St Hugh's Catholic Primary School

Covid-19 Advice and Support

COVID-19 update:

We continue to do our very best to navigate our way around this difficult situation that we all face. Our children continue to be happy, positive and settled! The return to school has been smooth and we have greatly valued all of your wonderful comments.

 

If there is a positive case within our school community, we work with public health, who decide and guide us through the steps of action we need to take. Every situation is very different, and therefore the outcomes with regards to the number of individuals who need to self-isolate will also vary considerably. Public Health provide the communication letters for us to send out to parents. I have reviewed these and made some changes to fit our own circumstances here at St Hugh’s.

 

If there is a positive case and your child is required to self-isolate, you will receive a direct parent mail with the title – IMPORTANT MESSAGE
– CHILD REQUIRED TO SELF-ISOLATE. There will then be a letter attached, containing further information. If you do not receive this letter, your child does not need to self-isolate. We will then send out a follow-up general information letter (as required by Public Health) to inform the wider school community. Due to GDPR restrictions, please be aware that we are unable to share personal information regarding family situations/specific cases. At present, there are over 400 schools just in Greater Manchester who have some pupils working from home and being taught via remote learning. We are one of the largest primary schools in Greater Manchester, with numbers similar to some secondary
schools. We have over 650 pupils, 100 staff and associated families, which therefore extends to thousands of people. Let’s continue to work together to help keep each other safe.

 

What you can do to support:

  • If your child or a member of the household has symptoms, then the whole household must self-isolate whilst the individual obtains the result of the test and then follow the guidance dependent upon the result.
  • No individual should be on the school premises if either themselves or a member of their households has symptoms.
  • Please continue to wear masks whilst on school premises.
  • Please ensure only one individual picks up and drops off children.
  • If you have siblings, wherever possible, choose timings so that your wait around school is minimised.
  • Please wait in the waiting area and socially distance from other parents. We have made a number of changes this week and continue to review our approach.
  • Please do not gather near the red railings at the front of school to allow parents to leave quickly
  • Clearly follow the stay at home guidance published by the government.


A reminder of what we are doing in school:

  • Implementing a range of protective measures across school and continuing to review our risk assessments
  • Ensuring any individual who has symptoms does not attend school or is sent home
  • Ensuring good respiratory hygiene – ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it and windows open in classrooms and corridors
  • Reducing contact between individuals by creating ‘bubbles’
  • Recreating learning spaces within school
  • Carefully monitoring absence by providing the necessary support to children and families
  • Reducing numbers of parents on site at one time by staggering pick-ups and drop-offs
  • Staggering playtimes and lunchtimes – children play and eat with their bubble
  • Additional cleaning around school throughout the day
  • Regular hand washing by all
  • Children having their own set of regular stationary equipment
  • Sports equipment kept to 1 bubble only
  • Educating the children to ‘stay- safe’ with regards to social distancing when appropriate and general guidance
  • Supporting a positive return to school, in particular with regards to positive emotional well-being
  • Managing confirmed cases of Coronavirus in conjunction with Public Health

NHS COVID-19 app:
NHS Test and Trace have launched the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action. The app will be available to download for anyone aged 16 and over. NHS COVID-19 app A new legal duty to self-isolate has now come into force. People in England will be required, by law, to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. This law has been introduced to ensure compliance with self-isolation
rules and to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).