We have set up this page in order to keep you up to date with the latest advice regarding COVID-19. Globally as a country, and as a school we are approaching the challenge presented by the spread of the virus as proactively as we can. Delay underpins all current strategy and we will continue to follow the advice given as and when it changes.
At Westholme, as you are aware, we are monitoring the situation carefully and reviewing all updates and information on a daily basis. Daily briefings now will also inform our position as a school, just as it will for you and your family.
We are following guidance from Public Health England (PHE), the Department for Health, the Local Authority and accessing daily bulletins from the Department for Education.
The advice regarding symptoms, self-isolation and social distancing changes regularly – it is essential that everyone in our community follows whichever guidance is current.
ONLINE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Please click here to view the list
OFQUAL UPDATE FOR GCSE AND A LEVEL STUDENTS
Find out more out the latest information here.
KEY WORKER CHILDCARE AND SCHOOL SITES CLOSURES
In light of the latest Government advice school closures and restrictions remain in place at present. We remain in place at present. We remain open to cover critical Key Worker and vulnerable children at Billinge House.
Monday 20th April is now a virtual INSET day.
Term re-starts on Tuesday 21st April with online teaching and home learning for all pupils.
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
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. We have also been looking at contingency plans with Governors in the event that the Government closes schools down nationally. Maintaining continuity of education (remotely) will be our priority for all children. In the case of school closure we will issue guidance for contact with teachers and staff.
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.
- Safeguarding Policy
- Addendum to Online Safety Policy
- First Aid Policy
- ICT Acceptable Usage Policies for Students
- Email Acceptable Usage Policies for Students
COVID-19 Specific Policies
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
WHERE TO FIND THE LATEST INFORMATION
New guidance for households – https://www.gov.co.uk/government/news/new-guidance-for-households…
Guidance for households – https://www.gov.co.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance…
Updates on COVID-19 – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Travel advice for those travelling and living oversees – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
It’s a national effort to win coronavirus fight, we all have crucial part to play by Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance – https://www.gov.co.uk/government/speeches/its-a-national-effort…
Click here for the most up-to-date statement from OFQUAL.
Gov.uk have released updated information on symptoms under Guidance for schools and other educational settings about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Find out more here.
Gov.uk have release updated actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more here.
They have also updated what advice on what parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak here.
Gov.uk have updated their information for schools, students and parents on how GCSE, AS, A level, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020. Find out more here.
The details around the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of Coronavirus have also been updated here.
Ofqual update for GCSE and A level students Find out more out the latest information here.
Keeping in touch with school
- The Reception desk is manned at Infant School. For anything urgent, please contact 01254 686590.