Watermill School, Turnhurst Road,

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 6JZ

School Tel: (01782) 883737   INSPIRE Tel: (01782) 883777

Executive Headteacher: Mr J May

11th September Update on Covid 19...School Advice

We would like to reassure you that the school has a robust risk assessment in place to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read our risk assessment on the website under the Covid 19 section. There is also some good information here for parents from the NHS on dealing with suspected cases. In line with the rise of cases nationally, it is unfortunate that we may have to deal with a positive COVID case in our school. The symptoms of Covid 19 are a raised temperature, a new cough or a loss of taste and smell. We will also be asking children to remain at home if they show symptoms of any other illness such as colds or sickness. We want to assure you that we have a clear process to deal with this situation and below are the steps we will follow: • Step 1 - If we have a child who is showing COVID 19 symptoms, they would be isolated away from other children whilst we wait for you to collect them. The parent/carer will be advised to request a test for their child and inform the School of the result. If the child tests negative they can return to the School unless they still feel unwell or are told to isolate by NHS Track and Trace. • Step 2 – If we have a member of staff who is showing symptoms they will be sent home and asked to request a test. If we have a member of staff who has received a negative test, they will return to the School unless they still feel unwell or are told to isolate by NHS Track and Trace. • Step 3 - If a member of staff or child receives a positive test result, they will need to report this to the School and will be contacted by NHS Track and Trace with further advice. The School will also report this to Public Health England and the Local Authority and take advice from them. • Step 4 - Whilst waiting for a response from Public Health England, the School would assess the individual situation. If required we may ask staff or children to self-isolate. • Step 5 - Public Health England and the Local Authority will work with us to assess any risks and instruct us on actions we need to take. These actions will be communicated to individuals affected in line with PHE advice. This might be up to 14 days of isolation. Please let us know if your families at home are self-isolating following signs of illness or contacts elsewhere. If we have to request that you keep your child at home and they are entitled to free school meals, we will aim to supply a hamper or vouchers if they are available. We will also provide work for your child to do at home and contact with the school to help this happen. It is really important that the safety controls in our Risk Assessment are followed by both staff and children and that we all heed government advice to reduce the risk of infection in schools and at home.

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11th September Update on Covid 19...School Advice

We would like to reassure you that the school has a robust risk assessment in place to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read our risk assessment on the website under the Covid 19 section. There is also some good information here for parents from the NHS on dealing with suspected cases. In line with the rise of cases nationally, it is unfortunate that we may have to deal with a positive COVID case in our school. The symptoms of Covid 19 are a raised temperature, a new cough or a loss of taste and smell. We will also be asking children to remain at home if they show symptoms of any other illness such as colds or sickness. We want to assure you that we have a clear process to deal with this situation and below are the steps we will follow: • Step 1 - If we have a child who is showing COVID 19 symptoms, they would be isolated away from other children whilst we wait for you to collect them. The parent/carer will be advised to request a test for their child and inform the School of the result. If the child tests negative they can return to the School unless they still feel unwell or are told to isolate by NHS Track and Trace. • Step 2 – If we have a member of staff who is showing symptoms they will be sent home and asked to request a test. If we have a member of staff who has received a negative test, they will return to the School unless they still feel unwell or are told to isolate by NHS Track and Trace. • Step 3 - If a member of staff or child receives a positive test result, they will need to report this to the School and will be contacted by NHS Track and Trace with further advice. The School will also report this to Public Health England and the Local Authority and take advice from them. • Step 4 - Whilst waiting for a response from Public Health England, the School would assess the individual situation. If required we may ask staff or children to self-isolate. • Step 5 - Public Health England and the Local Authority will work with us to assess any risks and instruct us on actions we need to take. These actions will be communicated to individuals affected in line with PHE advice. This might be up to 14 days of isolation. Please let us know if your families at home are self-isolating following signs of illness or contacts elsewhere. If we have to request that you keep your child at home and they are entitled to free school meals, we will aim to supply a hamper or vouchers if they are available. We will also provide work for your child to do at home and contact with the school to help this happen. It is really important that the safety controls in our Risk Assessment are followed by both staff and children and that we all heed government advice to reduce the risk of infection in schools and at home.