Please see below the latest updates from George Abbot School regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click on the images for more information.
Relevant COVID-19 information:
06 November 2020
We have commenced a second lockdown which we shall navigate and manage to the very best of our collective ability. It is our absolute priority to keep our school open for our students.
Main National Messages from Government Guidance for Schools published 4 November 2020:
- Face coverings now mandatory in communal areas – already in place in corridors at George Abbot.
- Face coverings still not recommended in classrooms.
- Both staff and pupils who have been identified by their doctor as still considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) advised not to come into school.
- After-School Clubs should not take place unless to support parents to work (e.g. wraparound care).
Main Changes for Us as a Result of this Guidance?
- No parent meetings on site.
- No after school clubs except Homework Club (USIC) and period 6 lessons (including revision).
- We continue to use masks in communal spaces – this now includes USIC, Sixth Form Common Room, the Atrium, shared staff workrooms/offices.
- Student support interventions such as mentoring, tutoring, learning support, HSLW, careers will all continue.
- Students must sanitise their hands on entry to every classroom.
- Students must give each other space in corridors and leave the building calmly with staff at the end of lessons.
- Students must maintain physical distance from others in the playground.
- Students must wear a mask in communal spaces – failure to do so is now a COVID-19 Health and Safety infringement which will result in exclusion from school.
On this last point, as with our introduction of face masks in corridors, we shall keep our policy regarding face masks in lessons under VERY CLOSE review. PLEASE encourage your child to wear a mask in lessons if they would like to do so. We will be led by the national and local R rates on this policy and I will update you again next week. Meanwhile, for those students working closely with our Teaching Assistants in lessons, we would really appreciate if masks were worn for the protection of all as a 2 metre distance cannot be maintained.
We continue to refine our internal track and trace procedures and I will continue to keep you informed at every step of this pandemic.
09 October 2020
This has been a week when our George Abbot Community has clearly seen the impact of COVID-19 in our community. Guildford area has now joined Waverley, Woking, Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne as areas of Raised Local Concern. The next step up is an Area of Concern with National Oversight.
As we see more cases in our community, this information from Public Health England may be helpful to all families:
- If you have been within 2m for 15 minutes of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or within 1m for 1 minute or more (e.g. face to face or touching) you must self-isolate for 14 days from 2 days before the person first got symptoms.
- This 14 days does not change even if a person who has been in contact gets a test done and the test is negative – they still isolate for 14 days to allow for incubation periods.
- This isolation period applies to people who have been in direct contact only as per point 1 above.
- If a child is sent home to isolate as they have been in contact with a person who has tested positive, the rest of their family does not need to isolate unless the person who has been in contact then develops symptoms.
- At that point, the new person with symptoms should immediately arrange a COVID-19 test.
02 October 2020
Parent Information Evening Feedback
Q. Why are we moving back to blazers after half term?
A. Government advice suggested full uniform should be possible from September. We decided to extend our summer uniform until October half term. After half term, students will still attend school in their PE/Dance kit several days a week, hopefully giving time for washing of blazer in between. The blazer washes well and dries quickly.
Q. What happens with catch up if my child misses school due to illness or waiting for a COVID test?
A. Lessons are put on the Student Learning Environment (SLE) daily so that students can catch up independently. This will also be helpful to support homework completion.
Q. Will there be live teaching by Zoom if a year group goes into lockdown?
A. Yes, teachers will teach live lessons by Zoom from their classrooms at the usual lesson time.
Q. Is there currently time for students to eat during the shorter breaks?
A. Yes, queues have moved through really quickly and students have still had time for fresh air and eating.
25 September 2020
We know just how important this return to school after lockdown is for every one of our students. With that in mind we have decided to increase our use of face masks around the school site.
As of Monday 28 September 2020 all students and staff will wear a facemask in corridors at all times. Our priority is to do everything we can to keep all year groups at school for as long as possible. This is a logical and proportionate next step as we see national R rates rising and wider societal restrictions returning.
Therefore, please double check that your child has:
- A face mask
- A sealable bag to keep it in
- Hand sanitiser
It is imperative that masks are not placed on classroom tables, so they will be removed on entry to lessons. They must be placed in a sealed bag and then students must sanitise their hands. A very small number of children and staff will continue to wear their face masks in lessons or be exempt from wearing masks owing to specific health issues.
Looking forward, we will be returning to full school uniform after October half term—shirts, ties, blazers. School hoodies can still be worn on PE/Dance days. Until then, please ask your child to wear a layer under their polo shirt and bring a waterproof coat to school every day. We will do all we can to avoid moving inside in light rain, so a waterproof coat is essential.
18 September 2020
What to do if your child misses school – Student Learning Environment
If your child misses school, it is important they stay on top of their studies. Please read the guide on “Using the SLE”.
Face coverings on buses
Please remind your child that they MUST wear a face covering if they are travelling on a bus to school. Additionally, please encourage them to maintain a social distance where possible. For more information on the government guidance for dedicated transport to school please click here.
11 September 2020
The government has launched a new publicity campaign to remind us all about the ongoing need for real caution as we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
The ‘Hands, Face, Space’ campaign urges US ALL to continue to wash our hands, cover our face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. We need to do all we can to keep our children at school – being at school is of fundamental importance for every child’s development.
This week we saw over 97% attendance – a figure demonstrating just how valuable school is for all of us.
Thank you for all that you are doing to keep our community safe through your support of our systems and your child’s sensible and cooperative approach.
Department for Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline
The Department for Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
7 September 2020
COVID Testing and Informing the School
- We are not able to give medical advice – please ring 111.
- If you need to book a COVID-19 test you should do so online via the gov.uk website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-COVID-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
- If your child develops symptoms you should inform school immediately via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your child’s Head of Year.
- If someone in your family develops symptoms, every member of the household should self-isolate for 14 day – please inform email@example.com if this applies to your child.
- If your child attends for a COVID-19 test and it is negative, a parent must inform the school in writing of this outcome – emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before your child returns to school.
- If your child attends for a COVID-19 test and it is positive, please email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org URGENTLY.
3 September 2020
Hygiene and Cleanliness
There is hand sanitizer in every classroom and there are 10 hand sanitizer stations around the school. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly throughout the day.
Do not share equipment, food or water. Do not make physical contact with each other.
If you feel unwell, tell a member of staff.
Students should have a face mask with them at school and a sealable plastic bag to store it in.
Face masks will not be worn in lessons, but should be worn in the lunch queue or if we need to use a large indoor space for break or lunch owing to very bad weather.
Year Group ‘Bubbles’
To minimise the potential spread of COVID-19 within the school, students will be placed in year group bubbles. Please see the Welcome Back booklet for more information.
1 July 2020
Please be aware that the latest guidance on symptoms of COVID-19 has been updated to include loss of smell. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
• 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.
For more information, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronaviruscovid-19/symptoms/