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Tuesday 29th September 2020 - COVID-19 Update for parents/carers
As you aware Birmingham currently has serious restrictions on people from different households mixing.
It is against the law and you can be fined.
The only exception to this rule is that grandparents and professional childcare providers can look after children for the purposes of a parent being able to go to work.
We have been reminded by Birmingham City Council that other than the above exceptions, it is a reportable offence for households to mix. The Council have reinforced that we have no choice but to report any breaches that we are aware of directly to West Midlands Police.
Please ensure that you are within the law and keeping everyone safe.
We do not want to close classes or the school - our children have had a lot of time off and deserve to be able to come to school.
Thank you all for your continued support and cooperation.
As we have all now returned to school please click here to read our updated Risk Assessment.
Monday 14th September 2020 - COVID-19 Update for parents/carers
Due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our year 6 bubble, the 6 bubble was temporarily closed on Friday afternoon. This bubble will remain closed until Wednesday 23rd September to all year 6 children and year 6 staff. This is a precautionary measure in line with Government guidelines.
We have work packs available on our year 6 page on the school website https://www.courtfrm.bham.sch.uk/year-groups/year-6. Paper copies will be available for collection from the school office tomorrow.
All year 6 children and year 6 staff MUST self-isolate. This means no year 6 child or staff member can leave their house until Wednesday 23rd September for any reason. Year 6 children must not come to school to collect siblings or go out anywhere with parents. The NHS Track and Trace service can check on people who are self-isolating.
All siblings of children in year 6 need to come to school as usual.
If a child develops symptoms please inform us as soon as possible and book a test if you can. I understand that booking a test is difficult at the moment. Please be patient. The Government are releasing new test appointment slots on their website several times a day so if you need one, please keep trying. For more information on COVID tests/to book a test follow this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested.
Due to Birmingham's new restrictive measures which start tomorrow, no households can mix. Therefore, only parents or people in the same household can bring children to and from school. I understand the new measures will give rise to lots of complications, which I am not necessarily able to answer for you, but as a school we will try. Birmingham City Council have released the following guidance/FAQ’s for parents about the new measures which I encourage parents to read https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50231/coronavirus_covid-19/2254/new_coronavirus_restrictions_in_birmingham_%E2%80%93_faqs.
Please remember, school have not made any of these social distancing rules - they are law and guidance provided to us by the Government.
Thank you for your continued cooperation.
Tuesday 8th September 2020 - COVID-19 Update for parents/carers
We would like to reiterate just how pleased and proud we are of how well the children have returned to school and settled back into their new classes. Thank you for supporting us with our new routines where they are in place as this makes getting back to normal so much easier for us and the children.
The Department for Education has published some updated guidance for schools to follow in the event of a local lockdown or if part of the school/or bubble needs to close.
We have a duty to comply with health and safety law and as a result, we have drawn up a comprehensive risk assessment which has been agreed by the Governing Board and sent to the Local Authority. A copy is available on the website under ‘Parents’, ‘Covid 19 updates’. We have a range of proportionate control measures in place which include:
We will review all of our procedures on a regular basis and make amendments or changes where needed and advise parents/carers when appropriate. We will also review procedures in line with any updated advice or guidance from Public Health England and the DfE.
There are a set of actions schools must take which are classed as ‘prevention’ and ‘response’.
No pupil, staff or other adult must come into school if they have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive in the last 10 days.
Anyone who becomes ill in school with symptoms will be sent home (new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or a loss of or change in normal smell or taste) and asked to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection (https://www.gov.uk.governemtn/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance). This states you should self-isolate for at least 10 days and arrange to have a test.
If they test positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.
Other members of their household (including any siblings), should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
If your child shows symptoms and is awaiting collection, they will be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window will be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, we will move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.
If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
Please note, PPE should be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).
In an emergency, we will call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.
Response to any infection
The school has a duty to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process. If need be, staff members and parents need to be ready and willing to;
Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus) website or by telephone via NHS 119
School has been provided with a very small number of home testing kits which we can give directly to parents/carers in certain circumstances only.
We will take swift action if we become aware that someone who has attended school has tested positive for coronavirus and will contact our local health protection team. This team will also contact school directly if they become aware of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus attended school- as identified by NHS Test and Trace.
The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.
We will be guided through the actions we need to take by the health protection team at all times. We will be given definitive advice on who must be sent home. School will keep a record of pupils and staff in each group and any close contact that takes place between children and staff in different groups.
Close contact means:
Please note, we will NOT share the names or details of people with coronavirus unless we are advised it is essential to protect others.
We will not ask for evidence of negative test results or any other medical evidence before welcoming children back into school after a period of self-isolation.
If school has 2 or more confirmed cases of coronavirus within 14 days or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus is suspected, we will work with the local health protection team who will advise if additional action is required.
Process in the event of local outbreaks
If a local area sees a spike in infection rates that is resulting in localised community spread, the appropriate authorities (not school) will decide which measures to implement to help contain the spread. The DfE will be involved in decisions at local and national level affecting a geographical area and will support the appropriate authorities and individual settings (schools) to follow health advice.
For individuals or groups of self-isolating pupils, we will have remote education plans in place for these pupils. This will involve work available on the website in year groups (as previously). There will be a mix of online work, worksheets and practical activities.
In the event of a local outbreak, the Public Health England health protection team or local authority may advise the school (or a number of schools) to close temporarily. This would mean remaining open only to the children of critical key workers and vulnerable pupils with work available online as previously described.
At all stages we will follow health advice and keep parents/carers informed of any developments.
Misleading information about the process for suspected tests
Birmingham City Council and schools have been made aware of rumours that have been circulating online about how suspected cases of COVID in pupils will be dealt with when they return to school. These messages are intended to mislead and in no way reflect how Birmingham schools will respond to children with symptoms. Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health, confirmed this in videos that the council has posted to twitter (https://twitter.com/BhamCityCouncil/status/1300831895249395715) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=799020854258788). You may need to copy and paste the Twitter link into your browser to access.
If you have a message for the class teacher, please email or telephone the school office so they can pass the message on. No messages will be accepted on the door.
Please can we continue to ask parents/carers to adhere to social distancing recommendations when dropping off/picking up your children from school and to follow the one-way system on entry to school from the main gate into the playground and exit via the same gate. Year 6 have their own gate.
We have a one adult per family system in operation currently to reduce the number of adults on the premises and contact between us all. Please ensure you stick to this and let older pupils walk in by themselves if possible. Please come at your allocated times wherever possible and avoid grouping in the street.
Thank you very much, we are trying to keep everyone safe, we really appreciate your cooperation. If you have any concerns or queries, please get in touch with us via the school office and we will do our best to help as always.
Madeleine Bromley Paul Husted
Head teacher Deputy Head teacher