOLLOW THE USUAL ABSENCE POLICY.

   Contact us by 8am to report the absence, give symptoms and predicted return to school.

When feeling better, unless it was sickness and diarrhoea, in which case 48 hours after symptoms finished.

 

Someone in the household has symptoms of Covid-19.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

  • Contact the school to inform us.
  • Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.
  • Household members to get tested.

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULTS

The test comes back negative and your child is not showing symptoms. 

 

Someone in my household tests positive for Covid-19.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

  • Contact the school to inform us.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return.

Minimum of 14 days.

The child has completed 14 days of isolation.

NHS Test & Trace has identified my child has been in close contact of someone with symptoms of confirmed Covid-19.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

  • Contact the school to inform us.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return.

Minimum of 14 days.

The child has completed 14 days of isolation.

 

We/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as a period of quarantine.

  • DO NOT take unauthorised leave in term time.
  • Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return.

Minimum of 14 days.

  • Self-isolate the whole household.

The quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.

 

We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

  • Contact the school to inform us.
  • Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

Restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school.

 

My child’s bubble is closed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in school.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

  • At home, support your child with remote learning, provided by the school.
  • Your child will need to isolate for 14 days.

School will inform you when the bubble is re-opened.

 

 

 

Posted by Jenny Leonowicz

Category: Headteacher's Letter