Parents & Carers
Thank you for your continued support in helping us to re-open school following lockdown and in facing the constant challenges of the current pandemic.
We are also grateful for the fantastic students we have and the goodwill, kindness and fortitude they are showing during these difficult times.
I have been asked though by our bus company to pass onto you their concerns (and ours) about a minority of students who are not complying with the requirement to wear face masks when travelling on buses to and from school.
We can confirm that all students are wearing face masks when they get on the bus, checked and reminded by staff on duty. They do so without complaint and often without needing reminders. However it is clear that some students remove their masks once the bus moves away. When specific students are identified to us in school we are addressing this with them back in school.
Please can you support us with this at home by reminding children of the expectations for face coverings on buses and the reasoning to keep everyone including the drivers safe. The bus drivers are doing a great job at the moment in allowing us to get children to and from school to access their education and we need to give them our full support in this.
Thank you for your time in reading this and in helping us with our work in keeping everybody as safe as possible, especially following the categorisation of Sheffield as a Tier 2 area of concern.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
30/09/2020 - Updated Risk Assessment
Information and Guidance to Parents
on managing COVID-19 in our School setting
It is wonderful to have our students back with us in school and we are delighted to see that our attendance figures are so high. Students have returned to us in a positive manner and have settled in to new routines and a very different school day extremely well.
As delighted as we are about this, it is important that we make clear the key public health messages relating to attending school that we must all adhere to for the safety of everyone in our community. This has recently been updated by Public Health England (PHE). We also want to explain to you what will happen if a student or member of staff returns a positive test for COVID-19.
When students should not attend school
It is vitally important that in the following circumstances students do not attend school;
• if a student is displaying symptoms of COVID -19
• if a member of the student’s household is displaying symptoms of COVID -19
• if a student is a contact of someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
A quick reference guide for COVID related absence
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- New continuous cough and/or
- Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or higher)
- Loss of or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
How to arrange a test
• You should arrange a test via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 if you do not have internet access
Who to notify if your child will be absent from school
Information you need to provide for COVID related absences
If your child’s absence is related to COVID then we have been informed by PHE that we need to gather additional information from you. This will include for students who;
• are ill with COVID symptoms
• live with someone in their household who has COVID symptoms
• are the contact of a confirmed case
We must provide information daily, for the Department of Education and Public Health including, our attendance figures and information about the number of students who have tested positive for COVID. For this reason, when you now ring in an absence we will need more information from you that we are required to gather. You will be asked about what the symptoms are, when they started and whether your child has had a test.
Privacy Notice: We are collecting this information for the purposes of sharing with the UK Government’s Track and Trace Programme as required. We will retain this information for the duration of the current academic year.
What happens if your child develops COVID-19 like symptoms during the school day
• If your child becomes ill with COVID type symptoms during the school day they must go to main reception where we have a room available to isolate and assess them. This includes those with a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell.
• Students who feel ill with other symptoms during the day (non COVID related), should report to student reception/medical room as normal.
• If your child is ill with COVID symptoms, they will be assessed by the reception staff. They will be asked some detailed question as required by PHE. This will include what symptoms they have and when they started.
• If they appear to have COVID symptoms, you will be contacted and your child will need to go home as soon as possible. Any siblings in school will need to do the same. The whole household will need to self- isolate for 14 days.
Information about infectious periods, self -isolation and the definition of a contact
We know that students have already missed a lot of teaching time this year and understand that it is important to find the right balance between identifying everyone who may be at genuine risk of developing infection while not asking people to self- isolate unnecessarily.
The time between exposure to the virus and developing symptoms is between 1 and 14 days (median 5 days).
A person is thought to be infectious 48 hours before symptoms appear, and up to 10 days after they start displaying symptoms. If someone without symptoms tests positive then it is from 48 hours before the positive test till 10 days after the test result.
A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic (or 2 days before a test if no symptoms) up to 10 days from onset of symptoms. This is when they are infectious to others.
For example, a contact can be:
• people who spend significant time in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
• sexual partners
• a person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including:
• being coughed on
• having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
• having skin-to-skin physical contact, or
• contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
• a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes
• a person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
More guidance on contacts is available at:
Those who are self-isolating should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.
What School is required to do if a student or member of staff tests positive for COVID
If there is a confirmed case in school we are required by Public Health England to notify them.
Following this, we are contacted by a contact tracer who may be based either in NHS Test and Trace or the local Health Protection Team.
We will be informed by the contact tracer about what next steps we must take. In the case of a student this will include identifying those who have been in direct, prolonged contact with the confirmed case, such as;
• All those who they have had face to face contact which is under 1 metre.
• All those who were within 2 metres for 15 mins. This will include those who have sat within this range to the student in class and during lunch.
• Those who were in close contact during travel to school for example on the bus or in a car.
• Friendship groups within school.
School is informed by the contact tracer who should self- isolate and those who it affects will receive an individual letter informing them they must self- isolate for 14 days.
We are reporting information daily to the Department for Education and Public Health which includes our Attendance levels and sickness absence rates for both students and staff. This information is being closely monitored by us. If we become aware of 2 confirmed cases (they have tested positive) or there is a high reported absence from school which is suspected to be COVID-19 related, we must notify the Yorkshire and Humber Health Protection Team and the Local Authority. They will work with us to protect staff and students. This will include undertaking a risk assessment with the headteacher to identify direct or close contacts in the school who will need to self-isolate at home for 14 days. This is likely to be the class/bubble in most cases.
We are not permitted to send a bubble home unless we have been advised by the Health Protection Team.
What to do if your child is at home self- isolating or ill with COVID
• If your child is ill then we would not expect them to be completing work, they should rest and recuperate.
• If your child is at home and otherwise well their Head of Year will contact their teachers to alert them of their absence and to arrange work for them