Online teaching and Covid-19 Information
4 January 2021
As announced by the government, the start of term for students to return to school has been delayed. Students are expected to follow their online lessons as per their timetables from home for the first week (from 5 January), with children of keyworkers provided for in school.
See these letters issued by the Headteachers:
Letter to all parents about new arrangements
Letter to Year 11 students and parents
Letter regarding arrangements for Keyworker and Vulnerable students
Please note these plans may be subject to change depending on further government decisions
Please be aware that self-isolation advice is only directed towards anyone who has had:
1. Direct close contact - face to face - with an infected individual, within 1 metre, for any length of time. This includes being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
2. Proximity contact - extended close contact (2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
In any confirmed case, therefore, we will review all seating plans and look at classroom arrangements, transport to and from school and social-time groupings in order to trace those who need to self-isolate. Except in very specific contexts, this criterion only applies to students sitting beside anyone with identified symptoms in an enclosed space.
Please note that if your child has been asked to isolate for 10 days, this means they need to stay at home for this length of time. Tests should not be taken if there are no symptoms - a negative test could still mean that the symptoms appear later in this time of isolation.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
· a new continuous cough
· a high temperature
· a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
· wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
· use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· wash your hands as soon as you get home
· cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
· put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/