Covid-19 Related Absences – What to do Covid-19 Related Absence – Sept 20 V2
School status: King Edward VI School opened to all students in September 2020. In the case of any confirmed cases of COVID 19 we will communicate directly with the families of any students affected.
In school hours, please contact us at the earliest opportunity. If you have urgent concerns over the safety and well-being of a young person, you should contact FIRST RESPONSE on 0800 1313 126 (office hours) or 0345 6042886 (out of office hours). In case of emergencies you should call 999 or 101.
We know that a large amount of information is being shared and updated around the corona virus: Covid 19. Below are some frequently asked questions. We will continue to update this page as we receive information and appreciate that this is a fast-moving situation and we will share information as quickly as we can. At the end of the page are letters which have been sent home to parents regarding the situation.
Where can I find the most up to date guidance?
What should I do if I am concerned about my child’s health?
Staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others.
Please also see this important newsletter from the Staffordshire Safeguarding board and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health:
Are you keeping up-to-date with the situation?
Yes. We get daily updates from the Department from Education and check other information pages frequently. We are also in regular contact with Staffordshire County Council.
What will you do if you get a case of coronavirus?
Should this situation arise then we would contact the Department for Education Helpline immediately – 0800 046 8687 – and liaise with Public Health England before making decisions. We also inform the Local Outbreak Team in Staffordshire.
Will the school need to close?
Our aim is to keep all students in school full time provided it is safe to do so. It is possible that we may need to ask individuals or groups to self-isolate based on advice from Public Health England. We would communicate directly with families to explain this.
During school closure will the children still be educated?
We will use Show My Homework and the Switch learning platform to communicate the work expected of students – We ask parents to play their part in ensuring work is completed at home.
My child can’t remember their Show My Homework login information. What can I do?
There is a way to find the work without using login information. Guidance as to how to do this can be found here.
If I am worried about my child, where can I get help?
Non-urgent concerns over young people can be emailed to the school (email@example.com) and a member of the safeguarding team will respond. In emergencies, please contact the police on 999 or 101.
A list of helpful resources and contact numbers to support parents and young people can be found here: Support for parents and young people Plus the NSPCC have released some more advice specific to the Coronavirus situation: Covid fact sheet for parents April edition NSPCC
There are also tips and advice from Young Minds about support for young people for mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic here:
The Department for Education have shared guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and well being at this time: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
What about school visits?
We will keep students and parents informed regarding decisions over individual school visits.
What will happen with exams in 2021?
Primary assessments, including SATs, and exams including GCSEs, AS levels and A levels did not go ahead in summer 2020.
The government are working with the sector and Ofqual to make some adjustments to the 2021 examinations but at present they are expected to go ahead. The dates may be slightly later.
Should I contact the school if I have a concern about coronavirus?
Hopefully this message will allay most concerns and if anything changes we will send the details out.
If you have an emergency issue then please get in touch, but if it is a general enquiry please refer to the content of this message.
We will continue to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
This is the school’s current risk assessment, please note that there will continue to be on-going, dynamic risk assessment to respond to changing govt. guidance, changes in students and staff on site or other needs. There are also individual risk assessments for particular departments or individuals in school.
Frequently Asked Questions
Further to the recent year 12 survey we have compiled some answers to questions that young people have at this time. We hope that this helps to provide some further reassurance.
Letters to Parents
The latest government travel advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
An update to our safeguarding policy has been written to reflect the current situation.