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Changes to measures and guidance for managing COVID-19 in education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April
Since March 2022 when the final Covid restrictions were lifted the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) has advised that COVID-19 should be managed like other respiratory infections, such as flu.
COVID-19 presents a low risk to children and young people. This, combined with high vaccination rates in the population, means there are no longer specific rules relating to COVID-19 in schools, colleges, childcare and other education settings.
Full details of the guidance can be found here: https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2023/03/23/what-are-the-latest-rules-around-covid-19-in-schools-colleges-nurseries-and-other-education-settings/
Who can get tested for Covid-19
Most people are no longer advised to get tested, and Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests are no longer free for most people. If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself. You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.
Full information about the changes to testing can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/
I AM ABSENT FROM SCHOOL WITH SYMPTOMS OF COVID/OTHER ILLNESS AND TOO UNWELL TO LEARN
Any student who is too unwell to come to school should be resting and recuperating.
Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
They can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
For children and young people aged 18 and under who test positive for COVID-19, the advice is to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for three days. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious.
Absent students will be supported to regain any lost learning when they are well enough to return to school.
i am absent following a positive covid-19 test, and well enough to learn at home
We are happy to invite students that are absent from school following a positive COVID-19 test who would otherwise be well enough to come to school, to join Live Remote Learning (LRL) on Microsoft Teams where possible.
If there are lessons that your teacher is unable to teach live, you should check either the Microsoft Teams channel/chat for that subject or your school Office365 email for any offline work that your teacher would like you to complete.
USING MICROSOFT TEAMS
Your teacher will either schedule the lesson in a calendar, automatically 'calling' you or they will leave a link to the meeting in the Teams chat feed.
If you have any issues with Teams please try the following:
- Uninstall/reinstall teams
- Try it on a different device (eg a phone, tablet) to see if it is the user or the device at fault
- Try using Teams in a web browser rather than through an app - Teams Web Version
I NEED A COPY OF MY TIMETABLE
Please check on Classcharts for your timetable. Any issues please email email@example.com
I NEED MY CLASSCHARTS LOGIN CODE
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for your code
I AM ISOLATING, WELL ENOUGH TO LEARN BUT I DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT TO JOIN LESSONS REMOTELY
Please email email@example.com to discuss your equipment needs.
ACCESSING CLASS MATERIALS ON TEAMS
Your teachers may upload any classwork to Teams - this will allow you to catch up on missed lessons. Please check here before contacting your teachers.
To check for class materials, click on your class Team - then find 'Files' on the top bar:
This will then lead you to where 'Class Materials' are, which you then click on to find work from lessons.
Recordings from live lessons are also stored in this area to help student's guide their catch up work.
ADDITIONAL STUDENT REMOTE LEARNING ONLINE RESOURCES WILL BE ON THE FOLLOWING SITES-
All these sites can be accessed through the Student Portal
Although you are not in school, you may feel like you would like to entertain yourself with some lovely reading!
The library is open 24/7 when you use ePlatform.
All students have access to ePlatform using their normal in-school username and password.
TASKS TO DEVELOP POWERFUL KNOWLEDGE
MAINTAINING POWERFUL KNOWLEDGE
Alongside key disciplinary skills, having powerful knowledge is the key to success in learning. Retrieval of knowledge is essential in order to commit this knowledge to the long term memory. Once students have acquired and truly learned this knowledge they can then apply this in many ways.
Equally important is for learners to understand how they learn and reflect on learning; this is known as metacognition.
The following tasks will help with developing powerful knowledge and metacognition.
These tasks can be used without being online and can be adapted for any subject or topic regardless of year group. They are also useful revision strategies.
- Learn with your siblings where possible, as learning in collaboration can strengthen understanding
- Try some interactive and fun activities - hopefully the whole family might enjoy taking part in this too.
- Other activities (if appropriate) could include
- completing a workout video or online fitness session