Last updated 01/04/2022
HYGIENE AND VENTILATION
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/
Additional to this we ensure that rooms are well ventilated, especially between lessons to ensure that fresh air is let into rooms removing older stale air that contains virus particles reducing the chance of spreading COVID-19.
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
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Home Learning Guide for Students & Parents
Should there be any need to return to partial or full home learning, the School is entirely prepared.
Please click on the links below to view and download one of these documents.
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