COVID 19

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Covid-19 School Risk Assessment - Updated February 2022

COVID Catch Up Fund

Our Catch Up Fund is being used to support pupil’s wellbeing and therefore support their learning in school.

Currently we are: 

  • Investing in staff training in a range of different interventions for children to access either 1:1 or in small groups. 
  • Putting together Home Learning Packs so your child’s education can continue whilst they are in isolation at home. 
  • Researching resources to support pupil’s attainment whilst in school which children will have missed out on during lockdown.

We are using the Evidence for Learning app to assess and monitor children’s progress. This also allows us to monitor their progress against interventions used, their EHCP outcomes and also the impact the resources have made. 

 Please contact the West site on 01274 484242 if you have any further questions. 

Monday to Friday Please phone the school on the school site number

WEST (HEATON) 01274 484242

SOUTH ( LOW MOOR) 01274 679972

Saturday/ Sunday

TEXT ONLY 07776373537

Covid19 Frequently asked questions
  1. Why are you closed on Monday when the council say schools will be open on Monday?
    1. ALL schools are closed under the emergency legislation including special schools. Education as such is suspended under emergency powers that is why there are no exams for the first time since 1888.
    2. ALL pupils and families should be following SOCIAL DISTANCING whether or not they have an EHCP. This is to reduce the spread of the virus and keep families safe and where possible key workers doing their jobs. Key workers are essential to keep you all provided with health care, essential services and food/toiletries and the childcare support for them etc. that is why they have priority places.
    3. Any offer given to any family in any school is not an education one it is a respite offer of activities. Pupils who come into a school site will not be in classes or doing lessons. They will not be ‘taught’, and they will not have routine. They will have activities to keep them occupied for the length of time they are in the setting. Whilst stocks are available schools will also provide a meal
    4. Most mainstream schools will be working as hubs where staff and pupils from different schools will go to one school which may not be their own.
    5. Special schools in Bradford agreed that to keep to the prime directive of Social Distancing and that children are safer than at school. We also wanted to try to keep anxieties lowered for both parents and pupils and agreed we would all open rather than all our vulnerable pupils going to hub school. As a result, we hope we will be able to support more families. However, it does mean that each special school has had to make its own plans and get approval from the LA. The council now has local powers to direct schools, and they are working with us all, maintained schools, free schools and academies, to try to keep as many people as safe and well as possible whilst providing as much support as we can.
    6. However, by opening all special schools it means that we don’t have the shared staff mainstream schools can use to support each other and this has meant we have had to make some very difficult decisions about who we can offer support for, despite knowing that our entire population is vulnerable and everyone is very anxious.
    7. To prevent confusion, you need to be clear that as special schools we have to work differently from the mainstream schools with EHCP pupils. All councils published information about school’s links to mainstream schools. Each special school has its own plan based on what it can offer. Some have never shut so far or have only partially closed in this crisis and remain open Monday for a limited number of pupils. Some will be able to open Tuesday; some Wednesday and others will open at the latest by Friday. We have an agreed plan with the council and are working with them on transport issues. This is because of our large numbers of EHCP pupils. The LA is fully aware of our situation and we are not allowed to do anything without their agreement.
    8. If I could open on Monday I would. If I could open to everyone I would but this is impossible. I have less than a third of the workforce over two sites and more staff going off daily. We just do not have enough staff in school to keep pupils safe.
    9. We currently have a lot of our staff off school and everyone should be we are closed as a whole school until Wednesday due to staff absence. We are not going against the government’s legislation.
  2. Why are you not providing for all children when the government said pupils with EHCPs would be able to continue to come to school?
    1. The new legislation and guidance to families and parents says

Section 1.10 of the government guidance for families is clear that decisions should be made locally based on risk assessments of health and safeguarding. The guidance is now clear that some children will be safer at school (or in their usual educational setting) whilst others will be safer at home. Schools, LAs and colleges are advised to make this decision on a case-by-case basis.

b. This is due to health and safety, social distancing regulations and what we are physically able to provide.( see 1e) At Chellow we have lost 2/3rds of the workforce over the two sites because they are in short term or permanent isolation due to their own health needs/ pregnancies etc. and virus symptoms. Just about hourly at the moment we are getting more staff having to self-isolate due to symptoms. In addition, because schools are closed and not providing the wrap around care that was expected and, in some cases, not providing at all, we have staff off with their own child, including those with SEND in other authorities

c. Before this, we were already running an oversubscribed school to support families with nowhere else to go but this outbreak means that we have had to make difficult decisions. We do not want pupils in groups of more than 8-10 due to social distancing and because they will not be in familiar groups because or familiar people, they are at risk of having higher anxieties than they would normally have. We have not enough staff to deal with these anxieties or staff having to go off with injuries as a consequence of any anxieties.

Who will get a place at Chellow?

  1. Both Chellow School sites remain open whilst we can provide child supervision for
    1. at home. the children of Key workers where they are a single parent or where both partners are key workers
    2. where it is regarded that it is safer for them to be at school than for them to stay

NB no child will be allowed on site if they have a temperature, cough, cold, runny nose, has been or is sick – even if this is reflux as this will spread any viral infection, has diarrhoea.

At present, we are very sorry, we cannot offer places for anyone else.

What if my child doesnt have a place at Chellow? 

  1. We are hoping to have a ‘hot line’ for parents and carers where the social distancing is causing a major issue especially if they do not have parks etc to go to.
  2. We are currently looking at whether we can offer some activities for families to come to in school, away from everyone else just to have something to do in a safe environment. This, at the moment, would have to be outside activities as we do not have the space for running indoor activities. This will not be until at least the week beginning 30th March 2020 but may be after the Easter break.
  3. Please look on our homework page for activities to do at home
  4.  Join our parents and families Facebook group where we are sharing thoughts and becoming an online community of support.

When will we know if we have a place?

  1. We will let you know if you have a place and what hours/ days your child can come by Tuesday 24th March 2020 at the latest.

Will my child be able to come to school for their normal time/ days?           

  1. We are still looking at numbers and plans – everything changed when a much-extended Key Workers list came out.
  2. The place pupils are offered in settings may be full time days or part time days and may not be daily – to offer respite for those less vulnerable at home we may have to offer less to those who are very vulnerable. We are not sure yet it depends how many families take up the offer.

How will my child get to school?

  1. All pupils should travel by taxi/ school bus if they already have this provided to keep social distancing in place and to prevent unessential travel.
  2. Where pupils do not currently travel on school transport, we have asked the LA for this to be organised if possible to limit our  social contacts for staff and try to keep them safe and well to keep the school open.
  3. It is possible that if no transport arrangements can be made we may have to have an agreement made about how a family can transport their child and hand over whilst keeping social distancing for them and our staff  if we cannot agree then we may regard your child’s place as too high a risk

Will my child still get a school meal or will we have to send a packed lunch?

  1. We are expecting to give all children who attend school a hot school meal whilst our kitchen staff remain well. At the moment what we can provide will depend on what deliveries we can get – if you are worried you can send in a packed lunch or ask if we can provide a sandwich. As long as we can get bread this is an option. 
  2. If our catering team fall ill Bradford catering service will provide us with sandwiches

My child should have free school meals – how will they get them when I am at home?

  1. We are hoping to offer all families at home who is entitled to a free school meal a sandwich if they want one so that everyone gets fed.
  2. Anyone with a child in Chellow Heights who regards themselves in food poverty i.e. hasn’t enough money to feed themselves daily even if they don’t have an entitlement to free school meals should contact school and we will try to ensure a sandwich at least for everyone. 

 Written 21.3.20 and will be updated as more questions are asked.

To see the following documents please click  on the text to open

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Full School Reopening Risk Assessment August 2020

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Remote Learning Policy

To see the letters for parents click here

11.11.20

Update for Monkeys class whilst awaiting for test results. Closure from Wednesday 11th November 2020 with more information on DOJO.

Letter to Monkeys class

 

16.10/20

We have been notified of another positive case in school and have had to notify Tigers class for isolation. The letter has been posted to parents on class dojo and is available below.

Letter to Tigers’ Parents

 

10.10.20

Due to being notified of a single positive case on Chellow West we have had notify Butterflies class for isolation. The letter about this is accessible below. Please follow the guidance on our main COVID 19 page.

Letter to Butterflies and Zebras Parents 

 

09.10.20

Due to being notified of a single positive case on Chellow South we have had to send Owls class into isolation today. The letter about this is accessible below. Please follow the guidance on our main COVID 19 page.

letter to parents 

 

18.9.20

The closure of the south site is as a precaution on advice of Public Health England whilst we await the results of several people Covid Tests. To download the letter that was sent to south families click here. 

 

16.9.20

Chimps class south and all west site families please note the contacts of this letter.

direct link Isolation guidance letter

 

15.9.20  We know this situation is very difficult for parents and carers as well as many of our children who were just getting back into coming to school. The last three days we have been working with Public Health England who completed their risk assessment this afternoon.

We have shared this information with you via email/ phonecall but more information is on the letters below.

Thank you for your continued support and if you have anxieties or need some support please contact school via class dojo or if you do not have access to this, phone school and someone will get back to you asap. Thank you.

south site parent letter  

west site letter for

Rabbits, cats, lions, zebras, penguins, ducks, butterflies

west site letter for 

ladybirds, tigers, pandas, leopards, elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, giraffes, ,meerkats, rhinos

Having to teach your child at home!

For homework for your child, please see our ‘Classes’ page with links to our classes and general homework page.

There will also be homework from Pete on his music page and Rachel for you to join in with your children.

Please email: homework@chellowheightsschool.co.uk to contact your class teacher.

For support with activities, you can also use free access to Twinkl.

Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Please see our Chellow Heights Facebook Page for more ideas.

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