Newsletter | September 2020
Thank you so much for your support and understanding in helping us to successfully welcome back our children into their new classes.
It is a difficult time for everybody, particularly previously shielding families, but this week has been wonderful to be a part of.
The love and care for each other, the happiness for everybody to be back together and the smiles on our teachers’ faces was brilliant to watch and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it.
Please may I take this opportunity to thank each and every pupil for their team spirit, showing they care and for doing what matters most. May I thank all parents and carers for following our staggered openings, providing hand-sanitisers and using our one-way systems.
Your support has helped us to maintain the very highest of safety standards as far as we possibly can.
We must continue to operate under this new system and we must ensure that a social distance is maintained between family and friends and parents at the school gate.
We are operating a school system whereby classes do not mix with each other following the first day bubbles.
Each class will act and work as a family in school, called a bubble, although all children will use their own equipment and all children will work facing forward as far as is practicable or in a socially distanced play environment (as far as possible).
Wirral is seeing a few more positive Covid cases so we need you to maintain high levels of social distancing, hand washing and continue to limit gatherings in line with government guidelines.
Following a long time in lockdown, our children’s mental health is our number one concern now we have all returned to school.
Supporting our families and looking after each other is what matters most and here at Co-op Academy Portland, we have all been working hard to plan for this.
We have requested the support of the Military Education School (MES) to help our children settle back into their learning, and to engage and motivate our girls and boys to catch up with what they have missed.
Our MSE team, Kev and Tony, are highly trained educators who specialise in social, emotional and mental health needs and will engage our children through Forest School work, bush craft, outdoor fitness and survival skills.
Many of you will have met the MSE team at our Summer School ‘Commando Camp’.
I have included information below which will help us all to support the government’s approach to ‘Track and Trace’ and what to do if you or a family member presents with symptoms of Covid.
Our school office will be following these action cards too to help support giving accurate advice to our families.
Please read them carefully and if you need any further support please contact the school office 0151 652 5124.
And finally, Mrs Tolcher and the family team here at Co-op Academy Portland will be contacting each and every family over the next 2 weeks to check in on how things are at home, how your son/daughter/ward has settled into school and if there is anything further school can support you with.
I think you will agree that Co-op Academy Portland has the best team and have worked tirelessly to ensure that our Co-op families are all doing as well as possible in these tricky times.
Thank you for your continued support.
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What will happen if my child becomes ill in school?
A child or adult awaiting collection:
- to be moved to a place where they can be isolated and, depending on the age and needs of the child, with appropriate adult supervision if required
- for a window to be opened for ventilation
- if it is not possible to isolate them, they are moved to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.
- arrangements are in place to allow a child or adult needing to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected to use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom must be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else
- PPE must be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).
- ensure any members of staff who have helped someone with symptoms and any pupils who have been in close contact go home to self-isolate if they develop symptoms themselves or they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
A Poorly Child?
Relating to pupils
Close bubbles/send staff home who have been in contact with a pupil who tests positive.
A pupil with symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend school for 7 days and is expected to undertake a test under the NHS Test and Trace programme.
The pupil/parents are instructed to notify the academy immediately if a positive result is obtained.
To support the testing process, the academy has been provided with a supply of home testing kits.
Where a positive result is obtained, the school will contact the local Health Protection Team for advice on any further action required.
A negative result means the pupil can return to the academy.
Where a pupil indicates an individual in their household is unwell with symptoms compatible with Covid-19, they must self-isolate for up to 14 days. Under the Test and Trace programme there is an expectation that their symptomatic household member is tested. If this test result is negative the pupil can return to the academy if they do not have any COVID-19 related symptoms.
School guidance on a person displaying Covid symptoms
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School guidance on who should be sent home
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