We have reviewed our risk assessment to reflect the latest government guidance and operating arrangements to support full re-opening of school on Monday 8th March. These plans will be under continual review and if changes are needed in order to keep the children and staff as safe as possible, we will communicate with all parents promptly.
SAFEGUARDING DURING COVID-19
This appendix to the school policy, issued by WCC based on additional DfE guidance, addresses how the school will apply the safeguarding and child protection policy in order to safeguard all pupils/students during COVID-19. It applies both to the minority of children who are attending school and the majority who will be staying at home pending further government advice.
visitors to school
As we continue to try to minimise the risk of COVID-19 in our community, we ask for the support and understanding of our visitors.
We continue to take guidance from Public Health England and the DFE. Taking this into account, we are now limiting access to the site to essential visitors only. If you are unsure as to whether your proposed visit is considered essential, please email the office on firstname.lastname@example.org
symptoms and actions
To help keep your child and fellow student’s safe, your child should not come to school if:
- They are feeling unwell or are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms (If in doubt, book a test. If positive, isolate for 10 days from start of symptoms)
- They have tested positive for coronavirus and are within the 10 day isolation period
- They are sharing a household or support bubble with someone with symptoms (person with symptoms to be tested, if negative can return to usual activities; if positive, you must isolate for 14 days from last contact)
- They have been advised by the NHS test and trace service to self-isolate or aware they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (isolate for 10 days from last contact)
- They have returned from abroad and government guidance states they need to quarantine for 10 days
If you are not sure if you child should or should not go to school please call the office.
The following advice is from WCC regarding how parents and schools can ensure children remain safe in primary schools.
test and trace
You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:
1. a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
2. a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
3. a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal
â–ª Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.
Further clarification on the NHS Test & Trace process is given in the following letter:
We have shared with pupils the importance of the social distancing measures we have in place both in and outside of school. There is a clear message in line with WCC's 'Let's do the right thing' campaig:
1. Please wear face coverings at the school gates if you are able to.
2. Keep a safe social distance at the school gates.
3. If you want to keep in touch with other parents, please use social media.
4. Please let your school know if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
We would appreciate the support of all parents/carers in following these important messages and supporting our community to be safe in these very challenging times.