COVID-19

Latest COVID-19 Information

It is important that we all take steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the community to save lives and protect the NHS. Please be aware of the latest update to the current guidelines from the government.

From 19th July, 2021,  the government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. This marks a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.

As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education - particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for 2 doses by mid-September, 2021.

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. This means it’s your legal duty as a parent to send your child to school regularly. Information on our attendance policy and procedures can be found here. If you have concerns about your child attending school, please discuss these with us. 

Holiday requests during term time will not be authorised. Requests for leave can only be approved in exceptional circumstances. Unauthorised holidays could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued by the Local Authority.

In the event that your child is unable to attend school due to following government guidance or law relating to COVID-19 (for example if they need to self-isolate, or if they have tested positive but are well enough to learn from home), we will provide remote learning. Information on our remote learning offer can be found here.

Tracing and Self-Isolation

From 19th July, 2021, as with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parents to identify close contacts. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. As parents or carers, you may be contacted to help with identifying close contacts.

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, NHS Test and Trace will inform affected individuals, children or their parents or carers that they have been in close contact with a positive case, and advise them to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal. 

If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in our school, or if our school is an enhanced response area, we may need to reintroduce some temporary controls measures. Further information can be found in our Outbreak Management Plan

If you suspect your child has coronavirus or has a positive test...

Do not send your child to school if:

You should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.
 
If you think you or your child may have been exposed to or has coronavirus, please contact the school immediately on 01332 345997.
 
We also kindly ask that you notify us if any member of your household has tested positive for coronavirus so that we can be vigilant in the event that your child starts to feel unwell in school. 
 
If you (parent/carer) are showing coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, as your child can continue attending school, you will need to make suitable arrangements for bringing your child to/from school as you will need to remain at home until you have completed your isolation period.
 
Safety Measures in School
Below, you will find an overview of our safety measures in order to keep each and every one of us in our school community as safe as possible against the transmission of Covid-19. These arrangements have been put into place following a robust risk assessment process, under the support and guidance of our academy trust, DDAT. A copy of our risk assessment can be found here. We kindly ask that you support us by adhering to these safety measures at all times. Regular updates and further developments are shared via our main channel of communication - Class Dojo. Please regularly 'check-in' via the app.
 
Drop-off and Pick-up Arrangements
We are still encouraging social distancing at the beginning and end of the school day and continuing to ask all parents to ‘drop/off/pick up’ and go’ as promptly as possible.
 
Our main school gate opens at 8:45am and closes promptly at 9am. Children arriving after 9am will be marked as late. 
 
When dropping off your child, please form a line alongside Gordon Road and say goodbye to your child when you are at the front. Staff will be available to help you. If your child is struggling to settle and they need a little longer, you will be invited through our main school gate to use our ‘goodbye bench’. Parents/carers using the bench are asked to wear a face covering.
 
We will be issuing hand sanitiser to children on arrival through our main school gate. Children will then thoroughly wash their hands once they are in their classrooms.
 
At the end of the day, please form a line alongside Gordon Road. Please familiarise yourself with your child’s timings below. It is essential that your child is dropped off and picked up on time to help reduce the number of parents/carers queuing at the same time. 
 
Class Name Class Teacher  Arrive Home time 
Nursery Bears Mrs Habib  8:45am 11:45am
Bears Miss Gilsenan   8:45am  3:05pm
Crocodiles Miss Wright 8:45am 3:05pm
Flamingos Miss Hewitt 8:55am 3:15pm
Elephants Mrs Harley 8:55am 3:15pm
If you have siblings in both Key Stages you will need to drop off at 8:55am and pick up at 3:15pm.
 
‘Bubbles’
Children will no longer be staying in ‘bubbles’ and will return to sharing toilets, play areas, the main hall for Collective Worships and for lunchtimes. We will continue to avoid ‘mixing’ as much as possible e.g. children sitting in classes. Increased cleaning procedures and routines during the day, after school and throughout the week will remain in place.

Children will be with their class teacher and adults that work in their classroom as much as possible in the same year but there will sometimes be a crossover of staff and groups of children e.g. when grouping children for phonics. We will mitigate the risk of infection by keeping to the hygiene guidelines e.g. maintaining good hand hygiene, including washing hands/using hand sanitiser between groups.

Children will share resources but increased cleaning will take place and children will be encouraged to wash hands regularly after use. Windows and doors will be open where possible to increase ventilation in classrooms. We have been informed by the Department for Education that all schools will receive carbon dioxide monitors to monitor suitable ventilation in the Autumn term. We are awaiting further information.

Lunchtimes
All children will return to eating their lunch in the main school hall but we are continuing with a staggered timetable to minimise the number of children together at any one time. We continue to encourage all children to have a school dinner (they are free!). We are still not permitting home dinners to minimise the number of contacts during the school day.
 
Face coverings
We continue to adhere to current government guidance.
 
Children ware not permitted to wear a face mask in school. If you would like your child to wear a face mask to travel to/from school then this is fine, however, it will need to be removed by the accompanying adult before your child enters our school premises. Please bring a carrier bag so that the mask can be safely put inside and taken home.

Face coverings are no longer required but staff will be continuing to wear them on the main school gate in the morning and at the end of the school day as social distancing cannot be guaranteed. Parents may wish to continue wearing face coverings when dropping off/collecting.
 
Parents/carers still need to wear a face covering when entering school premises e.g. to attend a parent meeting, parent workshop.
Home-School Communication
To reduce the risk to staff and yourselves, we ask that you continue to communicate via Class Dojo or the school telephone (01332 345997) as much as possible. We will be rotating our gate timetable so that every teacher will have a morning outside in the event that you need to speak with them. When speaking with any staff member, please maintain social distancing as much as possible. Our main methods of communication e.g. sharing updates, sending out letters, will be via Class Dojo. Please ensure that you are regularly checking the app, as well as visiting this website.
 
Please only use the messaging feature on Class Dojo to share home learning with your child’s teacher. Any general queries must be communicated via our main telephone or school email admin@stchads.derby.sch.uk 
 
Class Dojo must not be used to report absence. Absence needs to be reported before 9:30am via telephone or through our dedicated email hello@stchads.derby.sch.uk
 
If you are having problems accessing or using the app, please contact our main school office so that we can help and support you. 
We have produced a Covid-19 Pupil Checklist Booklet for each class to help summarise our key safety measures and procedures: we hope that these will help to reassure some of the worries and concerns that you may have. Copies of these resources can be found below and on our Class Dojo. 
Latest COVID-19 Letters and Guidance
How to Book a COVID-19 Test
Support for Children and Families
We do not underestimate how difficult recent events have been for us all and we all will have been touched in some way by the coronavirus pandemic.
 
If you are worried about your child, please speak with a member of our Inclusion Team (Ms. Leach, Miss Gilsenan, Mrs Sohanpal and/or Mrs Haines). 
 
You may wish to seek support for yourself from the following support agencies below. Additional organisations can be found on our website here. Further information on supporting you and/or your child's emotional health and wellbeing can be found here.