COVID-19 Guidance and Updates


Self Isolation Dates

  • The Year 10 students who are currently self-isolating are due to return to the academy on Thursday 26th November 2020, their last day of self-isolation is Wednesday 25th November 2020.

The Year 7 students who are currently self isolating are due to return to the academy as follows:

  • The students from 7F who are currently self-isolating are due to return to the academy on Monday 30th November 2020, their last day of self-isolation is Thursday 26th November 2020.  (Friday 27th November 2020 is an inset day).
  • The students from 7E who are currently self-isolating are due to return to the academy on Monday 30th November 2020, their last day of self-isolation is Sunday 29th November 2020.

Important letter from the Principal regarding the COVID-19

OIEA Letter to Parents 19.11.2020

Public Heath England have confirmed a case of coronavirus in the academy – Year 7 Students.

Please find attached letter and guidance regarding the positive COVID-19 case at the academy in Year 7.  The parents of all the Year 7 students that have been in proximity contact have been informed separately.

General letter to all school students parents guardians and staff

Website FAQs Year 7

Public Heath England have confirmed a case of coronavirus in the academy – Year 8 Students.

Please find attached letter and guidance regarding the positive COVID-19 case at the academy in Year 8.  The parents of all the Year 8 students that have been in proximity contact have been informed separately.

General letter to all school students parents guardians and staff

Form D – Website FAQs Year 8

Public Heath England have confirmed a case of coronavirus in the academy – Year 7 Students.

Please find attached letter and guidance regarding the positive COVID-19 case at the academy in Year 7.  The parents of all the Year 7 students that have been in proximity contact have been informed separately.

Form D – Website FAQs
General letter to all school students parents guardians and staff 16.11.2020

Public Heath England have confirmed a case of coronavirus in the academy – Year 10 Students.

Here is a copy of the letter sent to parents of the children who do not need to self isolate:

Letter to all school students parents guardians and staff 12.11.2020

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions.

How many cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed?

Only one case has been confirmed and it is highly likely the source came from outside the school. The infected person will now self-isolate and as a precaution 3 members of staff and 38 pupils will also be asked to self-isolate.

Which year group is affected?

The case is in Year 10 and contained within Year 10.

Have the classrooms been cleaned?

We know that the virus can possibly hang around on surfaces for up to 72 hours so Year X classrooms, toilets and regular touch points will be cleaned again this evening. This is in addition to the thorough cleaning that already happens in school.

Why isn’t the academy closing?

At this stage we only have a single case and we have been able to identify all the contacts that person had very quickly; they will all self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution. The advice is to open the school as planned with all the systems of control in place such as hand washing, good respiratory hygiene, enhanced cleaning and protected groups. We will also continue to ask all visitors inside school to wear a face covering.

How do I know if I came into contact with the infected person?

As we keep a record of what contacts are made we know who came into contact with the infected person and have notified those who need to self-isolate as a precaution.

Why are there up to 30 pupils in a class?

School classes will return to normal which for us will be up to 30 pupils per class. We would not be able to have classes of 15 and have everybody back full time. The government guidance is clear that schools are not allowed to have part-time provision or rotas in place and that pupils are able to sit next to each other in lessons.

If we have been in contact with a parent/child that has been asked to self-isolate by the school, are we also required to self-isolate and then track those we have subsequently had contact with also?

No, the advice to self-isolate from PHE is only for those who had direct contact. If you develop symptoms then you should self-isolate along with your household and let us know.

Is it safe for pupils to go to school?

The person infected only had contact with some staff and pupils in Year 10 and they will be self-isolating at home. There is no reason at this stage to suggest any other children or year groups are affected.

Will it be better to keep the children home a bit longer until this episode is over?

Due to the systems in place we have been able to quickly identify those who came into contact with infected person, and have been advised that it is safe for school to be open – only those pupils asked to self-isolate need not attend.

If the people that have been asked to self-isolate get tested and it comes back negative, are they allowed back into school before the 14 days is up?

No.  Pupils have to isolate for the full period requested if asked to do so and testing is only required if pupils develop symptoms.

Can you confirm more details of the infected person?

As you might expect I am not able to release any further details of the person in respect to their privacy. As explained above we know who this person was in contact with and they have been informed and will self-isolate.

I want to keep my son/daughter at home, can I do this?

We can understand your concerns and we wouldn’t open the school if we didn’t feel that situation was contained. You will be aware that the government has announced that all pupils should return to school and continue their education.

When my youngest son/daughter was in contact with someone who has COVID-19, do I place my whole family into self-isolation?

The guidance is that it is just your youngest son unless he develops symptoms in which case your household should self-isolate for 14 days.

Can children wear masks in school and in classrooms to prevent it?

A few children are wearing a face covering in school and that is ok if they can take responsibility for wearing it and using it correctly. However, the government guidance is that pupils currently do not need to wear them in school, as there are other measures in place.

My children were told to self-isolate by the school and PHE. How will their Free School Meals be reimbursed?

In the government guidance schools have been told that they need to provide either a meal or a food parcel for free school meals pupils if they are isolating. We are in touch with the catering company who will provide these and we will be in touch to discuss further. The voucher scheme has now ended.

What happens if I don’t send my child in?

We will be in touch to have a conversation and discuss your concerns. Nearly all pupils are now back at school and unless your child is self-isolating, then they should be attending school. We haven’t used fines in these circumstances yet at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy because we have good relationships with our families and hope that through discussion we can encourage pupils back to school. However it is in the guidance from the government.

Letter from the Director of Public Health:

NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 app – resources for schools, parents and young people

NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.

The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over. This means that some students in year 11, students in years 12, 13 and in further education colleges will be eligible to use the app and benefit from its features. In addition to the guidance for schools and further education colleges which we published yesterday, NHS Test and Trace has published guidance and resources to support the use of the app which are available to download.

Face coverings reminder

Please remember (as per the letter regarding face coverings) that the government guidance does not say that children and staff require face coverings when they return to school. Ormiston Trust has said that they can be worn if this helps students and staff to feel less anxious about a return to mainstream schooling. The procedures put in place for prevention of COVID 19 are seen as enough to make the academy as COVID safe as possible.

Please prepare your children :
1. To see some staff wearing face visors around the academy.
2. To be asked to remove their face coverings on entry to the academy, unless they make staff aware that they are going to continue wearing them.
3.To use excellent hygiene routines and to understand that safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully.
4. Multi-use face coverings will need to be washed regularly.

Further guidance on face coverings can be found at:

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care provides
Face coverings in education settings

NSPCC Resources

With disruption in everyone’s lives due to coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important that we all pay attention to our mental health and well-being and the mental health of children and young people.

Research suggests that the pandemic is going to affect everyone’s mental well-being, particularly vulnerable groups such as children (Holmes et al, 2020).

Children and young people may be feel worried or anxious about different things. Beyond the virus itself there is the interruption of the normal school routine, suddenly spending most of their time indoors and no longer regularly seeing family and friends.

They may also experience someone close to them, such as a family member, carer, friend or teacher, becoming seriously ill or passing away. This can cause feelings of sadness, loss and grief.

The NSPCC has pulled together some resources to help you support the children and young people and families you know and work with through this challenging time.

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/april/supporting-children-young-people-mental-health?utm_source=Corona-newsletter&utm_medium=Mental-Health&utm_campaign=202006_Corona

Keeping Children Safe from Abuse and Harm

Updated advice for parents and carers about keeping children safe from abuse and harm has been released by the government and can be accessed using the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm