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COVID-19 Updates & Risk Assessments [updated 5th Jan 2021]

We are continuing to closely monitor the updates around the coronavirus; as you will be aware, Wigan is considered a high risk area by the Government and Local Area Protection Team.

The national situation has of course changed, with a new strain (the S-variant). 

Provision in primary schools - January 2021

Click Here to review our Risk Assessment undertaken on 5th January 2021 following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday 4th January 2021 that schools in England will close to most pupils from 5 January 2021 reopening on the 6th January 2021 to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers (also referred to as key workers) only for continued on site education.

Our resources will continue to be kept up-to-date with new guidance and any changes to current advice.

September 2020 to August 2021 Background

From Saturday 26 September, residents and visitors in Wigan, were required to follow the restrictions in place across Greater Manchester.

As of Monday 28th September 2020, we took extra measures in school to protect our pupils and staff in response to rising cases of coronavirus in Wigan and Greater Manchester. These additional measures have been communicated to staff via MS Teams and to parents/carers via Class Dojo

We have in addition published a Covid Risk Assessment Addendum to cover the period of national restrictions from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 (inclusive) which can be reviewed below. 

It however, remains of paramount importance that all risks are considered on an ongoing basis to ensure the health and safety of all members of the school community, including visitors are maintained.

Our Risk Assessments are continually updated inline with changing guidance / advice to help manage the risks associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and identify any potential risks when allowing pupils, staff and visitors onto the school premises. 

It was agreed that our Risk Assessments would be shared / made available with relevant Stakeholders (employees, trade unions, governance colleagues) on an ongoing basis via this website. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Contingency Plan / Remote Learning Website

Click Here to review our trust/schools contingency policy and remote learning website if our local area sees a spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates that is resulting in localised community spread, appropriate authorities will decide which measures to implement to help contain the spread – these measures could include the partial closure of schools in the area. This policy sets out how we will prepare for these circumstances and have contingency plans in place to ensure the continuity of education for pupils.

COVID-19 Statutory Policies

[Archived] Policies / Preparations to Return to School

Latest update 14th Dec 2020 - following the announcement from the Chief Medical Officers of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that the self-isolation period for COVID-19 has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days.

Latest updates and information in relation to COVID-19 

[week commencing 11th Jan 2021]

We have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at School / Platt Bridge Community School. We have followed the national guidance and, following a risk assessment with Public Health England (PHE) advisers, have identified close contacts with the individual who has had a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19).

In line with the national guidance, identified contacts must stay at home and self-isolates until 00:01 Tuesday 19th January 2021. Close contacts have been notified by letter. 

The school is remains open for all other vulnerable or  critical workers (also referred to as key workers) pupils allocated a place via letter on 05th Jan 2021.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19  

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. 

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

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

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

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

Do

  • 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/

Please get in touch with us with any questions you may have. 

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