Keeping you informed
Any general updates regarding Covid will be posted on the 'News listing' page in the 'News' section of this website:
If your child develops symptoms during the school day we will phone you immediately and ask you to fetch your child as soon as possible.
If we have to send your child home to self-isolate, due to a confirmed case in their bubble, then we will text or phone you to collect them and give you a letter detailing how long they must self-isolate for.
What to do if....
The document below gives guidance on what to do in various Covid-related scenarios. If you are in any doubt please phone school before sending your child in.
If you receive a positive test result over a weekend, then it's important that you let us know immediately, so that we can inform those families whose children will need to self-isolate, before they arrive in school on Monday morning. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing the risk and working safely
Our Covid Risk Assessment is based around year group bubbles, good hygiene and social distancing whenever possible. We encourage students to wear face coverings on corridors when moving between lessons, but, we are aware that many of our students are exempt from having to wear these.
The letter which we sent to all parents in July outlines how school is operating at the moment:
Our full risk assessment can be viewed here:
Covid testing - Easter update
Students should continue to self-test at home over the Easter break and a text reminder will be sent each Wednesday and Sunday.
If your child tests positive please report this to NHS Test & Trace via the following site: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
If you need to contact school about home testing, please use the following email address:
Please note that this email address will only be checked once a day so you are unlikely to receive an immediate response.
The link below takes you to a video outlining the testing and reporting process:
If you ever get a positive test result you should:
- Report the test result using in the usual way at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
- Begin self-isolation for your child and everyone in the household
- Book a PCR test to confirm the test result. If this test comes back negative then self-isolation would no longer be necessary and your child could return to school.
If you haven't yet given consent to home testing but would now like your child to take part, please contact school.
Face coverings - March 2021 update
The Government has issued the following update to its guidance on wearing face coverings in schools, which comes into effect on Monday 8th March:
Where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. Face coverings do not need to be worn by pupils when outdoors on the premises.
In addition, we now also recommend in those schools, that face coverings should be worn in classrooms or during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons.
We are taking this additional precautionary measure for a limited time during this period of high coronavirus (COVID-19) prevalence in the community. These measures will be in place until Easter. As with all measures, we will keep it under review and update guidance at that point.
Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. This applies to those who:
- cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical impairment or disability, illness or mental health difficulties
- speak to or provide help to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate
The same exemptions will apply in education and childcare settings and you should be sensitive to those needs, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.
What this means for students at Castle Hill
From 8th March students will be expected to wear face coverings:
- on transport to and from school (both public transport and local authority transport)
- in communal areas, such as corridors, at busy times when social distancing is not possible eg. at the start and end of the school day and at lesson changeovers
- in classrooms when social distancing is not possible eg. working in a small group, or one-to-one, with a teacher
Students will not be expected to wear face coverings:
- when they are outside eg. at break or lunchtime
- during PE lessons
- in communal areas at quiet times
- in lessons when they can socially distance
Please provide your child with a suitable face covering and remind them how to put this on and take it off safely. It is also a good idea to give them a small polythene bag to keep their face covering in, when it's not being used.
We are well aware that a significant number of our students will be exempt from wearing face coverings. The reasons for an individual choosing not to wear a face covering can relate to both physical and mental health issues and staff will not challenge students who choose not to wear a face covering.
Students will not be disciplined if they choose not to wear a face covering and not wearing a face covering will not be considered a behaviour issue.
Many thanks for your cooperation in this matter which will help to keep all students and staff at Castle Hill safe and Covid-free.
Information on our Remote Learning plan can be found here:
Learning resources on this website
If your child is self-isolating and has completed all work set for them, then there are a couple of pages in the 'Students' section of this website that might be useful.
The 'Homework' page has links to useful educational websites recommended by our subject leaders, grouped by subject:
The 'Fun Stuff' page has a variety of educational games and fun websites:
Resources provided by our OT and SaLT teams
Our Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) teams have produced the following resources to help with Covid-related issues: