Churchill Academy

Coronavirus Arrangements and Information

 From September 2021, new arrangements will apply to help us manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For the latest information, please also see "What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges" on the gov.uk site here. 

Testing

The aim of the testing programme is to identify and isolate any students or staff who are carrying the COVID-19 virus without displaying any symptoms of the virus. This will help us to control the spread of the virus and keep more students in school.

Students have been issued with testing kits to complete twice-weekly COVID-19 tests at home using lateral flow devices. Students should take tests at their convenience but we advise they are taken on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Home testing should continue until further notice. 

Please note lateral flow tests are only designed for those without symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate and book a PCR test

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required for all students using home to school transport (e.g. public bus, private hire coach, or minibus) unless exempt. As of 4th January 2022, students are required to wear face coverings at all times whilst indoors, apart from when taking part in PE, or practical Performing Arts or Food lessons, when eating or drinking. 

Remote Learning

In the event of school closure, or if students are required to self-isolate due to COVID-19, remote education will be provided from the start of the first full day of self-isolation. All remote learning will be provided through the Academy's Google Classrooms, which students are automatically enrolled in according to their timetabled lessons. 

Learning tasks will be provided for each lesson on the student's normal timetable. These tasks are expected to take the same amount of time as the timetabled lesson. Where possible, a link will be provided for students to access the lesson "live" via video conference. Alternatively, pre-recorded video or audio content may be provided.

Tutors will check in with self-isolating students at least weekly, either via email or on the telephone. 

If you are eligible for Free School Meals and you are self-isolating, please contact us. 

Remote Learning is only available to students self-isolating or learning from home due to COVID-19. 

Behaviour

Central to the success of our planning is the full cooperation of our students with our expectations. We cannot and will not tolerate silly behaviour, or students not following instructions. Such behaviour could undermine all our careful planning and put the health and safety of students and staff at risk. We are very clear that any breaches of the Code of Conduct, or any behaviour which creates a risk to students, will be dealt with very seriously. We are prepared to use the full extent of sanctions available in our behaviour policy and procedures to enforce this in school. 

Hygiene and cleaning

We have fitted hand sanitiser dispensers inside every classroom. Students are encouraged to use the hand sanitiser:

  • On entry to the room (every time)
  • Before leaving the room (every time)
  • Before eating
  • After eating

Where possible, students should bring their own hand sanitiser to prevent crowding around the dispenser.

If a student needs to sneeze or cough, it is essential to follow the “catch it – bin it – kill it” approach. All classrooms are equipped with lidded bins to allow for hygienic disposal of tissues and wipes.

Enhanced cleaning remains in place across the Academy. This includes frequent cleaning of touch points such as door handles and light switches throughout the day, and enhanced daily cleaning of the Academy site.

Equipment

All students must to bring their own stationery and school equipment. An equipment list can be found on the Uniform and Equipment page. This is essential as we cannot share out equipment such as scissors, glue sticks and so on as we normally would. Equipment packs are provided to all students eligible for pupil premium free of charge, and may be ordered by all students via ParentPay.

We also advise that all students bring their own tissues and hand sanitiser, to avoid crowding around the classroom dispensers.

Breaks and lunchtimes

Each year group is assigned a designated area for dining at break and lunchtime. Families may wish to consider providing packed lunches to reduce queuing and crowding at food service points.

Each year group is also assigned a designated social area for good weather and wet weather.

Uniform

Teachers will be keeping classroom doors and windows open wherever possible to increase ventilation. We have revised our uniform policy so that students may keep their Academy hoodies on in lessons. 

Students should wear correct uniform on the return to school as advised in the Headteacher's letter of 9th June. Students will return to changing for PE from September 2021. Please see the website for details of our uniform policy

Transport, arrival and departure

At the end of school, students who travel on coaches or minibuses must not proceed to the coach loop until their vehicle is ready to receive them. Passengers on the W1-4 buses should wait in Windsor House, and passengers on the second-run local authority buses in Lancaster House, until called to the coach loop. This is to avoid crowding and mixing on the coach loop.

We would still encourage as many students as possible to walk or cycle to school. Not only does being out in the open reduce the risk of transmission, but it is also the healthier option and reduces the Academy’s carbon footprint. We continue to work closely with the local authority and community groups to improve the walking and cycling infrastructure around the Academy to make it easier for our students to travel sustainably.

All students should wear a face covering when travelling on dedicated transport to secondary school or college unless they are medically exempt.

Attendance

All students are expected to attend school full time, as normal, unless they are unwell. We expect all students to have 100% attendance; we classify "good" attendance as 95% or better. 

If your child is feeling particularly anxious about coming to school, please discuss this with their tutor or a key worker from Student Services as soon as possible so that arrangements can made to support them.

COVID symptoms

The common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • 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

The golden rule: if you have any one or more of these symptoms, stay at home, self-isolate, and book a PCR test.

Absence for self-isolation will be authorised. Please remember that lateral flow tests are designed for people without symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should book a PCR test.

Contact Tracing

From 19 July 2021, the responsibility for routine contact tracing has been removed from schools and passed to NHS Test and Trace. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case – or in the case of children – the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts. This means that the Academy will no longer be advising on self-isolations for contacts of positive cases. This responsibility now rests with NHS Test and Trace. 

If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.

You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice. For more information see the gov.uk website here. 

North Somerset have also issued the following guidance for families: What are the next steps after your child has a positive COVID test?

Parent meetings and visits to the Academy site

We will be able to hold pre-arranged face-to-face meetings with parents and visitors from September 2021 onwards, where required. We will continue to offer phone calls and/or video conferencing as an option, as many families find these more convenient. However, please remember that all parent meetings must be pre-booked by appointment so that staff are prepared for the conversations, and so the meeting can be held at a mutually convenient time. Please help us to help you by pre-booking any meetings you need with members of staff at the Academy.

Parents evenings will take place online using the SchoolCloud system. 

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