For full details of our covid-19 guidelines and procedures, please download our Covid-19 Risk Assessment.

Here are the latest letters from the Headteacher to students and parents:

Coronavirus

 

Keeping staff and students safe during covid-19

We’re fully open again and it’s great to be back teaching in the classroom. On this page you can find out exactly what we’re doing to minimise the risk of coronavirus and ensure that our students are safe and happy during whilst studying here.

The information on this page will be reviewed frequently in order stay as up to date as possible. 
Date of last review: 21/10/2020

 

Covid-19 during half term

We understand that it is important for you to have a way of contacting school over the weekends and also during the upcoming holiday period in case you need to notify us of a positive case. In response to this, we have created a new email address: covid@birkenheadparkschool.com. This email will be monitored and we ask that you use this email address at weekends and during school holidays to notify us of any positive cases as soon as you find out.  Please contact school as normal during term time.


Social distancing

As well as maintaining government guidelines on social distancing, we have also implemented the following measures:

Each year group has its own designated group of classrooms known as a ‘teaching bubble’. This will minimise the amount of contact students have between year groups. Inside their teaching bubbles students sit at a designated desk in the same classroom each day for most subjects, minimising the amount of contact students have within their class as well. Teachers also have a teaching zone which ensures they maintain social distancing too.

Where classrooms have been shared across year groups (for example for music and IT lessons), cleaning staff will be deployed to clean key equipment and surfaces.

Year groups have a revised timetable system to support a staggered school day, reducing the group sizes of students in and around the buildings at any one time. This includes start and finish times as well as lunch times.

The canteen is still open but has been divided into distinct year group spaces with physical barriers in place. There are now three different lunch times for students and surfaces will be cleaned between each of them.

One way systems are in place throughout the school, with separate entrances and exits for the different year groups. Each year group also has its own designated toilets.

PE will not include any close-contact activities. Students are encouraged to go to school in their full PE kit on the days they have PE to minimise the number of students in the changing rooms.

There will be no assemblies or activities that require large groups of staff or students in enclosed spaces.

No overnight educational visits or trips will take place within the UK or overseas.

Students are encouraged to walk or cycle to school where possible.


Cleaning and sanitisation

All surfaces and items that come into contact with staff and students are cleaned more regularly than normal. All classrooms are cleaned once staff and students have left the building.

There are hand sanitisation stations at all the main entrances of the school, which all staff and students must use when entering the building. All classrooms have a hygiene station as well.

Students are directed to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly and to avoid touching their nose, eyes, and mouth.

Rooms are well ventilated by keeping doors and windows open.

Students will be given their own stock of equipment, for example stationery, to ensure that it is not shared. In exceptional circumstances where shared resources are needed – such as PE equipment – items are cleaned frequently and meticulously between use.

Exercise books will be left for 48 hours before staff take them for marking and feedback.


Support, communication and reviewing

Induction lessons were held for all students at the start of term to share all the necessary covid-19 information with them and to help them adapt to the new routines.

All staff have been advised of the new safety measures, operational and timetable changes that coronavirus has incurred.

There are extra pastoral and TA support staff in place to manage student anxieties and to assess any hidden vulnerabilities. Staff will be vigilant to any potential escalation in students’ behaviour. Extra support staff have also been deployed to help manage and support year group zones.

Clear communication will be sent regularly to parents and students in regards to updates, advice and any changes that may occur in regards to covid-19. This will be done by phone or email to limit face-to-face contact.

Weekly compliance checks will be carried out by the SLT to ensure that any issues are addressed immediately.

 

Test and Trace

All parents are encouraged to use the NHS Test and Trace app:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/use-of-the-nhs-covid-19-app-in-schools-and-further-education-colleges/use-of-the-nhs-covid-19-app-in-schools-and-further-education-colleges

 

 

FAQ

What happens if my child shows symptoms of coronavirus?
Students should not attend school if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus, and the school should be notified immediately. Keep in mind that the most common symptoms of coronavirus are:

-    A new continuous cough (usually a dry cough)
-    A high temperature (over 37.8 C)
-    Loss of taste and smell

Typical symptoms of a cold, such as a runny nose or a sore throat, are not considered symptoms of coronavirus, and as such, students do not need to be kept off school as long as they feel well enough to be in school.

Students will need to be tested as soon as possible (ideally within 48 hours) and self-isolate at home for 10 days. The rest of the household will need to self-isolate for 14 days as well.

The school will issue home testing kits to any member of staff, students, or family where there may be a delay in accessing testing through other routes. 
If the test comes back as negative then they may return to school as normal, so long as no one else in their household has or is suspected of having coronavirus either (see next questions).

Click here to see the latest government information on how to get a test.
Click here to go to the NHS coronavirus testing and tracing page.
 

What happens if someone in my household shows symptoms of coronavirus?
The student must not attend school and must self-isolate for 14 days whilst the household member arranges a test. 

If the test comes back as negative the student can return to school as normal. If the test comes back as positive the student must continue to self-isolate for 14 days. If the student is symptom free after these 14 days they can return to school as normal, but if they develop symptoms then they must follow the procedure outlined in the previous question. 

 

What should I do if my child or someone from my household tests positive for coronavirus?
Any person with covid-19 must self-isolate for 10 days and all members of their household must self-isolate for 14 days, in line with government guidelines. 

Click here for the full government guidelines on developing coronavirus.

 

What will happen if there are a series of covid-19 cases locally or in the school?
In line with government guidelines and Wirral Public Health, the school will endeavour to have as much face-to-face teaching and learning as possible. 

There is a four tier system in place that the school will use in order to respond to the severity of the outbreak; if there are only a small number of cases then school will remain open but face coverings will be worn; if there is a large spike then emergency plans will be implemented and students will continue their education remotely.

 

What happens if a student develops symptoms of covid-19 whilst in school?
The student will be asked to return home immediately and they should then follow government advice on self-isolating and testing as listed above. They should self-isolate for 10 days and arrange for a test.

Whilst awaiting pickup, any staff/students will be isolated in the designated separate sanitary area and will be provided with a face mask. This area will then be left for 72 hours and then deep cleaned.

 

My son/daughter is clinically vulnerable. Does s/he need to go to school?
Yes. All students can return to school from the start of the Autumn Term. Reasonable adjustments will be considered for students with SEND or vulnerabilities and individual risk assessments will be carried out for students’ needs where appropriate.

 

Do students need to wear a face mask?
The school will comply with government guidelines, which now state that all students must wear a face coverings when moving around the school site, in corridors and communal areas. They are not required in classrooms and should be taken off during lessons. If a student forgets their face covering they will be provided with a disposable one for that day. Students exempt from wearing a face covering will be issued with an exemption card to show if needed.

Staff or students taking public transport must wear a face covering. Reusable face covering must be placed in a plastic bag to be taken home, and disposable ones must be placed in a covered bin.

Click here for the full government advice on face coverings in education.

 

 

Useful links

For the latest government advice on coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
For government advice on education specifically: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare
For information on how to get tested for coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/testing-for-coronavirus and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/
For the latest NHS information about coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/