Corona Virus Information


Bridgelea Parent Information for wider reopening of school September 2020 

Contact details

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

Bridgelea Withington, Bridgelea Road, M20 3FB 01614348716

Assistant Head Teachers : Caroline Gibson (07712530464), Rebecca Squires (07950883160)  senco@bridgelea.manchester.sch.uk  Safeguarding Lead - Lisa Shaw (07712330424) 

Hygiene

  • Remind your children to wash hands and keep their hands away from their face. Staff in school will remind your child as well. 
  • https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
  • Please limit the toys or objects that children bring into schools. Encourage your child to only bring in a coat and lunch bag (if on packed lunch). Everything else they will be provided in school. 
  • For children on transport they can still bring their ipad to use and these will be put in a zip wallet each morning to limit transmission. 

Symptoms

Vigilance with symptoms is crucial to prevent the spread of the infection.  If anyone in your household displays any of the following symptoms : 

  • A new persistent cough
  • High temperature (above 37) 
  • Loss of the sense of taste and smell

If you experience any symptoms, please get tested. You can book on www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

  • Children over the age of 5 can be tested. Please share the results of a test with school so we can take appropriate measures. 
  • A negative test result will mean that your child can return to school upon receipt of the test. 

Self-isolate for at least 10 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

 

September 2020 Updates

 

FAQs for Parents and Carers in Manchester (Manchester City Council)

 

The following advice has been prepared with the help of our Public Health team in Manchester to give parents and carers as much information as possible before children return to school in September.

Further information is also available on the Government website for parents/carers about what changes and measures to expect in schools in September:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

 

Is it compulsory for my child to attend school from September?

Yes; from the start of the next academic year in September, it is compulsory for children of all school years to attend.

 

How safe will it be?

Our schools can provide a well managed environment, to reduce the risk of infection. Public Health England is clear that if settings do this, the risk of transmission will be lowered.  These measures include:

  • changes in pick up and drop off arrangements, improved signage and one-way movement systems;
  • ensuring those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend;
  • washing hands more often than usual;
  • promoting good hygiene around sneezing/ coughing into tissue, which is then put in bin;
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces;
  • changes to classroom layout and timetables to reduce contact;
  • regular deep-cleaning;
  • grouping pupils in a ‘bubble’ designed to help with infection control.

 

How will my child travel to school?

Due to social distancing, the capacity of public transport and school bus services may be reduced. We would encourage alternative means of transport (walk, cycle, car), where possible, to ensure there are places on public transport for those children who have no other options.

 

What will a ‘bubble’ look like?

This very much depends on the school your child attends. The main priority is to reduce contact between people as much as possible. This will be achieved through pupils being placed in ‘bubbles’. Some ‘bubbles’ may be as small as 30 whereas in larger primary schools or secondary schools, ‘bubbles’ may be a whole year group. To reduce contact between pupils:

  • ‘bubbles’ may have different start and finish times;
  • ‘bubbles’ may have break times and lunch times in separate areas of the school;
  • school timetables may be adjusted.

 

How often will pupils wash their hands during the day?

Schools will be washing their hands as soon as pupils enter the school, at regular intervals throughout the day and before going home.

 

How safe is it to use bathrooms at school?

Schools will be taking additional steps to ensure bathrooms are kept clean, including:

  • being cleaned at regular times throughout the day;
  • being cleaned thoroughly each evening or before school and this will include cleaning specific ‘touch points’ throughout school e.g. door handles, light switches etc.

 

Will schools be using personal protective equipment (PPE)?

Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools is not recommended. PPE will only be used if a child, young person or other learner becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus whilst in their school and needs direct personal care until they can return home. Also, those children, young people and students whose care routinely already involves the use of PPE due to their intimate care needs, will continue to receive their care in the same way.

 

What would happen if somebody at school developed Covid symptoms during the day?

  • If anyone shows symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day, they will be taken to a designated room.
  • Staff will wear PPE equipment if necessary to provide support.
  • Parents/carers will be contacted and the person will be expected to be collected from school immediately and will be advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection’. They must  arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the person showing symptoms first had symptoms.

Travelling back to England from abroad. 

  • Here is the list of “safe travel corridors”. This is updated very regularly, so please do check.
  • https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors
  • You may be required to fill a passenger information form upon arrival in England and quarantine for 14 days.
  •  Please let Bridgelea know as soon as possible if you are due to arrive back in the country  regardless of the country travelling from so that we can prepare to support your child virtually if they are unable to attend school due to quarantine. 

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