COVID-19 Response

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Covid-19

Havant Academy are following the advice of Public Health England (PHE) which can be found on the PHE website.

We continue to emphasise with both staff and pupils the importance of hand washing and hygiene, in line with the guidance about how best to prevent the spread of infection. We are taking opportunities to reinforce these messages regularly and to encourage staff and pupils to wash their hands at regular points throughout the school day.

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Latest Information

  • Click here to view our Covid-19 Regulations as at 29/11/2021.

  • As per our updated risk assessment 'In secondary schools face coverings are to be worn by staff, adults (including visitors) and students at all times, when moving around in corridors and in communal areas, unless they are exempt for a reason set out in Government guidance.'

Remote Learning

  • Click here to view the Remote Learning Provisions (this may answer any questions you may have)

  • Click here to view our Wellbeing Strategy during remote learning lockdown

  • Click here for a guidance video on remote learning

  • Click here for a guide on how to use Google Classrooms

Testing

Staff and students will be tested for COVID-19 twice weekly. For students, the first three of these tests will need to be conducted in supervised settings in school with subsequent tests being administered at home. We are required to provide an opportunity for supervised testing for students in school in the event that testing at home is not possible.

  • Click here to watch a demonstration of taking a COVID-19 test

  • Click here to view the Terms of Convent for Covid-19 Testing

Symptoms

It has been an absolute joy to be able to have our students back in school. We continue to be vigilant and rigorously apply measures to ensure your child is as safe as they possibly can be in school. An essential part of our and all schools approach is the action that needs to be taken if a student displays symptoms. The instructions set out below are based on the government's guidance and public health legislation. If your child displays any of the three main symptoms set out below, they and any siblings must be isolated either until they have a test result or for 14 days.

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of any of the following:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal. There is also a wider set of symptoms that may be related to COVID 19, which are set out below.

These wider symptoms have not been published directly by Government, but have been published by internationally renowned medical journals and publications. If your child displays any of these symptoms, please contact NHS 111 for advice before sending them to school.

Signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in children can include:

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Myalgia (muscle pain)

  • Nasal congestion or rhinorrhoea

  • Sore throat

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Abdominal pain

  • Diarrhoea

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Poor appetite or poor feeding

I appreciate how disruptive this can be for families and work. However, I am sure you will agree, we all have a duty to combat COVID 19 and keep our schools as safe as possible.

Protective Measures

Protective measures we are taking in light of coronavirus (COVID-19):

It goes without saying that the safety of all our students and staff is our top priority. We have been working within the guidance this term to welcome year 10 back into school and are building on these systems for safe operating ready for the September start. These systems will allow us to open as safely as possible and limit the risk of the virus being transmitted within our school and community. Some of the steps we are taking in readiness for full reopening in September include:

  • Asking that anyone displaying symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives with someone who is, does not attend school. That includes all students and staff who work here.

  • Setting up year group ‘bubbles’ to limit the contact between different groups of students and keeping staffing as consistent as possible to limit any risk of transmission.

  • Year groups will be based in specific areas of the school and the majority of teaching will take place in these areas to limit movement around the school. Students will still have access to specialist facilities and these will be cleaned between different groups.

  • There will be a strong focus on hand hygiene and this will be regularly reinforced with students.

  • Ensuring our students understand the importance of the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ routine for respiratory hygiene and ensuring tissues and bins are readily available throughout the school

  • Wherever possible children will be sat side by side and facing forward in classes, and PE lessons will take place outside.

  • Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule so that frequently touched surfaces are cleaned more frequently including table tops and door handles.

  • Implementing a staggered start and finish to the school day, ensuring that students arrive at the correct gate at their designated times and maintain social distancing.

  • No large gatherings such as whole school assemblies, evening events, parents’ evenings or Christmas performances.

  • No after school extra-curricular clubs.

How can parents help?

  • Parents and carers who need to speak to staff, should do so by email or phone in the first instance. The guidance states clearly that “gathering at the school gates and otherwise coming onto the site without an appointment is not allowed”. Of course, where it is necessary for parents to come into school we will arrange an appointment for this to happen

  • Ensure your children only arrive at the appointed times and places (as given below) so that we can make sure the staggering arrangements are effective. Siblings in different year groups should only arrive at their designated time/gate to avoid mixing of year group bubbles

  • Please limit the items brought from home to school. Students should have with them: water bottle, pencil case, and any work that has been completed at home

  • Please ensure that PE kit and uniform are washed regularly to limit the spread of infection and ensure general cleanliness

  • If students use public transport, they should wear a face covering, in line with government guidance. This should be removed and either disposed of, or bagged on arrival at school. Students should then wash their hands.

Pupils Attending School

For pupils attending school during COVID 19:

  • In addition to the established roles, responsibilities and expectations of school staff and pupils, the following expectations are in place and sanctions will be upheld

  • Staff and pupils will adhere to the social distancing requirements in place

  • Staff and pupils will take every precaution to reduce the risk of virus transmission by regularly washing hands, using hand sanitiser and keeping work areas clean, making use of the cleaning materials provided

  • Any incident of spitting will result in immediate exclusion from school for a period of no less than 3 days

  • Use of threatening, aggressive language and behaviours towards staff from either pupils or families will result in immediate exclusion from school for a period of no less than 3 days.

Home Learning

For pupils accessing remote learning:

  • Staff and pupils will continue to implement the expectations of safe internet usage

  • Use of inappropriate language within the Google classroom will result on a telephone call home to discuss

  • Use of threatening, aggressive language and behaviours within the Google classroom towards staff from either pupils or families will result in immediate access denied and a requirement from parents/carers to collect a paper copy of work set from the office weekly

  • Any use of racist, homophobic, discriminatory, or bullying language/behaviour within the Google classroom will result in immediate access denied and a requirement from parents/carers to collect a paper copy of work set from the office weekly.

Risk Assessment

To view our Covid-19 Risk Assessment (02/01/2022), please click here. Addendum to Version 11 Coronavirus Risk Assessment with effect from 20 January 2021 is here.