St Jude's CoE Primary

Covid-19 Updates

As you are aware, new national restrictions came into force on Thursday 5 November. All pupils, in all year groups, will remain in school full-time throughout the autumn term.

Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of education, and children’s future ability to learn.

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. We know that school is a vital point of contact for public health and safeguarding services that are critical to the wellbeing of children and families.

In relation to working in schools, whilst it is not possible to ensure a totally risk-free environment, there is no evidence that children transmit the disease any more than adults, and no evidence that staff in education settings are at any greater risk of fatal outcomes than many other occupations.

We have taken the following, from the most current government guidance (5/11/20)

What procedures are in place at present?
We ensure that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.
Children’s classes act as their ‘bubble’. They do not interact with other classes during break times or lunchtimes.
We have split the children into different entrances and exits to ensure they do not congregate in the
 main playground.
We request that parents socially distance themselves in the playground during drop off/pick.
We focus on cleaning hands thoroughly more often than usual.
We promote good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
We have established enhanced cleaning routines, cleaning frequently touched surfaces often.
Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
We keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

What will happen if there’s a confirmed case of coronavirus?
We have a responsibility to manage confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst the school community.The school will engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.  We will follow local health protection team advice to contain any outbreak. In the event of a confirmed case in school, children and staff within that bubble will be notified and will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, as per the government guidance.

What happens if my child develops a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell, when at school?
Children must be sent home and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection. They should self-isolate for at least 10 days and you should arrange for them to have a test. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

What will happen to my child while they are waiting to be collected?
They will be moved to where they can be isolated. They will have appropriate adult supervision if required and a window will be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, then they will move them to an area which is at least 2 meters away from others. The staff member supervising the child will have to wear PPE if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (e.g. for young children or a child with complex needs)

Will staff and children be required to wear face masks?
The government is not recommending universal use of face coverings in all schools.

Will the school be able to request a copy of a negative test result?
We will not request evidence of negative test results or other medical evidence before admitting children or welcoming them back after a period of self-isolation.