Corona Virus Information

January 2021 update : 

Please find these helpful videos to understand the offer from January 2021 to children. 

Face to face learning option :

Remote learning option :


Bridgelea Parent Information for January 2021 

Contact details 

Bridgelea Longsight, Plymouth Grove West, Longsight, M13 0AQ 0161 272 8716 

Bridgelea Withington, Bridgelea Road, Withington, M20 3FB 0161 434 1548 


Phil Hoyland



Deputy Head/SENCO: Kelly Eyre 07739868066

Assistant Headteacher/SENCO: Caroline Gibson (07712 530464) and Rebecca Squires (07950 883160)   (Both on maternity leave May 2021)

Safeguarding Lead: Lisa Shaw (07712 330424) 



On the 4th January 2021 the government announced a national lockdown. Special Schools are to remain open to children where it is deemed safe to do so. You will have been contacted to discuss whether you would like to send your child to school or for them to access a remote learning offer.    

We have tried to keep as many children with familiar adults where possible to support them in school.  

This will be at both Withington and Longsight. 


What is our offer from January 2021?  

Remote learning :  

  • An adult from your child’s bubble will contact you every day.  

  • Your child will learn :  Reading skills ,Writing skills ,Maths skills ,PSHE, Art and PE activities will be sent home for your child to access.  

  • Your child will be invited by the Class Teacher to virtually join their friends for an activity such as an assembly. Please make sure that your child is dressed and supervised by an adult if they attend this virtual class group activity.  

  • If your child has interventions in school, a member of the team will deliver these remotely with your child. They will contact you to arrange a suitable time to do these. Any equipment that is needed for these will be delivered by the home learning team.  

  • Children have log ins for Purple Mash. Times Tables Rock Stars, Active Learn and My Maths to support their learning online. If you have any problems with logins please email

  • On a Thursday home learning paper packs will be delivered. On a Friday, Free School Meal vouchers will be delivered to families who are eligible. Please make sure you are in to sign for these otherwise they won’t be delivered until the following week.  

In school, face to face education offer :  

  • Currently, your child has been offered a full-time place unless you have specifically opted for part time. Please be mindful that this may change depending on the government guidance.  

  • Children attend school from 9am till 2pm.  

  • The full curriculum offer will be available to children.  

  • Lunches will be provided in school as normal.  

  • Transport arrangements are currently the same but could be subject to change dependant on transport’s risk assessment.  

  • Parents who are collecting their children are now required to wear a face covering. Be mindful of social distancing when collecting your child. There are markers on the car park to support you with this. Please be mindful of social distancing when speaking to the adult who brings out your child.   


  • Remind children in your bubble to wash hands and keep their hands away from their face. 
  • Please limit the toys or objects that children bring into school. Encourage children to only bring in a coat and lunch bag (if on packed lunch). Everything else they need will be provided in school.  
  • For children on transport they can still bring their ipad/phone to use and these will be put in a zip wallet each morning.  


There have been some government changes regarding self isolation :  

Self-isolate for at least 10 days (this was previously 14 days).  

You should self-isolate for at least 10 days if: 

  • you have symptoms of coronavirus and you tested positive, had an unclear result or did not have a test 

  • you tested positive but have not had symptoms 

If you have symptoms, the 10 days starts from when they started. 

If you have not had symptoms, the 10 days starts from when you had the test. But if you get symptoms after your test, self-isolate for a further 10 days from when your symptoms start. 

Stop self-isolating after 10 days if you feel OK 

You can stop self-isolating after 10 days if either: 

  • you do not have any symptoms 

  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone 

Keep self-isolating if you feel unwell 

Keep self-isolating if you have any of these symptoms after 10 days: 

  • a high temperature or feeling hot and shivery 

  • a runny nose or sneezing 

  • feeling or being sick 

  • diarrhoea 

Only stop self-isolating when these symptoms have gone. 

If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped. 

The recent guidance from the government :  

To reassure you, all schools MUST focus on preventing and responding to any infection.  

Prevention means: 

Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend the Setting. As a school we have a plan in place to minimise contact with anyone with symptoms: 

  • Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual. As a school we will make sure that there is plenty of access to hand sanitizers and hand washing is in the routine throughout the day.  

  • Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach. This will be reinforced throughout staff training, modelling to children and promoting good hygiene especially as the winter is approaching.  

  • Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach. As a school we have employed a daily cleaner in addition to our regular cleaners to ensure areas that are regularly touched are cleaned throughout the day. All staff are provided with sprays to clean the environment.  

  • Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible. Classrooms are set up to promote social distancing and children will be in bubbles, or pairs of bubbles. We will try to keep these the same to minimise contact between people.  

  • Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE. PPE is provided in school for occasions where children are displaying symptoms. Children do not need to wear PPE in school.  


Please see below a range of Frequently Asked Questions. If there are any more questions you may have do not hesitate to contact us.  

Frequently Asked Questions 




How will the school day be set up?  

Children can arrive from 8:45 and dropped off by their parents or the minibus. Please ensure that you are socially distancing from other adults whilst waiting for buses.  Please continue to be mindful of social distancing and avoiding waiting in a crowd together. Remember to have adequate space between individuals.  

Your child’s day will be very similar to the last term at Bridgelea. Learning and activities will carry on as normal. Our staff are operating on a rota system to minimise contact and to support home learning. However these are consistent staff that the children are familiar with.   

There are lots of opportunities for the children to wash their hands and this is built into daily routine eg : on arrival, before and after activities, before and after play time.  

Buses and parents can collect children from 1:45pm. Parents & carers who are collecting children will now be required to wear a face covering.  Please be mindful of social distancing when waiting and speaking to the teachers.  

We will continue to communicate with you via Class Dojo to inform you about learning in school.   

Do people need to wear new clothes each day? 

Try and encourage your child to uphold personal hygeine, including wearing clean clothes each day. We are still encouraging children to wear school uniform, if you have any difficulties with this please speak to someone in school and we will support you.  

How will playtimes work?  





We encourage outdoor play at Bridgelea and this helps to minimise the spread of the virus.  

Children may have lessons outdoors so please ensure they have a coat & jumper in the winter.  

Will adults and children be provided with PPE? 



The current guidelines state that PPE is not necessary for children under the age of 11. We are not providing PPE for children but we are supporting a number of hand washing stations and sanitising units.  

Any visitors such as health visitors will be wearing a face covering in line with our risk assessment.  

If a child is displaying symptoms and needs to be taken home, staff will be wearing PPE.  

The building will be regularly cleaned throughout the day. 

What about physical intervention?   




As you know some of the children who attend Bridgelea display risky behaviours that need to be supported by a physical intervention.  

Staff are well trained to avoid intervention where possible but sometimes this is required to keep your child, other children or staff safe. Staff will minimise the physical contact and support your child through distraction or other strategies that they know will work with your child.  

We have reviewed all of the children’s plans to reduce the need to restrain.  

There continues to be additional measures in place to support staff and children in school, such as :  

  • Structured day with familiar adults and children.  

  • Staff encouraged to use Retreat Referrals & request solution circles via SLT or Nurture leads.  

  • Weekly floor meeting with Nurture Leads to support with any difficulties.  

  • Maths as a familiar, “safe” activity to be completed daily. 

  • Children to read every day  

  • Ample opportunities for children to be outdoors 


Any concerns that you have please share with school so we can support you.  

What happens if a child (or staff member) displays symptoms? 

If a child presents with a cough, a temperature or a loss of taste and smell they should be kept at home and a corona-virus test arranged through ringing 119. If parents would like help arranging this encourage them to contact the office. 

If your child is ill, please err on the side of caution when deciding to send your child into school to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.  

If your child shows symptoms in school, your child will be taken to a ventilated room and supported by a member of staff. A member of staff will contact you to arrange for your child to go home.  

Any child / staff members or with symptoms must have a test. You must email or text the confirmation of the test result to the SLT.  If the test is negative, your child can return to school when they feel better.  

The bubble remains open until the child / staff member’s test result is returned. If this test is positive, the bubble will close while staff members and children self isolate. Your child will then access a remote learning offer whilst they are isolating at home. Please ensure you let us know if your child presents with any symptoms and has a test.  


What happens if a child displays symptoms in my bubble? 

If a child displays symptoms they will be sent home and a test must be booked by the parent. If you need support to do this please phone the office. 

All parents will be informed with a letter.  

Until the test results are returned, the current bubble can remain open.  

If the test is positive the child must remain at home for 10 days.  To further comply with government guidelines, the rest of the children and staff from their bubble will also remain at home for 10 days. 

If the test is positive, the children and staff in the bubble will go home and must self isolate for 10 days. The other household members do not need to self isolate.  

Will children be brought to school if they have usually been on a local authority bus? 

This currently will remain as normal with drop offs from 8:45am. This may change in light of government guidance and their own risk assessments.   

Transport have a risk assessment in place. Escorts will wear PPE and children are encouraged to socially distance on the bus. 

What happens if a child develops symptoms on the bus?  

The child with symptoms will be taken home. The child needs to go for a test and have a period of isolation while they await the results of the test.  

If the child has a test and there is a positive result, that child will isolate for 10 days and return to school. The other children on that bus will be required to self isolate for 10 days. 

We will inform you immediately of this and your child will access a remote learning offer during the isolation period.  

What happens if First aid is required? 

First aid will be administered and reported through the same procedures as normal (accident form on iris and contacting parent).  

It may be that staff wear PPE whilst delivering first aid but your children’s safety is paramount. .  

How will we support children to reduce the risk of infection? 

Enhanced hand washing practices will be built into the daily routine.  

Children are being taught about the importance of hygiene and this will be practiced daily. 

Hygiene procedures are in place to support cleanliness in other parts of the school, including shared corridors, bathrooms and outdoor spaces. 

An extra cleaner will be working throughout the day in addition to the normal cleaning staff to ensure the shared spaces are regularly disinfected and monitored. 

Shared rooms will have maximum occupancy based on their size and this is clearly labelled on rooms. Staff to adhere to this.  

Floor markings to support with social distancing are clear throughout the building.  

I am still very worried about returning to school in January?  

We understand the concerns around coronavirus. However, our risk assessment promotes high levels of hygiene and social distancing.  

There are reduced number of children and adults in school during this lockdown. This helps with social distancing and minimising contact with others.  

Staff are extremely vigilant but also remain nurturing to your child.  

We can assure you we have taken measures to minimise this risk. Working as a team together, staff, parents and children we will continue to minimise the risk by good hand hygiene and socially distancing where appropriate.  

Please share any concerns with the Senior Leadership Team. We are always happy to support you in these challenging times.  


Please feel free to contact us to discuss the above points or any other questions you may have.  

Thank you 

Bridgelea Senior Leadership Team 


October 2020 Update

  • Please find the school's updated school risk assessment attached.
  • Please see this video link to help explain the school risk assessment
  • Additional information is also available on the home learning page of the website.
  • The school's continuity plan is also attached. This describes how as a school we are ensuring education continues for children at Bridgelea.



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