Covid-19 Related Absences – What to do Covid-19 Related Absence – Sept 20 V2
School status: King Edward VI School remains open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers only. All other students should receive remote education.
If you have urgent concerns over the safety and well-being of a young person please contact us at the earliest opportunity during normal school opening hours. Outside of these hours 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 immediately.
We know that a large amount of information is being shared and updated around 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.
Our remote learning plan outlines how students can expect to access work while working from home, either because they have been asked to self isolate or because of school closure as a result of a national or local lockdown.
Please follow the link to our remote learning plan: Remote Learning Provision King Edward VI School, Lichfield 2020_21
Lateral Flow Testing
Letters to Parents and Carers
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
What will you do if you get a case of Covid-19?
When this situation arises we 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 Microsoft Teams 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 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 will happen with exams in 2021?
GCSE and A -level exams will not go ahead in Summer 2021. The government will provide schools with detailed guidance as to how students will be assessed.
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 government 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.
An update to our safeguarding policy has been written to reflect the current situation.