Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

parent info

23 September 2020

Please Click Here to download a copy of the letter from the DFE on Covid-19 symptoms

 

Dear parents and guardians,

This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give children and young people the best education in the safest way possible.

One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with Covid-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested.

Therefore, I ask that you all follow these principles:

 

  • You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:

 

  1. a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)

  1. a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

  1. a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

 

  • Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of
  • If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
  • Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test
  • If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus
  •  If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop

 No one else in the same class or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school. Schools have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.

Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.

The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy- body/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

It is vital for children’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.

 

Parent Letter on Mandatory Face Coverings

important info 3

Please Click Here to download a copy of our Parent Letter on Mandatory Face Covering

18 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

In view of local restrictions in the North East of England, face coverings will become mandatory in communal areas of the school, for students, staff and visitors, from Monday 21.9.20.

The school already has in place several measures to minimise contacts between people and to enhance personal hygiene and cleaning. The advice of Public Health England is that these measures will have the most impact in mitigating against the transmission of Covid-19. It, therefore, remains the case that all students must adhere to the strict social distancing and enhanced hygiene rules that have already been implemented.  The introduction of face coverings is an additional mitigation and should not be viewed as an alternative to the measures we have established this term.

So far this term, I have been extremely proud of the way the school community has adapted to the new systems in school and I would like to commend students for their outstanding conduct.

As communicated in my letter at the start of term, masks must be completely plain in design and black or white in colour. Students may wear the widely available standard blue/white disposable masks, but we are discouraging their use for environmental reasons.

From Monday 21st September, students, staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering:

  • when moving between lessons
  • when queueing for lessons, toilets, lunch and buses in indoor areas
  • when using toilets
  • during break and lunch times in indoor areas
  • other communal areas of the school

While eating in the dining area, pupils should remove face masks. Face coverings will not be worn during lessons. Students may wear them on the yard at break and lunch, if they wish, as well as when they arrive at and depart school.

To further protect against the transmission of the virus:

  • students must clean their hands before and after touching their mask – including to remove or put it on. We advise the young people to come to school with a personal supply of hand sanitiser;
  • they must store the mask in an individual, sealable plastic bag between use. Parents/carers will be responsible for ensuring their child’s mask is clean or new each day.

Form tutors will remind students about the guidelines on appropriate use, removal and storage of face coverings.

As previously stated, face coverings on buses are obligatory. Any students found to be removing their mask while on scholars’ buses will have their pass removed and be prohibited from using the service.

School has a limited stock of plain reusable masks. We encourage students to provide their own; however, we can supply them for a price of £1.50. Please contact the school office if you need us to provide a mask for your son or daughter.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings.  This applies to those who:

  • cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness, or impairment or disability
  • speak to, or provide assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate.

If your child is, or you think may be, exempt please email info@cardinalhume.com and write EXEMPTION FROM FACE COVERING as the subject.

Some of the young people may wish to wear a visor rather than a mask, or indeed both. Please contact the school office, by phone or at the e-mail address above, for further information if this applies to your son or daughter.

We hope that this will be a short-term measure until local cases are controlled.

 

We thank you for your continued support of the school.

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

 

 

Scholars Service Important Notice To Parents

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS : SCHOLARS’ SERVICES

A reminder to parents and students that the wearing of face masks on public transport is mandatory. We been made aware that some students are removing face masks during the journey. This is a breach of health and safety regulations and will be treated very seriously. Students who do not comply with regulations will not be permitted to use the scholars’ service.

If you or your child is aware of individuals who are removing face masks, please inform the school so that we can pursue individual infringements. Students should not challenge another student on the bus, but inform a member of staff if they have concerns.

Please note that a small number of students carry an exemption card – we are aware of these students and they will not be affected.

Mrs Flint

 

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882 Birtley Scholars Bus Update

882 Birtley Scholars Bus Update
Scholars Update 9.9.20
882 Birtley bus

We are assured that the extra Birtley scholars’ bus will indeed follow the full route this afternoon, as it did this morning. There should therefore be seats for all Birtley students, including those that haven’t been issued with a priority pass yet. When we are confident that this additional service is permanent and secure we will be able to issue additional passes.

Many thanks for your understanding as we try to secure safe transport for all our students.

R Flint

Covid Risk Assessment Update

Risk assessment

Please Click Here to download a copy of our Updated Risk Assessment (14/09/2020)

Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Action Plan and Risk Assessment
Updated 14th September 2020
 

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19:

It is the school’s plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). Whilst it is not possible to ensure a totally risk-free environment, the Office of National Statistics’ analysis on coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths linked to occupations suggests that staff in educational settings tend not to be at any greater risk from the disease than many other occupations. There is no evidence that children transmit the disease any more than adults.

 

Public health advice to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks:

Schools must comply with health and safety law, which requires them to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. Schools should thoroughly review their health and safety risk assessments and draw up plans for the autumn term that address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. These are an adapted form of the system of protective measures that will be familiar from the summer term. Essential measures include:

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

 

How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:

  • grouping children together
  • avoiding contact between groups
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible

 

 

 

 

 

Risk Management Government Guidance School Actions Responsible Review
Mitigation against the spread of coronavirus 1) minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school School must follow the following process; all staff must be aware of it:

Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into the school if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days.

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

The school will work with and take the advice of Public Health England in relation to other scenarios that arise, but a response process is not specifically defined in the government guidance.

All staff made aware of the procedure for removing and isolating a pupil who develops symptoms.

If a child is awaiting collection by parents, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door and the room given as much ventilation as possible.

Where direct adult supervision is necessary, a two-metre distance will be maintained. If a distance of two metres can not be maintained, suitable PPE will be used (see PPE section).

If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

As is usual practice, in an emergency, 999 will be called if someone is seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.

Temperature checks carried out by reception staff:

·         on all visitors to school

·         on pupils who display or report symptoms

·         on staff who display or report symptoms

PHE flow charts outline how schools must respond to cases/suspected cases. Senior Leaders will follow these guidelines in responding to suspected/confirmed cases.

 

 

ARY/BRN

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated

1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

2) Where recommended, use of face coverings in schools

 

In line with government  guidance, students may wear face coverings in public spaces around school, as outlined below:

· when moving between lessons

· when queueing for lessons, toilets, lunch and buses

· during break and lunch times.

We do not expect students to wear face coverings in the canteen itself, as they would not be conducive to eating. Face coverings will not be worn in classrooms. Students may wear face coverings on the yard at break and lunch, if they wish, as well as when they arrive at and depart school. As previously stated, face coverings on buses are obligatory.

The school’s process for putting on and removing face coverings will be clearly communicated and more bins in place for their safe disposal:

·         Pupils must cleanse their hand before and after putting on or taking off a face covering.

·         Pupils must be instructed not to touch the front of their face covering during use or when putting on or removing them.

·         They must dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin

·         They must place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again before heading to their classroom.

Face coverings available for staff who choose to use them:

·         Masks or visors are suitable for duties, movement and supervision in public areas

·         Visors are suitable for use in classroom teaching

 

 

 

DAN

Updated 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

3) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser. School will ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms and before and after eating. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future and the following measures are in place to ensure this can be managed in school:

·         Hand sanitiser station fitted in every classroom and several fitted in other areas of the school.

·         Pupils made to sanitise hands at the end of every lesson, at the end of any lesson before break/lunch and at the end of the school day.

·         Pupils will be permitted to bring their own hand sanitiser to school.

·         Pupils can request to use the toilet during lesson time and toilets areas supervised throughout the day.

·         After a visit to the toilet, all pupils will wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

·         Pupils/staff must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who is unwell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

4) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach The school will ensure that they have enough tissues and bins available in the school to support pupils and staff to follow this routine.

All pupils will be encouraged to bring their own tissues to school.

The routine will be made explicit to all students and staff with a) clear and regular reminders in briefings/tutor time and b) through school signage.

 

DAN

 

ARY/BSN

 

ARY/BSN

Reviewed 20.8.19

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

5) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach

 

The school is putting in place a cleaning schedule that ensures cleaning is generally enhanced, with a team of cleaners now working throughout the school day:

·         more frequent cleaning of rooms/shared areas that are used by different groups; cleaning of each teaching room will occur 10-12 times per day during the course of the school day.

·         frequently touched surfaces will cleaned more often than normal; a full team of cleaners will routinely clean an allocated section of the school throughout the school day.

·         toilets will be cleaned more regularly, and pupils encouraged to clean their hands thoroughly after using the toilet.

·         The area around any person with symptoms will be closed to other staff/pupils and cleaned thoroughly after they have left.

·         Cleaning staff will be provided with the following PPE: mask, gloves and apron.

·         Cleaning materials will be available in every classroom for use by any member of staff who wishes to use them.

·         Pupils will be permitted to bring surface wipes from home to use on desks at the start of lessons.

  • The use of computers is essential in the delivery of the curriculum in some subjects. Alcohol-based surface wipes will be available in all rooms with computers and pupils will be required to sanitise them after they have been used. The cleaning schedule will also be further enhanced with computers sanitised directly after use, whenever possible.

Design and Technology:

·         Pupils will thoroughly clean their own equipment at the start of each session using the cleaning equipment provided.

·         Technician to clean down contact points of machinery (handles, guards, buttons etc) and any additional tools and equipment at the end of each practical session.

·         Cleaners to be provided with a room usage schedule and asked to clean the workshops after each use (if the room is only used once during the day, this could take place at any time. If the room is used on more than one occasion, cleaning would take place between groups).

·         No materials or equipment will be transferred between year group bubbles, or workshops without thorough cleaning or 72 hour quarantine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gateshead Local Authority

 

BRN

 

BSN

 

SLT

 

All Staff

 

DCY

 

 

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

6) minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible

 

The schools will do everything possible to minimise contacts and mixing while delivering a broad, ambitious and balanced curriculum. As far as possible, and where practical, groups will be taught separately, and pupils/staff required to maintain a safe but realistic distance from other people.

Teachers and other staff will operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable, with the following actions designed to minimise contacts between individuals:

  • As far as possible, teachers will be based in a fixed room and pupils will move to them for lessons. This will allow: a) adequate specialist resourcing b) teachers available at fixed duty points to supervise pupil movement c) pupils to be fully supervised in classrooms and public areas throughout the day d) adults to avoid movement to a wide range of areas of the school.
  • Shorter lessons of 45 minutes are necessary to allow staggered changeovers.
  • Strict and clear one-way system for distanced movement between lessons.
  • Morning registration time extended to allow a staggered start to the day.
  • Common setting across Key Stage 3 will mean that all pupils are in a consistent group for all lessons; the maximum teaching group size in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be 32.
  • Lunchtimes will be staggered, ensuring that only a single year group will have lunch at any one time. Therefore, the school will operate year-group sized ‘bubbles’. All students will be encouraged to maintain their distance from others in all non-structured parts of the day.
  • At key stage 4 and key stage 5, the group size will be restricted to the size of a year group to enable the school to deliver the full range of curriculum subjects and to ensure students receive specialist teaching.
  • Contacts between individuals from different year groups, for instance during lesson changeover, will be minimised and not exceed 15 minutes in length.
  • All classrooms will be arranged so that they are forward facing, in areas where this is possible
  • Teaching delivery style will be distanced and from the front of the class whenever possible. Pupils will use exercise books, folders and specialist resources. There will be restrictions on resource use in practical subjects. Additional safety measures in place during lessons are outlined in the document ‘Cardinal Hume Catholic School Guidelines for Socially Distanced Teaching’.
  • The number of staff on duty in public areas throughout the day will be vastly increased.
  • School signage will be greatly enhanced to support distanced pupil movement around school.
  • Large gatherings, such as assemblies, will be modified to ensure that they are reduced in size, involve single year-groups only and, where possible, delivered remotely.
  • The school will limit interaction between year groups and ensure rooms are only used by pupils from year group at a time.
  • Staff will inevitably teach different classes and year groups. They will keep their distance from pupils as much as they possibly can.
  • Meetings between staff will be limited and socially distanced by 2 metres.
  • While passing briefly in the corridor or playground is low risk, the school will avoid creating busy corridors, entrances and exits. As such, up to 15 minutes of each lesson will be dedicated to safe and staggered pupil movement.
  • Shared staff spaces will be reorganised to allow for socially distanced interactions
  • Phased reintroduction 1-10th September will be used to a) give key messages to pupils/staff and b) test the newly-introduced systems in safe and measured way
  • Changes to the school behaviour policy are necessary to ensure pupils’ conduct themselves safely. These will be communicated regularly to staff and pupils and rigidly implemented.

Design and Technology:

·         To minimise cross contamination between year group bubbles, workshops will be assigned to specific year groups (e.g. D8 – Y10 Engineering, D7 – Y12 and Y13 A-Level DT).

·         Where possible, pupils in small classes will be assigned their own workbench (Likely scenario for Y12&Y13).

·         For larger groups, no more than 2 pupils will be assigned to a workbench.

·         Students will be assigned to workbenches and will work diagonally opposite each other in order to maintain a social distance of 1m where possible (Seating plan guidance: CLEAPSS GL344, Appendix 2)

·         Workbenches will be clearly numbered and assigned to students, with safe working areas (in line with social distancing guidance) clearly marked.

·         Safe social distance zones will be clearly marked out on the floor around fixed equipment and machinery.

·         Staff will aim to maintain 2m social distance from other members of staff and pupils in the workshop wherever possible.

·         Teachers may consider the use of visualisers to aid practical demonstrations, while maintaining a safe social distance.

·         To control movement around the room, pupils will be required to seek teacher permission before using fixed machinery, or other equipment located around the room.

·         Staff will be issued with their own equipment pack, for their sole use. Staff will sanitise their equipment between each lesson using cleaning wipes provided.

·         Where possible, equipment packs will be assigned to individual pupils. Where equipment packs are not possible, equipment may be numbered and assigned to specific pupils for use in practical sessions.

·         Equipment packs/equipment used by year group bubbles will be stored under the workbench of the pupil(s) assigned to use it.

Music Service lessons

·         Students are taught in bubbles or as individuals

·         Music stands / seats set up at 2m distance from each

·         other and the teacher

·         Practice rooms allocated per year group for storage of instruments (Y12s use workrooms)

 

 

 

BRN

SLT

ALL STAFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEN/MMY

 

 

 

MEN

 

BSN/JCE

 

ARY/BSN

 

 

MEN

 

 

BSN

MEN/BSN

BSN/JCE

SRN/CJS

MMY/CJS

ARY/BSN

BSN/JCE

ARY/BRN

MEN/BSN

MMY/STAFF

MMY/STAFF

BSN/JCE

CJS/JCE

ARY/MMY

ARY/BSN/BRN

DAN (SF)

 

DCY

RFT

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

 

 

Please see section 2 for information of face coverings.

 

The majority of staff in school will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work. PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases, including:

  • where an individual child or young person becomes ill with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at schools, and only then if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained
  • where a child or young person already has routine intimate care needs that involve the use of PPE, in which case the same PPE should continue to be used

 

All cleaning staff will be provided with PPE and required to wear it throughout the school day.

 

PPE will be well stocked and replenished regularly, as necessary.

 

Staff made aware of the occasions when PPE should be used in school. Please see the PPE matrix for information about when PPE should be used.

 

 

 

 

Design and Technology:

 

·         Pupils and staff will continue to use PPE where required and appropriate.

·         Staff will be issued with eye protection for their sole use. Staff will sanitise eye protection between each lesson using cleaning wipes provided.

·         Pupils will be advised to wash, or sanitise, their hands before handling or using PPE.

·         Pupils will thoroughly clean required PPE prior to use, using the cleaning equipment provided.

·         PPE used by year group bubbles will be stored in the workshop where it will be used. No equipment will be transferred between workshops without thorough cleaning.

·         Shared aprons should only be used by pupils if they can be cleaned, or quarantined for 72 hours between each use.

·         PPE considered to be close contact (such as gloves, or masks) should not be used. Activities requiring the use of such PPE should be adjusted to be carried out by the teacher or technician using their own dedicated PPE.

Music Service lessons

·         Wind teachers bring Perspex screens with them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCY

 

RFT

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated

1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers 1 to 5 must be in place in all schools, all the time.

Number 6 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.

Number 7 applies in specific circumstances.

Response to infection 8) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process

 

Staff and parents/carers should understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:

·         Book a test if they are displaying symptoms

·         Provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they test positive or if asked by NHS Test and Trace

·         Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops symptoms or someone who tests positive for COVID-19

If any member of the school community has been tested, staff or parents should inform school immediately of the results.

If a test is negative, the person can stop self-isolating, along with the members of their household.

 

If someone tests positive, they need to follow the ‘stay-at-home’ guidance.

 

ARY/BRN

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

9) manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community

 

As soon as school becomes aware of a positive test result for COVID-19, we will contact our local health protection team.  Likewise, will contact school if they become aware of a positive test of someone who has attended school – as identified by Test and Trace.

 

The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to advise us on any actions which need to be taken.

 

If the health protection team advise that individuals or groups of pupils need to be sent home to self-isolate, we will implement this advice swiftly.

 

The school will keep a record of who has had contact within year group ‘bubbles’.

All staff will create seating plans, as far as possible in alphabetical order, and will ensure that pupils sit in the seat outlined in the seating plan. If a child moves seat, the seating plan must be updated accordingly.

 

ARY/BRN

 

 

 

 

 

 

MMY/All Staff

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

10) contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

 

If school has two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, this indicates a possible outbreak.

We will work with our local health protection team/PHE and follow their advice in relation to:

·         Full or partial closure

·         Further enhancement to protective procedures in school

ARY/BRN Reviewed 20.8.20

Updated 1.9.20

Reviewed 14.9.20

Numbers 8 to 10 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.
Curriculum and Catch-up

 

 

 

The curriculum should remain broad and ambitious: all pupils continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and employment. ·         Full curriculum timetable planned with adjustments to lesson times, grouping and the school day to mitigate against Covid-19.

·         Pupils taught in specialist rooms with subject specialists and grouped strategically to allow them to be taught in line with their ability.

·         No reduction has been made to the curriculum offer but lesson time will be reduced and access to some specialist resources limited.

·         Plan in place to ensure pupils catch up, ideally by the summer term of 2021. Catch-up funding dedicated to offering additional and enhanced provision.

·         Rota system planned in advance of potential Tier 2 intervention.

MEN

 

MEN

CJS

 

MEN/BRN

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

Pupil attendance

 

Education is not optional: all pupils should receive a high-quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. ·         Resume robust systems for the tracking and tackling of pupil absence

·         Additional support in place to ensure those anxious about the return to school are able to attend fully

·         In rare instances, where it is deemed that absence from school is necessary, remote learning opportunities will be considered.

 

ARY/CBS Reviewed 20.8.20

Reviewed 1.9.20

Reviewed 14.9.20

Contingency planning for further closure through localised lockdown or school outbreak Remote education, where needed, should be quality and align as closely as possible with in-school provision

 

·         Staff training in place and technology developed for any future need for remote learning.

·         In the event of full closure, partial closure, or if any groups need to work from home in line with ‘stay at home’ guidance, those affected will then receive education remotely.

·         We will continue to build our capability to educate pupils remotely, where this is needed.

·         Contingency planning for closure, partial closure or Tier 2-4 intervention in place.

 

MMY

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated

14.9.20

Transport

 

Pupil interactions before and after school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Face coverings are required at all times on public transport for children over the age of 11.

The school is limited in what it can do to mitigate against transmission outside of school time. However, we will ensure that pupils are educated about the risks and the steps they can take to keep themselves and others safe.

·         High standards of uniform retained so that they are more easily identified outside school.

·         Key principles communicated regularly: ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’, handwashing, minimising contacts.

·         Work closely with public transport providers to plan safe use of bus services

·         Transport survey provided to parents; findings used to plan additional transport needs.

·         Pupils encouraged to avoid use of public transport if possible.

·         See section relating to face masks for the schoolss approach the disposal/storage of used face masks on entry to school.

·         Additional bus services provided to shadow busy routes 882 and 878

·         Bus passes allocated to ensure those in need are allocated seats

·         Students sit in year group bubbles as far as possible

 

 

 

 

 

ARY

 

ALL STAFF

RFT

RFT

RFT

DAN

RFT

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

Catering, lunch and break arrangements

 

 

Non-contact periods (Sixth Form only)

  ·         Our catering service is provided by Gateshead LA and will resume their service in September 2020.

·         The catering team has assessed the risks and adapted the catering service to limit the number or contacts. This has resulted in a reduced and limited menu.

·         The school has made adaptations to lunch arrangements and timings for pupils so that only a single year-group eats at one time.

·         Enhanced cleaning will take place  between sittings.

·         Year groups will have break/lunch time together. Dining time will be restricted to 15 minutes. Time in larger spaces will be up to 45 minutes and pupils will be encouraged to keep their distance from other individuals and follow a ‘don’t touch others’ approach.

·         An additional serving station is being installed to allow for further distancing between pupils.

·         In Sixth Form,  Year 12 will use the Study and Common Room  and Year 13 will use the Sixth Form Hall as base areas.  Serving times for Year 12 and 13 will be staggered to avoid contact between year group bubbles and students will return to base areas to consume food.   Some contact within year group bubbles will be inevitable but students will be encouraged to keep a safe distance and avoid touching.

·         Non contact periods for Sixth Form will be timetabled in base areas  and Year 12 and  13 will be separated.  Any contact between Year 12 or 13 and other year groups as students circulate around school will be limited by the staggered timing of lessons and the one way system.  This includes movement to and from tutor rooms for morning registration.

·         Contingency in place for catering staff absence and Tier 2-4 intervention, including provision of FSM.

Gateshead LA

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BSN

 

BSN

Gateshead LA

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DAN/SWT

DAN/SWT

JCE

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated

1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

Communication   ·         INSET days 1st and 2nd September 2020 will be largely dedicated to staff training in relation to the plans for reopening the school to all pupils. Staff training and meetings reviewed and shaped to respond to Covid-19.

·         Staggered reopening plan for pupils from 3rd to 9th September will be used to educate pupils on the changes to school systems and ensure a gradual and measured approach before the full curriculum is resumed.

·         This risk assessment will be reviewed and updated fortnightly and communicated through the school website.

·         The school’s Governing Board, and the Board of Trustees for the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust will be involved in agreeing changes to the school’s approach.

·         The school are in regular contact with Public Health England.

·         The school receives and responds to regularly changing government guidance (e.g. Coronavirus Daily Updates)

·         Parent events in September/October cancelled, postponed or rearranged to take place remotely.

·         Parents Bulletin issued each Friday

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ARY/BSN/BRN

BRN

BRN

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DAN/RFT/BSN

RFT

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

Fire drill and escape   ·         It is recommended that, where possible, rooms are given extra ventilation; this can be achieved by opening more doors and windows.

·         In the event of a fire alarm, pupils will be instructed to ignore the one-way system and exit by the nearest escape, maintaining a distance from others as far as possible.

·         Teachers will be briefed on the importance ensuring doors are closed as they leave during a fire a drill.

·         Some external fire escapes will be used to facilitate distanced movement around school. Designated staff will check that all of these escapes are securely closed after each use.

All staff

 

 

BSN

SLT

BSN

 Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

Visitors in school and other events   ·         Room capacity reduced and social distancing and additional hand sanitising in place for any meetings for external visitors.

·         Annual events involving visitors, which would ordinarily take place in September and October, have been largely postponed. Events later in the year will be kept under review.

·         Temperature checks carried out on all visitors.

·         Where possible, meetings involving those in the wider community restricted to six people.

BRN

MMY

ARY

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

 

Risk assessment

Employers must protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within the education setting. As part of planning for full return in the autumn term, it is a legal requirement that schools should revisit and update their risk assessments (building on the learning to date and the practices they have already developed), to consider the additional risks and control measures to enable a return to full capacity in the autumn term. Settings should also review and update their wider risk assessments and consider the need for relevant revised controls in respect of their conventional risk profile considering the implications of coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools should ensure that they implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the health and safety hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.

 

 

Signed:  Cllr. T. Graham

Chair of Governors 

Signed:  Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

Please Click Here to download a copy of our Risk Assessment dated (01/09/2020)

 

 

 

School Travel Update

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Important news from Nexus

School bus services during Coronavirus

 

Bus companies and Nexus are providing extra buses to get pupils to and from schools across Tyne and Wear as the new term starts. The extra buses, supported by Government funding, are on top of normal services and dedicated home-school routes so pupils can travel in line with public health advice on Covid-19.

This has gone well with those schools that have returned so far but there are two specific points we need your help with when communicating with pupils, parents and guardians:

 

  1. Pupils should wear face coverings when using any public transport, including all buses dedicated to transport to and from schools, except where there is an exemption on health grounds.  Please reinforce this with your pupils.  Bus drivers may refuse boarding to passengers without face coverings but we and our industry partners want to avoid that situation.  Where you require pupils to wear face covering as part of the school day this could be incorporated into your wider messaging – but even if not, can you stress that pupils using public transport have and use face coverings.

 

  1. In many cases bus companies are providing duplicate vehicles immediately behind a normal bus to provide segregation for pupils.  In these cases pupils will be directed to board the following vehicles which will have the letter ‘S’ displayed alongside the route number.  Pupils may need to pay on the normal bus then walk round to the duplicate vehicle.  This system has worked effectively in those parts of the region where it started last week – but once again your help in communicating this is appreciated,

 

As the new term gets going, we have the following general advice for travel:

 

  • Families should plan how their children will reach schools and colleges comfortably – walking and cycling where journeys are shorter, using a car for part of the journey but dropping off away from school gates, and identifying which public transport they can use if they need to.
  • There will be extra buses on many services going to or near schools, following established routes. These will include buses on busy routes so pupils can travel separately to other passengers.
  • Pupils using public transport should use a contactless card or have exact change to make their journey wherever possible – some operators also have mobile phone ticket apps that allow gifting from parents to a child’s account; check operator websites for details.
  • Anyone using public transport should follow standard public health advice – washing hands thoroughly throughout the day, wearing a face covering if aged over 11 and not exempt, and not travelling if they have symptoms of Covid-19. Ensure you maintaining social distancing, where possible, including at busy entrances, exits, under canopies, bus stops, platforms or outside of stations.

Please Click Here to download our School Travel Update

School Travel Update

4.9.20

 

Dear parent / guardian,

Due to social distancing restrictions, the scholars’ bus service is currently limited to 60 students per bus, however we are grateful to our colleagues at Nexus for arranging additional buses on some of our busiest routes to support our students starting from Monday 7th September.

 

Important information for bus passengers

  • Have the exact fare ready – £1 per single journey. No change will be given
  • Pop Cards – see Nexus website for details of how to get a pop card, and for fares with a card
  • If using contactless payments, check to see if the operator in both directions have the facility for this.
  • Only seats facing forward may be used
  • In order to ensure social distancing, please advise your child to sit on the bus as follows:

 

Y7    Rear of lower deck

Y8   Front of lower deck

Y9   Front of upper deck

Y10 Mid upper deck

Y11 -13 – further back on upper deck by year group

 

 

Ouston bus

This will run from Thursday 3rd September as usual. Y10 students can return on it in the afternoon but will need to make other arrangements for coming to school in the morning.

 

878   Pelaw/Wardley

The bus will run with a capacity of 60, however an additional bus has been provided from the stop by Heworth Golf Club onwards. This will follow immediately behind the 878. Students must purchase their ticket on the bus in front, then if necessary go to the bus behind to take a seat.

Students travelling from the Fewster Square area are advised to take the 880 back home in the afternoon.

882  Birtley

The bus will run with a capacity of 60, however an additional bus has been provided to follow the scholars’ bus and pick up extra students.  This will follow immediately behind the 882. Students must purchase their ticket on the bus in front, then if necessary go to the bus behind to take a seat.

 

 879   Festival Park and onward (Morning only)

One bus will run with a capacity of 60 seats. From information received from parents we expect that there will be seats for all students who need them. If this is not the case we will issue priority passes as necessary. Students should return on the 880.

 

880  (Afternoon only)

One bus with a capacity of 60 seats. (see 878 and 882 above). From information received from parents we expect that there will be seats for all students who need them. If this is not the case we will issue priority passes as necessary.

 

881 Saltwell Rd South and onwards

One bus will run with a capacity of 60 seats. From information received from parents we expect that there will be seats for all students who need them. If this is not the case we will issue priority passes as necessary.

 

Bus passes for scholars’ services (CHCS)

To ensure the safety of students bus passes will be issued to those students with the greatest need. Priority will be given to those at a greater distance from school, younger students, and any students with a specific need.

 

 Alternative travel

We are very grateful to those parents who have advised us that they are able to make alternative arrangements for travel to and from school.  We hope that as many students as possible will either walk or cycle to school as this will relieve the pressure on school transport, and have the additional benefit of being  healthier for the students  and the environment.  New, more secure cycle sheds have been installed in school to facilitate this.

As ever, we are very grateful for your continued support at this challenging time and hope that you and your family remain safe and well.

Mrs R Flint, Assistant Headteacher

 

Parent Letter on Face Coverings

parent info

Please Click Here to download a copy of our Parent Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers

As you will be aware, the government has announced a change to its guidance over the use of face coverings in schools.

As outlined in my letter on 17th July, the school has put in place several measures to minimise contacts between people and to enhance personal hygiene and cleaning. The advice of Public Health England is that these measures will have the most impact in mitigating against the transmission of Covid-19. It, therefore, remains the case that all students must adhere to the strict social distancing and enhanced hygiene rules that will be implemented in school when they return in September.

However, we realise that some students may feel more comfortable wearing face coverings in communal areas within school. Therefore, in line with the renewed guidance, students may wear face coverings in public spaces around school, as outlined below:

  • when moving between lessons
  • when queueing for lessons, toilets, lunch and buses
  • during break and lunch times.

We do not expect students to wear face coverings in the canteen itself, as they would not be conducive to eating. Face coverings will not be worn in classrooms. Students may wear face coverings on the yard at break and lunch, if they wish, as well as when they arrive at and depart school. As previously stated, face coverings on buses are obligatory.

I have outlined below the government’s position on face-coverings in education settings:

The guidance now states: Nationwide, the government is not recommending face coverings are necessary in education settings generally because a system of control, applicable to all education environments, provides additional mitigating measures. Schools and colleges will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas where social distancing cannot be safely managed, if they believe that it is right in their particular circumstances.

The guidance goes on to state: On the basis of current evidence, in light of the mitigating measures education settings are taking, and the negative impact on communication, face coverings will not generally be necessary in the classroom even where social distancing is not possible. There is greater use of the system of controls for minimising risk, including through keeping in small and consistent groups or bubbles, and greater scope for physical distancing by staff within classrooms. Face coverings can have a negative impact on learning and teaching and so their use in the classroom should be avoided.

If any student chooses to wear a face covering:

  • they must clean their hands before and after touching the mask – including to remove or put it on. We advise those pupils wearing a face mask to come to school with a personal supply of hand sanitiser.
  • they must store the mask in an individual, sealable plastic bag between use. Parents/carers will be responsible for ensuring their child’s mask is clean or new each day
  • reusable face coverings must be completely plain in design and black or white in colour; in the case of disposable masks, they should wear the widely available standard white and blue design.

School have a limited stock of plain reusable masks. If they intend to wear a mask, we encourage students to provide their own; however, we can supply them for a price of £1.50. Please contact the school office if you need us to provide a mask for your son or daughter.

If the local Covid-19 situation changes, or in the event of a local lockdown, these arrangements will be re-assessed, and I will advise you accordingly.

We are looking forward to seeing the young people again soon,  and thank you again for your support of the school.

 

Yours faithfully

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

Letter for parents

parent info

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Dear Parents and Carers,

In the light of currently changing guidance on the use of face coverings in schools, I would like to update you on the school’s current position.

This week, we will be working with Public Health England and other school leaders and provide you with detailed information about how the changes in guidance may affect our school planning. We will provide updates to you no later than Wednesday 2nd September.

In the meantime, I would advise parents and carers to ensure that your sons and daughters have a plain black or white face mask and a small plastic bag to store it in as part of their school equipment.

At present, Department for Education advise against face coverings in school. While it may still be the case that face coverings will not be used in school, it is important that all students are prepared for changes in guidance in future.

For all other information relating to the return to school, please see my letter sent on 17th July: http://www.cardinalhume.com/school-reopening-information-for-september-2020/

Many thanks for your patience and understanding at this time. We are looking forward to seeing the students again at the start of September.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher

 

Regards,

Mr. B Robson

Acting Headteacher

Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Trinity Catholic MAT & NE Teaching Alliance

Old Durham Road,

Gateshead, NE9 6RZ

United Kingdom.

Phone: +44 (0) 191 4877 638
Fax: +44 (0) 191 482 4421

Website: www.cardinalhume.com
Email:
BRN@cardinalhume.com

School Reopening Information for September 2020

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Click Here to download a copy of our letter to parents on School Reopening Information for September 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

At the end of what has been an extraordinary year, I would like to thank you as parents and carers for your support of the students and the school.

Please commend your sons and daughters on their efforts during the period of school closure. This has been a challenging time for them, and I am very proud of the way they have adapted. I am sure they will be looking forward to their return to school and resuming a more normal routine. We are also looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7 pupils; they will have dedicated transition days, starting on 3rd September.

 

Risk Assessment

We have created an Action Plan and Risk Assessment, based on recent government guidance, to allow us to open to all pupils in September. This can be found on the school website and is subject to regular review and amendment: http://www.cardinalhume.com/risk-assessment-and-action-plan-for-september-2020-full-reopening/

In summary, we intend to mitigate against the risks of Covid-19 through the following methods:

  • Maintaining year-group sized bubbles
  • In Years 7-9, ensuring pupils are in the same group for all their lessons
  • Increasing the changeover time between lessons to ensure pupils move around the school in a staggered fashion, keeping their distance from other individuals
  • Introducing a strict one-way system in school so that contacts are minimised
  • Enhancing the cleaning schedule so that all surfaces in classrooms are cleaned 8-12 times per day
  • Installing hand sanitising dispensers in all classrooms/public areas and ensuring they are used at regularly throughout the day
  • Fitting regular and visible signage throughout the site to reinforce key messages
  • Where possible, arranging classrooms with forward-facing desks
  • Vastly increasing the number of adults on duty in the public areas of the school
  • Adapting teaching methods and use of resources to minimise contacts between people
  • Introducing staggered lunch sittings and keeping year groups separate while eating and during non-structured time
  • Reducing dining time to 15 minutes when pupils from the same year group bubble may be in closer proximity
  • Insisting pupils adhere to social distancing and avoid contact with others on the school yard and in larger areas of the school during non-structured time
  • Pupil zones created during non-structured times to ensure year groups are supervised separately
  • Ensuring any passing contacts between pupils of different year groups are infrequent and brief
  • Where possible, enhancing ventilation throughout the site

 

Staggered Transition and Reintroduction: 3rd-9th September 2020

 To ensure all pupils are fully aware of the new systems in place in school and to dedicate time to pastoral care, it is necessary to stagger the reopening gradually in the first days of the new term. Please see the timetable below which outlines when each year group is required to attend school from 3rd September:

 

Date Arrangements
Monday 31st August Public Holiday
Tuesday 1st September INSET
Wednesday 2nd September INSET
Thursday 3rd September Year 7 Transition and Induction

8.45-3.15

 

Year 10 Transition and Reintroduction

11.15-3.15

 

Year 12 Transition and Induction

10.00-2.00

 

Year 7 and 10 will receive activities to complete at home on Friday 4th September.

Year 12 will be provided with induction and bridging work to complete before 10th September.

Friday 4th September Year 8 Reintroduction

8.45-2.35

 

Year 9 Reintroduction

10.45-2.35

 

Year 11 Reintroduction

11.30-2.35

Monday 7th September Years 7-11 Curriculum Timetable Commences

8.45-3.15

 

Tuesday 8th  September Years 7-11 follow Curriculum Timetable

8.45-3.15

 

Year 13 Reintroduction

1.15-3.15

Wednesday 9th September Years 7-11 and 13 follow Curriculum Timetable

8.45-3.15

 

From Thursday 10th September All Year Groups

Curriculum Timetable

 

 

Adjustments to the School Day

It has been necessary to adjust the timings of the school day to ensure that pupil movement can be controlled and distancing between individuals maintained:

Year 7 Year 8 and 9   KS4/5
Registration 8.30 – 9.00 8.30 – 9.00 Registration 8.45 – 9.00
Period 1 9.00 – 10.00 9.00 – 10.00 Period 1 9.00 – 10.00
Period 2 10.00 – 11.00 10.00 – 11.00 Period 2 10.00 – 11.15
Break 11.00 – 11.15 11.00 – 11.15 Break 11.15 – 11.30
Period 3 11.15 – 12.00 11.15 – 12.15 Period 3 11.30 – 12.20
Lunch 12.00 – 1.15 12.15 – 1.15 Period 4 12.20 – 1.20
Period 4 1.15 – 2.15 1.15 – 2.15 Lunch 1.20 – 2.15
Period 5 2.15 – 3.10 2.15 – 3.15 Period 5 2.15 – 3.20

 

The changes to note for parents are:

  • Pupils in Years 7-9 will be directed to their tutor rooms from 8.30. Morning registration will begin officially at 8.45, but there in a 15-minute window before this to allow for a socially distanced movement.
  • Those in Years 10-13 will now finish school at 3.20 rather than 3.15.
  • Year 7 lunch will begin 15 minutes earlier than Years 8 and 9.
  • Within each lesson time above, 45 minutes will be dedicated to direct teaching. This reduction in time is necessary to ensure that lesson changeovers can be staggered and socially distanced.

Friday Times

8.30-2.35: Years 7-9

8.45-2.40: Years 10-13

 

Before School

  • Breakfast will be available to all pupils between 7.30 and 8.00 and pupils will eat in separate, supervised, year group zones.
  • We are encouraging pupils who are not having breakfast to arrive at school as close to the bell as possible: 8.30 for Years 7-9; 8.45 for Years 11-13.

 

Kitchen Service

School will continue to offer hot and cold food at break and lunchtimes. The menu has been modified with more wrapped and pre-packaged food available. Pupils are welcome to bring a packed lunch to school.

 

Minimising Contacts in the Classroom

We are all looking forward to our school community being reunited and especially our return to real time teaching. During lessons, there will be some changes to our usual delivery model to minimise contacts and ensure social distancing.

Regular hand sanitising will become part of our school routines for pupils and staff, with dispensers fitted in all classrooms and other areas of the school. Group and paired activities will be avoided, and staff will teach from the front of the room. Pupils must not share equipment with other students. It is more vital than ever that pupils attend school properly equipped. Please see the equipment list later in this letter.

The diamond standards for work and behaviour are included to below to remind students of the importance of these expectations before September:

Diamond Standards of Behaviour

  1. Respond to all staff requests immediately
  2. Speak to staff in a respectful manner and always use ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’
  3. Follow classroom routines set by staff and stand when an adult enters the classroom
  4. Ensure that your uniform and general appearance is always of the highest standard and in line with school expectations
  5. Behave in a way that promotes and enhances learning and doesn’t distract others
  6. Be kind and considerate to all members of the school and local community
  7. Be punctual for school and for each lesson during the day
  8. Act in a way that upholds the reputation of Cardinal Hume Catholic School at all times

Diamond Standards of Work

  1. All of your work must be completed using neat and legible handwriting.
  2. Date and titles must be underlined with a ruler.
  3. All responses to feedback are to be completed in green, including literacy and numeracy corrections.
  4. Except for review work and response to feedback, all work to be complete in blue or black ink
  5. Diagrams, tables and graphs should be completed in pencil.
  6. No incomplete work or gaps in books – any missed work must be caught up as soon as possible.
  7. Take pride in what you do and check your work against the success criteria.

Pupils can use, and hand in, their exercise books as usual. The books will be kept within the class bubble. Staff will be mindful of the number of resources distributed to groups.

The use of computers is essential in the delivery of the curriculum in some subjects. Cleaning products will be available in all rooms with computers and pupils will be required to sanitise them after they have been used. The cleaning schedule will also be further enhanced with computers sanitised directly after use, wherever possible.

 

Equipment

 It is important that pupils are well organised and have the equipment they need to learn. We would like all pupils to ensure they have a wider range of equipment than in the past as we will be discouraging resource sharing, whenever possible.

Equipment List

  • School planner (provided by school in September)
  • Blue or black biro/writing pen
  • Green biro/writing pen
  • Ruler, rubber and sharpener
  • Highlighter
  • Glue stick
  • Compass
  • Protractor
  • Calculator
  • Assortment of coloured pencils
  • 2 reading books for Years 7-9 (school will support pupils with this in the opening weeks of term)
  • School bag
  • PE kit (on relevant days)
  • Reusable water bottle, filled before leaving home

Depending on their option choices, older pupils may need additional specialist equipment.

Hygiene Equipment

Pupils are welcome to bring their own supplies of the following:

  • Hand sanitiser
  • Surface wipes

They will be permitted to use them at the start of lessons and during break/lunch, under the supervision of adults.

Lockers

We have taken the decision to suspend the use of lockers to ensure that the one-way system is maintained. This will be reviewed fortnightly. Please be aware that outdoor coats will, therefore, have to be carried in school bags.

 

School Uniform

 We are very proud of the excellent standards of appearance of our pupils. When we return in September, we will resume the highest standards in this regard.

 Pupils should be smartly dressed by wearing the correct uniform throughout the school day, including the journey to and from school. Pupils’ appearances must be deemed socially acceptable by the school.  Failure to comply with this may result in sanctions being imposed.

Girls

  • Black school blazer embroidered with school badge
  • Black school pleated skirt featuring school badge
  • Black formal trousers – no leggings, jeans or tight fitting / stretchy styles, no decoration e.g. metal zips
  • White formal shirt – not polo shirt or fitted blouse
  • School tie – worn to show 6 stripes
  • Plain black leather sensible shoes – no boots
  • Socks/tights – plain black opaque

 Boys

  • Black school blazer embroidered with school badge
  • Black formal trousers – not jeans
  • White formal shirt – not polo shirt
  • School tie – worn to show 6 stripes
  • Plain black leather sensible shoes – no boots
  • Socks – plain black

General

  • Blazers must be worn at all times unless permission has been given by the classroom teacher.
  • Outdoor coats must not be worn in the school building. No denim or leather coats may be worn to school.
  • No hats are to be worn in school, or on the premises.
  • Top buttons of shirts must be fastened to the neck and ties fastened up to the collar. Shirts must be tucked into skirts or trousers.
  • Plain black v-neck jumper – optional.
  • Black formal shoes – no boots, plimsolls or trainers.
  • Belts, if worn, must be narrow and plain black.
  • No jewellery except a wristwatch. Smartwatches are not allowed.
  • No make-up, nail varnish, fake nails or fake tan.
  • No visible piercings of any kind or tattoos.
  • Hairstyles and colours must be deemed socially acceptable by the school. Long hair must be tied back in a ponytail or plaits at all times, using a plain black hairband.
  • No extreme haircuts including lines or extreme differences in length. No skin fades with ‘no blade/zero’ and no hair should be shorter than a number two. Any braid style that exposes the scalp is not allowed.

 

For further details on uniform, including how to order items, please visit the website: http://www.cardinalhume.com/parent-information/school-uniform/

 

 Transport

If your child is able to walk or cycle to school, then we ask that they do this when they return in September. This will reduce the number of individuals using public transport.

If you intend to drop your child off or pick your child up by car then please be aware that there may be more parent and carers using this method, and it is likely the areas outside of school will be even busier than usual. If there is an opportunity to drop your child close to school, but away from the premises, please do so, as it will greatly ease the flow of traffic. They can then walk the final part of the journey.

The school is currently working very closely with Nexus to try to ensure that the Scholars buses are available for students who need to use them, but also that they operate in line with government guidelines to keep students safe. Further information regarding bus use will be included in the September opening plan.

However, please note the following:

  • Students must wear facemasks on all service buses
  • Students must bring with them a small sandwich type bag to store their mask, while in school
  • There will be arrangements in place at school for the disposal of single-use masks
  • Students will have to tender the exact fare, as it will not be possible to give change.

 

Summer Work and Activities

Summer work and enrichment activities are available for students and we hope lots of them get involved and make the most of these opportunities. However, we also urge all of our young people to have a good break from their studies.

I will write to you again in August with any additional information and updates.

 

I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable summer.

Best wishes,

Mr. Robson

Summer Provision

summer provison

The Outdoor Club has arranged for activities to take place for KS3 pupils during the school holidays. These activities are free of charge, will take place in the school grounds and require booking with school. Activities include archery, bush craft and team building.

For more information click here and select the “things to do” folder. Or call school to get all the information you need. Book your pupil onto these activities by ringing school reception.  There are limited places which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Risk Assessment and Action Plan for September 2020 Full Reopening

Risk Assessment and Action Plan for September 2020

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Updated July 16th July 2020

Click Here to download a copy of our Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Please Note: This risk assessment is reviewed regularly and is subject to change. 

 

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19:

It is the school’s plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). Whilst it is not possible to ensure a totally risk-free environment, the Office of National Statistics’ analysis on coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths linked to occupations suggests that staff in educational settings tend not to be at any greater risk from the disease than many other occupations. There is no evidence that children transmit the disease any more than adults.

Public health advice to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks:

Schools must comply with health and safety law, which requires them to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. Schools should thoroughly review their health and safety risk assessments and draw up plans for the autumn term that address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. These are an adapted form of the system of protective measures that will be familiar from the summer term. Essential measures include:

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:

  • grouping children together
  • avoiding contact between groups
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible

 

Risk Management Government Guidance School Actions Responsible Review
Mitigation against the spread of coronavirus 1) minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into the school if they

·         have coronavirus symptoms

·         have tested positive in the last 7 days

Anyone developing coronavirus symptoms during the school day will be sent home.

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

All staff made aware of the procedure for removing and isolating a pupil who develops symptoms.

If a child is awaiting collection by parents, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door and the room given as much ventilation as possible.

Where direct adult supervision is necessary, a two-metre distance will be maintained. If a distance of two metres can not be maintained, suitable PPE will be used (see PPE section).

If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

As is usual practice, in an emergency, 999 will be called if someone is seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk

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2) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser. School will ensure that pupils clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms and before and after eating. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future and the following measures are in place to ensure this can be managed in school:

·         Hand sanitiser station fitted in every classroom and several fitted in other areas of the school.

·         Pupils made to sanitise hands at the start of every lesson, at the end of any lesson before break/lunch and at the end of the school day.

·         Pupils will be permitted to bring their own hand sanitiser to school.

·         Pupils can request to use the toilet during lesson time and toilets areas supervised throughout the day.

·         After a visit to the toilet, all pupils will wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

·         Pupils/staff must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who is unwell.

 

 

 

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3) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach The school will ensure that they have enough tissues and bins available in the school to support pupils and staff to follow this routine.

 

All pupils will be encouraged to bring their own tissues to school.

 

The routine will be made explicit to all students and staff with a) clear and regular reminders in briefings/tutor time and b) through school signage.

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4) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach

 

The school is putting in place a cleaning schedule that ensures cleaning is generally enhanced, with a team of cleaners now working throughout the school day:

·         more frequent cleaning of rooms/shared areas that are used by different groups; cleaning of each teaching room will occur 10-12 times per day during the course of the school day.

·         frequently touched surfaces will cleaned more often than normal; a full team of cleaners will routinely clean an allocated section of the school throughout the school day.

·         toilets will be cleaned more regularly, and pupils encouraged to clean their hands thoroughly after using the toilet.

·         The area around any person with symptoms will be closed to other staff/pupils and cleaned thoroughly after they have left.

·         Cleaning staff will be provided with the following PPE: mask, gloves and apron.

·         Cleaning materials will be available in every classroom for use by any member of staff who wishes to use them.

·         Pupils will be permitted to bring surface wipes from home to use on desks at the start of lessons.

  • The use of computers is essential in the delivery of the curriculum in some subjects. Alcohol-based surface wipes will be available in all rooms with computers and pupils will be required to sanitise them after they have been used. The cleaning schedule will also be further enhanced with computers sanitised directly after use, whenever possible.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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5) minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible

 

The schools will do everything possible to minimise contacts and mixing while delivering a broad, ambitious and balanced curriculum. As far as possible, and where practical, groups will be taught separately, and pupils/staff required to maintain a safe but realistic distance from other people.

Teachers and other staff will operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable, with the following actions designed to minimise contacts between individuals:

  • As far as possible, teachers will be based in a fixed room and pupils will move to them for lessons. This will allow: a) adequate specialist resourcing b) teachers available at fixed duty points to supervise pupil movement c) pupils to be fully supervised in classrooms and public areas throughout the day d) adults to avoid movement to a wide range of areas of the school.
  • Shorter lessons of 45 minutes are necessary to allow staggered changeovers.
  • Strict and clear one-way system for distanced movement between lessons.
  • Morning registration time extended to allow a staggered start to the day.
  • Common setting across Key Stage 3 will mean that all pupils are in a consistent group for all lessons; the maximum teaching group size in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be 32.
  • Lunchtimes will be staggered, ensuring that only a single year group will have lunch at any one time. Therefore, the school will operate year-group sized ‘bubbles’. All students will be encouraged to maintain their distance from others in all non-structured parts of the day.
  • At key stage 4 and key stage 5, the group size will be restricted to the size of a year group to enable the school to deliver the full range of curriculum subjects and to ensure students receive specialist teaching.
  • Contacts between individuals from different year groups, for instance during lesson changeover, will be minimised and not exceed 15 minutes in length.
  • All classrooms will be arranged so that they are forward facing, in areas where this is possible
  • Teaching delivery style will be distanced and from the front of the class whenever possible. Pupils will use exercise books, folders and specialist resources. There will be restrictions on resource use in practical subjects. Additional safety measures in place during lessons are outlined in the document ‘Cardinal Hume Catholic School Guidelines for Socially Distanced Teaching’.
  • The number of staff on duty in public areas throughout the day will be vastly increased.
  • School signage will be greatly enhanced to support distanced pupil movement around school.
  • Large gatherings, such as assemblies, will be modified to ensure that they are reduced in size, involve single year-groups only and, where possible, delivered remotely.
  • The school will limit interaction between year groups and ensure rooms are only used by pupils from year group at a time.
  • Staff will inevitably teach different classes and year groups. They will keep their distance from pupils as much as they possibly can.
  • Meetings between staff will be limited and socially distanced by 2 metres.
  • While passing briefly in the corridor or playground is low risk, the school will avoid creating busy corridors, entrances and exits. As such, up to 15 minutes of each lesson will be dedicated to safe and staggered pupil movement.
  • Shared staff spaces will be reorganised to allow for socially distanced interactions
  • Phased reintroduction 1-10th September will be used to a) give key messages to pupils/staff and b) test the newly-introduced systems in safe and measured way
  • Changes to the school behaviour policy are necessary to ensure pupils’ conduct themselves safely. These will be communicated regularly to staff and pupils and rigidly implemented.
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6) where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

 

The school’s process for removing face coverings on arrival at school will be clearly communicated and more bins in place for their safe disposal:

·         Pupils must be instructed not to touch the front of their face covering during use or when removing them.

·         They must wash their hands on arrival (as is the case for all pupils).

·         They must dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin

·         They must place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag they can take home with them, and then wash their hands again before heading to their classroom.

PPE will be well stocked and replenished regularly, as necessary. Staff made aware of the occasions when PPE should be used in school.

All cleaning staff will be provided with PPE and required to wear it throughout the school day.

Please see the PPE matrix for information about when PPE should be used.

 

 

 

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Numbers 1 to 4 must be in place in all schools, all the time.

Number 5 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.

 Number 6 applies in specific circumstances.

Response to infection 7) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process

 

Staff and parents/carers should understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:

·         Book a test if they are displaying symptoms

·         Provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they test positive or if asked by NHS Test and Trace

·         Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops symptoms or someone who tests positive for COVID-19

If any member of the school community has been tested, staff or parents should inform school immediately of the results.

If a test is negative, the person can stop self-isolating, along with the members of their household.

If someone tests positive, they need to follow the ‘stay-at-home’ guidance

 

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8) manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community

 

As soon as school becomes aware of a positive test result for COVID-19, we will contact our local health protection team.  Likewise, will contact school if they become aware of a positive test of someone who has attended school – as identified by Test and Trace.

The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to advise us on any actions which need to be taken.

If the health protection team advise that individuals or groups of pupils need to be sent home to self-isolate, we will implement this advice swiftly.

The school will keep a record of who has had contact within year group ‘bubbles’.

 

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9) contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

 

If school has two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, this indicates a possible outbreak.

We will work with our local health protection team/PHE and follow their advice in relation to:

·         Full or partial closure

·         Further enhancement to protective procedures in school

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Numbers 7 to 9 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.

Curriculum and Catch-up The curriculum should remain broad and ambitious: all pupils continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and employment. ·         Full curriculum timetable planned with adjustments to lesson times, grouping and the school day to mitigate against Covid-19.

·         Pupils taught in specialist rooms with subject specialists and grouped strategically to allow them to be taught in line with their ability.

·         No reduction has been made to the curriculum offer but lesson time will be reduced and access to some specialist resources limited.

·         Plan in place to ensure pupils catch up, ideally by the summer term of 2021. Catch-up funding dedicated to offering additional and enhanced provision.

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Pupil attendance

 

Education is not optional: all pupils should receive a high-quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. ·         Resume robust systems for the tracking and tackling of pupil absence

·         Additional support in place to ensure those anxious about the return to school are able to attend fully

·         In rare instances, where it is deemed that absence from school is necessary, remote learning opportunities will be considered.

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Contingency planning for further closure through localised lockdown or school outbreak Remote education, where needed, should be quality and align as closely as possible with in-school provision

 

·         Staff training in place and technology developed for any future need for remote learning.

·         In the event of full closure, partial closure, or if any groups need to work from home in line with ‘stay at home’ guidance, those affected will then receive education remotely.

·         We will continue to build our capability to educate pupils remotely, where this is needed.

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Transport

 

Pupil interactions before and after school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Face coverings are required at all times on public transport for children over the age of 11.

The school is limited in what it can do to mitigate against transmission outside of school time. However, we will ensure that pupils are educated about the risks and the steps they can take to keep themselves and others safe.

·         High standards of uniform retained so that they are more easily identified outside school.

·         Key principles communicated regularly: ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’, handwashing, minimising contacts.

·         Work closely with public transport providers to plan safe use of bus services

·         Transport survey provided to parents; findings used to plan additional transport needs.

·         Pupils encouraged to avoid use of public transport if possible.

·         See PPE section for the schools approach the the disposal/storage of used face masks on entry to school.

 

 

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Catering, lunch and break arrangements

 

 

Non-contact periods (Sixth Form only)

·         Our catering service is provided by Gateshead LA and will resume their service in September 2020.

·         The catering team has assessed the risks and adapted the catering service to limit the number or contacts. This has resulted in a reduced and limited menu.

·         The school has made adaptations to lunch arrangements and timings for pupils so that only a single year-group eats at one time.

·         Enhanced cleaning will take place  between sittings.

·         Year groups will have break/lunch time together. Dining time will be restricted to 15 minutes. Time in larger spaces will be up to 45 minutes and pupils will be encouraged to keep their distance from other individuals and follow a ‘don’t touch others’ approach.

·         An additional serving station is being installed to allow for further distancing between pupils.

 

Year 12 and 13 will be assigned to distinct areas of the school as follows:

·         Year 13: Sixth Form Hall

·         Year 12:  Sixth Form Work Room,  Common Room and part of Street closest to those rooms.

They will occupy those areas at any times when they are not in lessons or in tutor rooms,  that is:

·         Break

·         Lunchtime

·         Directed Study Sessions

·         Lessons not allocated to teaching or Directed Study – in effect these will become additional Directed Study Sessions.

Although some brief contact between Year 12 and 13 will be inevitable on entry on exit from sixth form areas and during circulation between lessons this will be minimised by the arrangements for movement around the school.  Students will be encouraged to keep a safe distance and adopt a ‘don’t touch others’ approach.

 

The possibility for contact between Year 12 and 13 during lunchtime will be minimised by the following arrangements for cafeteria use:

Lesson 4:  First half Year 12; second half Year 13.

Lesson 5: First half Year 12; second half Year 13.

 

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Communication ·         INSET days 1st and 2nd September 2020 will be largely dedicated to staff training in relation to the plans for reopening the school to all pupils.

·         Staggered reopening plan for pupils from 3rd to 9th September will be used to educate pupils on the changes to school systems and ensure a gradual and measured approach before the full curriculum is resumed.

·         This risk assessment will be reviewed and amended fortnightly and communicated through the school website.

·         The school’s Governing Board, and the Board of Trustees for the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust will be involved in agreeing changes to the school’s approach.

·         The school are in regular contact with Public Health England.

·         The school receives and responds to regularly changing government guidance (e.g. Coronavirus Daily Updates)

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Fire drill and escape ·         It is recommended that, where possible, rooms are given extra ventilation; this can be achieved by opening more doors and windows.

·         In the event of a fire alarm, pupils will be instructed to ignore the one-way system and exit by the nearest escape, maintaining a distance from others as far as possible.

·         Teachers will be briefed on the importance ensuring doors are closed as they leave during a fire a drill.

·         Some external fire escapes will be used to facilitate distanced movement around school. Designated staff will check that all of these escapes are securely closed after each use.

Visitors in school and other events ·         Room capacity reduced and social distancing and additional hand sanitising in place for any meetings for external visitors.

·         Annual events involving visitors, which would ordinarily take place in September and October, have been largely postponed. Events later in the year will be kept under review.

Risk assessment

Employers must protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within the education setting. As part of planning for full return in the autumn term, it is a legal requirement that schools should revisit and update their risk assessments (building on the learning to date and the practices they have already developed), to consider the additional risks and control measures to enable a return to full capacity in the autumn term. Settings should also review and update their wider risk assessments and consider the need for relevant revised controls in respect of their conventional risk profile considering the implications of coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools should ensure that they implement sensible and proportionate control measures which follow the health and safety hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.

Signed:graham  

Cllr. T. Graham

Chair of Governors

 

Signed:brn  

Mr. B. Robson

Acting Head Teacher