Aim

To make sure we can continue to educate our learners, and support the emotional wellbeing, of our learners, families, and staff, whilst always taking into account the safety of all. To achieve this, we will apply a common-sense approach to the government advice.

We will:

  • be clear about our approach
  • clearly communicate and consult with families, staff, and other key stakeholders to seek to ease their concerns
  • try our best to mitigate risks to make sure everyone is safe

We will follow Government and Public Health England advice to protect everyone’s wellbeing and safety and we will continue to work closely with Sandwell and Dudley local authorities to make sure we have a consistent and measured approach to the support of children and families.

Three scenarios for opening/closure

We plan for 3 scenarios:

  1. Full opening  
  2. Partial opening 
  3. Lockdown for the area, or for the academy

Full Opening 

School/Nursery is open to all year groups as normal and to staff needed to be on site to maintain services to these students.  Some staff may be allowed to work from home to facilitate social distancing. 

Partial Opening 

School/Nursery open to specific year groups and staff needed to maintain the services to these students. Some staff will work from home.  

Lockdown 

Schools closed to all except children of key workers, vulnerable children and staff needed to maintain the services to these students.  The majority of staff will work from home. 

How we are protecting staff and learners when they are in school

Our school have set up a number of measures to protect staff and learners when they are in school, these include but are not limited to:

  • One way systems within the site (where possible)
  • Grouping learners into bubbles
  • Staggered timetables including break and lunch (particularly for larger Secondaries)
  • Rigorous cleaning routines within each site
  • Easy access to hand sanitisers
  • Appropriate signage across each site

Face coverings:

  • Face coverings are no longer advised for students, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas.
  • The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college.

  • If there is an outbreak in your school, or if your school is in an enhanced response area, you might be advised that face coverings should temporarily be worn in communal areas or classrooms.

Hygiene:

  • All staff, learners and visitors will need to make sure they wash their hands often and thoroughly throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitisers are available throughout the schools and everyone is encouraged to use this when entering and exiting areas and rooms.
  • School facilities are subject to increased and thorough cleaning to minimise likelihood of spreading the virus.

Social distancing:

  • Social distancing measures have now ended.
  • DfE no longer recommend that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’) or to keep groups apart as much as possible. 

Read the Department for Education guidance.

Absence procedure:

  • While the school site is open, we expect learners to be in school.
  • Our priority is ensuring that learners are happy, safe and well so that they continue to access exceptional education.

Read our absence procedure for families.

Visitors:

  • Face coverings are no longer advised for  visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas.
  • When visitors entering our site, visitors will be expected to confirm they have no symptoms of COVID-19 as part of our signing in process.

COVID-19 testing:

  • We are following Government guidance on offering lateral flow testing from January 2021.
  • Lateral flow tests will be available to any staff or secondary students who are in school.
  • Read more on our approach to testing.
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