Dealing with COVID

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.

Further Guidance

Face Coverings

We continue to follow government guidance which allows schools to make decisions on the specific needs of their students.
  • Students will need to wear face coverings when they move through shared indoor areas of the school.
  • They won’t need to wear it outside the school building.
  • They won’t need to wear it in their classrooms because the system of controls we have created provides additional mitigating measures.

Attendance

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 2020.  However, if your child has received a letter from the NHS, either during the current lockdown or the previous one in March, explaining that they must shield because they are clinically extremely vulnerable then they may self-isolate during this current lockdown period. It is important that you share a copy of this letter with us in order for us to grant the absence.

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.

COVID in your household?

Hounslow Borough have produced a helpful flowchart to support parents in dealing with potential cases of COVID in your household. It gives clear advice on how to deal with any situation that may arise.

Further Questions

We know we cannot answer every question you may have but have put together some Frequently Asked Questions to offer some support. If this does not cover your query then please email us.

Supporting a safe return to school

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