Alderman White School
Student and Parent guide to attending site
Who may attend site?
Students may attend site to attend an arranged provision only in line with government guidance.
At present, this includes:
- Students who are eligible for supervision on the school site and who have been allocated a place
- Year 7 students attending an arranged on-site tutor session
- Year 10 students attending an arranged on-site provision to support their remote learning
Prior to attending the site, a parent must read and complete the relevant Parent Agreement:
Who may not attend site?
Students must NOT attend the site IF:
- they have ANY cold or flu symptoms
- anyone at home has suspected coronavirus (most likely symptoms are a cough / fever / loss of sense of smell or taste)
- They are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding)
They must immediately be isolated and arrangements made to send them home if you are concerned that this is the case.
Decisions about whether a vulnerable student or student living with a vulnerable or extremely vulnerable person should attend site will be made on a case by case basis and must be agreed by Dave Farnie.
Non-essential visitors will not be allowed on site.
Parents may NOT come onto school site without specific permission and by prior arrangement, and must arrange appropriate collection of children outside of the school.
What Protective Measures are in place to keep students, staff and their families safe?
a) Social Distancing
- We operate a strict rule on site that everyone must Stay AT LEAST 2 metres apart (the length of a car)
- Students are supervised directly by staff in small groups to make sure that they stick to this
- All indoor corridors that are less than 3 metres wide have a one way system
- Everyone attending site must follow all of the signage with regard to the one way system
- Entrances / exits, maximum capacity of areas and restricted access areas
- Screens are in place around teacher’s desks and any other areas where people may have to be within 2 metres of each other
b) Social Bubbles
- Students are supervised or taught in groups of 6-10 students depending on the size of the room.
- The mixing of groups is kept to a minimum including at any break or lunchtimes when students are on site.
- The number of teachers working with each group is kept to a minimum.
c) Personal Hygiene
All staff and students are expected to wash their hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds:
- when you get home or into work / school,
- after all breaks,
- if moving from class to class,
- when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough,
- eat or handle food,
- on leaving school and returning home
Please see the link here for NHS guidance on how to wash hands properly: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands
Alcohol based hand sanitiser will be made available in each room and is to be used by staff and students where hand washing is not an option. This a flammable substance and signs remind students and staff of this. It is not used in Science labs or Tech rooms, where hand washing facilities are available.
All staff and students are reminded to:
- If you have to cough or sneeze please cover your mouth, use a tissue, which must be disposed of and wash your hands.
- As far as possible, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
As an additional protective measure, parents may wish to:
Parents are advised to wash their child(ren)’s clothes regularly at a 60 degree temperature. An additional protective measure that parents (and staff) may choose to put in place (especially if there is someone vulnerable in their household, there has been a breach of social distancing / hygiene rules, someone became unwell during the day, or for reassurance) is to get their child to change their clothing and shower immediately on returning home, washing clothes immediately at a 60 degree temperature.
All areas of school that are in use will be kept as well ventilated as possible. Door props are used to keep doors open where possible (this also reduces touching of doors) and windows are kept open where possible.
Rooms and areas will be chosen that are well ventilated and large enough to allow social distancing.
Wherever possible, external doors to classrooms will be used to minimise the use of corridors.
e) Individual Equipment
Students are allowed to bring their own drink bottle, lunch / food and writing equipment to school.
Food and drinks MUST NOT be shared.
The use of shared equipment will be avoided wherever possible. Anyone using shared equipment will be asked to wash or sanitise their hands before and afterwards, and any items will be disinfected before and after use.
f) Reducing frequent touch surfaces
Doors will be propped open here possible to provide ventilation and reduce the need for them to be touched. The one-way system has been organised to ensure students can push doors open with their elbow or foot.
Students will be discouraged from touching surfaces unnecessarily. Students should not switch lights on or off.
Students will follow a seating plan and will sit at a designated desk.
Cleaners will be on site throughout the school day and will focus on regular disinfecting of toilets and sinks, kitchen areas, door handles and other frequent touch surfaces.
Classrooms will be kept as clear as possible. Items will be kept in closed cupboards, drawers or lidded storage boxes wherever possible.
Disinfectant spray and disposable paper towels will be available in every classroom. At the start and end of every session, a member of staff will spray surfaces with disinfectant and students will be as asked to wipe their own table. Disposable wipes will be used for laptops and pcs. Teachers will clean any other frequent use surfaces within the classroom that require cleaning during the day.
What about students who are clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable?
Children and young people (0 to 18 years of age) who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions have been advised to shield. We do not expect these children to be attending school or college, and they should continue to be supported at home as much as possible.
Clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) people are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19). A small minority of children will fall into this category, and parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category.
Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- pregnant women
What about students who have a family member who is vulnerable or extremely vulnerable?
If a child, young person or staff member lives in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable, it is advised they only attend an education or childcare setting if stringent social distancing can be adhered to and, in the case of children, they are able to understand and follow those instructions. This may not be possible for very young children and older children without the capacity to adhere to the instructions on social distancing. If stringent social distancing cannot be adhered to, we do not expect those individuals to attend. They should be supported to learn or work at home.
If a child, young person or a member of staff lives with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable), including those who are pregnant, they can attend their education or childcare setting.
Can my child wear a face covering at school?
The government guidance states: Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus. Face coverings (or any form of medical mask unless instructed to be used for specific clinical reasons) should not be worn in any circumstance by those who may not be able to handle them as directed (for example, young children, or those with special educational needs or disabilities) as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission.
Face coverings must be worn on public transport in compliance with government guidance. Students and staff may wear a face covering to and from school and while moving around the site if they wish to, but are not required to do so, and we discourage the wearing of face coverings during lessons and tutor sessions unless they are part of an individual risk assessment. We will continue to review this policy as we increase the number of people on site.
What happens if my child is unwell or has an accident?
Your child will be supported by a first aider who will wear PPE (surgical mask, gloves, apron and face visor) if they need to go within 2 metres of your child. All staff have access to PPE and have received training in using it appropriately. If necessary and appropriate, your child may be asked to wear PPE while they are treated. You will be contacted to make you aware of what has happened.
What happens if someone becomes angry or aggressive?
Students are constantly supervised in small groups. Staff will be aware of diffusing any situations that could result in a breach of social distancing using distraction, reminders, time out or seeking support.
If a student becomes angry or upset or a confrontation develops, a member of staff will
- Phone or send a student for emergency support.
- Get other students out of the room or away from the situation.
- Use their voice to issue clear instructions.
They may don PPE and move within 2m of the student(s), trying to keep as much distance as possible and minimise any direct contact.
Parents will be contacted and made aware of the incident.
What happens if there is a suspected COVID-19 case in school?
Staff who develop a high temperature or persistent cough during the day or who feel unwell in any way, will go home immediately.
If a student appears or reports being unwell, they will be escorted to the Meeting Room (Quarantine Room) and parents will be contacted to arrange for them to be collected / go home.
The door to the Meeting Room will be left open and passive supervision provided. If a member of staff needs to stay with the student they will don PPE and remain 2m away from them if possible.
SLT will be made aware if a student or member of staff becomes unwell with possible COVID-19 symptoms and a record will be kept of this, along with a record of all the staff and students they have been in contact with within 3 days of becoming unwell.
When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
What happens if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in school?
Where a child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.