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COVID-19 Information

School Risk Assessment


School Communications

September 2020 Reopening Letter



School COVID-19 Information

Important information for parents which will guide the schools response to situations as they develop. Information includes:

  • Symptoms
  • Self-isolation
  • NHS Test and Trace
  • Getting your test results
  • Support bubbles

The DfE have also published a list of actions that schools must follow in the event that a child displays symptoms or if they confirm that there has been a member of the school community that has tested positive for coronavirus.

What school will do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

If anyone in school confirms that they have had a positive test for coronavirus (COVID-19), we will notify the DfE immediately. A dedicated NHS advice team will then work with us to carry out a rapid risk assessment and identify the appropriate next steps.


Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm


What parents and carers need to know about schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.


Current dates and locations for mobile testing units


Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations mean that you must self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in the UK however there is a list of countries, territories and regions from where you may not have to self-isolate.

This applies to UK residents and visitors to the UK.


Public Health England launches Every Mind Matters campaign

Most families have experienced upheaval in their daily lives during the pandemic. With children and young people now back at school or college, the new Public Health England (PHE) Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and equip parents and carers with the knowledge to support them.

The new advice available on the Every Mind Matters website has been developed in partnership with leading children and young people’s mental health charities, including Young Minds, The Mix, Place2Be and The Anna Freud Centre. It is designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and support them, and also provides advice that can help maintain good mental wellbeing. The site also provides tools to help young people build resilience and equips them to look after their mental wellbeing.



Hands Face Space - make it work in Essex

CORONAVIRUS IS STILL VERY MUCH WITH US IN ESSEX AND CASES ARE INCREASING - what you need to do to protect yourself, other staff and pupils, those around you and the NHS:   

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY – this means keeping 2 metres apart from people not in your bubble, and wash hands regularly, use hand sanitiser and comply with guidance on wearing face coverings

COMMUNICATE THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND WIDER COMMUNITY – many people are observing social distancing, but some are not, particularly some people in the 18-30 age group which appears to be driving the increase in cases. It is essential that everyone understands the importance of social distancing if we want to avoid more stringent measures being put in place again

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS - SELF ISOLATE IMMEDIATELY - and get yourself tested through the national test and trace process. Public health organisations locally and nationally are doing their best to make tests as available as possible.  Good infection control and social distancing reduces the number of positive cases that need to be tested.


Department for Education (DfE) Communications


Rule of six applies from Monday 14 September

From today, new laws prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people come into effect in England. The new ‘rule of six’ simplifies and strengthens the rules on social gatherings, making them easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. It means that – apart from a set of limited exemptions including education and work – any social gatherings of more than six people indoors or outdoors will be against the law.


Responding to those with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms

It is vital that educational settings only ask children or staff to self-isolate and recommend they get a test if they develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those sent home to self-isolate, having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, should only get tested if they develop symptoms themselves. The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Testing capacity is the highest it has ever been, but there is a significant demand for tests. Booking is essential for drive in and walk in test sites, and under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


Barnardo’s ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service

See, Hear, Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

See, Hear, Respond, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). See, Hear, Respond will support from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.

See, Hear, Respond will contact every referral made, so no child is missed. Help is available in one or more of four ways:

  • an online hub of support and information
  • online counselling and therapy
  • face-to-face support for those most affected and at risk of some of today’s most pertinent issues, such as criminal exploitation
  • helping children and young people reintegrate back into school

You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.

Paper copies of all documents are available by contacting our school office 

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