Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Schools have received new guidance and we have used this alongside local authority and academy guidance to update safety measures from from September 2021. 

 

What does this mean for our school?

As we move to a more normal approach to living with Covid-19, we will continue to proceed with caution to promote the safety of our school community. The Autumn term will see a phased return to some normal activities. This will be monitored throughout the term and changes may need to be made along the way. In addition school has a contingency plan in place if we are advised to take extra measures to help break chains of transmission. The plan would see the reintroduction of bubbles and the measures taken last academic year. 

 

Face coverings:

Government guidance is clear in its recommendations for people to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces. Therefore, masks will still need to be worn by parents / carers when dropping off and collecting children.

 

Control measures:

  • Hygiene – pupils will continue to clean and sanitise their hands regularly.

  • Respiratory hygiene – the ‘catch it, kill it, bin, it’ approach will continue.

  • Enhanced cleaning – this will continue in shared areas such as the hall, toilets, frequently touched surfaces and when equipment is shared.

  • Risk assessment – has been developed to take account of new guidance and will be reviewed regularly.

  • Ventilation – classroom doors and windows will continue to be opened to draw in fresh air and ensure circulation.

  • limited number of visitors in school including parents (appointments can be made in advance via telephone). 

  • Staggered break and lunchtimes - classes will be paired with one other year group. While this is not a full return to normality it will help the children to build friendships with children from another class. The following years are grouped together:

    • Year 1 and 2

    • Year 3 and 5

    • Year 4 and 6

  • Staggered finish times, though shorter will remain in place to reduce congestion at the end of the school day.

  • Prompt school drop offs and collections – children will be collected from the school playgrounds by their class teachers. Please do not arrive too early or too late and please do not stop behind on school grounds to chat to other parents.

 

Testing:

  • Staff testing – twice weekly LFD tests (asymptomatic testing) will continue in the first half term. This will be reviewed at the end of September.

  • Pupils and staff should not come to school if they have any Covid-19 symptoms. They will need to book a confirmatory PCR test and self-isolate until they await their result.

  • If anyone develops symptoms while at school, however mild, they must be sent home. They will need to book a confirmatory PCR test and self-isolate until they await their result.

 

Track and trace / self-isolating:

  • NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parent to identify close contacts.

  • Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated

  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months

  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial

  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

 

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test and isolate while waiting for the result. Hopefully this will help to reduce class closures. 

 

Class closure and Remote Learning:

School will follow government advice and there may well be class closures if there is an outbreak in a class or the school (several confirmed cases within 14 days).

  • If a whole class closes, home learning will resume the following day using the existing Edmodo platform. We will continue to provide four hours of learning for KS2 and three hours of learning for KS1 (this is the law).

  • If an individual pupil is self-isolating (not a class) we will continue to provide home learning packs and a parent or carer will be required to collect this from the school office.

Meeting with school staff:

  • At busy times please phone to speak to a member of staff.

  • If you want to talk to your child’s teacher at the end of the day, please make sure that it is safe to do so and that you are not causing congestion. Staff are more than happy for you to phone in with your queries after school or email school@msj.jmat.org.uk

  • Staff who haven’t yet received two vaccines will unfortunately not to able to meet with parents face to face. This is to protect them from possible infection.

We will continue to follow DfE guidance and provide you with additional up to date information when it is released by the government. More guidance and information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Should you have concerns the Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Please help us to minimise risks by reinforcing good personal hygiene routines with your child / children at home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are some useful hand washing and hygiene links:

KS1

NHS:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

 

Horrid Hands:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=pzGH3C_8d64&feature=emb_logo

 

Coughs and Sneezes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=XzCs3XSGm0Y&feature=emb_logo

 

KS2

NHS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGJNspLRdrc

 

Hand Hygiene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ptYOw55Thp0&feature=emb_logoo

 

Respiratory Hygiene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=ttOJginmMi4&feature=emb_logoo

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