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COVID Case: 22/10/2020

22nd October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been advised this morning that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within year 11. We have carried out a full risk assessment with Public Health and identified all those who have been in close contact with the affected cases and have recommended that they stay at home and self-isolate until 14 days after their last contact.

If you have not already been contacted your child has not been identified as a close contact and therefore does not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance.

All year 10 students need to continue to isolate until 29th October as per previous guidance.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). Please ensure that if your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, you whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.

Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: nhs.uk/coronavirus

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further information

Further information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus

Yours sincerely

Allie Denholm

Headteacher

The National Breakfast Programme

Dear Parents/Carers,

The National School Breakfast programme is a major Government initiative launched to ensure that all school aged children have access to a breakfast each day. We are aware that for many of our students this is something that can be provided at home on a daily basis. In order not to make any distinction between our students, we have been able to secure breakfast provision to cover every student throughout the school in Years 7 – 13.

Eventually, the intention is to ensure that students will simply be able to choose to have the breakfast provided at the canteen free of charge to everyone, but COVID restrictions have meant that this won’t be possible at the moment. So, to ensure that our students don’t miss out on this opportunity, we have started the initiative with years 7, 8, 11 and 13 by giving them their breakfasts to take home. Inside this pack you will find 10 days’ supply of breakfasts in the form of 5 bagels and a large pack of cereal. These will be distributed every fortnight until we are able to provide them via the canteen.

We hope that your child enjoys these breakfasts but we are also aware that not every parent may wish to join in this scheme – If you would not like to take part in it in the future, please keep the initial breakfast pack and click the button below. Fill out the slip at the bottom of the letter, then give it to your child to return to their advisor.

Yours faithfully,

Mr M Searles

Assistant Head teacher

COVID case in school 20/10/2020

20th October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been advised that there have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 within school.

We have carried out a full risk assessment with Public Health and identified all those who have been in close contact with the affected cases and have recommended that they stay at home and self-isolate until 14 days after their last contact.

If you have not already been contacted your child has not been identified as a close contact and therefore does not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). Please ensure that if your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, you whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.

Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: nhs.uk/coronavirus

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further information

Further information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus

Yours sincerely

Allie Denholm

Headteacher

A letter from the Head Teacher

16th October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you for your continued support with all our efforts to ensure Heworth Grange School is a truly wonderful place to study and work.

We will shortly publish our contingency planning on line in the Covid Section of the website.  This outlines how our school will operate if we have to partially close or undergo additional more stringent closures.

Teachers have been working hard to ensure our students can access work on line via the website.  If students are self-isolating at home they should enter the website and go to the Parents/Carers and students section.  From there you will see a drop-down menu for each year group.  Students can then see work for each subject.  Staff will upload work in Class Charts and this should be completed following their normal timetable.

On a more positive note I am delighted that under very strict protocols we welcomed our peripatetic music teachers back into school this week and more than 80 students are involved with additional music lessons.

We have also been able to invite some students back into the food technology rooms and science labs under carefully controlled conditions and on rota.  It is hoped that the addition of these practical lessons in these subjects will support our students and will obviously be an enjoyable addition to their theory lessons.  Mrs Hudson has bought another set of ukuleles to enhance the music lessons also.

Mr Vause and Mr Morris will be starting football and futsal after school clubs again following the half-term, which again is exciting and very welcome.  We will continue to monitor the introduction of co-curriculum clubs, which will take place in year group bubbles as the next half-term goes on.  We hope to be able to widen the offer for students in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your support with the Virtual Open Evening, we had over 1,700 page views and 600 unique visitors, which is very exciting.  As always please continue to support the school and contact us if there is anything you have concerns about.

 Please continue to remind our children and young people to wear their masks unless exempt and to wash and sanitise hands regularly throughout the day.

Finally, may I remind you again that Friday, 23rd October is a training day for all staff and will be closed for students.  Term starts again on the 2nd November, after the half-term holiday.

Yours sincerely

Ms A Denholm

Headteacher

Letter to Parents of Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and Post 16 – 16/10/2020

Dear Parent or Carer,

A confirmed case of COVID-19 in our School

A member of our school community has tested positive for Covid-19. We have been working closely with the Public Health Team to carry out a full risk assessment and we have decided that year 10 students need to isolate for 14 days.

Students in years 7,8,9,11 and 13 are not part of this bubble therefore do not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance.

We are already taking appropriate action to clean affected areas across the school. All appropriate measures are in place in line with the guidance provided to ensure the health and safety of our communities. As a result, the Public Health Team have confirmed that it continues to be safe for the school to remain open, and that all students who are not in year 10 should continue to attend school, including siblings of year 10 students.

Yours sincerely

Allie Denholm

Headteacher

Letter to Parents of Year 10 – 16/10/2020

Dear Parents and Carers of year 10 students,

This letter applies to year 10 students only

A member of our school community has tested positive for Covid-19. The school is working closely with Gateshead’s Public Health Team to reduce the risk of infection for your children and our staff.

We have followed the national guidance and have identified that students in year 10 should now stay at home and self-isolate until 29th October.

We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.

If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities. If they become unwell with symptoms please arrange a test (see below). However, a negative test does not mean that your child can return to school earlier than 14 days.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period. This is because they are NOT contacts of the positive case. They are contacts of contacts of a case. Contacts of contacts do not need to self-isolate unless someone in their household develops symptoms or they come into contact with another case.

Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

If you think that someone else in your household has come in contact with a confirmed case or you need help or advice about self-isolation, please contact Gateshead Local Authority.

Public Health Advice on symptoms

As your child is identified as a contact of a case, please try not to worry. For most people COVID-19 is a mild illness.

If anyone in your household becomes unwell with one of the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to book a test by visiting:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

A new continuous cough

A high temperature (fever)

A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Any one of the above symptoms gives reason for high level of suspicion for COVID-19.

Information about COVID-19  symptoms and management of the virus can be found here, www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Although COVID-19 is circulating in the community, usual childhood illnesses are too; and it is important that these are not missed. Please contact your GP or NHS111 if you are worried; or call 999 if seriously unwell.

Best wishes

Allie Denholm

Headteacher

Letter from The Headteacher 9th October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As we settle into the term, we felt it would be useful to highlight a few reminders that will help school continue to run smoothly.  I would also like to thank the students, parents and carers for the way in which everyone has supported our determination to get back to school life.

Break and Lunch
Students have worked brilliantly with the new arrangements and we have opened up another till to speed up the process.  Thank you to all for your continued support.

Winter Weather
As we have moved into more cooler and possibly wetter weather students have been very sensible.  They have coped well with moving to their wet weather locations but they must bring a coat to school for days when rain or cold weather is forecast.  We will keep students outside where at all possible both for their own health and well-being and as part of our Covid-19 secure mitigations throughout their lunch break.

Uniform
Thank you for your support in ensuring students have the correct uniform and look smart.  We are proud of the way they look and represent themselves and we appreciate parent/carer support in ensuring that is the case.  As we move into colder weather it is vital that we are clear about the expectations, especially at this time when Covid-19 precautions can add extra complications.  Students should bring a coat but this should be removed once inside, along with hats, scarves and gloves.

Face Coverings
There is very clear guidance from the government that: “you should also wear a face covering in indoor places where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.”  As a school and Trust you will know we have taken the decision to wear face coverings in communal areas.  There is a requirement for all of our community to play their part in taking care of each other.  We support the small number of students who have reasons why they cannot wear a mask, however, for everyone else, we insist that they be worn in communal areas.  The vast majority of students are fantastic and do follow the recommendation but a small number of students do have masks provided by parents/carers, but have to be reminded to wear them or have to have them replaced every day due to losing them.  It is not acceptable to carry a mask in pockets but be reluctant to wear it, it is equally not acceptable to ignore requests to wash hands or sanitise.  Can we ask that, unless you have a reason for your son/daughter to not wear one, that you please encourage your son/daughter to follow this recommendation and check that they have their covering(s) the night before.

School Closures and Compliance with Precautions
You will be aware that some schools have experienced incidences of school partial closures under Covid-19 restrictions.  I cannot stress strongly enough how much I wish to avoid this eventuality at Heworth Grange School for as long as possible.

We will shortly be publishing online our contingency planning and remote learning protocols in the event of any closure of small groups or years.  This, I hope will provide the reassurance of the continued high-quality curriculum and learning experience your son/daughter will enjoy in any eventuality.  Should we need to trigger these actions as part of increased restrictions we will write to you with clear guidance.

Sickness Absence
If your child is absent from school due to sickness please remember that you must contact the school every day that your child is off to avoid receiving a phone call. 

We do understand that these are changing times and that for students are particularly anxious about what is happening at the moment.   We are working hard to provide a safe, secure and consistent environment that allows them to learn and be happy.  We are managing the external inconsistency in order to keep the school environment as calm as possible.

We thank you for your support in ensuring they also do their bit to help us to maintain that and keep our fabulous school open and purposeful.

Yours sincerely,

Ms A Denholm
Headteacher

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