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A Safe Return to School 2021

Last updated 06/11/2021

Revised arrangements regarding Spring Term 2021

Dear Westholme Family,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening, we are once again in a period of National Lockdown. Our duty of care to keep everyone safe at Westholme is of paramount importance and, as Coronavirus cases are rapidly rising across the country, we will be following the new guidance issued by the Government.

Senior School  

All pupils in Years 7 – 13 will continue to receive Home Learning until half-term. We will remain open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers agreed in advance with Miss Smith (Deputy Head – Academic) smithf@westholmeschool.com. Year 11 mock examinations will be postponed until after half-term and we will update you regarding the summer GCSE and A Level public examinations when we have more clarification from Ofqual and the Department for Education.

Infant and Junior School

All children from Reception – Year 6, will now receive Home Learning online until half-term.

Children of critical workers, who accessed key worker provision during the last lockdown, will be eligible to come into school for supervised learning from today. We ask for your support to ensure that only these children are in school.  If you have recently joined the school and feel you are eligible for this provision, please email your request to Mrs Holden at juniorschool@westholmeschool.com. Children may not come into school unless provision is granted.

Work will be set for your child through ClassCharts and this will be the first port of call to check the work set each day. Microsoft Teams will be the main platform where live lessons are run and video or audio files are housed. If you have forgotten passwords, have not received your child’s log in details, or have any difficulties accessing these sites, please email IT Support on: itsupport@westholmeschool.com.

Pre School children will be able to access the setting as normal.

Thank you for your patience and understanding; your continued support in these difficult and unprecedented times is very much appreciated. Please take care of yourselves and your family over the coming weeks and stay safe.

With very best wishes,

Dr Richard Robson

Principal

View our Poster below for more information

COVID-19 (coronavirus) absence: A quick guide for parents/carers 

Government guidance for Schools

Actions for Schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Home Learning Guide for Students & Parents

Home Learning Guide for students and parents

 

HYGIENE

Our focus in school with all staff and pupils remains centred on hygiene, as this is proven factually to be the most effective way of limiting the spread of germs and the virus. Personal hygiene is the most important way we can contain COVID-19. Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, stated:

“The measures outlined in the plan are based on the best available scientific evidence – and led by our world-leading infectious disease experts. Simple as it sounds, the single most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves right now is wash their hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. We have always said it is likely we can expect more cases and the action plan outlines the types of options open to government in each phase of an outbreak.”

Washing hands with soap and water, 5 or more times a day for 20 seconds remains one of the most important ways of reducing the chance of infection.

Using tissues when coughing and/or sneezing is also essential. Please could you ensure your child comes to school with a packet of pocket tissues so they can ensure good personal hygiene.

It is important to avoid touching your face and to reduce physical contact with others, therefore, please do not be offended if we do not offer to shake hands at our events at present.

We continue to promote healthy hygiene in class and form time – thank you for your support to ensure the same good practice at home.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials – Find out more here

RISK ASSESSMENT

We take our safeguarding responsibilities towards every child in our care very seriously. As such, our approach to the current situation, particularly with regard to trips, events and activities is proactive, measured and careful. Our risk assessments are dynamic and reflect the challenges of the current situation, recognising that changes may have to be made swiftly, taking into account the welfare of staff, as well as broader health and safety matters.

We continue to closely monitor Government advice in these ever-changing circumstances and we will keep you updated as and when the situation develops.

We are committed to maintaining the best education for every Westholme child, whilst balancing this with a robust approach to safeguard the health and welfare of our community and beyond.

COVID-19 Risk Assessments

1. February 2021 – School Operations Risk Assessment

2. February 2021 – Dealing with a Suspected Case of COVID-19 in School

3. February 2021 – Dealing with Young Children who Require Intimate Care COVID-19

3a. February 2021 – Risk Assessment of Intimate Care during COVID 19

4. February 2021 Fire Risk Assessment Senior School (COVID)

4a. February 2021 – Fire Risk Assessment – Infant & Juniors 

5. February 2021 – Outside School Travel Risk Assessment 

6. February 2021 – Risk Assessment – COVID-19 Response for Cleaning

7. February 2021 – COVID Risk Assessment Student Dining Room Specific

The following policies have been updated during the Covid-19 pandemic or had addendums added to them. Please click on the policies below to view them here:

Useful Documents

Please click on the links below to view and download one of these documents.

Senior School Key rules and guidance for students and parents 

Expected Student Behaviour Regarding Covid for FTs

Guidelines Regarding the Wearing and Removal of Face Masks

Junior and Infants Key Rules and Guidelines 

School Coach Procedure and Guidance

Safeguarding

Online contact and support for students:

Kooth – free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Childline – a free, private and confidential service where children can talk about anything

Samaritans – for anyone who is struggling to cope; who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure

Talkzone – part of the Children and Family Wellbeing Service which enables children and families to access appropriate support on a wide range of issues