COVID-19 Information and Updates

On this page please find important information to detailing what we have put in place to ensure the safety of both students and staff. We have a detailed FAQ’s section on this page. If you have any further questions which please email us school@bishopschester.co.uk

This page is password protected. You will receive the password by email if your child is self isolating. Satchel One (Show my Homework) will continue, students should continue to follow their usual log-in routine when accessing work from home.

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FAQ's

We understand that Covid is affecting all schools in different ways, therefore we have collated some frequently asked questions below to ensure that you are as informed as possible. 

Will my child be in a ‘bubble’? 

Schools are no longer required to keep students in ‘bubbles’, and therefore students from September 2021 will be able to move from building to building freely. As we are a campus style school the risk of transmission is minimised due to lesson changeover happening largely outside. Where possible we have kept some restrictions in place, such as designated outdoor recreational space and staggered lunch and break times to use the dining facilities. Each year group will also have designated toilet facilities as well.   

If my child is required to self-isolate, does this affect their attendance record?  

Absence for Covid related reasons is collated separately.  As of August 16th  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: 

  • they are fully vaccinated 
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months 
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial 
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons 

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. We would encourage all individuals 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 do 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. 

 Parents are asked to notify attendance@bishopschester.co.uk if a child  develops symptoms themselves and report PCR test results to testresult@bishopschester.co.uk. 

It is a legal requirement that all students attend school. We understand that we have some students who are classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and in receipt of a notification letter. We ask that those individuals contact the school so a risk assessment can be completed.  

Can my child access hand sanitiser/ hand washing facilities?  

There are designated hand sanitiser stations upon arrival and when exiting at the end of each day. Every classroom has been fitted with a hand sanitiser dispenser and each student will have access to hand washing facilities in their designated building. All soap in our dispensers is anti-bacterial.  

What happens if it is raining outside, are the children limited to the classroom they have all their lessons in?  

We have arranged indoor ‘wet play’ locations for each designated year group. 

Will doors and windows be kept open in order to ventilate the rooms? 

Background ventilation with windows and doors ajar is maintained throughout lesson time.  Between lessons external doors are fully open to purge the space.  The central heating is switched on but temperatures will be lower during winter and students and staff are advised to wear base layers to remain comfortable.  

Will my child be staying in the same room for all lessons? If not, how are you ensuring they are entering a clean environment?  

Upon entering each classroom students will be asked to sanitise their hands. Each classroom will also have antibacterial wipes available for students to sanitise their space and any equipment they are using. 

Does my child need to wear a mask? 

We are following guidance from the Government and Public Health England. At this moment in time it is optional for both students and staff to wear masks.  

What happens if a child/staff member reports symptoms? 

If a child reports a symptom to their teacher, they will be immediately placed in our designated COVID-19 room. A parent/carer will be notified immediately to arrange collection as soon as possible. A PCR test is required. The child may return to school if they receive a negative result.  

What happens following a positive test notification for COVID-19? 

If anybody within the school community tests positive for COVID-19 they are asked to report the result to testresult@bishopschester.co.uk   

My child normally gets the bus to and from school, what changes and measures are in place? 

Please visit our Travel Information page for more details.  

Where is the work for individuals and small groups who are self-isolating? 

There are three areas to explore for these students. While teachers will be continuing to teach their timetables in school, the three areas of independent work are updated regularly.   SatchelOne/Show My Homework will continue to link to lesson resources and homework tasks, a second area of Remote Learning contains work matched to Bishops’ Learning Programmes and the third area are national resources such as www.thenational.academywhere videos and lessons are available daily.   

Asymptomatic Testing 

Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools. That is why, whilst some measures are relaxed, others will remain, and if necessary, in response to the latest epidemiological data, we all need to be prepared to step measures up or down in future depending on local circumstances. 

Staff and secondary pupils should continue to test regularly. Schools will only provide tests for twice weekly asymptomatic testing for pupils and staff if they are attending school settings.  

As pupils will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term. 

Staff and students should undertake twice weekly home tests whenever they are in school until the end of September, when this will be reviewed by the government. 

Wellbeing & Online Safety Links

We recognise that  parents and students might have concerns regarding this.  It is important to discuss this with your child and report it to a member of the safeguarding team if you have any concerns. The below links are useful resources to help guide parents and carers with online safety.

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