Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

LATEST UPDATE – 10 NOVEMBER 2020:

Dear parents and carers,

I have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Newhaven King’s Park. This has impacted on a handful of students in the 6th form whose parents have all been contacted individually. If you have not been contacted then your child has not been directly affected. In this case please continue to follow the guidance below if your child does develop symptoms of COVID 19. Several students and members of staff are self-isolating and I have closed the 6th form for two weeks (until Monday 23rd November 2020).

I am continuing to monitor the situation and am following government guidance. The school remains open and providing your child remains well they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review and I will update you as soon as necessary. Please get in touch if you wish to discuss this with the school.

Yours faithfully,

Jon Kelly
Headteacher
Newhaven School

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19:

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.

Hands

  • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.

Face

  • Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • It is now compulsory to wear cloth face coverings on public transport, shops and several other indoor settings.

Space

  • Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
  • Keep your distance from people who are outside your household or support bubble.
  • Limit social gatherings (including abiding by the ‘rule of 6’) and avoid crowded places.

Further Information

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

LATEST UPDATE – 6 NOVEMBER 2020:

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to update you in light of the lockdown. School remains open and we have had no more cases of Covid or people who have to self-isolate to date. Current guidance indicates that all students should be in school unless they have been informed that they are in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable category. In reality, I am aware that some of our students are currently self-isolating as they are living with vulnerable people or because their levels of anxiety are extremely high. We cannot authorise this but will mark it as C on the register (other reasons for absence) and add a note as to why. Students at home are expected to continue to work remotely and we will be in touch if we haven’t yet to help the organisation of this. Work at home will consist of a mix of online lessons where students can attend classes in school through the web, work on Google Classroom and paper work. The mix for your child will be as appropriate for them.

We are also working hard through our risk assessments to keep school as safe as possible. Please remind your child of the expectation that where they can they should wear masks in shared spaces in school. We have spares for them if necessary. They should also wear them on transport to and from school.

Finally, I continue to be really impressed with the efforts of staff and students to work together through difficult times. I am made to feel proud every day at work and would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours faithfully

Jon Kelly
Headteacher
Newhaven School

2 November 2020 update:

Dear parents and carers,

I’m sure that you are aware of the government announcement on Saturday that there is another lockdown coming from Thursday 5th November 2020. I am pleased to say that schools will remain open and we will continue to follow all government guidelines and our own risk assessments to make sure Newhaven is as safe a place as it can be for your children. So far, we are not aware of any transmission of Covid within school but we have had our first two positive cases which I will outline below. Please continue to make sure you continue to keep your child off school and get them a test if they show any of the symptoms of a temperature, a new and continuous cough and/or change to their sense of taste and smell. The guidance on the table on the website will help you with this but please call the school for advice if you are not sure.

So far, one student has tested positive but because they were not at school during the transmission phase of the virus this has had no effect of anyone else at Newhaven. We have also had 35 staff having to isolate at various points due to contact with people with symptoms and over half term had our first positive test for a member of staff. Luckily, their transmission period started on the Friday INSET day so has not affected any students and due to rigorous social distancing has only affected a few staff. However, this combined with other isolations due to staff members having been contacted by track and trace means our Gardens site is down 5 teachers and 2 support staff from Monday 2nd November. This represents 25% of teaching staff and means I have taken the difficult decision to close our assessment centre KS3 class for the week. Parents have been contacted and students will be expected to complete work at home during the week. We will make regular contact during the week but please ring or email school if you are worrying about anything or need support.

I apologise for any convenience caused but have to say it seems likely with rising Covid rates in the area, I may have to make similar decisions in the coming weeks. I’d like to reassure you that closing classes is a last resort and I will avoid it as much as possible.

I’d also like to say to parents, carers and families who were shielding last time we had a lockdown that you should get advice from your clinicians and get in touch to discuss any arrangements you need to make this time.

Your faithfully,

Jon Kelly
Headteacher
Newhaven School

Newhaven School coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and advice

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What should I do?

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school
  • Self-isolate for 10 days
  • Get a test
  • Inform school immediately about test result

When can my child return to school?

Test comes back negative

What should I do?

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school
  • Self-isolate for 10 days
  • Inform school immediately about test result

When can my child return to school?

When they feel better, they can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection has gone.

What should I do?

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school
  • Self-isolate for 14 days
  • Inform school immediately about test result

When can my child return to school?

The household member tests negative.

What should I do?

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

When can my child return to school?

Your child has completed 14 days self-isolation

What should I do?

  • Do not come to school
  • Contact school
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

When can my child return to school?

Your child has completed 14 days self-isolation

What should I do?

  • Come to school unless the person develops symptoms then isolate for 14 days

When can my child return to school?

Straight away if the person has no symptoms.

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