COVID-19 Guidance

We have been delighted to welcome students and staff back into our schools this autumn. To support this return, we have introduced a range of processes and procedures to keep everyone as safe as possible while they are attending school.

Students will notice that classrooms have been rearranged to ensure social distancing and, where appropriate or required, we have introduced other measures such as bubbles, one-way systems, staggered breaks and lunchtimes, and changes to timetables and the curriculum.

Guidance suggests that COVID-19 is most likely to be spread through airborne viral particulates. To help protect our whole community, we have asked that all staff (both primary and secondary) and students (secondary only) wear masks in shared spaces such as corridors, reception areas and moving around dining halls. This will complement our social distancing guidelines and the other changes we have made.

The virus is also spread is through contact. To manage this risk, we have introduced hand sanitisation stations throughout the school's corridors and public spaces and sanitisation dispensers are available in every classroom. We have introduced an enhanced daytime cleaning regime that ensures all touch points, toilets and public spaces are sanitised regularly during the school day.

If you have any further questions on the work we are doing to manage our school during this period, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Managing and protecting against COVID infection requires everyone to do their part and we thank you for your continued support. 

Hands

Clean your hands regularly.
Use the hand sanitiser provided.

Face

Wear a face covering.
Avoid touching your face.

Space

Keep a safe distance from others at all times.

Face Coverings

To further manage the spread of the virus, we require all staff (both primary and secondary) and students (secondary only) to wear face coverings when using shared spaces such as corridors, reception areas and moving around dining halls.

To support this, please encourage you children to pack their face coverings every morning along with their other school equipment.

If accessing a face covering for your child is proving difficult for any reason, please get in touch with us so we can help to support.

It is really important that everyone using a face covering wears it properly and manages the mask carefully after use.

Wearing your mask correctly

Clean your hands before putting on your mask

Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

Do not use the mask with either mouth or nose uncovered

Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face

Use the ‘twist’ method or re-tie the straps to tighten the mask against your face

Make sure you can breathe easily

Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser to disinfect

Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and clean hands immediately after removing

Remove your mask carefully

Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops

Handle only by the ear loops or ties

Fold outside corners together

Place mask in the washing machine (or the bin if your mask is disposable)

Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and clean hands immediately after removing

Catch It

Bin It

Kill It

Use a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes. Throw used tissues away as soon as possible.
Wash/sanitise your hands immediately afterwards.

Cold or Covid?

How to spot the difference between COVID-19, colds and seasonal flu.

 

Source: National Health Service / World Health Organisation
Symptoms Coronavirus Cold Flu
Fever Common Rare Common
Fatigue Sometimes Sometimes Common
Coughing Common (usually dry) Common (usually mild) Common (usually mild)
Sneezing No Common No
Aches and pains Sometimes Common Common
Blocked/runny nose Rare Common Sometimes
Sore throat Sometimes Common Sometimes
Diarrhoea Rare No Sometimes (for children)
Headache Sometimes Rare Common
Shortness of breath Sometimes No No

COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever (a temperature of 37.8°C), a new and persistent cough (usually dry) and a loss of taste and/or smell. Symptoms might also include fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat, headaches and shortness of breath. Diarrhoea and a blocked/runny nose are rare. The NHS says symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Colds

The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, aches and pains, a blocked/runny nose and sore throat. A mild cough can also be experienced. There is sometimes fatigue and it is rare to experience a fever or headaches. Colds do not cause diarrhoea. The NHS states that with a cold there is usually a gradual onset of symptoms.

Seasonal Flu

Flu most commonly consists of a fever, fatigue, a dry cough, aches and pains and headaches. Patients will sometimes experience a blocked/runny nose or a sore throat. Diarrhoea can sometimes occur in children. There is usually no sneezing with flu, but a severe shortness of breath can develop. The NHS notes there is usually a rapid onset of symptoms.

Clean your hands regularly

Remember to clean your hands regularly and thoroughly during the school day.

Try to clean your hands with soap and water whenever possible, or use the hand sanitisers provided in school.

You should always clean your hands:

  • When you first arrive at school
  • When you return from breaks
  • When you change rooms
  • Before and after eating