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COVID-19

This page has been put together to give easy access to our Westdale Community with regards to any updates relating to COVID-19.

We will ensure regular updates and information are posted in line with guidance from both the Department for Education and Public Health England, as and when they are sent through to us in school.

Symptoms:

The main symptoms to be vigilant for are the following: 

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Any changes/loss to your sense of taste and/or smell

 

What to do next?:
If the answer is yes to any of the above, you must:

  • Get a test as soon as possible to check if you have COVID19
  • You and anyone else that lives with you must isolate for until you receive your results. You should not have any visitors and only leave your household to obtain the test. 
  • If your test comes back as positive, you and your household must isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms. 

 

Booking a test:

School Expectations:

Whilst on the school site, we politely ask all visitors/parents/carers to:
  • Wear a facial covering, unless medically exempt. 
  • To keep their social distance from others, respecting the 2 metre distance. 
  • To keep all drop off and collections of children prompt and on time. Please arrive on time for your childs allocated time to avoid gatherings of parents/carers on the school site. 
  • Report any absence to the school office or via your ParentMail account, before school starts. To detail the symptoms of the child and any further information that will support the School Office in documenting all COVID19 related absences. 

Key points of our whole school Risk Assessment for reducing risk of transmission - Covid 19.
 

It is statutory that all schools must have a comprehensive Risk Assessment in relation to safely opening during the Covid 19 outbreak.  Below is a summary of the key points in our Risk Assessment document.  Our Risk Assessment is a 47 page detailed and  live document that is constantly under review and update.  All staff feed into this document and have read it to ensure procedures are in place and followed diligently. 

 

If you have any further quesions in relation to this document, please contact our school via the office.

  • Headteachers follow national guidelines.  Daily bulletins and updates are received by Headteachers and the office.

  • Clinically extremely vulnerable and clinically vulnerable pupils who attend school are identified.  Personal and specific risk assessments for attendance and health care plans are updated accordingly discussed and agreed  with parents or carers.

  • Staff wear masks when going outside on the playground to meet and greet their class in the mornings.

  • Staff wear masks/ visors in school during the day.

  • We have no unnecessary visitors in school.

  • No parents or carers come into school.  Children are dropped off and collected in the playground, including our nursery class.  All parents are asked to arrive and leave promptly and are reminded not to stay and chat.

  • All visitors on site (in our school playground) are required to wear masks.

  • We have staggered start and finish times for our year groups to reduce numbers.

  • Parents are regularly advised and reminded about procedures to follow if their child or a family member becomes symptomatic or poorly with Covid 19.  Furthermore, clear guidance and links are clearly published on our website.

  • We have enhanced and extra cleaning of high touch areas, including toilets, during the day.

  • Our staff wear PPE, if they have to support or supervise a child who becomes unwell displaying Covid symptoms, during the school day.

  • We have extra anti-bac hand stations near all doors and communal areas in school.  Staff and children are reminded and encouraged to use these regularly and at key points throughout the day.

  • Guidance and links to NHS and Government publications can be found on our website ,so our community can be fully updated.

  • We have Covid tests at school for children or staff members whom accessing a test would be a barrier,

  • We have close supervision and guidelines for any contractors necessary on site.

  • All illness reports are followed up with a phone call from our office.  This helps us to monitor and take any necessary action to protect our community.

  • Our Covid log is monitored and updated daily and reviewed weekly.

  • Adults distance from each other in school and from children wherever possible.

  • In Key Stage 1 children are seated side by side at desks during learning time.  Children are in smaller bubble groups (January lockdown 2021) and only mix at playtimes and lunchtimes with children from their year group.

  • Classrooms are well ventilated during the day.

  • In KS1 children have their own essential equipment i.e. pens, pencils, to minimize transmission risk

  • Our Positive Behaviour Policy and procedures have been updated to reflect our new behaviour expectations.  Children know and understand that they have to catch sneezes and wash their hands for 20 seconds.  They work together to help keep each other safe and well

  • When treating children who have had an accident or bump, or changing a child due to intimate care needs,  staff wear gloves and a mask .   

  • Our 'wraparound' provision is still open before and after school.  Children are organised into year group bubbles.  This provision is run from the hall, which is well ventilated and can allow distance between year group bubbles.

 

Children's Mental Health

 

This resource is designed to offer advice on how parents can safeguard their child/ren's mental health and promote their wellbeing and is available as a document and short video presentation.
 

Addendum to Attendance Policy

Addendum to safeguarding policy in response to national lockdown January 2021

Safe Home Learning Support:

Parent guide for teams and one note set up

Home Learning One Note Letter

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