16th September 2020
I hope this finds you and your family well. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on how we will proceed in the event of any suspected and confirmed cases of covid 19 in the college. At the time of writing there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or staff at the college.
Attendance has been good and is currently at 96.4%. Thank you for letting us know if your child is absent and the reasons for that absence. If your child has any coronavirus symptoms they must stay at home and get tested. I appreciate that there are significant issues with this process at the moment. If someone in your household develops symptoms your child must also remain at home until that person has been tested. If the test is negative your child can return to college. We are following DfE guidance by only recommending children get a test if they develop symptoms. This is to protect the capacity of the NHS test and trace system. Children with no symptoms can only be tested in specific circumstances and on the recommendation of public health experts
If a child displays any covid related symptoms while in college they will immediately be supported and taken to a supervised area where they cannot come into contact with others. Arrangements will be made so that they can get home safely. PPE will be worn by staff caring for the student while they wait to be collected. Please note that other students who may have come into contact with this suspected case will not need to self isolate unless a positive test is confirmed. The college will then be guided by the Local Outbreak Response Team and communicate their advice to parents.
If your child is absent with COVID-19 related symptoms or because a member of their household has symptoms they will be able to keep up with their studies through their subject related Google classrooms. Teachers will upload resources to these classrooms based on the work your child would have completed if in college.
If a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in the college, we will contact the Worcestershire County Council Local Outbreak Response Team. We will then await contact from Public Health England who will work with us to identify direct and close contacts of the positive case. A risk assessment will be carried out and we will be advised which contacts should self-isolate and what other actions we need to take. We will contact the relevant parents in this instance. Feedback from other schools who have had a case of COVID-19 suggests that this process is time consuming but please be assured that we will endeavour to keep all parents updated as information becomes available. Please note that we will not be sharing the name of any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19.
An outbreak in a school is defined as two or more confirmed cases. In this instance we would again liaise with the Local Outbreak Response Team and Public Health England. We would follow their advice and guidance and communicate this to parents.
Please be assured that the college is well advanced in its plans for any switch to remote learning. It is worth checking that your child is able to access all of their Google classrooms as these are already operating and being used by teachers to set homework and by students to hand in assignments. The new college remote learning schedule will more closely resemble a typical college day with individual teachers being responsible for their own classes. Remote learning will be a mix of live lessons, pre-recorded lessons and tasks completed through Google Classroom. Further information on the expectations for schools in the event of students having to learn at home can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-schools-can-plan-for-tier-2-local-restrictions/how-schools-can-plan-for-tier-2-local-restrictions
As always please do not hesitate to contact us here at the college if you have any questions or concerns related to your child.