We feel it is important to set out how the academy must respond in the event of a positive case and the actions we take.
[Step 1] On being informed of a positive case, we obtain all facts including whether the person had symptoms and, if they did, when they started.
[Step 2] We call the Department for Education helpline and Public Health England through the Local Authority to seek guidance and to clarify the action required. This will depend on the context at the time but largely follows the steps set out next.
[Step 3] We work back by 48 hours from the positive result (including asymptomatic people) and identify any possible contacts they may have had using the academy timetable and asking the student/staff member who they have been in close contact with in the academy or academy members outside of the school day.
Contact definitions include:
- within 2 metres for a period of 15 minutes or more
- within 1 metre face to face
- within 1 metre but not face to face for a period of 1 minute or longer
[Step 4] We check back on registers to remove any students from the list who need to self-isolate who were absent or not in lessons on the identified days.
[Step 5] We then send two letters via email to parents/carers with parental responsibility:
- one to the parents/carers of students who must self-isolate
- one to all other parents/carers for information
We also inform all academy staff and governors and put a message on our website News page. The Academy Trust is kept informed at all times.
We can only take the above action when a case has been confirmed as positive. It is therefore vital that you inform us immediately if this is the case.
Please contact us using the student absence line 01473 466145 if you think your child, or anyone in your household, needs to take a Covid-19 test.
If any member of your household has symptoms, please do not send your child into the academy. You will need to telephone our student absence number 01473 466145 to let us know why your child is not going to be at school.
Under no circumstances should a student attend the academy if they, or anyone in their household, have taken a test and have not received a negative result.
It is vitally important that we record all details of families taking tests so that we can help to protect every other student and member of staff attending the academy as well as their families.
COVID-19 Risk Assessments
You can view the risk assessments that were put in place following the COVID-19 pandemic and the full re-opening of schools in September 2020 here – these are being reviewed and updated w/c 16/11/20:
Check your symptoms
What do you have? A cold, a virus or the coronavirus? A blocked or runny nose, a sore throat and a cough are common, especially in the winter. But how do you know if you have coronavirus? Check your symptoms in this video; the BBC’s Kate Forbes explains.
Online (Remote) Learning)
If your child is self-isolating at home, then you can view the workbooks set for students in each year group on our Student/Home Learning page.
Information and guidance for parents on supporting their child with online learning from home is available on our Parent/Online Learning page.
Helpful Guidance for Staying Healthy
Follow the links below for some helpful guidance from TCP Therapy and ITV News on managing these worrying days as well as how to stay healthy in mind and body:
A Social Story – Coronavirus – When Not To Come to School Poster NOV20
Information in Other Languages
For information in other languages on coronavirus prevention, symptoms and hygiene please click on the text below.
View the latest updates for parents
To view the latest information shared with parents on COVID-19 please go to our NEWS pages.
A Book for Children by Julia Donaldson
Children’s author, Julia Donaldson who wrote The Gruffalo, has released a new book about the coronavirus for children – you can download it here: