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National lockdown: Stay at Home

We urge all members of our school communities to follow the national lockdown guidance to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You must not leave, or be outside of, your home except where necessary. Legally permitted reasons to leave home include to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise, or for outdoor recreation in a public outdoor space – this can be on your own, with your household or support bubble or with one other person (in which case you should stay 2m apart). You should minimise the amount of time spent outside your home, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend school or further education
  • attend university or other higher education – for those eligible
  • attend, or take a child to, childcare – for those eligible

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay in your local area – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work.

Staying in your local area means staying in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you are advised to go out only for medical appointments, for exercise, or if it is essential. We recommend that you do not attend work. You are advised to follow this guidance until 31 March 2021.

Meeting others

You may leave your home for exercise or to visit a public outdoor place for recreation. This must be on your own, with your household or support bubble or with one other person when in a public outdoor place. You should minimise the time you spend outside your home for this, and you should not travel outside your local area.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble and follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times.

For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Coronavirus Symptoms

To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, it is vital that we all remain vigilant of the coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If your child or anyone in your household or support/childcare bubble has any of these symptoms (however mild) your child must not come into school you should arrange a coronavirus test as soon as possible by calling 119 or visiting: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Do not send your child to school if a member of your household or support/childcare bubble is going for a Covid test or awaiting a test result. All members of your household and support/childcare bubble must self-isolate until you receive a negative test result. If the result is positive, all members of your household and support/childcare bubble must continue to self-isolate as per the government guidance. When you receive a test result please inform your child’s school as soon as possible, even if it is negative.

For more information on self-isolation and treating coronavirus symptoms, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/

Only individuals with coronavirus symptoms should go for a test.

Staying Safe in School

It is important that we maintain proportionate infection control and social distancing measures to help keep students and staff safe while in school.

Although the arrangements within each of our schools may differ due to the nature of the individual buildings and sites, all of our schools will be implementing the measures outlined below. Many of these have already been in place in our schools since they opened more widely at the beginning of June.

Hygiene

Children will wash their hands as soon as they arrive at school and more frequently throughout the day, such as after break times and before and after eating. There are additional hand washing stations in each school and children will be supervised to ensure they are washing and drying their hands thoroughly. Hand sanitising gel will also be available in each classroom and around school.
We will ensure good respiratory hygiene by implementing the ’catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach, instructing children to use a tissue if they cough or sneeze and then dispose of it in the bin immediately after. Tissues and lidded waste bins will be made available in every classroom.

Cleaning

Daily enhanced cleaning will take place in all of our schools. In particular, regular and thorough cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, such as table tops, door handles, railings etc.

Minimising contacts

To help reduce the transmission of coronavirus, our schools will be minimising contact between individuals and maintaining social distancing wherever possible. Students and staff will be in distinct groups which will remain separate throughout the school day. The size of groups will be determined by the individual school setting, balancing the need to prevent the spread of infection alongside delivering a broad curriculum. Classrooms will be well ventilated and adapted, where necessary, to support distancing. Shared classroom based resources, used by the same group, will be cleaned regularly. Resources used between groups, such as sports equipment, will be cleaned frequently and between use by two different groups.

Visiting school

We will be limiting the amount of people staff and pupils come into contact with during the school day. Visitors and contractors will only be allowed on site if the school is given prior notice or if absolutely necessary in the case of an emergency. Parents and carers will not be allowed inside the school buildings. We strongly recommend that parents and carers whose children are currently attending school wear a face covering when dropping off and collecting their children from school.

Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell. The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If your child or anyone in your household or support/childcare bubble has any of these symptoms (however mild) your child must not come into school you should arrange a coronavirus test as soon as possible by calling 119 or visiting: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

What if someone develops symptoms in school?

We have procedures in place for dealing with both potential and confirmed cases of Covid-19 in our schools. If your child presents with symptoms, you will be asked to collect them immediately. They will remain isolated in school and supervised, as necessary, until they are collected. You will be strongly advised to arrange a coronavirus test for your child. If a member of staff presents with symptoms, they will be sent home immediately and advised to get a test. If anyone in your household or support/childcare bubble has symptoms, all members of the household and support/childcare bubble must self-isolate until you receive the test result. Please inform school what the result of the test is.

If there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 in one our schools, we will be advised by the local Health Protection Team on the actions we should take which may involve advising some students and staff to self-isolate. Parents and carers will be informed of any confirmed cases in school and kept updated with all actions being taken.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Our staff will have access to PPE, if required, when dealing with a first aid or intimate care related situation. The relevant members of staff will be instructed in the correct use and disposal of PPE. Staff in all of schools also wear face coverings when outside of the classroom and when moving around the school.

Coronavirus testing

We strongly advise that anyone with coronavirus symptoms gets tested as soon as possible. The test is free and you can book one by calling 119 online or by visiting: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Only individuals with coronavirus symptoms should go for a test.

Home Learning

Our schools will be providing home learning resources for the duration of the lockdown period. Each of our schools will have provided further details on how this can be accessed and the expectations for completing work. If you have any issues accessing the work, do not have a suitable device or have limited internet access, please contact your child’s school for more information on the support available to families.

Top tips for home learning

It can be challenging to keep ourselves focussed and motivated outside of our usual structured school and work days. We have put together the following tips and advice which both children and parents may find useful for the weeks ahead.

  • Set aside a dedicated area where your child can work each day.
  • Read through the task together, so they understand exactly what they need to do.
  • Help make sure they have all of the necessary equipment for each piece of work or task.
  • Establish a time frame in which to complete a task, this will help them stay focussed.
  • Make sure they take regular breaks, especially if they are using a screen.
  • Encourage them to keep active.
  • Don’t panic if children don’t understand a task and you can’t help them. Contact the school for clarification and move onto a different task.

Useful documents

Pathfinder Home Learning – Universal Offer
A guide to connecting to Google Classroom from different devices

Online activities and resources

Online Safety

While in school, children’s internet usage is closely monitored and there are systems in place to prevent them from accessing anything harmful. It’s a good idea to make sure that you have appropriate filters in place at home while children are using the internet more frequently to access online resources. If you’re unsure, your Internet Service Provider will be able to provide you with information on web filtering. Below are some tips to share with children to help keep them safe while online and make sure they’re using the internet correctly:

  • Treat others how you would like to be treated. If you wouldn’t say something to someone in person, don’t say it online.
  • Make sure you’re aware of how your messages might come across to others.
  • Respect other people’s privacy.
  • Use websites you know are safe.
  • Don’t talk to anyone you don’t know, or arrange to meet them.
  • Keep an eye out for unusual pop-ups, adverts or downloads. Don’t open them if you think they aren’t trustworthy.
  • Don’t give out personal information about you, your friends or your family to anyone you don’t know.
  • Only use social networking sites that you are old enough to use – age limits are there for a reason.
  • Speak to an adult if something worries you or makes you feel uncomfortable.

Useful links

Useful documents

Home Internet Controls Guide for Parents

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Support for parents and carers

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has lots of useful information and advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, including:

  • Coping with loneliness
  • 10 tips to deal with change
  • Coping with money worries and job uncertainty
  • Mental wellbeing while staying at home

The website also features a mind plan quiz. By answering five quick questions you get a free plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control. Get your personalised Mind Plan here: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/your-mind-plan-quiz/

Useful links

Families Under Pressure: maudsleycharity.org/familiesunderpressure/

How to boost positivity for your family at home: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zykkvwx

Six self-care tips for parents: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdp93j6

BBC Bitesize Parents’ Toolkit: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znsmxyc

Supporting children’s mental health

The Every Mind Matters website also has advice for parents and carers about looking after children’s mental health. For more information, please visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/childrens-mental-health/

If you’re worried about how your child is coping, there is lots of help, advice and support available:

Young Minds offers advice about mental health in children and young people. You can call the helpline on 0808 802 5544 or visit the website: youngminds.org.uk

Shout provides free, confidential support with trained crisis volunteers via text, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Text SHOUT to 85258.

Childline offers a confidential telephone counselling service, allowing your child to speak to someone anonymously, They can:

Useful links

The School Wellbeing Service
The school wellbeing service has lots of useful links and resources and App’s for support. These include support for young people with emotional and mental health needs. The websites also has some links to very useful parenting support and parenting courses.

Kooth
Kooth is a digital free, safe, confidential, and non-stigmatised way for young people aged 11 to 18 years to receive counselling, advice and support on-line. Kooth delivers 1000’s of counselling sessions each year in Local Authorities across the UK. Available weekdays 12pm until 10pm and weekends 6pm-10pm, 365 days per year, it provides a much needed out of hours’ service for advice and help.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust teach people how to look after their mental health. They use a practical, positive and proven approach. They publish free resources for professionals, parents, young people and others interested in mental and emotional wellbeing.

Recovery College
Recovery College is a useful online resource with general advice, support, and strategies for a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues.

Sleep Council
The sleep council has information on sleep hygiene. It provides information on sleep patterns and how to get a better night’s sleep.

York Mind
York Mind’s Young People Project is offering services to young people aged between 11 – 21 years old. These include a Telephone Drop-In and a Telephone Mentoring Service.