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Covid-19 Update

what to do If you think your child has covid-19

Please remember that although we do want all students to continue to attend school, we ask for your support in continuing to keep all our students and staff safe. Students must not come into school if they are exhibiting any of the three key symptoms:

  • a high temperature – this means your child feels hot to the touch on their chest or back or has a temperature above 38C;
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If they usually have a cough, it may be noticeably worse than usual;
  • loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – this means they’ve noticed they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If a student displays these symptoms while in school, they will be isolated from others and parents/carers will be asked to collect them and arrange a test without delay.

Parents must follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The student should self-isolate for 10 days and their siblings and other members of the household for 14 days, until there is either:

I.   a negative test result;
II.  a doctor’s note explaining that the symptom is not COVID-19 (e.g. the cough is not a “new” cough – i.e. is typical of the child’s pre-existing health condition).

Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Test results must be shared with the school as soon as the outcome is known. For further advice, please contact 111 coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk.

 
 

HANDS, FACE, SPACE

we have introduced the wearing of face covering in communal area (corridors and toilets), where it may be difficult to stick to social distancing. We've recommend a reusable one so that they can use it more than once, as they’ll need to take it on and off several times during the school day. If this isn’t an option, they will need to bring in several single-use face coverings each day. Their face covering should be secured to your child’s head using ear loops only.

Gov.uk Hands Face Space Campaign

Face coverings worn on the school site must be plain and sensible and must not have inappropriate pictures or designs, such as skulls or skeletons, on them. They must cover the mouth and nose only and in no circumstances must the upper part of the face or eyes be covered.

Reusable face coverings will need to be washed at the end of each day, ready for your child to wear the next day.

If your child is exempt is from wearing a face covering, they will not be required to do so in school. Please let us know by contacting the school office on 020 8554 3608, if your child is exempt so that we don’t ask them to wear a face covering

Other  measures that have been put in place:

Further Advice

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email:  DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 10am to 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

 

School Closure Procedures during Lockdown

Following the Government’s announcement, all schools are now closed to all pupils, except a few identified groups. This includes pupils who are in receipt of an EHCP, pupils who are especially vulnerable and children of keyworkers. If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors defined by the government (see the full list here: https://bit.ly/3ddxEgx), and you cannot keep your child safe at home, then your child will be prioritised for continued education provision.

The school will not run any lessons, and the service will be purely supervisory. We want to prioritise the health of our staff and pupils and I wish to draw your attention to a key line in the guidance which states that “If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.”

We are aware that some students and families may face particular challenges and we are keen to continue to provide support and assistance wherever possible.  The school main office will be open every day between 8.30am and 3pm 020 8554 3608 and we will continue to respond to emails.  We will do all we can either to provide support directly or to put you in touch with people who can help. Please click here for our Frequently Asked Questions

Remote Learning

Whilst the school follows the government's Distance Learning, all work for students will be uploaded to Firefly and emailed to students. Some lessons will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

Whilst the school follows the government's Distance Learning, all work for students will be uploaded to Firefly and emailed to students. Some lessons will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. 

Free School Meals Update

Valentines High School has adopted the Department of Education’s Free School Meals scheme to provide £15 per week, per child to the families of children entitled to free school meals. The scheme is administered through a company called Edenred. Click here apply for free school meals

Edenred will send out e-codes to families, which can be exchanged for vouchers that can be spent in supermarkets. For those families without email addresses, schools can print the e-codes and post them home. Full details can be found here.

The Edenred computer system has been completely overloaded by the number of schools trying to use it, which has led to long delays in the e-codes being sent out. The delay is completely beyond our control, but we are working very hard to make sure you receive your e-codes as quickly as possible.

Please be assured that the school is doing all we can to keep our students and staff safe and will continue to follow advice from the Government and Local Authority. ​Please continue to check this website for regular school updates

Further information and advice can be found below: