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Updated Risk Assessment

posted 19 Apr 2021, 05:46 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 19 Apr 2021, 05:47 ]

We've updated our Covid-19 risk assessment.


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Updated Risk Assessment

posted 1 Mar 2021, 07:32 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 1 Mar 2021, 07:35 ]

We've updated our Covid-19 risk assessment.



Child Protection and Safeguarding: COVID-19 Addendum

posted 15 Jan 2021, 05:34 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 15 Jan 2021, 05:39 ]

This addendum applies during the period of school closure due to COVID-19 and reflects updated advice from our safeguarding partners. It sets out changes to our normal child protection policy in light of the Department for Education’s guidance regarding Coronavirus: safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers, and should be read in conjunction with that policy.

Unless covered here, our normal child protection policy continues to apply.

Update Risk Assessment

posted 12 Jan 2021, 04:36 by Robin Oxborrow   [ updated 12 Jan 2021, 04:36 ]

We've updated our Covid-19 risk assessment.

The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Award

posted 7 Dec 2020, 01:43 by Mark Wilson   [ updated 7 Dec 2020, 01:44 ]


Should I send my child to school?

posted 30 Sept 2020, 00:27 by Mark Wilson   [ updated 30 Sept 2020, 00:28 ]


Emergency Bubble Collapse Letter

posted 28 Sept 2020, 06:28 by Mark Wilson   [ updated 28 Sept 2020, 06:28 ]

25 September 2020
 
Dear Parent / Carer,

These are exceptionally challenging times for schools across the country and I want to make it very clear that my greatest concerns are:
 
   Keeping your children safe
   Ensuring they get access to a high-quality education
   Keeping the school open
  
Recent events have highlighted the need for us to act quickly but also safely and to this end I would like to seek your consent that should we be faced with the need to quickly send a Year Group Bubble home, we can do so in the knowledge that your child will be safe to get home.
 
Clearly, the younger the student, the harder this may be and we will always make provision for students to be kept on site until the end of the school day or until they can be collected.
 
We would always make parents aware before any such action was taken.
 
I would be grateful if you were to indicate on the form below what your preferred option would be in the event of a Year Group Bubble closure:
 
1 Allow your child to go home immediately in the event of an emergency closure
2 Your child to remain on site until they can be collected
3 Your child to remain on site until the end of the day
 
 
Should the need arise to collapse a bubble, we are seeking to minimise transmission and reduce the risks to the wider community, therefore option 3 should be used only if 1 or 2 simply is not possible.
 
A link to the form can be found  HERE.
 
I would be extremely grateful if you would complete your preference by Wednesday 30 September. Yours Faithfully,
 
Dan Mayhew 
Headteacher

Covid testing - 07/09/20 - DMA

posted 28 Sept 2020, 06:24 by Mark Wilson   [ updated 28 Sept 2020, 06:25 ]

7th September 2020
 
Dear Parent/Carer

Firstly, I would like to welcome you all back. This letter is to let you know what you need to do in the event that you, your child or an adult presents with COVID-19 symptoms.

If a child or adult in school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

As a parent/carer, over the coming weeks you will need to be ready:
 
book or order a test if you or your child are displaying symptoms. Adults and pupils must not enter the school premises if they have symptoms. They will be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school
provide details of anyone you or your child have been in close contact with if you or your child were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
self-isolate if you or your child have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in your household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
You must inform us immediately of the results of any test and follow this guidance:
1. If someone tests negative and they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating. We need a copy of the text or email confirming the negative test result.
2. If someone tests positive, they must follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must continue to self-isolate for at least
10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not
have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

It is important that you inform the school immediately if you or your child, or someone that you have been in close contact with, has developed COVID-19 symptoms as we need to keep a record

for our local health protection team. If a pupil or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19, the health protection team will carry out a risk assessment to determine who has been in close contact with person whilst they were infectious. Based on the advice from the health protection team, the school must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.

 

If you have recently returned from abroad, you may need to self-isolate.

Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If a child from a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

 

They should get a test, and:

if the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14- day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.

if the test result is positive, you must inform us immediately, and your child should isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Your household should self-isolate for at least 14

days from when your child first had symptoms, following guidance for households with possible or

confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

 

If we need to send your child home, we will send you another letter containing additional information and advice.

If you have any questions regarding the information in this letter, please check the latest government guidance or contact the school.

 

The interactive links used in this letter are listed below:

 

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

Yours faithfully


Mr D. Mayhew

Headteacher

DMA letter 29/05/20

posted 28 Sept 2020, 06:22 by Mark Wilson   [ updated 28 Sept 2020, 06:22 ]

29 May 2020
 
Dear Parent/Carer
 
I very much hope that this letter finds you and your families safe and well.
 
In my last letter of 10 May 2020, I explained that we were exploring ways in which we could supplement the Home Learning experience for students in Years 10, in response to the Governments announcement on Sunday 10 May 2020 which stated that: before the summer holidays, secondary schools should offer some face-to-face support”
 
I will be sending out a letter to all parents in the next two days outlining our draft plans and asking for feedback on whether they will be sending their son/daughter into school in these circumstances.
 
Since Monday 23 March 2020, we have offered two strands of provision to support your childs learning: Key Worker School and Home Learning. We will maintain both of those strands as we move into next half termHome Learning will remain our core provision and teaching staff will continue to set work for each of their classes throughout the week. From Monday 1 June 2020 Year 9 students will be working from a new timetable (attached) and we strongly encourage all students to continue to work as hard possible under the circumstances. Please follow the instructions on the timetable to work out when and what work will be set. Please also ensure that students accept any new invitation to Google classroom from their new teachers.
 
Our provision for the children of Key Workers and Vulnerable students will remain unchanged.  I would like to encourage you to access this facility if you have a vulnerable child or if any adult caring for your child is a Key Worker. If you would like your child to attend Key Worker School, please contact me directly on d.mayhew@aldevalley.suffolk.sch.uk or by telephone on 01728 830570.
 
It is with huge regret that I need to inform you that the Normandy Trip has been cancelled. I am please to tell you however that all parents will be fully reimbursed of any moneys that they have paid for the trip from the schools funds. We will continue to push for renumeration independently. The Finance Office will be contacting you shortly to give details about how your money will be returned.
 
As you can imagine, we are constantly seeking to respond to rapidly changing Government guidance an d to liaise regularly with our Trust Board. I very much appreciate your support and patience with us, as we endeavour to keep you updated of all developments.
 
If you have any questions about any aspect of our plans please do not hesitate to contact me on the email address given earlier in this letter.
 
Wishing you all the very best; stay safe and well. Yours sincerely
 
 
Dan Mayhew 
 Headteacher

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