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Coronavirus (2021 Lockdown)

Everyone in school is working hard to limit the risks of spread of the Coronavirus

This page includes some important information about how we are managing this in school. We thank parents and visitors for their support.

You may wish to read the Risk Assessment and Planning Guide in the documents below.

Also on this page you will find information and links to support you and your families during the January 2021 lockdown where school is open but most children are at home.

Remote Learning

Safeguarding Rules for Remote Learning

It is important that you agree to some safeguarding procedures:

  • The child should participate in the live session in a safe, appropriate environment.
  • Children should be dressed appropriately (no nightwear or swimwear).
  • Children should be able to participate in the session independently, but an adult should always be present in the room during the session.
  • Microphones should be turned off unless the teacher asks you to turn them on.
  • We will need to act on any safeguarding concerns identified during the live session.
  • Should something unexpected occur, the teacher will end the session immediately and without warning.
  • Children are expected to behave responsibly, and any misbehaviour may need to be managed like it would be during a normal school day.
  • If the facility is available on the device being used, please ensure that the camera is on during the session.
  • Please bear in mind that staff members could be working from home and so internet strength can vary. If the members of staff unexpectedly leave the session (due to loss of internet or other technical issue) parents must remove their children from the lesson without delay.
  • Parents and children must not film or record the live sessions in any way whatsoever.
  • Siblings should not be present through the live session.
  • Pupils should be on time – teachers will start the sessions at the published time.
  • The link to the session must not be shared with anyone outside of the class – especially on social media. If we find out that a link has been shared publicly the live session will need to be cancelled.

Please note that a breach of these rules may mean that a child will not be allowed to participate in the live sessions.Remote learning offer

School places for Critical Workers' children

WCLA are here to support parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.

Follow the link to identify if your role is outlined in the government's guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Please contact school at criticalworker@wistaston.cheshire.sch.uk to request a school place. Note that we cannot be guaranteed due to the need to manage the number of children safely in school.

Technology

Please contact school if you are having any problems in accessing the daily remote learning due to technical issues or lack of devices. We will do our best to support you if we can. 

Welfare Calls

Over the course of the current national lock down, we will not be routinely making phone calls to all families due to our use of live sessions. However, in some cases where we feel it will be beneficial, we will continue to contact families. 

Guide to Drop Off and Pick Up

Drop off and pick up

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wear a face covering when on the school site?

Yes. We are asking all adults who enter the site to wear a face covering.

Why are the children organised into ‘bubbles’?

Organising small groups or ‘bubbles’ of children and staff are a central part of the government’s reopening guidance. Bubbles work as a protective measure to help reduce potential transmission of COVID-19 by keeping the same children and the same staff togetherThe bubbles also help the local Public Health Team to make decisions about who may need to self-isolate in the event of a confirmed case.

The government guidance also ‘allows mixing into wider groups for wraparound care’. This has enabled us to be able to offer Swan Stars Before and After School Club by creating ‘secondary bubbles’.

How are Swan Stars managing 'bubbles'?

Swan Stars is a service that is incredibly useful to parents and because of this we are happy to be able to offer it to the parents who need it.  Due to staffing numbers, when children attend Swan Stars, they are split into 2 ‘secondary bubbles’ in the Infants (Reception and Year 1/2) and 2 ‘secondary bubbles’ in the Juniors (Year 3/4 and Year 5/6). Children are continuously reminded of the importance of social distancing and there are strict hygiene measures adhered to.

My child has attended Swan Stars with a child with a suspected case of Covid-19. What will happen?

Your child can still attend school and does not need to self-isolate unless they too develop symptoms or a positive test result is received by school.

What if there is a confirmed case in Swan Stars?

In the event of a confirmed case, the school would contact the local Department for Education who will advise us on the measures to put into place. If your child is identified as a close contact, they would be sent home to begin 14 days of self-isolation.

My child has coronavirus symptoms. What should I do?

Your child should not attend school. Your child and all household members will need to self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptoms started. Please arrange for your child to have a test to see if they have COVID-19. You can arrange to get a test online at GOV.UK or by calling 119.

What happens if a member of my child’s household displays symptoms?

The child should complete 14 days of isolation unless the symptomatic household member has a negative test at which point your child, if well, can return to school.

If the member of the household tests positive then the child must stay at home for 14 days. If during this period your child develops symptoms, then they will also need to be tested.

If school has been notified of a child having symptoms, should the rest of the bubble be told to self-isolate?

No, the bubble should continue to attend school as normal. The symptomatic case should stay at home and follow the stay at home guidance. Any siblings of the child attending the setting should self-isolate for 14 days.

Should I bring my child into school - a helpful guide

COVID poster for parents    Cheshire East12546 page 001

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Documents

Page Downloads Date  
COVID poster for parents Cheshire East12546 24th Sep 2020 Download
Letter to parents about remote learning 25th Sep 2020 Download
A helpful guide to drop off and pick up 07th Oct 2020 Download
Face coverings 17th Sept 003 07th Oct 2020 Download
Letter to parents v2 with signatures 23rd FE update final final VB 07th Oct 2020 Download
Risk Assessment Version 5 - 5th November 2020 05th Nov 2020 Download
School place complaints Jan 21 final 12th Jan 2021 Download