CLHS will update the information detailed on this support page as and when it changes or is updated
A range of measures have been introduced and are in place to protect staff and pupils against transmission of COVID-19. These control measures aim to reduce the risk of infection from the virus by:
- Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell
- Cleaning hands more often than usual
- Ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- Cleaning frequently touched surfaces
- Minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment (such as classroom layout- desks facing forwards) and timetables
Central Lancaster High School is following government guidance on 'full opening of schools' which can be found HERE
In the guidance the government states that the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
- parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school
- schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
- the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct
- Pupils must not attend school if they or a member of their household have symptoms of COVID-19;
- When attending school, pupils must follow the rules and expectations outlined below. This will help maintain the health and well-being of everyone in our school and wider community:
- Arrive to school and leave to go home at the designated time. Do not congregate in school or outside at the beginning or end of the day.
- Use hand sanitiser and/or wash your hands when instructed by a member of staff during the day.
- Avoid physical contact at all times – no hugging, shaking hands etc.
- In the classroom, follow seating plans set out by the teacher
- Do not borrow equipment from anyone else – use your own personal equipment
- Maintain a safe distance from others between and during lessons
- At break and lunchtimes, go outside and remain in your allocated area
- Do not share food with others
- Use the toilets only at break time
- Any breach of these expectations or the normal expectations for good behaviour in school will not be tolerated. In particular, any action which compromises the running of the systems put in place for the safety and well-being of others may result in a pupil being removed from the premises and excluded from school.
- Specialist learning support has been planned according to need around specific pupils in school and learning support colleagues timetabled at relevant times.
- Support is available in some lessons and in some interventions out of the classroom, either in small groups within ‘bubbles’ or a 1:1 basis.
- Our talented pastoral teams are working in and around school supporting pupils and families. Time spent with house tutors together with PSHE curriculum time will be spent discussing issues and concerns with pupils.
Travel to School
- In line with government recommendations, we are advising all parents to avoid the use of public transport if at all possible in getting their children to and from school. Rather, they are encouraged to walk or cycle. If these are not options, parents are asked to drive their children to school using private cars.
- The Local Authority is continuing to provide Bowerham and Marsh buses in the foreseeable future. School will continue to provide the minibus to the children who have reserved spaces.
- Further information on use of public transport and school transport can be found in Mrs O’Farrell’s letter HERE
What to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
If anyone in school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and be advised to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. This sets out that they must:
- self-isolate for at least 10 days
- arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) - Getting Tested
CLHS is continuing to work quickly and smartly in order to adapt to the current situation, producing new materials and employing different ways of teaching. If you have any concerns about your child’s education or how work is being set for them, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are aware that this is a difficult time for parents and carers so just do your best to support your children in doing the work that has been set for them.
Help your children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) by reading the following advice:
Further advice and information is available within our Home Learning section HERE