School during Covid 19
Should I send my child to school?
We are all facing an uncertain time with the ongoing situation related to COVID-19 and I understand the difficulties this presents to parents.School is operating under Government guidelines to ensure additional sanitisation measures are in place and that any infection or outbreak can be quickly isolated but we need your help with this. When your child is fit and well, and there are no symptoms or cases within your household, please send your child to school unless you have been told by NHS track and trace that your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case. Being in class with their peers is such an important element to children’s learning. It is vital that we all work hard to make sure we make every day count.
Below is a poster which gives clear and easy guidance on when you should keep your child at home. Please refer to it if you are unsure whether to send your child into school.
What will happen if my child has to quarantine?
Over the year it may be necessary for groups of children to quarantine at home inorder to control the spread of the Coronavirus. This may be due to symptoms or confirmed cases within their household, or due to being identified as a close contact by NHS track and trace. In addition to this, we may need to ask specific groups of children (class or year group bubbles) to quarantine for fourteen days if we have a pupil with a confirmed case.The decision to quarantine children and staff will never be taken lightly and will be made under the advice of Public Health England who assess the risk and advise us at the action we need to take .
Although such a situation will be unfortunate and may cause inconvenience to parents and carers, we will take any suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus seriously and we will act swiftly to do all we can to limit the spread. All parents will be informed that there has been a case and you will be contacted directly if your child needs to self isolate as a result. Could you please ensure that you have a plan in place should you need to collect your child from school during the day.
Remote Education Programme
If your child is asked to quarantine from school, our “Remote Education Programme” will take effect.
The Remote Education programme will seek to provide the children with a well-planned and sequenced curriculum which matches, as closely as possible, the school’s normal curriculum offer which the children would cover if in school. Lessons and slides for children will be shared on Google Classroom and your child’s teacher will maintain contact throughout their period of quarantine. Your child will already be familiar with Google Classroom as it is used regularly in lessons at Richard Coates CE Primary. (Children in Reception and Nursery will receive their learning via Tapestry) Guidance on using Google Classroom can be found in the step by step guide below:
Although our preferred method of home learning is to utilise technology and the internet, we know that accessing learning this way this may not be possible for children if they do not have access to an internet linked device. If this is the case, please inform your child’s class teacher and they will arrange for hard copies to be sent home.
When will Remote Education be activated?
Remote Education will only be activated for your child if:
- The local Public Health Team make the decision to close a bubble due to a positive COVID-19 test; or
- Your child is isolating at home due to another member of their household testing positive for COVID-19.
Remote Education will not be activated if:
- Your child is absent due to illness;
- Your child is absent due to being on holiday;
- Any other non-COVID reason for absence.
You can find links to some of our online learning resources used at school here.
Below is a copy of the risk assessment being used at Richard Coates at the present time.