Guidance in short
We would like to reassure you that we are taking every possible precaution for our students’ return, in line with current Government guidance. In particular, at Springwest we will be focussing on:
- Extensive hand washing and sanitising procedures for all students and staff;
- Increased cleaning of the building throughout the day and each evening;
- Adapted timetables to minimise student numbers for arrival, breaktime, lunchtime and departure;
- Half year group ‘bubbles’ for Years 7-9 and year group bubbles for Years 10 and 11 to minimise contact with other students;
- Reduction in classroom changes and lesson crossovers including staircases and entrances and exits to the building;
- Designated outside spaces for each bubble.
We continue to follow government guidance which allows schools to make decisions on the specific needs of their students. A more detailed policy will be updated on our website next week pending further government guidance but in short at Springwest:
- The use of face coverings is optional in all areas of the school – students can choose to wear them in communal areas if they wish.
- Should students opt to wear a face covering in class, this must be in the form of a clear visor so as to facilitate learning.
- Those students opting to wear a face covering (including visors) must also carry a sealable plastic bag in which to store their face covering and hand sanitizer. When removing it, it is expected that they will preferably wash but at least sanitize their hands before removal of the mask and again after it has been sealed in its bag.
It is also important to note that full time attendance at school is now expected for all students from September and this is in line with the recently released government update for schools. Parents are not allowed to keep their child at home unless:
- They have developed symptoms and are awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test. The school should be informed immediately of the results of this test.
- They are self-isolating, as a result of a positive test for themselves or a member of their household.
- They are quarantining having returned from an overseas holiday to a country on the quarantine list.
- The government shielding advice for vulnerable people was paused on August 1st and as such, vulnerable students or those living with vulnerable people should also return to school.
Actions following reported symptoms
We have put in place control measures to reduce the risk of COVID transmission and whilst we perceive the risk to be small it cannot be eliminated.
- If your child exhibits the symptoms set out here by the NHS keep your child at home and immediately arrange for a test;
- Contact the school to report your child’s absence and to confirm when a test has been booked;
- Inform us of the result of this test as soon as you recieve it;
If the school receives notification of a positive test we will:
- Notify Public Health England and follow guidance given;
- Contact parents of individuals that may need to quarantine as a precautionary measure;
- Inform all parents that a positive case has been confirmed with clear guidance on steps that have been taken.
In the event of your child being asked to self-isolate a full timetable will continue to be delivered through Google Classroom.