Tottington High SchoolCoronavirus Information
Risk Assessment for COVID-19
Lateral Flow Testing Information – 18th March 2021
As part of the national initiative to use lateral flow device tests, we aim to help staff and students remain in school safely. Up to a third of those with COVID show no symptoms. The lateral flow testing plan will help to reduce the spread of the virus and it will enable us to have students in school more often.
The government have asked that students test themselves twice each week at home (Sunday and Wednesday). Please would you register your test on the NHS website. All the instructions are in the information booklet in the test pack.
We also ask that you report your test result to school by filling in the form here every Sunday and Wednesday with your full name, form and result.
COVID Planning Update – 23rd October 2020
Clearly, we are not going to be able to return to ‘normal’ for a very long time. Whilst we have been very fortunate in that our COVID cases have been low compared to other schools, we cannot be complacent. For this reason, I will be making a number of changes to the way we work after half term.
These are as follows:
- On our return on 2nd November, all students will be required to wear a face covering when moving round the building. The only exceptions will be those who are exempt due to health reasons. To help, I have ordered a face covering for every student in school and these will be issued in form time on the first day back. Students can choose to bring their own, but school face coverings will be issued as a gesture. Students do not need to wear these in lessons and they do not need to use them outside. They will be required to be worn in the building on corridors. They will not be allowed to move around the building without one. Please, ensure that your child is absolutely clear about this.
- When we return after half term, we will allow students to move from lesson to lesson in our buildings. As the weather turns worse, lining up outside poses more of a risk and so, from Monday 2nd November, students will move to different parts of the school for their lessons as they did pre COVID. To ensure that this is COVID safe, students will move on a one way system when they are in the building so that social distancing can be maintained. In addition, when students enter a classroom, they will be required to hand sanitise. On exit, they will be asked to sanitise their workspace and their hands. This has worked well in other schools and I know that it will improve working life for students and staff.
- As the weather deteriorates from November into the Winter months, I am acutely aware that covered spaces are essential for students at social times. Therefore, over half term, five large marquees are being installed on the yard areas. This will increase the indoor space that we have available and it will enable us to continue to keep year groups separate at social times. Keeping year groups separate during social times is a fundamental requirement in terms of keeping COVID at bay. Each marquee will be designated to a particular year group. In addition, we will still have outside spaces available for each year group and we will be using the gym and sports hall and Lofthouse building for additional indoor capacity.
- With the introduction of additional outside and indoor space, we will be able to return to our normal break and lunch time arrangements. This means that, after half term, all students will have break and lunch at the same time and there will be no staggering of these. To help ensure that adequate time is given, we will be adding five minutes onto break time and taking it off the lunchtime session. This will just ensure that all students and staff are able to have something to eat and drink, and to use the toilet.
- In terms of food, we have only been able to offer sandwich bags so far for lunch options. With the introduction of the marquees, we are planning to widen the menu so that basic hot food can be purchased. The dining team are working on this at the moment and more information will be shared in due course. This will not be available straight after half term, but we will be updating you.
Face Covering Requirements
To ensure that we continue to limit the numbers of students that may need to be sent home and so that we can protect the most vulnerable in society, can I ask for your continued support with the following measures, I would also be grateful if you could discuss these with your son/daughter at home.
Face coverings need to be worn in communal areas of the school such as the corridors, toilets and moving around the school, it is advised that students bring a spare face covering to school so they have one to hand if they misplace their original.
Face coverings need to be worn on public buses to and from school as social distancing is extremely challenging on transport and students do need to wear their face coverings for the duration of the journey not just when they are arriving or leaving school.
We have had requests from the shops in Tottington that students also wear face coverings when going in.
Symptoms of Coronavirus from NHS England Website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
Miss E Guirguis
Domestic Abuse – Useful Information and Contacts
24 April 2020
Domestic abuse can affect anyone (1 in every 3 women and 1 in every 6 men).
It’s important to know that you are not alone. Even if you are unable to leave your home at the moment, you can still access support;
As always, if you or someone else is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police. Silent calls will work if you are not safe to speak – use the Silent Solution system and call 999 and then press 55 when prompted. If you can’t use a voice phone, you can register with the police text service – text REGISTER to 999. You will get a text that will tell you what to do next. Do this when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger.
Additional sources of help can be obtained via;
- England: Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline:
0808 2000 247 (run by Refuge)
- Women’s Aid live chat service (available Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm)
- Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
- Respect helpline: 0808 802 4040 (for anyone worried that they may be harming someone else)
- Karma Nirvana Helpline number 08005999247 or Email email@example.com If you or someone you know is experiencing honour-based abuse
- Forced Marriage Unit: 0207 008 0151
- Paladin – National Stalking Advocacy Service: 020 3866 4107
- Bright Sky app by Hestia Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.
Free online counselling now available for children and young people across Greater Manchester
20 April 2020
All children and young people in Greater Manchester can now access free online counselling and emotional well-being support. The Kooth online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform is available to any young person who may be struggling with their mental health – and particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kooth is for young people aged 11-18 and offers a variety of resources, including:
- A live chat function that allows young people to contact a qualified counsellor
- Chat forums with other young people
- Crisis information
- Self help resources
Kooth provides information and support along with treatment for children and young people with a range of mental health problems. Scheduled and drop in counselling sessions are available 365 days a year and include slots at evenings and weekends.
It has been available in Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Trafford Rochdale and Wigan for some time and has now been rolled out to cover Bury, Salford, Tameside and Stockport. This expansion has been brought forward in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The expansion of Kooth is part of a Greater Manchester wide programme of new digital services and online support launched on Monday 6 April. Mental health services are facing new challenges and coming under additional pressure due to the COVID-19 outbreak as they try to support those already accessing services and deal with new cases, whilst managing the impact on their staffing levels. This new package of support aims to help people to stay well, reducing the need for them to attend GP practices or hospitals. It can be accessed by those with existing mental health issues as well as anyone who may be struggling due to social distancing and self-isolation restrictions.
Warren Heppolette, executive lead for strategy and system development, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought rapid changes to all of our lives and it will be a stressful and anxious time for many. For children and young people, social distancing measures could make it harder to reach out to friends and many may find it hard to open up to close family members. Kooth offers a wealth of information and resources and, most importantly, a way to share fears and anxieties with peers as well as providing access to counselling if needed – all without leaving the house.”
To find out more visit https://hub.gmhsc.org.uk/mental-health/kooth/
To sign up to use Kooth, go to www.kooth.com.
Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
0800 046 8687
8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.
Tottington High School collects a lot of data and information about our pupils so that we can run effectively as a school. This privacy notice explains how and why we collect pupils’ data, what we do with it and what rights parents and pupils have. Tottington High School is an academy within the Shaw Education Trust (“the Trust”), a multi academy trust with 10 academies. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee (registration number 09067175) whose registered office is Shaw Education Trust Head Office, Kidsgrove Secondary School, Gloucester Road, Kidsgrove. ST7 4DL. The Trust is the Data Controller for all the academies within the Trust. The Data Protection Officer for the Trust is Natalie Kennedy: firstname.lastname@example.org