JTHS September opening guidance - students & parents
Face masks : August 28th Parent Update
Following the government’s guidance ‘face coverings in education’ which was published on 26th August and information from the local authority we have updated our approach related to this area.
The Local Authority have shared that there has been a rise in cases of Covid-19 in a number of areas in Burton and has advised secondary schools and other education institutions to use their discretion to require face coverings in communal areas. This is an additional precautionary measure to support the actions being implemented in Burton to reduce the transmission of Covid-19.
We have made the following decisions on the use of face masks in John Taylor High School when the school is open:
- Students will be expected to wear face masks when they enter the site, until they enter their classroom.
- Students will be expected to wear face masks when they leave their classroom, until they leave the site at the end of the day.
- Students will be expected to wear face masks when moving to lessons and queuing for food/using toilets. Students will also have to wear face masks in indoor communal areas for example, the Sixth Form Area.
- Students who deem it necessary to wear a face mask in a lesson, will not be prohibited (please note: DfE Guidance believes this is not necessary.)
- If students are in an outside space during social time, they will not have to wear masks.
- All students using public transport/the school bus must wear a face mask whilst on the bus.
- Staff will wear face masks when moving between lessons and indoor communal areas (where social distancing cannot be maintained). Staff have the option to wear a face visor whilst teaching so this will not impede communication.
A reminder of the expectations, shared previously (20th August 2020):
Expectations for the use of face masks in school:
- Face masks worn should only be of a plain colour (with no patterns or graphics).
- Face masks should be worn correctly covering the face and nose. If a student is wearing a covering incorrectly e.g. on the chin, they will be asked to wear it correctly or to remove it.
- Students may be asked to remove their face mask by a member of staff (where social distancing measures can be maintained) for a short period to aid communication.
- It will be the parent’s responsibility to ensure the wearing of a face mask by their individual child, if they deem it necessary.
The wearing of face masks in school will be reviewed on a regular basis in line with guidance from the DFE and Public Health England and we reserve the right to change our position, with the expectation of your continued support.
With very warm wishes
The guidance below was shared earlier in the term and was also covered by PE staff in the student's first PE lessons of term. Students were also told about any specialist PE kit (studded footwear/shin pads) they will need for subsequent lessons and if their lesson is indoor or outdoor.
We would just like to ask for your support with the following points which have been raised as issues:
1. Students must ONLY wear John Taylor branded PE kit to school. The wearing of casual, branded sweatshirts or hoodies is not permitted. JTHS rugby shirts (boys) and zip tops (girls) are available if required for warmth. Students should wear a school coat if the weather requires it.
2. Students are able to wear plain black jogging bottoms over their shorts or skorts.
3. It is noticeable that many girls are wearing skorts to school which are not of a suitable length. This is not appropriate for general classroom wear. Could you please check this and either purchase a new skort or ensure that your daughter wears jogging bottoms or leggings before and/or after their PE lesson.
Thank you in advance for your support.
- Students will come to school in their PE kit on the days they have PE.
- PE have a wet weather contingency which aims to keep students as dry as possible. However, as weather can be unpredictable there may be occasions students get very wet on their way inside, particularly if their lesson is on the back of the field or courts.
- Students have been advised to wear plain black tracksuit bottoms over shorts/skort and JTHS midlayers (rugby top/half zip jumper) over their PE short sleeve tops, so in the event they do get wet they will have something full length they can change into to keep them warm and dry for the remainder of the school day.
- We have asked them to wear plain black tracksuit bottoms over their shorts/skort so they can keep warm before their PE lesson around school site. This is also to limit the time spent in changing rooms to maximise social distancing as when they take off their tracksuit bottoms they already have PE attire on underneath and so can exit quickly.
- When wearing skorts to school, students can wear plain black leggings underneath to keep them warm throughout the day and continue to wear this in their PE lesson as they are not able to be removed quickly. On particularly cold days, pupils may choose to wear leggings under a skort with tracksuit bottoms on top - this is personal preference.
- Students can also bring a spare JTHS PE kit to school to change into on the rare occasion they are too wet to be comfortable for the remainder of the day.
- We are aware some children do not have access to spare kit and therefore the alternative to this is to bring JTHS school uniform with them.
- Students can choose whether to bring spare JTHS kit along with them OR JTHS uniform in the event they do get wet.
- Students who will be using boots for their PE lessons (they will be told this in their first PE lesson) should come into school wearing trainers and bring boots along with them for them to change into for their lesson.
NHS Test and Trace
Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process (DfE guidance)
Schools must ensure they understand the NHS Test and Trace process and how to contact their local Public Health England health protection team. Schools must ensure that staff members and parents/carers understand that they will need to be ready and willing to:
- book a test if they are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
- provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
- self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.
The government will ensure that it is as easy as possible to get a test through a wide range of routes that are locally accessible, fast and convenient. We will release more details on new testing avenues as and when they become available and will work with schools so they understand what the quickest and easiest way is to get a test. By the autumn term, all schools will be provided with a small number of home testing kits that they can give directly to parents/carers collecting a child who has developed symptoms at school, or staff who have developed symptoms at school, where they think providing one will significantly increase the likelihood of them getting tested. Advice will be provided alongside these kits.
Schools should ask parents and staff to inform them immediately of the results of a test:
- if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.
- if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’ and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 7-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
Parents have been informed of the following below:
Parents will be required to:
- Book a test if their child is displaying symptoms. All children can be tested. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing website or ordered by telephone via NHS 119.
- Provide details of anyone their child has been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace (school will provide information to NHS regarding other children in school)
- Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Inform school immediately if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu- in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.
- Inform school immediately if someone tests positive, they must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms and return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 7 day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
Full DfE Guidance – July 2020
NHS – Test and Trace How it works
Order a test – NHS England
People who develop symptoms of coronavirus
Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
Contacts: PHE health protection teams
Staff who are clinically vulnerable or extremely clinically vulnerable
Extra mental health support for pupils and teachers
The Education Support Partnership provides a free helpline for school staff and targeted support for mental health and wellbeing
Health and Safety Executive