13 March 2020

Coronavirus update: Werneth School

I want to update parents with regard to Coronavirus and its implications in school. I know you will appreciate that – like everyone else – we are operating under difficult and constantly changing circumstances at the moment, and responding to daily updates. I hope the following information reassures you and answers some of your concerns.

All of the Stockport Secondary Headteachers met this week to put some clear plans in place for secondary schools, and we have a means of liaising with each other at all times, every day.

 

School will continue to open unless we are directed otherwise by the government OR a situation arises where I am unable to operate safely within school eg insufficient staff ratios.

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  • All schools receive daily updates from the government, in line with Public Health England advice.
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  • We have a dedicated member of staff, Megan Rothwell, as our Medical Needs Officer. She has a dedicated team of external NHS and local authority professionals that she can contact with any concerns.
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  • If you have any concerns as a parent, you should contact the NHS on 111, who will advise you of what to do. If that advice is to isolate, we ask that you let us know about that. If you have done this, you need not be concerned from an attendance monitoring perspective. She currently does this regularly, every day. She also meets with me daily.
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  • We recognise that some families have enhanced risks. We are not best placed to advise you on your course of action in these circumstances, and would encourage you either to ring 111 for professional advice, or to speak to Mrs Rothwell in school. We will work with you where advice has been provided: let Mrs Rothwell know via telephone or megan.rothwell@wernethschool.com
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  • If a child is presenting with the symptoms in school where the government has advised they isolate, we are sending them home to isolate. Staff also are following the same protocol.
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  • I have instructed staff that any trips or external visits that are not absolutely essential in line with educational need should be postponed or cancelled. This also applies to staff attending external courses and meetings.
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  • The school is cleaned daily, and there is a clear plan in place for a Deep Clean service if we are instructed to do this: this would possibly result in school being closed for a limited period of time to allow this to happen. The school has handwashing facilities in all toilet areas, and we ordered additional non-touch toilet hand sanitisers weeks ago: we are still awaiting delivery of these due to the worldwide demand. There are reminders around school of handwashing techniques, and parents can obviously help to enforce this message.
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  • We are now preparing for the possibility that - at some stage in the near future - schools may be instructed to close. If that were to happen:
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    • The school site will be completely closed to staff and students, but staff will be working from home during normal working hours to provide work as necessary and any additional duties, as yet to be decided by the government
    • Work will be provided for all students via Show My Homework. Parents should check that your child has access to this and let your Year Leader know if there is a problem with this.
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    • For students who do not have access to a computer at home, work packs will be provided.
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    • We recognise the possible upcoming challenges for Year 11 as they prepare for their GCSE examinations. We are receiving daily updates from the examination boards but as of yet no firm confirmation of what will happen. We are prioritising work for Year 11, and we will let parents know if there are any updates to the situation.
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That’s as much as I have at this stage. We will keep you updated via social media and edulink as any changes are applied.

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