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A Safe Return to School 2020

2020 has been a challenging year and in order to ensure the safety of our Westholme community we have had to make adjustments and undertake significant planning in light of the pandemic supported by government guidance.

For easy reference and your peace of mind please find below links to the key areas that have been risk assessed, or where changes have been made for certain year groups.

When and if there are changes we will send you the link and it will be updated on this page. Risk assessments are a normal part of school life and cover a wide range of activities. Therefore we have not included all documentation, simply those that are especially relevant to the current situation. If you need clarification or information about any other aspect please do not hesitate to contact us.

View our Poster below for more information

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

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. Full Opening of School Risk Assessment

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

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

3a. Risk Assessment of Intimate Care during COVID 19 (Sept 2020)

4. Fire Risk Assessment 2020 Senior School (COVID)

4a. Fire Risk Assessment – Infant & Juniors 

5. Outside School Travel Risk Assessment 

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