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Worthing High School

Worthing High School

End of Autumn Term 2

Covid19 Information for parents/carers and students

This website page has been established to enable all stakeholders to be kept up-to-date with the current information and news regarding Covid19 and the impacts on Worthing High and our students, staff, parents and carers.

ALL PARENTS AND CARERS CAN CONTACT THE SCHOOL VIA OUR SPECIAL EMAIL ACCOUNT WHICH IS MONITORED DAILY covid19@worthinghigh.net

Message issued on 5 November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

As we returned from the half term break we were all greeted by the Prime Minister’s announcement, last Saturday, of the second lockdown that commenced today. The Department for Education Guidance for schools, was only issued late afternoon yesterday. It is important that we try and clarify what it means for our school, students, staff, parents and carers.

The new guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-and-childcare-settings-new-national-restrictions-from-5-november-2020

Our whole school Risk Assessment will be updated shortly and added to our website before Monday 9 November.

With all these changes that we are now having to implement, our paramount concern is for the safety of our children and staff at Worthing High School and with your help and support, I am certain that we will all get through this. We must be guided by Government, Public Health England and DfE and for all of us to understand the implications of the recommendations.

Pan Panayiotou

HEADTEACHER

FACE COVERINGS

From Monday 9 November, face coverings must be worn in all communal/transitional areas of the school whenever staff and students are not in lessons. When walking around outside the school buildings, staff and students are permitted to remove their face coverings, but they must ensure as soon as they enter the school building that face coverings are replaced.

This is not a school request, but one from central government and the expectation is that from Monday, as a school, we are fully compliant.

For students who are exempt from wearing a face covering please can you ensure that they have with them their exemption card/lanyard/badge which is clearly visible from Monday.  For details on how to obtain or print an exemption card please visit this website

All face coverings worn in school, should be made of plain material only and to adhere with our uniform standards. In line with World Health Organisation instructions, students will be reminded in tutor time tomorrow that hand sanitiser should be used when putting on and removing a face covering.

Please also supply a small sealable plastic bag where the face covering can be stored when not in use. We would also strongly encourage the use of washable masks, as disposable ones have a significant negative impact on our environment.

Tutors will be sharing good practice with their tutees regarding the correct use of face coverings and we ask that you share the clip below with your child also.

Click here

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

These sadly will now not be able to take place, all of our after school clubs will be suspended during this lockdown period. PE in lesson time can carry on as normal.

ACCESS TO LRC BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL

LRC access will continue as accordance with our current arrangements which are:

  •         Year 7 can access the LRC each day from 8am and from 3.15-5pm and also at lunch time and morning break time  

Other year groups can access on the following days – after school only from 15.15-17.00 - in the silent reading area only:

  •         Year 11 – Monday
  •         Year 10 – Tuesday
  •         Year 9 – Wednesday
  •         Year 8 – Thursday

CLINICALLY EXTREMELY VULNERABLE STUDENTS

The Government has now updated it’s guidance on Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. The new definitions are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

There are 2 ways you may be identified as clinically extremely vulnerable:

1.      You have one or more of the conditions listed below, or

2.      Your hospital clinician or GP has added you to the Shielded patients list because, based on their clinical judgement, they deem you to be at higher risk of serious illness if you catch the virus.

Children who live with someone who is identified as clinically extremely vulnerable should still attend school.0

If parents and carers think that their child fits one of the criteria or they are on the shielded patient list please email covid19@worthinghigh.net

VISITORS TO SCHOOL

We are required to restrict all visits to school unless they are absolutely necessary. Any request a parent/carer makes to visit school will be triaged and may take place virtually rather than face to face.

External visitors to school will also be on an “absolutely necessary basis” only.

HOME/REMOTE LEARNING REMINDER

If students are at home due to illness, or are isolating, they can access all classwork through Microsoft Teams. Go to the relevant Team for the lesson they would have and go to the “Files” tab at the top. Work for some subjects will be posted in the year group Team as opposed to their individual classes Team. Here you will find all the lesson resources.

Please ensure your child submits all completed work to their teachers through Microsoft Teams or by email.

In the event of a whole year group being required to work from home, students should follow their normal timetable and access lessons through Microsoft Teams. At the start of each lesson they need to go to the relevant Team.

A live meeting will start promptly at the start of the lesson (9 am for Period 1, 10:05 am for Period 2 etc.). They need to join this meeting, turn their camera and microphone on but remain silent.

A register will be taken. After this their teacher will introduce the topic of the lesson and explain where they will find any resources that they need. They will also tell students how to submit completed work. If students have any questions during the lesson then please ask them to email their teacher directly.