Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 20th May 2020
As you will be aware, schools are planning for a wider reopening, at the earliest from the 1st of June 2020. As part of our planning we are working on a comprehensive risk assessment to establish what we believe we can offer in June. This risk assessment covers areas such as:
- Health & safety checks and school site preparation
- Cleaning & hygiene
- Vulnerable staff and pupils
- Group sizes & movement around the building
- Practical steps to reduce risk including social distancing
- Support for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
- Changes to school routines & curriculum
- Pupil and staff wellbeing and mental health
- Online/home learning during wider opening
In developing this risk assessment we have made use of the guidelines published by the DFE, (available here) information guidance and support provided by the local authority, the responses from the parents to our re-opening survey and the views of the staff and governors.
Above all we believe the most sensible thing to do is to take the appropriate amount of time to ensure we have a carefully considered, measured and balanced view to assess what is safe for our school and for our community. That must be based on a principal of care and caution for all. It is not about setting a date, it is about when we can feel wholly confident that what we are offering is as safe as possible for everyone and enables us to offer a positive, rich and worthwhile educational and pastoral experience.
Further information regarding our Safe, Sensible and Staged approach can be found in the letter to parents at the bottom of the page or you can watch the video update below.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 8th April 2020
School remains open for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. From Friday 10th April we will also be acting as a hub school. As always our priority remains the Safeguarding and well-being of the children in our care. Please see the addendum to our school child protection policy, which details our safeguarding procedures during this time.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 20th March 2020
School is now closed to all pupils except children of critical workers and vulnerable children until further notice from the Government. For any children who remain in our care we will be following the same stringent health and safety procedures that have been in place prior to the school closure. We will be limiting the number of people who access the building and will be operating with a reduced staffing team.
Our priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff and students and so we ask that you follow the guidance issued by the Government which can be found here Maintaining Education Provision
The Guidance states:
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.
Before requesting childcare for your child(ren) please ensure you have considered the above.
If you still need to request a place for your child(ren) please read the below:
Following the Government’s clarification yesterday regarding childcare provision for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, we asked all parents and carers to contact us via a survey and follow up form in order for us to organise suitable childcare arrangements in school from Monday.
Government guidance was also clear that critical workers should make every effort to arrange suitable safe childcare as an alternative to sending their child to school. This is to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
School staff have worked extremely hard to make sure that school will be a safe environment for those children who need our support so that parents and carers can be on the frontline helping to save lives. We have had to work within an incredibly short time frame to achieve this and have tried to give as much time as possible for returning requests for information. In order to give estimated numbers to our catering teams and to keep our staff and their families safe we imposed a cut off for responses which was 2pm yesterday. However, we are acutely aware that Critical workers timetables/rotas are likely to be changing all the time. Therefore, if you need help please contact Mr Parkhouse directly via email@example.com
In order to help our teachers focus on organising home learning and support children in school, please DO NOT message them via SeeSaw with requests for childcare. Any requests that do not relate to your child’s learning should be directed to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
To find out how we will process your data during this time please read our Covid-19 Privacy Notice HERE
You are likely to be aware of the outbreak of Coronavirus and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. At Grove Road, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.
There’s currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.
Preventing the spread of infection
These are general principles Public Health England advises anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
- covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
- people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
- pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
- before leaving home
- on arrival at school
- after using the toilet
- after breaks and sporting activities
- before food preparation
- before eating any food, including snacks
- before leaving school
- use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
- see further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.
Measures we are taking in school
We have significantly increased the cleaning of the school building. Our hand washing areas remain well-stocked and we have talked to all children about how to properly wash their hands, placing posters in key areas to remind us all to maintain good hygiene.
All visitors and staff have been asked to wash their hands on entry and exit of the school building. Classrooms and toilets will continue to receive additional cleaning throughout each day.
We will be monitoring all proposed trips. including the Reception - Y2 visit to the National Railway Museum on the 30th March, and when necessary we will make an informed decision acting on the most up to date advice.
If you become unwell
If you or any of your children become unwell and have symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19), which are recent onset of a:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature
Please follow the Public Health England Stay at Home Guidance
Please inform us that you have symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and that you are self-isolating so that we can take the correct action in school.
In the event of school closure
School will remain open until we receive guidance to the contrary. Decisions regarding school closure will be communicated via this website, our Parentmail text and email service and on Seesaw.
We are preparing to provide work for your children should we have to close the school for any length of time and we feel that we are well prepared for this situation, with excellent learning platforms in place. We will use Seesaw to enable staff to share home learning opportunities and we will also provide educational packs where appropriate.