Since 23rd March 2020, Gildredge House has remained open to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home, welcoming more students back from 8th June 2020. The school has facilitated all students returning to school full-time from the start of the Autumn Term in September 2020.
Guidance for parents on the full opening of school in September 2020 can be found in the Reopening of School Guidance for Parents [PDF]. This document provides guidance on the changes to the school day, location of bubbles, arrival and end of day arrangements, face coverings and catering etc.
The school has assessed the risks and implemented proportionate control measures to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Please refer to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Action Plan Summary [PDF] for details of the current measures in place.
The flow diagram in the Covid-19 Symptoms and Negative or Positive Test Results [PDF] details the actions that must be taken if:
- a student or member of staff or a family member exhibits COVID-19 symptoms;
- a student or member of staff or a family member tests positive for COVID-19; or
- a student or member of staff has close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.
If the school has to partially close in the future, classroom teaching on the school site will be available to all vulnerable students and children of critical workers. In addition, exam Year Groups, including Year 6, Year 11 and Year 13, will be considered a priority for face-to-face provision in the event of a Tier 3 local lockdown. Please refer to the COVID-19 Lockdown Plan [PDF] for details on the academic and pastoral expectations for the Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form phases.
Routine Covid-19 Testing
You may have seen in the news that schools will be able to offer routine testing for Covid-19. This will be a phased approach, starting with Secondary students, and supports the rapid asymptomatic testing of the school community. The tests we are going to be provided with are the lateral flow tests, which can return a result in around twenty minutes. The tests are ‘self-testing kits’ and will be performed by students under the supervision of a trained adult. The role of the adult is to provide guidance on the correct procedure, ensure the safe handling of swabs and process the results.
Students and staff will be routinely tested. Any student testing positive will have to be collected and parents will be strongly advised to ensure their child has a further test known as the PCR test to confirm the original result. Any close contacts of a positive case will remain at school and be tested using the lateral flow test on a daily basis for seven days. Following this procedure will keep students in school and avoid any unnecessary self-isolation.
There is a small amount of processing of personal data which will be needed as part of the testing programme. Please refer to the documents on the Data Protection webpage which outline how the personal data is to be used in the event of both positive and negative tests and the rights that individuals have.