It continues to be a pleasure to be back in school. Pupils and staff have settled well into the new routines. Please can I confirm that face masks can be worn, if you choose to do so, when dropping children off and collecting them at the end of the day. Can I also please ask that you keep moving around the one-way system and avoid gathering in groups as we must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Arriving at school within your allocated time slot will help to alleviate any problems.
As children return to settings after the prolonged break, colds and similar viral infections are likely to circulate. Children with simple cold symptoms such as runny noses or sore throats without fever, who would normally have attended school in other times, should not be tested for COVID-19, and can attend school if they feel well enough to do so. Anyone with any of the three main symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home and arrange testing. These symptoms are:
• high temperature and/or
• new continuous cough and/or
• loss or change to sense of taste or smell
We are aware that children with COVID-19 symptoms are being turned away from local test sites as they struggle to cope with demand. Advice from Public Health is to keep trying to book a test, as more tests do become available throughout the day at:
Get a Coronavirus Test
If anyone is unable to get a test within the first 5 days of presenting with symptoms, they must self-isolate for 10 days (and other household members for 14 days).
Should a child develop symptoms whilst at school, they will be sent home as soon as possible. Parents/carers will be contacted, and the pupil will be supervised in a separate area whilst awaiting collection. They should then self-isolate for 10 days and their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. This means that any siblings who are in school will also be sent home. Once the symptomatic child is tested and it is negative, they can return to school and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation. If the test is positive, the child must keep self-isolating for 10 days from when the symptoms started. For other household members, including siblings, the self-isolation period is 14 days.
In the event of a bubble closure, remote learning will begin the school day after the bubble has closed. Each day, the class teacher will lead a virtual session (initially via Zoom) at 09:00, taking a class register and briefly introducing the children to the tasks for that morning. The children will then spend time completing the work. Another virtual session will take place at 13:00, where children will give feedback on their work. The class teacher will then introduce the work for the afternoon. A final virtual session will take place at 15:00 to discuss progress. Children are encouraged to email written work to the class teacher so that individual feedback can be given.
Paper copies of all work will be available upon request. Further details will be provided in the event of a bubble closure.
Feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news around coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandable, especially for those children and young people struggling with their mental health or a physical illness. They may be worried about their own health, or someone in their family, or what impact the virus will have on life as a whole.
A section has been created on Open Minds, Calderdale’s emotional health and wellbeing website where children, young people, parents, carers, family members, school staff and colleagues can find tips, support, advice and information about looking after yourself in these uncertain times.