Changes to access to special provision for vulnerable students and children of key workers

As you are aware, we are not opening during half term, but these classes will resume on Monday February 22nd.  Please use this link https://forms.gle/RevCHo52zQ2dhYXU6  to access the google form to request provision for the first 2 weeks after half term.  It is VERY important for every parent/carer to fill out this form.  We need to be mindful of capacity and safety in the bubbles so, even if you had a place this half term, you are not guaranteed a place next time around as we have to prioritise those identified by the government as being entitled to a place.  Please complete the form by noon on Tuesday 16th February so we have time to confirm your place during half term.

Once your place has been confirmed then you will receive a letter outlining procedures and expectations.

A separate form has been emailed to parents of primary students (Reception to year 5)

If you have any queries then please contact admin@simonballe.herts.sch.uk

Please can I also remind you that if your child tests positive, please continue to use the COVID email address – covid19@simonballe.herts.sch.uk

 

More information about remote learning for primary and secondary students can be found here.

 

Testing on site

The school is expected to test every student and member of staff who are on site and we urge you to explain to your child the importance of maintaining this habit when in school, along with the other necessary mitigations.  

I think we are all beginning to realise that the constant hand hygiene, social distancing and mask wearing will be the norm for many months to come. We are certain that once more year groups return, we will need to increase our testing regime to cope with larger numbers weekly. Both HCC and PHE have urged the Government/ NHS to simplify the registration process for Lateral Flow Tests so that  once registered it remembers your details, as this will quicken the process.

 

Frequently asked questions

If a student has been told to self isolate

  • If you (the student) have been told to self isolate you have been identified as a close contact with a confirmed positive Covid 19 case.
  • You must self isolate for 10 days from this notification
  • Your family (including siblings at the school) do not have to self isolate unless you start to show symptoms. If you show symptoms you must start another 10 day isolation and your family must then self isolate for 10 days. 

If a student is in a year group that is self isolating 

  • If your child has not been sent a letter asking them to self isolate they will be required to come to school as normal.
  • If your child has any symptoms do not send them to school. If they develop symptoms whilst at school they will be sent to the front office where they will be collected by a parent.

Shall I get a test even though I don’t have symptoms but I’m isolating?

  • No, you could have a test and later develop symptoms and have to be re tested. You must complete your isolation.

I have already booked a test and its come back negative!

  • If you have a test whilst in isolation and it comes back negative you will not be allowed back to school until you have completed your 10 day isolation. You may develop symptoms after the test.

What work should I do if I am isolating?

  • As we seek to ensure we provide high-quality teaching and learning for all of our students in the current climate, please see the details of remote provision in the event of a student having to isolate:
    • As a matter of course, and as long as the content and nature of the lesson permits, subject teachers will upload their lessons daily to the relevant Google Classroom so students should follow their timetable to complete this work
    • In order to combat cases where this is not possible, each Year Group has a whole of cohort Google Classroom where each department has provided around two week’s worth of age-appropriate enrichment resource/project/workbook that complements the annual curriculum content covered for that year group. Please note:
      • It is not compulsory for students to complete this enrichment work
      • If submitted to the subject teacher, students will be rewarded with house points
      • At KS4 we have the Supporting Attainment Google Classroom which has material that includes revision activities linked to their exams
    • Although most students have signed up, here are the codes so you can support your child signing up at home if necessary:
      • Year 7 Google Classroom code: nqseq5k
      • Year 8 Google Classroom code: ke7ynum
      • Year 9 Google Classroom code: gxs7rtt
      • KS4 Google Classroom code: ncltrds

 

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 .

People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.

These documents are the latest guidance about Covid-19 in schools.

Schools – Myth busting

Letter to parents and carers from Jim McManus_230920

Masks non medical

Masks medical

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