Here at The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust, we are doing everything we can to support our pupils, staff, parents, guardians and carers, and their families, during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please click play on the video below to visualise what measures have been put in place at Hewens College.
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We have also provided answers to some frequently asked questions so we are able to further our support during this challenging time.
A coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory tract infections, such as colds and pneumonia. Although coronaviruses usually cause mild symptoms, they can (on rare occasions) cause life-threatening breathing difficulties and death.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
Shortness of breath
A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.
But these symptoms are similar to other illnesses, such as cold and flu.
What should you do if you think you have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Stay at home and self isolate if you have either:
A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
If I have to self-isolate, what does this mean?
Anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.
After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days.
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
After 7 days, if you no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine.
If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.
If you still have a cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you do not need to continue staying at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.
The second lockdown has brought with it new regulations for face coverings. With the Tier system in place, there are many public settings across the UK where wearing a face covering is mandatory. These include indoor places where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
For school specific guidance from the government about the wearing of face masks in schools, please see our update to parents, guardians and carers from 9th November.
Who is at risk of being infected with Coronavirus COVID-19?
You may be at risk of infection if you’ve been in contact with someone that has a confirmed COVID-19 infection.
The situation is evolving but to date the following should take appropriate precautions according to the NHS:
•Those who are 70 or over
•Those with a long-term condition
•Those who are pregnant
•Those with a weakened immune system
Advice for caregivers
If you are caring for someone with COVID-19 and using a face mask, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before putting it on and follow these steps:
1.Make sure the mask covers over your nose and mouth completely, and don’t touch the mask once it is on
2.If you need to touch your mask, clean your hands before and after
3.If the mask becomes damp, replace it with a new one
4.When taking your mask off, don’t touch the front of it
5.Throw used face masks away immediately into a closed bin and don’t forget to wash your hands after. Wearing a face mask is not enough to prevent infection and spread without also taking the precautionary measures mentioned earlier.
For further advice and guidance from Public Health England, please visit this link for any updates:
If you are well enough, continue to study and teach at home via Microsoft Teams. We believe that strong links between home and college is crucial to your child’s education. We would like to draw your attention to the online platforms that you have access to at home. The logins for these have been provided.
Following the return to college for all students from Monday 8th March, we have started administering the lateral flow tests to all those who have returned their signed consent forms. Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in college safely.
What precautions will be in place for my child's return to college in September 2021?
In preparation for a safe return to college for our students, we have set up Asymptomatic Test Sites (ATS) on site for the start of the autumn term. With the assistance of our trained staff, students will undertake two Lateral Flow tests on site, spaced 3 to 4 days apart (therefore operating a staggered start for students). This will help to identify cases of COVID-19 and prevent transmission to support a safe return to college. If you have not already provided us with consent, please click on the link to fill out the form at your earliest convenience https://trhat.co.uk/letter-covidlateraltest/.
For Years 7, 10 and 12, the first test will take place during the morning of Friday 3rd September. All other years will have their first test on Monday 6th September. Face-to-face lessons will then begin for students after they receive a negative test result on their first day of testing, except for Year 13s who will resume their lessons on Tuesday 7th September. If the test reads positive, the student must self-isolate and inform the College of their result. Students who have tested positive should immediately order a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.
In addition to these precautionary measures, although not mandatory, students will still be encouraged to continue wearing face masks, maintain social distancing and perform regular handwashing throughout the day. The College are also anticipating the provision of the new carbon dioxide monitors this September launched by the government. The programme will provide sufficient monitors to take readings from across indoor spaces within the College to allow staff to identify where ventilation needs to be improved and let fresh air in, removing air that contains virus particles and reducing the transmission of COVID-19.
The ATS programme is only for individuals with no symptoms and it is crucial that students do not come into college if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
Support and Guidance from Fraser Portraits for Students and Staff
What measures will be in place on the day of my child's individual photographs?
The health and safety of all our students is paramount to us and we have been working hard to ensure we can still supply your child’s individual photographs in the safest way possible. As such, we have made contact with Fraser Portraits who have provided us with a risk assessment, outlining the various measures that will be put in place for their onsite presence on the day.
Should you have any concerns, a copy of the risk assessment can be accessed below:
Support and Guidance from the Stars Team for Students and Staff
Advice on social distancing practices during the journey to and from college
"Over the last couple of weeks, as many schools in the borough have opened their doors to increasing numbers of pupils and parents, it is a really important time to remind everyone how vital it is for the whole school community to continue following social distancing measures when travelling to and from school.
We want to provide information for parents and carers to remind them and outline advice on safe social distancing and travel practices on their way to school."