Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus continues to be prevalent in the UK and, whilst this situation remains ongoing, Henhurst Ridge Primary Academy will endeavour to respond robustly to the challenges it poses to the education of our children.

Our school and the REAch2 Academy Trust, will continue to follow government and public health guidance to do all we can to minimise the spread of Coronavirus.

The well-being of your family is of the utmost importance to us and we hope that you all remain well, both physically and mentally.  For some families it means that parents are furloughed or may even have lost jobs.  We appreciate how hard this is and what a worrying and uncertain time we are all experiencing.  Please know that you have our support and if you need anything at all, please do let us know and we will do our best to help.

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 at least 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 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-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.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

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

Do

  • 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

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Children or staff with suspected COVID-19

In line with DfE guidance, in the case of a suspected infection the school will:

  • engage with the NHS Test and Trace process. We ask that parents and staff inform the school immediately of the outcome of any test;
  • manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community. The school will text or email parents with a notification of a confirmed infection including which ‘bubble’ this may affect. We will not share the names or details of people suspected of having or confirmed to have coronavirus;
  • contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice. For the avoidance of doubt, the new advice says that we ‘must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.

‘Close contact’ now means:

  1. Household contact.
  2. Direct contact:
  • Face to face contact within one metre for any duration;
  • Skin to skin contact;
  • Someone the case coughed on;
  • Any contact within one metre for more than one minute.

3. Proximity contact:

  • Within one to two metres on one or more occasions during a single day for a total duration of more than 15 minutes; or
  • Travelling in a car or other small vehicle or close to the case on a bus, train or plane.

The guidance says ‘Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test.’

If no test is undertaken then we expect children to self-isolate according to the Public Health England guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-athomeguidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Households with a confirmed case of Coronavirus should follow the advice laid out by Public Health England here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance  regarding isolation and should keep their school informed about their planned date of return following isolation. In the event of a local authority (Staffordshire) wide lockdown, the school would revert to an enhanced version of the arrangements which were in place during the nationwide lockdown.

COVID-19 Parent Reminders

To help to minimise the transmission of the virus within school we ask that parents please remember not to congregate on our grounds or in the surrounding area of the school.  Please only arrive at school between your allocated time slot to avoid this from happening (see a reminder of timings below). Please also ensure you are socially distancing on the pavements around school too. This can be a bit tricky as they are narrow but please do your best. The area with the highest footfall is the Reception class as this is our biggest class and where their pick up and drop off point is situated, it can become congested. Please socially distance around this area at all times.  There are some markings on the ground just outside the entrance to the Reception class to help as a guide. Many parents have then been waiting in the area just outside the gates by the benches which is really helpful to avoid congestion.  Don’t forget there is a 10 minute window so there is plenty of time to collect your child.

Please wear a face mask if you wish to speak to a member of staff. They will also be wearing masks when welcoming the children into school and when handing them over at the end of the day. This is for everyone’s protection. As you will be aware, if a person tests positive and they have been within a metre of someone else for any length of time that person has to self-isolate so wearing a mask for conversations can really help this and again reduce transmission.

Class BubbleDrop off timeCollection timeDesignated area
Nursery8:45am3:15pmNursery gate
Reception9-9:10am3:10-3:20pmDoor at side of school by bike shelter
Year 18:50-9am3-3:10pmYear 1 Classroom door off playground
Year 28:40-8:50am2:50-3pmYear 2 Classroom door off playground

What to expect if my child needs to self-isolate

Unfortunately, you may be asked to self-isolate due to your child being in close contact with somebody who has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  All parents will receive a letter via email to communicate the situation.  If you are asked to self-isolate we understand that you may find this concerning, but we continue to follow government guidelines and we are doing all we can to help to minimise the transmission of the virus.

If your child is asked to self-isolate the following will apply:

  • All parents will receive a letter via email to communicate the situation.
  • Teachers will ensure all pupils and parents have the appropriate log-ins to access work on Microsoft Teams or Tapestry.
  • For Key Stage One home learning packs will be provided which can be collected from the school office. This may include pupil exercise books for Maths and Writing, as well as home reading books.

Remote Learning Plan

If your child needs to self-isolate, in order to ensure that learning is continued, your child will be able to access Home Learning, with our teachers continuing to do all they can to make it as interactive and interesting as they can.  All of our children have log-ins and are able to access work through Microsoft Teams or Tapestry.  If you are unsure of your child’s log-in or password, please contact our school office.  Our assemblies will continue to be held on Teams and you are very welcome to tune in if you are able.  If you experience any problems or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our teachers will provide work that corresponds to their peers and where appropriate, will share links, recordings or home learning packs for you to collect to support Home Learning.  We appreciate that you will not be able to access all of the resources which we have available to us in school, but please use what you have at home to substitute.  Again, any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In order to ensure that learning is continued, irrespective of lockdown and self-isolation, Henhurst Ridge Primary Academy has developed the attached plan.

Remote Learning Plan