Here you will find everything you need to know in relation to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and how it affects schools. You will also see what we as a school are doing about it.
Changes to measures and guidance for managing COVID-19 in education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April.
On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.
Please ensure that you carefully consider the below scenarios:
In accordance with the updates to the DfE’s operational guidance, we have adapted our Risk Assessment. The main changes include:
On their return from the Christmas break, students will receive an on-site lateral flow test.
Mixing and ‘bubbles’
The government’s removal of the so-called ‘bubbles’ means greater flexibility in our curriculum delivery, with the resumption of assemblies as well as clubs with students from different year groups. This will enable us to provide the many opportunities and enrichment activities on offer.
In line with Government guidance, we will maintain a high level of hygiene around the school, with hand washing facilities still readily available, and areas appropriately ventilated. Face masks are only advised to worn in public transport and dedicated transport to school. Some people may wish to continue to wear face masks, a personal decision which will be fully supported. Form teachers and Heads of Year will provide individual support for those who are anxious about these changes, where necessary.
Risk Assessment and Contingency Planning
There is a revised risk assessment for the return to school in accordance with Government guidance, together with a contingency planning document in the event that there are multiple outbreaks of Covid-19 and in accordance with advice from Public Health. Settings will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak.
Individuals are not required to self-isolate, if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. All individuals are encouraged to take a PCR test if advised to do so.
Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They will not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.
Schools will no longer routinely be involved in track and trace of close contacts. If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.
It has been a year since we switched to daily virtual assemblies. This compilation video takes a look back at all of the amazing work Waddesdon staff and students have put into making these assemblies happen. Despite being physically separate, our daily assemblies have enabled us to remain firmly together.
We have published to parents a full plan for the re-opening of the school, including the process for running asymptomatic testing. If you have any questions relating to the full re-opening, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have switched delivery of our curriculum and pastoral support on-line as required during the latest National Lockdown. We recognise the challenges of supporting your children with remote learning and do not underestimate the emotional demands that this will place on you and your children. Our job is to work with you on this and to support all of our students’ needs as best as we can.
We will respond to any individual enquiries or concerns as swiftly as we are able.
Students will register daily to receive support from their friends and also to stay in contact with their form teacher. Should you wish to contact your child’s Head of Year, you can do this by sending an email to the Office email address. The lessons will be a blend of ‘live’ lessons delivered through Microsoft Teams and work set on Show My Homework. Research from the Education Endowment Fund indicates that this blend of approaches will best support your son or daughter. It also reflect parental preference as recorded through the survey sent out at the end of the first Lockdown.
If you need to talk to us about your child working in school during this period, please email the Office email address. Your email will be forwarded to Mr Sturla.
In our continued efforts to keep you fully up-to-date during this time, we have put together a short video which gives you a flavour of how we have implemented elements of our Risk Assessment into our routines at Waddesdon School.
In the event of school closure, all students are expected to complete the online work set by their teachers on ‘Show My Homework’ each day, unless they are unable to do so through illness. Please send any queries to email@example.com.
Regular updates will be given via letters and newsletters which will be posted below.
Watch our ‘Safety In School’ video to see what measures we have put in place during the pandemic.