Covid-19 Information

 

Dear Parents,

    Please read the PARENT GUIDE below informing you of our procedures for returning to school. 

Parent Information Guide St Stephen's CE RSA Academy September 2020

Parent and Carer Face Mask Guidance

Staff Face Mask Guidance

Households with possible Covid-19 Infection

     Please look at your child's class page in the event of a bubble closure or if your child is self isolating. Teachers will be posting planning and work for your child to complete at home. If we have to send a child home to self isolate, we will provide school work for your child to take home with them. 

     In the event of a bubble closure or school lockdown the school has organised a resource pack for your child to take home. The resources comprise of practical items such as pencils, paper, scissors, rulers, paints, card and maths resources such as number lines. This is to enable your child's education to continue for all subjects but also make sure some of your child's home education is not computer based. Many of the activities set by staff for a variety of subjects will be practical, and this is the reason we have provided practical resource packs should you not have these items readily available at home. We do not want young children spending hours on end sat behind computers. We shall also make sure you do not need to rely on printers and ink for home learning.

    We will send home reading books too. Reading resources will also be available virtually, should you wish to access further reading matter. 

        Your child’s class teacher will be checking in to make sure your children know we are still here for them. You can contact your teachers too using the following emails. For children in the early years go to: earlyyears@ststephensfirst.worcs.sch.uk, for Year 1 and 2 children use: ks1@ststephensfirst.worcs.sch.uk and for pupils in Year 3 and year 4 contact: ks2@ststephensfirst.worcs.sch.uk. These emails should be used for queries regarding educational advice only. Other matters should be addressed to the office: office@ststephensfirst.worcs.sch.uk or by contacting us via telephone: 01527 63911.

    If you are having difficulty accessing computer hardware for your child to complete their work, please contact the office on the above email. We have laptops available to loan. 

    We want to support our community in any way we can so please do get in touch on the email addresses above. 

 Kind regards and stay safe,

Mrs Sarah Callanan

 

St Stephen’s CE RSA Academy and all schools within the Central RSA Academies Trust completed a comprehensive risk assessment before opening to wider numbers of pupils in June 2020.

These risk assessments have been regularly updated as required with new information and legislation.

 

Following the government’s announcement of lockdown 3 in January 2021, the limited return to school of pupils and the introduction of testing, risk assessments have been reviewed at St Stephen’s CE RSA Academy with the following outcomes;

 

The Nursery has reopened with 4 additional elements to the risk assessments;

 

  • 1.Staff to wear face coverings outside of classrooms
  • 2.Questioning of parents when they drop off their children to ensure that their children do not present with symptoms
  • 3.Temperature checks on arrival
  • 4 Ensuring where possible face coverings are worn by parents/carers when dropping off and picking up children or visiting the Nursery

 

Primary years - staff now wear face coverings outside of classrooms

The risk assessments cover the following areas;

  1. Awareness of procedures and policies
  2. Hygiene practices in classrooms and public areas
  3. Administering first aid to those presenting symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Managing suspected cases of COVID-19
  5. Spread of infection
  6. Clinically vulnerable staff
  7. Mental health concerns – staff
  8. Management of infectious diseases
  9. Governance and policy
  10. Vacant premises/re-opening of premises
  11. Emergency/fire evacuation
  12. Available capacity reduced by social distancing
  13. Organising small class groups
  14. Classroom based arrangements/class sizes
  15. Continued prioritisation of vulnerable pupils
  16. Pupils falling behind in learning
  17. Pupils eligible for free school meals
  18. Plans if staff numbers lower than required to teach classes
  19. Staff training
  20. Social distancing arrangements
  21. Pupil behaviour
  22. Transition planning
  23. Communication of Academy plans
  24. Academy building arrangements
  25. Contractors on site
  26. Costs of additional measures due to COVID-19
  27. Mental health concerns – pupils
  28. Transport arrangements
  29. Onwards = Updates

 

 

A weekly review takes place of all sections within the Risk Assessment and section 29 and all subsequent sections relate to additional control measures that have been added to the Risk Assessment following updated guidance, advice and that weekly review.