Consent form for COVID-19 testing in secondary schools and colleges

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

 

I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable summer and that the children are looking forward to the start of the new term.

We are now able to confirm the arrangements for on-site lateral flow testing at the start of the Autumn term.

Testing is not compulsory, and students are not prevented from returning to school if they choose not to consent to testing.

 

In-school tests will be supervised by trained staff. Many of our students will already be used to the process, but we are aware that our new Year 7 children may need additional advice and guidance.

Students will swab themselves. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, this time using a double nasal swab with results obtainable after 15minutes.

Anyone who has tested positive for Covid in the last 90 days is exempt from LF testing – however if new symptoms appear, they must follow the isolation and PCR testing rules.

 

Registration with NHS/HM Government

You will receive a text or email notification of a positive or negative result from the on-line NHS system by registering on the system within 24 hours of the test taking place.

Students will be given a registration card at the time of their test to enable you to do this.  The barcode sticker on the card is unique to your child’s test and this can be registered by using either the QR code or link – which are also on the card.  The test site ID is CHCS.

 

A positive result

If a student tests positive on a LF device, you will be contacted and arrangements must be made to have your child picked up immediately to self-isolate based on current public health guidance.  A further PCR test must be arranged in order to confirm the result.

 

A void result

If a student produces a ‘void’ result they will be recalled the same day in order to repeat the test.  Students may need to return to school to complete a retest if they are not on site.

 

A negative result

Parents will not be informed of a negative result by the school.  A negative result will be confirmed by registering with the on-line system described above.

 

Consent

We can only test those students who we have on the Consent Register.  For accuracy, registration must be completed by noon on Monday 6th September using this link – Please click here to fill out the form.  If you choose to consent to the testing, you are required to read the Privacy Notice and complete the on-line Consent form.

Please Click Here to read the Privacy Notice

Testing is entirely voluntary and if you do not wish/can’t consent to testing we also require you to visit the link to confirm that is the case so that we don’t make any unnecessary follow-up calls to confirm your position.  Testing is not compulsory, and you can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting the school office.

 

Please do not send your child into school for testing without preregistering.

 

Staggered start

To allow for the testing to take place we are having a staggered start to the term.  Please note the dates that are pertinent to your child/children.  We appreciate your support with this rather unusual start to the year.

Monday 6th September and Tuesday 7th September – staff INSET days.

 

Year 7

Their term will begin at 8.45am on Wednesday 8th September.  Yr7 Lateral Flow Testing will take place on the morning of the 8th September.

 

Year 8

Their term will begin at 8.45am on Thursday 9th September, having completed portal work from home on the 8th September.  Yr8 Lateral Flow Testing will be held on the morning of the 9th September.

 

Year 9

Their timetable will begin at 8.45am on Friday 10th September, having completed portal work from home on the 8th and 9th September.  However, please note that Yr9 Lateral Flow Testing will be held on the afternoon of the 9th September.  Students are invited in at the following times:

Thurs 9th Sept TESTING
1.00pm Aidan
1.30pm Bede
2.00pm Cuthbert
2.30pm Hild
3.00pm Oswald

Students must come into school 5 mins before their allocated time.  They must be in full school uniform and bring a pen.  Staff will be there to greet the children and direct them to registration and testing.  Students will return home immediately after the test has taken place – they do not need to wait for their results.

 

Year 10

Their timetable will begin on Friday 10th September having completed portal work from home on the 8th and 9th September.  However, please note that Yr10 Lateral Flow Testing will be held on the afternoon of the 8th September.  Students are invited in at the following times:

Wed 8th Sept TESTING
 1.00pm Aidan
1.30pm Bede
2.00pm Cuthbert
2.30pm Hild
3.00pm Oswald

 

Students must come into school 5 mins before their allocated time.  They must be in full school uniform and bring a pen.  Staff will be there to greet the children and direct them to registration and testing.  Students will return home immediately after the test has taken place – they do not need to wait for their results.

 

Year 11

Work Experience week begins on Monday 6th September and their timetable begins on Monday 13th September.  Students who are not on placement and working on the virtual Work Experience tasks are invited into school for testing on Friday 10th at the following times:

Fri 10th Sept TESTING
12.30pm Aidan and Bede
1.00pm Cuthbert and Hild
1.30pm Oswald

Students must come into school 5 mins before their allocated time.  They must be in full school uniform and bring a pen.  Staff will be there to greet the children and direct them to registration and testing.  Students will return home immediately after the test has taken place – they do not need to wait for their results.

 

Yr11 students who are on a Work Experience placement will be offered their 1st test on Monday 13th September.

 

Year 12 and 13

Timetables will begin on Monday 13th September.  However, please note that Yr12 and 13 Lateral Flow Testing will be held on Friday 10th September.  Students are invited in at the following times:

Fri 10th Sept TESTING
9.00am 12MSW, 12MSE and 12AMN
9.30am 12DGN, 12KGN and 12NFY
10.00am 13SRL, 13ANN and 13DTE
10.30 am 13PCD and 13CCS

Students must come into school 5 mins before their allocated time.  They must be in full school uniform and bring a pen.  Staff will be there to greet the children and direct them to registration and testing.  Students will return home immediately after the test has taken place – they do not need to wait for their results

 

The second test for all pupils will take place week beginning the 13th September.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Thank you for you continued support.

Yours faithfully,

 

Mrs A Riley

Deputy Head Pastoral

 

Please Click Here to be taken to the Consent Form.

Updated Risk Assessment

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Action Plan and Risk Assessment

Updated 05.07.21

 

This risk assessment is underpinned by government guidance on Covid-19 for the return to full school opening from 8th March 2021 Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance  February 2021 and subsequent update 24th May 2021.  It takes account of any advice or requirement from Public Health officials in response to local circumstances.  This risk assessment explains how the School will assess and manage the risks for children and staff attending under these regulations.

This risk assessment shows how we, as a school and employer, will meet our  legal duty to protect people from harm. We will  take reasonable steps to protect staff, pupils and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our school. We will  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.  We will review and update our  risk assessment at least every 2 weeks and more frequently if the circumstances at our school or the public health advice  changes or if the monitoring and review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures show that any change is required.

This risk assessment is available to staff and health and safety representatives and they are notified when any updates are made and of the outcomes of any review of the effectiveness of our controls and procedures.

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

Our risk assessment will  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 previous risk assessments,  for example those written to support the full return to education in September 2020.  By following the system of controls, we will effectively reduce risks in our school  and create an inherently safer environment.  The essential actions and measures  given in the system of controls are as follows:

 

1) Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not attend the school.

2) Ensure face coverings are used in recommended circumstances.

3) Ensure everyone is advised to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.

4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

5) Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.

6) Consider how to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing wherever possible.

7) Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

8) Ensure individuals wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary.

9) Promote and engage in asymptomatic testing, where available.

10) Promote and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.

11) Manage and report confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community.

12) Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

 

To show clearly how these actions are executed and these measures are considered, the sections in our risk assessment below correspond to these headings.

 

 

 

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 will follow the following process; all staff must be aware of it:

i.             Coronavirus symptoms or a positive test.

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

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.

ii.            Other circumstances.

Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into the school if they are required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area or if anyone in their household, support bubble or childcare bubble has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive.   Anyone told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace must also do so.

A positive test is either a positive LFD or PCR test.  A positive LFD test is disregarded if a confirmatory PCR test is negative.

For i.  and ii. above the pupil, member of staff or other adult should not attend school and should isolate for 10 days,  starting from the day after the positive test or the development of symptoms.

Development of coronavirus symptoms in school.

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).

Other members of their household (including any siblings, childcare and support bubbles) should self-isolate for 10 days from the day after the individual tested positive or developed symptoms. If a member of the household starts to display symptoms while self isolating they will need to restart the 10 day isolation period and book a test.

Other scenarios.

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.

Alternative transport will be arranged for any student who would use public transport.

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). Everyone 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.

If a symptomatic individual needs 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.

Close contact with someone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms

Any member of staff who has provided close contact care to someone with symptoms, regardless of whether they are wearing PPE, and all other members of staff or pupils who have been in close contact with that person, do not need to go home to self-isolate unless:

• the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive

• they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should self-isolate immediately and arrange to have a test)

• they are requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace or the Public Health England (PHE) advice service (or PHE local health protection team if escalated)

• they have tested positive from an LFD or PCR test

Again, a positive test is either a positive LFD or PCR test.  A positive LFD test is disregarded if a confirmatory PCR test is negative.

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.

Clinically extremely vulnerable children and staff – guidance from DfE 10.05.21

Children

Shielding is suspended from 01.04.21 and clinically extremely vulnerable pupils should attend school from that date unless they have received a letter from their GP or clinician telling them not to do so.

Staff

From 01.04.21 shielding is suspended and individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable (they will have received a letter) are advised to continue to work from home if they are able to do so.  However if they are not able to do so they should attend school.

Further guidance to the clinically extremely vulnerable is available.

Clinically vulnerable staff can continue to attend school. While in school they should follow the sector-specific measures in this document to minimise the risks of transmission.

People who live with those who are clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable can attend the workplace but should ensure they maintain good prevention practice in the workplace and home settings.

Staff should speak to  Bev Davies or their  line manager if they would like to discuss the above guidance, or if there is an additional support they need.

Pregnancy.  Pregnant staff  are considered clinically vulnerable and should follow the advice above.   As part of the general risk assessment for pregnancy, breast-feeding and recent mothers any  risks related to these conditions will be assessed and we will  follow the advice in the guidance:  Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees.    The same principles will apply to any other members of the school community.

 

ARY/BRN

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated

1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Updated 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Updated 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

Updated 08.03.217

 

Updated 22.03.21

 

Updated 29.03.21

 

Updated 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Updated 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Reviewed 18.06.21

 

Reviewed 05.07.21

2) Where recommended, use of face coverings in schools

 

In line with local Public Health advice and regulations, students must wear face coverings in communal spaces in school, for example corridors, toilets and the atrium.  Face coverings may be removed for lessons where alternative precautions will be in place.

Face coverings will be worn when queueing for lessons, toilets, lunch and buses and during break and lunch times, except when consuming food and drink.

Students may wear face coverings on the yard at break and lunch, if they wish, as well as when they arrive at and depart from school, although it is not a requirement to wear face coverings outside.  As stated in the section on Transport below, face coverings on buses (dedicated scholars’ services and public buses) are obligatory.

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

·         Pupils must cleanse their hands 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.

Staff Protection Measures

Face coverings should be worn by staff in any context where it is not possible to remain 2m or more from others.

 

DAN Updated 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Updated 21.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Updated 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Reviewed 29.03.21

 

Reviewed 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Updated 10.05.21

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Updated 08.06.21

Updated 18.06.21

Reviewed 05.07.21

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 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.

All young people are now encouraged to bring a personal supply of hand sanitiser.

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Updated 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Reviewed 29.03.21

 

Reviewed 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

Updated 10.05.21

Reviewed 07.06.21

Reviewed 05.07.21

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 or handkerchief 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 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Reviewed 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Reviewed 29.03.21

 

Reviewed 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Reviewed 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Reviewed 18.06.21

 

Reviewed 05.07.21

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.

·         Dining areas cleaned between sittings of different groups

·         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 mor regularly, and pupils required  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.
  • To allow the cleaning team to carry out their work and to minimise numbers on site, we are encouraging staff to vacate the site as soon as is reasonably possible at the end of the school day and work from home where possible
  •  For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, staff and pupils will have their own items that are not shared. Classroom based resources, such as books and games, will be cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces. Resources that are shared between groups, such as sports, art and science equipment will be cleaned frequently and meticulously and always between groups, or rotated to allow them to be left unused and out of reach for a period of 48 hours (72 hours for plastics) between use by different bubbles.

Cleaning procedures in curriculum areas are detailed in separate Subject Based Activity Risk Assessments.

Gateshead Local Authority/BRN

BSN

 

SLT

 

All Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated  11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Reviewed 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

Reviewed 29.03.21

Reviewed 19.04.21

Reviewed 03.05.21

Updated

10.05.21

Reviewed 07.06.21

Reviewed 18.06.21

Reviewed 05.07.21

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

 

The school will do everything possible to minimise contacts and mixing while delivering a broad, ambitious and balanced curriculum. As far as possible, and where practical, students will be grouped in small numbers, and students and 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 outlined in Subject Area Risk Assessments. 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 increased.
  • School signage will be greatly enhanced to support distanced pupil movement around school.
  • Large gatherings, such as assemblies or collective worship involving more than one group will be subject to individual risk assessment
  •  A separate Risk Assessment is available for formal examinations and is constructed by reference to the DfE publication Public Health Arrangements for Autumn Exams.
  • The school will limit interaction between year groups and ensure rooms are only used by pupils from one year group at a time.
  • Staff will inevitably teach different classes and year groups. They will keep 2m  distance from pupils as much as they possibly can; where this is not possible additional hygiene measures such as the wearing of face coverings will provide mitigation.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Morning Break – wet weather

  • Year 7 students go straight to the main hall. Students sanitise their hands on entry and take a seat filling in from the back of the hall. All students are facing forward. Students are equally spaced out.
    This will always be the arrangement for Year 7 and therefore they will be the only year group to use the main hall.
  • Year 8 students stand in the atrium space.
  • Year 9 students seated in the dining hall.
    The Year 8 & 9 arrangement will alternate so that the system is fair to both
  • Year 10 students stand in the atrium space.
  • Year 11 students seated in the dining hall.
    The Year 10 & 11 arrangement will alternate so that the system is fair to both

Lunchtime – wet weather

  • Year 7 students (finish P3 at 12pm) collect their lunch and then go straight to the main hall – this process must be completed before 12.15. Students sanitise their hands on the way in and then take a seat, filling in from the back of the hall. All students are facing forward. Students are equally spaced out.
  • Year 8 students assemble in the atrium space. Students are invited, by house group, to queue up and collect their lunch. They then return to the atrium space to eat their food. Benches provided for seating if required.
  • Year 9 students assemble and sit in the dining hall. Students are invited, by house group, to queue up and collect their lunch once the process for year 8 has been completed. They then return to their seat to eat their food. Students adhere to the max seating capacity of each table.
    The Year 8 & 9 arrangement will alternate so that the system is fair to both but the arrangement for year 7 will remain the same.
  • Year 10 students assemble in the atrium space. Students are invited, by house group, to queue up and collect their lunch. They then return to the atrium space to eat their food. Benches provided for seating if required.

·         Lunch times and break times are split to allow separate bubbles for KS3 and KS4 and separation within year  groups and between students

•      Staff will keep,  wherever possible,  2m from each other and from students.  Additional hygiene measures such as face coverings will be in place where 2m distancing is not possible.

•      Students will be seated facing forwards or outwards

•      While the risk of passing briefly in corridors or entrances is low, especially given reduced student population,  this will be reduced further by a staged dismissal and entry and end and beginning of

days.

Arrangements for Minimising Contact and Maintaining Social Distancing in curriculum areas are detailed in separate Subject Area Risk Assessments

Equipment and Resources.  Students will use their own personal frequently used equipment,  for example pens, pencils, rulers and other items on the school equipment list.  They will not share these items.   Classroom resources will be cleaned after use.  Any items shared between bubbles or groups will be cleaned between uses or left for 48 hours (72 hours for plastics).

Further information on hygiene measures related to equipment and resources is in separate Subject Area Risk Assessments.

 

 Staff Protection Measures

 

To protect themselves and others and to minimise the risk of close contact,  staff will maintain a distance of 2m  between each other at all time and from students where possible. 

Face coverings will be worn where 2m distancing is not possible.

 

 

Minimising contacts in meetings and other interactions – key markers for reducing contacts

 

·         During the period of increased local transmission, meetings should be held remotely where possible.  If a meeting has to take place face-to-face,  strict 2m distancing must be maintained.

·         Avoid travelling in the same vehicle

For staff working individually

  • Department workrooms and shared offices will have maximum occupancy numbers  to ensure a distance of 2 metres is maintained.
  • Staff should use open spaces and desk areas around the school if possible, such as the atrium.
  • A list of free rooms will be available to make full use of all available staff and to maximise distancing to the extent the building allows. Free classrooms have a maximum occupancy of 6, when used for the purpose of staff desk work. A distance of 2 metres should be maintained.
  • Staff with office bases should adhere to  social distancing when hosting meetings and not exceed maximum occupancy.  Meetings should be held remotely where possible.
  • Additional offices and workspaces will be set up around the school for non-teaching staff.

 

LSA student support:

 

  • Keep a 2m distance where possible.
  • Sanitise hands before and after touching books.
  • Leave doors and windows open when working in SEN classrooms.
  • Wear a face covering  if needed to work in close proximity with pupils (within 2m)
  • Do not share equipment with pupils.

 

Visitors to school

 

As part of the induction and welcome guidance will be given on physical distancing, face masks  and hygiene.   Sufficient records will be kept to support NHS Test and Trace if required.  Staff intending to welcome visitors to school should discuss planning with ARY to ensure appropriate arrangements can be made.

BRN/SLT

 

 

 

MEN

 

 

BSN/JCE

ARY/BSN

MEN

ARY/BSN

 

 

 

MMY/BSN

 

 

 

ARY/BSN

BSN/JCE

ARY

DAN

 

ARY/MMY

 

ARY

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MMY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN/SLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Updated 12.10.20

 

Updated 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated

02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Updated 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Updated 08.03.21

 

Updated 22.03.21

 

Reviewed 29.03.21

 

Reviewed 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Updated 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Updated 18.06.21

 

Updated 05.07.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Always keeping occupied spaces well ventilated During the colder weather,  background ventilation will be provided in occupied rooms by opening windows slightly.   When rooms are unoccupied and between lessons,  windows will be opened fully.

Air conditioning systems will be set to draw in fresh air.

Internal doors will be kept open to promote air circulation.   External doors will be open during breaks and lunchtimes,  with due consideration of any fire safety safeguarding issues.    SLT staff on Tour will occupy the Atrium to mitigate against any safeguarding risk as the result of external doors being open.

To maintain comfortable working conditions,  students will be reminded to wear warm underclothing.   Seating positions in direct draughts will be avoided and high level windows opened in preference to low.

 

Arrangements for ventilation  in curriculum areas are detailed in separate Subject Area Risk Assessments

BSN 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Updated 08.03.21

 

Updated 22.03.21

 

Reviewed 29.03.21

 

Reviewed 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Updated 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Reviewed 18.06.21

 

Reviewed 05.07.21

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

 

 

Please see section 2 for information on 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.

 

Examination Invigilators will be supplied with full PPE and given guidance and instruction on appropriate use according to separate risk assessment for Mock Examinations

 

Arrangements for wearing PPE  in curriculum areas are detailed in separate Subject Area Risk Assessments

DAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated

1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Reviewed 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Reviewed 29.03.21

 

Reviewed 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Reviewed 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Reviewed 18.06.21

 

Reviewed 05.07.21

9)Promote and engage in Asymptomatic Testing We will promote and engage with Asymptomatic Testing.   We will have regard to the procedures, arrangements, precautions, inventories and protocols stipulated in the Clinical Standard Operating Procedure.

Our arrangements are incorporated in a separate Risk Assessment for Lateral Flow Device Testing and accompanying documents and are read and signed on by staff involved on each occasion when testing takes place.

 

Home Testing for Staff and Students follows the protocols laid out in the supporting documentation.

 

Confirmatory PCR tests within 2 days of an LFD positive result will be carried out.

DAN/ARY/BSN Updated 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Updated 29.03.21

 

Updated 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Reviewed 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Reviewed 18.06.21

 

Reviewed 05.07.21

Numbers 1 to 7 (above) and 10 to 12 (below) are always required.

Numbers 8 and 9  apply in specific circumstances.

Response to infection 10) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process

 

We will ensure that staff members and parents and carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:

 

• book a PCR test if they or their child are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school as described in section 1 above.

• provide details of anyone they or their child have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace

• self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in their household or support bubble or childcare bubble develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), if they are required to do so having recently travelled from certain other countries,or they have been advised to isolate by NHS test and trace or the PHE local health protection team, which is a legal obligation as described in section 1 above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARY/BRN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Updated 05.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Updated 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Reviewed 29.03.21

 

Updated 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Updated 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Reviewed 18.06.21

 

Reviewed 05.07.21

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

 

We will ask parents of children attending school and staff to inform us immediately of the results of any tests taken outside school and follow the  guidance below:

1. If someone with symptoms tests negative for coronavirus (COVID-19), then they should stay at home until they are recovered as usual from their illness but can safely return thereafter. The only exception to return following a negative test result is where an individual is separately identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, when they will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of that contact.

2. If someone with symptoms tests positive, they should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day after  they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should continue to self-isolate until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should all self-isolate for the full 10 days from the day after the individual tested positive

 

 

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’ to support this process.  This will be a reasonable and proportionate process but will allow tracing of close contacts:

·         face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre

• been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact

• been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off

contact, or added up together over one day)

• travelled in the same vehicle or a plane

 

Further guidance is available on testing and tracing for coronavirus (COVID-19) through the dedicated advice service introduced by PHE, which can be reached through the DfE helpline on 0800 046 8687, or their PHE local health protection team if escalated.

In order to mitigate against financial hardship, both for school staff who may have to self isolate and for parents and carers of self-isolating students, we will

·         Provide staff identified as close contacts of a positive case will require an NHS Test and Trace Account ID number (CTAS number) to be able to claim a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment.   We will

o    Collate a list of appropriate close contacts for the person who has tested positive within your establishment and inform these close contacts that they now need to self-isolate.

o    Call the service hub on 020 3743 6715 as soon as we have the 8-digit NHS Test and Trace Account ID (sometimes referred to as a CTAS number) of the person who has tested positive.

o    Provide the details of the person who has tested positive, along with the details of the relevant staff members we have identified as close contacts.

·         Provide parents and carers of self-isolating children  with a letter to support their application for payment.  When a parent or guardian applies to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme because they need to care for a child who is self-isolating, their local authority will be required to contact their child’s school via phone or email to verify information about the child.  We will supply the necessary information to the local authority.

 

 

 

ARY/BRN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Updated 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Updated 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Reviewed 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Reviewed 29.03.21

 

Updated 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Updated 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Reviewed 18.06.21

 

Reviewed 05.07.21

12) 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

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

 

04.01.21 Reviewed

 

Reviewed 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Updated 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Reviewed 29.03.21

 

Reviewed 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Reviewed 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Reviewed 18.06.21

Reviewed 05.07.21

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.

·         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.  1-2-1/small group catch-up tuition will take place on-line from 09.11.20.  Additional curriculum materials will be developed and used with students (“Masterclasses”)

·         Curriculum arrangements supported by arrangements for remote learning – see below

MEN

MEN

JCE/CJS/DAN

 

MMY

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

Reviewed 12.10.20

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Reviewed 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Reviewed 29.03.21

 

Reviewed 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Reviewed 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Updated 18.06.21

 

Reviewed 05.07.21

 

Pupil attendance

 

During the period after the full return to school from 08.03.21 all students are expected to attend unless they are isolating or shielding. We will

•      Mark X in registers for students isolating

 

To promote full attendance we will work together with the local authority and social worker (where applicable) to follow up with the parent or carer to explore any reason for absence, discussing their concerns using supporting guidance

 

For children who are self isolating we will

 

·         notify their social worker (if they have one)

·         agree with the social worker the best way to maintain contact and offer support

·         check if a vulnerable pupil is able to access remote education support

·         support them to access it (as far as possible)

·         regularly check if they are accessing remote education

 

ARY/CBS

 

 

 

 

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21

 

Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Updated 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Updated 29.03.21

 

Reviewed 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Updated 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Reviewed 18.06.21

 

Reviewed 05.07.21

Contingency planning for further closure through localised lockdown, national restrictions 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, including allocation of all classes to Teams groups

·         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, with regard to the following key principles:

o    Clarity and sequencing of curriculum

o    Quality of resources,  appropriate on- line platforms and printed resources for those without access to IT provision

o    Ambitious, meaningful work equivalent in duration to school day

o    Clear explanations

o    Checking work and providing feedback and adjusting presentation if appropriate

o    Regard to requirement for 5 hours learning (live teaching, recorded lessons and independent study) at KS3 and KS4 and use of a consistent digital platform.

 

·         We will keep a record of remote provision offered.

·         We will publish a statement about our remote education provision on our website.

 

 

MMY

Reviewed 20.8.20

Reviewed 1.9.20

Updated

14.9.20

Reviewed 28.9.20

Reviewed 12.10.20

Reviewed 26.10.20

Reviewed 09.11.20

Reviewed 23.11.20

Updated 02.12.20

Reviewed 04.01.21

Updated 11.01.21 Reviewed 25.01.21

Reviewed 08.02.21

Reviewed 22.02.21

Updated 08.03.21

Reviewed 22.03.21

Updated 29.03.21

Reviewed 19.04.21

Reviewed 03.05.21

Updated 10.05.21

Reviewed 07.06.21

Reviewed 18.06.21

Reviewed 05.07.21

Transport

 

Pupil interactions before and after school

 

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

The school will support with appropriate advice measures to mitigate against transmission outside of school time. 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 school’s approach the disposal/storage of used face masks on entry to school.   Face coverings are required on both public services and on dedicated school transport.

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

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

During the period of national restrictions  the following additional measures will apply:

·         Students allocated a numbered seat for all journeys to meet the requirement to maintain distancing and bubbling as far as possible on dedicated school transport.

·         Parents regularly updated on transport issues via Bulletin

·         Maximum possible spacing given smaller numbers of students travelling

 

 

 

 

 

ARY

ALL STAFF

RFT

RFT

RFT

DAN

RFT

 

 

 

RFT

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Reviewed 02.12.20

Updated 11.01.21 Reviewed 25.01.21

Reviewed 08.02.21

Reviewed 22.02.21

Updated 08.03.21

Reviewed 22.03.21

Reviewed 29.03.21

Reviewed 19.04.21

Reviewed 03.05.21

Updated 10.05.21

Reviewed 07.06.21

Reviewed 18.06.21

Reviewed 05.07.21

Catering, lunch and break arrangements

 

 

 

School meals ·         The school has made adaptations to lunch arrangements and timings for pupils so that separation of bubbles is maintained and distancing within bubbles is kept.

·         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.

·         Face coverings will be worn in communal  areas except when eating and drinking are taking place

·         Contingency in place for catering staff absence and for provision of FSM for students isolating or shielding

 

Gateshead LA

BRN

 

BSN

 

 

BSN

 

 

JCE

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Updated

1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Reviewed 11.01.21 Reviewed 25.01.21

 

Reviewed 08.02.21

 

Reviewed 22.02.21

 

Updated 08.03.21

 

Reviewed 22.03.21

 

Updated 29.03.21

 

Reviewed 19.04.21

 

Reviewed 03.05.21

 

Reviewed 10.05.21

 

Reviewed 07.06.21

 

Updated 18.06.21

 

Reviewed 05.07.21

Communication ·         Staff training and meetings reviewed and shaped to respond to Covid-19 (distancing and limiting contacts – see section 6 above.

·         This risk assessment will be reviewed and updated fortnightly and on any occasion when guidance is updated and communicated through the school website.  Any changes as a result of review will be communicated to staff and to health and safety representatives

·         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 is in regular contact with Public Health England.

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

·         Parent events rearranged to take place remotely.

·         Parents Bulletin issued each Friday

·          Remote Parent Consultation system established, concurrent with Reporting schedule in school calendar

MMY

 

DAN

 

BRN

 

ARY

 

DAN/BRN

 

RFT

 

RFT

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21 Reviewed 25.01.21

Reviewed 08.02.21

Reviewed 22.02.21

Updated 08.03.21

Reviewed 22.03.21

Reviewed 29.03.21

Reviewed 19.04.21

Reviewed 03.05.21

Reviewed 10.05.21

Reviewed 07.06.21

Reviewed 18.06.21

Reviewed 05.07.21

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 – see section 8 above.

·         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.

·         Fire drill arrangements will be reviewed to ensure appropriate distancing

 

BSN

ARY/DAN/BSN

 

SLT

 

 

 

 Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Reviewed 14.9.20

 

Reviewed 28.9.20

 

Reviewed 12.10.20

 

Reviewed 26.10.20

 

Reviewed 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21 Reviewed 25.01.21

Reviewed 08.02.21

Reviewed 22.02.21

Updated 08.03.21

Reviewed 22.03.21

Reviewed 29.03.21

Reviewed 19.04.21

Reviewed 03.05.21

Reviewed

10.05.21

Reviewed 07.06.21

Reviewed 18.06.21

Reviewed 05.07.21

Educational and Cultural Visits  Schools can resume educational day visits from 12 April.

 

We will conduct these  in line with relevant coronavirus (COVID-19) secure guidelines and regulations, including system of controls, such as keeping children within their consistent groups and the COVID-secure measures in place at the destination.

 

We will undertake full and thorough risk assessments in relation to all educational visits to ensure they can be undertaken safely. As part of this risk assessment, we will  consider what control measures need to be used and follow wider advice on visiting indoor and outdoor venues. We will consult the health and safety guidance on educational visits when considering visits.

 

Schools can undertake domestic residential education visits, from 17 May.

Any domestic residential educational visits must be conducted in line with relevant COVID-19 guidance and regulations in place at that time. We will  keep children within their consistent groups (bubbles) for the purpose of the visit.

Risk assessment for residential educational visits

Annex C of DfE guidance 10.05.21 sets out the conditions that should be met when planning and undertaking a residential educational visit We will undertake full and thorough risk assessments in relation to all educational visits to ensure they can be undertaken safely.  We will consider the principles set out in the system of controls in annex C.

Given the likely gap in COVID-19 cancellation related insurance, we will ensure that any new bookings have adequate financial protection in place.

 

International visits.   Following DfE guidance 10.05.21,  we will not organise any international visits until at least 05.09.21 when new guidance will be published.

BSN 09.11.20

 

Reviewed 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Reviewed 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21 Reviewed 25.01.21

Reviewed 08.02.21

Reviewed 22.02.21

Updated 08.03.21

Reviewed 22.03.21

Reviewed 29.03.21

Updated 19.04.21

Reviewed 03.05.21

Reviewed 10.05.21

Reviewed 07.06.21

Reviewed 18.06.21

Reviewed 05.07.21

Visitors in school and other events ·         Staff considering welcoming visitors to school should check arrangements with ARY beforehand to determine whether the visit can go ahead.   Meetings should be arranged remotely where possible

If external visitors come to the school,  the following precautions will be in place:

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

·         Temperature checks carried out on all visitors.

·         A distance of 2m must be maintained.

Supply Teachers

·         Temperature checks and Covid disclosure form completed on arrival

·         Provided with laptops and set written instructions on risk mitigation while working in the school

Staff Recruitment

Interviews will take place on-site with social distancing measures in place:

·         Candidates sign symptoms disclaimer before entry to the main building

·         Candidates’ temperatures checked on arrival

·         Interviews and presentations conducted at 2 metre distance

·         Tours of the school will be carried out in public areas only, where social distancing can be maintained. No candidates will visit lessons.

·         For teaching appointments, candidates will be observed teaching. At the start of the interview day, the Head Teacher or other suitable member of the panel will check that the lesson has been planned to include mitigation against contacts and social distancing. Observing staff will wear face coverings and will maintain distancing where possible.

·         All staff  and visitors will follow the arrangements for face coverings in section 2 above.

SLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRN

Reviewed 20.8.20

 

Reviewed 1.9.20

 

Updated 14.9.20

 

Updated 28.9.20

 

Updated 12.10.20

 

Updated 23.10.20

 

Updated 09.11.20

 

Updated 23.11.20

 

Updated 02.12.20

 

Updated 04.01.21

 

Updated 11.01.21 Reviewed 25.01.21

Reviewed 08.02.21

Reviewed 22.02.21

Updated 08.03.21

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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, 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. 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

Head Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter to Parents – 16th June 2021

Dear Parent/ Guardian

Due to the current government restrictions Beamish Hall have informed us that they are canceling all large outdoor events other than weddings until the 19th July at the earliest. This, unfortunately, means that we have been forced to cancel this years prom. We are extremely disappointed about the change in circumstances but please be assured that every effort was made to provide the students with the celebration they deserve.

A full refund will be given for all prom payments made to school. If the payment was made via ParentPay this will be returned via that platform. If the payment was made as cash can you please email info@chs.bwcet.com and provide student name, parent/guardian name, account number and sort code for the refund to be completed.

Apologies for this bad news at the end of what has been a very difficult time for year 11.

Your sincerely

B Stevenson
Assistant Headteacher

Letter to parents – 13.5.21

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Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope that you are well and finding that things are slowly moving back to some level of normality. As I am sure you are aware, the prime minister announced that the next step of the government’s roadmap out of restrictions will go ahead from Monday 17th May.

While there are very few changes to the guidance for schools, some of them are significant, particularly the announcement that the short-term measure requiring students to wear face masks in schools has now ended. This is encouraging news and I can confirm that:

  • From Monday 17th May, it is recommended that students do not wear face coverings in lessons or in communal areas of the school
  • Until 28th May, students are welcome to continue to wear a face mask in school, but only if they wish
  • Face masks remain mandatory on school buses and public transport

 

While this is encouraging, I must stress that this one small step and all other protective measures in school remain in place, such as:

  • Distancing, in lessons and in communal areas
  • Orderly movement and staggered school start, end and lesson change times
  • Student bubbles
  • Frequent handwashing
  • Catch it, bin it, kill it routine
  • Enhanced cleaning

As restrictions are gradually lifted in wider society, as well as the removal of face masks in school, it is vital that we strictly ensure that the above systems are maintained. This way, we can continue to mitigate against the spread of Covid-19.

We are looking forward to seeing our students’ faces again after several challenging weeks for them in terms of their learning, communication and comfort in school. We are extremely proud of the way they have responded – they should be commended for their mature and sensible approach to these necessary measures.

 

Yours faithfully,

Mr. B. Robson

Headteacher

 

Y10-13 Parents’ Consultation

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Dear parent / guardian,

Please see below a reminder of the information published in this term’s Parent Bulletins.

 

Y10-13 Parents’ Consultation

 

Parents of students in Years 10-13 are invited to make an appointment for a telephone consultation with their child’s tutor.  These conversations will have a Pastoral focus in the light of the current changes to students’ school experience.

 

To book a 10-minute appointment, please call the school office on 0191 4877638

Y10 and Y12 consultation period:     Tues May 4th – Friday May 21st

Y11 and Y13 consultation period:     Tues May 4th – Friday May 28th

 

If you still have a query after your telephone consultation, please complete a Form and we will get back to you.

Y10 Parent query Form      https://forms.office.com/r/BssQWKYVSD

Y11 Parent query Form      https://forms.office.com/r/japge6vLXM

Y12 Parent query Form      https://forms.office.com/r/rXbCwv0Hrm 

Y13 Parent query Form      https://forms.office.com/r/rj2GFhaXjj 

 

Any parents with requests for mitigating circumstances to be taken into account for controlled assessments should contact the school via the email address in Mr Robson’s recent letter to parents https://tinyurl.com/2t8zk6bj This address is monitored by the exams office.

 

 

Yours faithfully

Mrs R Flint, Assistant Head teacher

 

Letter for Parents – 26/04/2021

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Dear Parents and Carers

I hope all our families and communities continue to stay well and safe after the Easter break.

As you are aware, Year 11, Year 13 and some Year 12 students are completing assessments in school as part of the grades awarding process this year. I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update at this time, and as further information becomes available about arrangements for Results Days and Sixth Form Registration in the summer, we will be in touch again. This letter is based on our current understanding of guidance and regulatory requirements, and we will of course keep in touch if these change.

In the same way as in a normal examination year, there are challenges in preparing for a number of assessments in different subjects. Although dividing assessment into a number of shorter tests has allowed staff to support revision and preparation, we recognise the challenge that students face at this time of the year. I would like to say how impressed I am with the way in which our students have approached their studies and assessment and thank all parents and carers for their support at the end of an unpredictable year.

As I mentioned in my letter before Easter, staff are working to assess the evidence and submit grades for Examination Board approval that support our students’ interests. I ask parents and carers to bear in mind, however, that schools must act according to a policy approved by Examination Boards and are required to apply the same standard as in years when normal summer examinations have been held. As part of this policy, and in accordance with arrangements in a normal year, grades must not be disclosed until the designated Results Day in the summer.

Absence
I understand that some students may be concerned that if they are absent for assessment, this will have an adverse impact on their grade. I would like to reassure parents, carers and students that if an absence is authorised, our arrangements ensure that there is a sufficient evidence base to award a grade, and that this process will not disadvantage a student who for genuine reasons is unable to complete an assessment.

Exceptional Circumstances
In the same way, following guidance provided by JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications), if exceptional circumstances have occurred near to an assessment, we can use alternative evidence to arrive at a grade. Such serious, exceptional circumstances, such as the death or terminal illness of a close family member in near proximity to a particular assessment, will usually be known to the school and taken into account, but if students, parents or carers wish to bring any such circumstances to attention, this should be done at exams@chs.bwcet.com and, if possible, independent, supporting evidence should be provided to allow us to justify any allowance to Awarding Bodies. We ask that communication about exceptional circumstances is not made outside this channel, as schools are required to demonstrate that they are acting fairly and consistently. Please ensure that we are informed as close as possible to the assessment affected, and in any event before Friday 21st May.

Once again, I wish all our students well as they approach the end of their studies, and look forward to writing again with details of dates and arrangements for the summer, including Results Days, Appeals and Sixth Form registration in due course.

 

Yours faithfully

B. Robson

Headteacher

Easter Letter

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Dear Parents/Carers,

As the school will close for our Easter break at 3.15pm on Thursday, I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of messages.

Lateral Flow Testing
Children are encouraged to continue using the test kits over the holidays. Please ensure that a test is completed on the Sunday night/Monday morning of their return to school. If students have been unable to collect their home testing kits this week, please contact Main reception on 0191 4877638 and alternative arrangements can be made.

Track and Trace
Current guidance encourages schools to remain contactable to allow for effective ‘Track and Trace’ following any positive Covid results. If your child tests positive using the LFT kits you must inform NHS https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and you must also arrange a confirmatory PCR test. Positive LFT results recorded between now and midnight on Saturday 3rd April must be emailed to school immediately using info@chs.bwcet.com. A member of staff will contact you on receipt of the email.
Additionally, if your child develops Covid symptoms between now and midnight on Saturday 3rd April you must inform school via email on info@chs.bwcet.com. Again, a member of staff will contact you on receipt of the email.

Uniform
With barbers opening over the holidays, please be reminded of the rules regarding haircuts. Hair styles and colours must be deemed socially acceptable by the school. No unnatural hair colours are permitted. Long hair must be tied back in a ponytail or plaits at all times. 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 No 2. Any braid style that exposes the scalp is NOT allowed.
The PE department have sent out an additional letter regarding the PE uniform after the Easter please follow this link https://www.cardinalhume.com/parent-letter-pe-kit/ to remind yourself of the new arrangements.

Yours faithfully

Mrs A. Riley
Deputy Head Pastoral

Year 6 Transition to Secondary School

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

I am delighted that your child will be joining us in Year 7 in September.   This is a very exciting and challenging time for your child, and to help them to feel comfortable and secure about their transfer from primary to secondary school, an extensive Transition Programme is planned for the summer term.

In the current difficult circumstances we must prioritise the safety and wellbeing of all in our school community. Please be assured that despite the current limitations we will do everything possible to ensure a smooth and happy transition for your child and we are working with colleagues across the Local Authority to achieve this.

Resources to support families during Y6/7 transition will be made available on our Learning portal after the Easter break. These will include recorded curriculum lessons and pastoral sessions to introduce your child to our school community and to welcome them.  Each Friday a Transition section will be published in our Parents Bulletin – you can find this on our school website.

I’m sure you will have lots of questions over the coming months but please rest assured that we shall do everything we can to support you and your child during this important time.  We will be back in touch with you as soon as possible with further information, which will include our Transition Information Handbook, Enrolment & Consent forms, information about how to apply for our Summer School, details about purchasing school uniform/PE Kit along with further arrangements for the Transition days.   In the meantime, please keep an eye on our website.

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family well at this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming you to Cardinal Hume soon.

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs R. L. Flint

Assistant Headteacher