COVID 19 –FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS as @ 02/09/2021
West Hill has read and implemented the Government guidance, where possible, and measures have been taken to minimise the risk to our pupils and our staff. A comprehensive Risk Assessment has been carried out in line with local and national government requirements.
The full guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
What measures are in place for the return to school?
- Mass testing on the return to school. If you are unable to attend the on-site testing then please carry out a lateral-flow at home.
- Staff and pupils to continue testing throughout the Autumn term.
- Cleaning hands thoroughly more often than usual. Washing hands with soap and water and regular use of hand sanitiser.
- Ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
- Cleaning regimes
- Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.
- Carefully managing visitors on-site. Parents not to enter the site without an appointment.
Should my son wear a face covering, mask or other PPE?
This is a personal choice when on the school site. Face coverings should still be worn on public transport.
Will School open as normal on the published start date in September?
The latest information can be found on the home page of the school website.
Should my son wear his school uniform?
Yes. Full school uniform should be worn by all pupils.
Other than his essential equipment, what else will my son need to bring in every day?
- Personal hand sanitiser
Note: Water bottles can now be filled up using the water fountains.
What if I need to contact the school?
Contact can be made via email email@example.com or ringing 0161 338 2193.
Parents will not be allowed on site without an appointment. Where an appointment has been arranged with a member of staff, only one adult may attend the meeting. All visitors should wear a face covering on arrival at the site.
What should I do if my child develops COVID-19 symptoms?
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- new continuous cough and/or
- fever (temperature of 37.8°C or higher)
- loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child develops any of these symptoms, you must arrange for them to have a PCR test as soon as possible. A PCR test can be arranged via the NHS UK (www.nhs.uk) website or by contacting NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access.
Your child should self-isolate immediately and they should not attend school.
Please contact the school by phone to inform us your child has COVID-19 symptoms and you are awaiting a COVID-19 test.
What should I do if my child has COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test?
Anyone with COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test should self-isolate until the latest of:
- 10 days after the onset of their symptoms, or
- 10 days after their test day if they are asymptomatic
Self-isolation means your child should not go to school, attend any out of school activities or visit a friend’s house. They should not visit any public places, use public transport or go out to exercise. You should not have vistors into the home except for those providing essential care.
Please contact the school by phone and inform us your child has COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test. It is really important you let us know if your child has confirmed COVID-19 so we can monitor the number of children with COVID-19 across the school.
What should I do if my child is a contact of someone with COVID-19 confirmed by PCR test?
If your child is aged under 18 years and 6 months and does not have any symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell) they do not have to self-isolate as a contact of COVID-19.
They are advised to have a PCR test unless they have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days.
As long as your child has no symptoms, there are not required to isolate while awaiting the result of their own PCR test.
Children aged 5 and under are not advised to take a PCR test unless the confirmed case is someone in their own household.
What should I do if my child has a positive result on a lateral flow device test?
If your child has a positive result on a lateral flow device test, they should self-isolate immediately and you should arrange a PCR test as soon as possible.
Other members of the household do not need to self-isolate whilst you await the PCR test result if they do not have symptoms and are aged under 18 years and 6 months or are fully vaccinated.
What should I do if my child is unwell with signs of an infection but does not have symptoms of COVID-19
Your child should be excluded from school if they are unwell. If concerned you should seek advice from your GP or Pharmacist, they will be able to advise you how long your child should stay off school. Otherwise we would recommend exclusion for 48 hours or until the child is symptom free, whichever is longer.
What arrangements will be in place if a child or adult is unwell/showing symptoms?
If a pupil or member of staff becomes symptomatic on site, arrangements will be made for them to go home, or be collected from school. Please ensure that parental contacts are kept up to date.
How can my son keep up to date with his work if he is absent from school?
Using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) your son will be able to immediately switch to remote home learning for all subjects. This learning will mirror the learning taking place in school and, as a result, your son will not fall behind.
All pupils will regularly be shown how to access this work by their class teachers.
Will PE classes still take place?
Will there be any extracurricular activities?
My son has booked to go on a residential trip.
All residential trips are reviewed in line with current guidance. The individual trip leader will communicate the latest information to the parents of all boys involved.
My son is anxious at the moment. How can I help him and what support can he access in school? access?
It is important that you have honest, open, age appropriate conversations with your son about the Coronavirus and its impact. It can help young people feel in control if they understand what is happening and are giving a chance to talk about their emotions.
The Children’s Commissioner’s for England has produced a children’s guide to coronavirus which can be found at www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/
For older children Young Minds provide a number of resources for parents/carers and children to access youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/