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A Safe Return to School September 2021

Last updated 31/08/2021

HYGIENE

Our focus in school with all staff and pupils remains centred on hygiene, as this is proven 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.”

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.

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 https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/

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. August 2021 – School Operations Risk Assessment

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

3. August 2021 – Risk Assessment – COVID-19 Response for Cleaning

Coach Service

Click the icon below for more information on the coach service that we offer at Westholme School.

Coach Service Information

Home Learning Guide for Students & Parents

Should there be any need to return to partial or full home learning, the School is entirely prepared.

Home Learning Guide for students and parents

Useful Documents

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

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