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Return to school

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our students back into school after the summer holidays. 

All students will be expected to attend full time and they will have lessons in every subject.

 

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The video below contains detailed information about the arrangements for the full reopening of school in September 2020. This information follows the updated guidance published by the Department for Education in August 2020.

 

 

 

Timings of the school day 

We are shortening the school day because we will be running staggered 30 minute lunchtimes and removing other social times. This is so that we can operate in ‘year group bubbles’ as stated in the Department for Education (DFE) guidance.

In order to keep all our students and staff as safe as possible, the timings of the beginning of the school day will change. 

Students will need to arrive at school between 9.15am and 9.30am, and most students will be dismissed between 3.05pm and 3.15pm (there will be a requirement for some Y11, Y12 and Y13 students to stay later on some days; they will be told more about this when they receive their timetables on their first day back). 

 

Uniform and equipment

Please ensure you refer to our uniform policy before buying new school clothes or PE equipment for your child.  This can be found on our uniform page at: https://www.silverdale-chorustrust.org/uniform

In order to limit the sharing of equipment, we have expanded the list of essential equipment students will need to bring into school in September.  This can be found on the same page. Please note there is a ticklist which has everything you need for both uniform and equipment.

 

Face coverings

Following revised national government guidance,  we have made the decision that students and staff in school, and any visitors including parents/carers, should wear face coverings on corridors and in communal areas. 

Therefore, until further notice, students, staff and visitors at Silverdale will be required to wear a face covering on corridors when arriving at school, moving around the school at lesson changeover and to go to the dining hall, and when leaving the school to travel home.

Students and staff will not be required to wear a face covering in the classroom.

It is important to note that the wearing of face coverings on corridors and in communal areas is an additional measure we are introducing to reduce the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 in school. The other measures we have previously outlined all remain essential in place, including:

  • The requirement to isolate at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The separation of year groups into ‘bubbles’.
  • The removal of break time from the school day to minimise mixing between year groups.
  • The requirement to clean hands regularly throughout the day, including when entering and exiting each classroom/teaching space.
  • The requirement to maintain a distance of 2 metres from students in other year groups where possible.

Read more information about this on our dedicated Face Coverings webpage.

 

No cash in school

Due to new safety measures, we are no longer accepting cash or cheques in school. All payments must be via our online payment system, ParentPay. This will be for dinner money, trips, revision guides, etc. Students will not be able to load cash onto their payment cards in school. If you need to register with ParentPay please contact our finance team at: parentpay@silverdale-chorustrust.org

 

What to do if your child is ill

Lots of parents have contacted us asking what to do in different situations. Below is a basic guide to follow. However, please also check out the latest NHS advice if you are unsure.

You can contact the NHS by calling 111 or going to their website at: https://111.nhs.uk/

 

WHAT TO DO IF... ACTION NEEDED

RETURN TO SCHOOL WHEN...

My child has coronavirus symptoms:

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back.
  • A NEW CONTINOUS COUGH – this means coughing for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • A LOSS OR CHANGE TO THEIR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE – this means they have noticed they cannot smell or taste anything.
  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Self-isolate.
  • Get a test.
  • INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE TEST RESULT.

...Test is returned negative.

My child tests positive for Covid-19.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Inform school immediately about test result
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return - minimum of 10 days.
  • Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Student groups or bubbles isolated with remote learning.

.....They feel better. They can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell. These symptoms can last for several weeks.

My child tests negative.
  • CONTACT THE SCHOOL.
  • Discuss when your child can come back to school (same day/next day).
.....The test comes back negative.

Somebody in my household has Covid-19 symptoms.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.
  • Household member and anyone else in household who is showing symptoms to get a test.
  • INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULTS.

...The household member test comes back negative.

Somebody in my household has tested positive for Covid-19.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days.

...The young person has completed 14 days of self-isolation.

NHS Test and Trace has identified my child was in ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or a confirmed case of Covid-19.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days.

...The young person has completed 14 days of self-isolation.

We/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine.

  • Do not take unauthorised leave in term time.
  • Consider quarantine requirement and FCO advice when booking travel.
  • Provide information to school as per the attendance policy.

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact school daily.
  • Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days.
  • Self-isolate the whole household.

...The quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.

We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding.

  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • Contact the pastoral team in school as soon as possible.
  • Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

….School inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school.

My child’s bubble is closed due to Covid-19 outbreak in school.
  • DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
  • At home support your child with remote learning provided by school.
  • Your child will need to isolate for 14 days.
…..School will inform you when the bubble will be reopened.
My child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19. FOLLOW USUAL SCHOOL ABSENCE POLICY PROCEDURE.

…..After 48 hours following the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea if this is the cause of absence.

 

Please be assured that in all of these matters we will be closely adhering to the DFE guidance.