SCHOOL IS FULLY OPEN (DETAILS HERE)

 

BERKELEY ACADEMY IS DELIGHTED TO CELEBRATE

ITS FULL RE-OPENING (More than 97% of children returned this week).

WE  HAVE WELCOMED BACK ALL OUR CHILDREN

IN ALL YEAR GROUPS

AT THE NORMAL DAILY START TIME

EVERY DAY FROM 8 MARCH 2021

 

PAGE LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH 2021 AT 11.15 AM

CONTENTS LIST

  1. RE-OPENING HEADLINES
  2. IMMINENT CALENDAR REMINDERS (KEY DATES LIST)
  3. THE GOVERNMENT'S ROADMAP (4 STEPS)
  4. SHIELDING UPDATE (CURRENTLY TO 31 MARCH 2021)
  5. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (FURTHER UPDATE EXPECTED 12 APRIL 2021) 
  6. CURRENT RISKS
  7. STATUS UPDATE (ACADEMY = LOW TO MEDIUM RISK)
  8. VACCINATION
  9. COVID EMERGENCY FUNDING (LINK TO LA SUPPORT)
  10. COVID-19 VARIANTS
  11. REMOTE LIVE LEARNING ARRANGEMENTS (DURING LOCKDOWN)
  12. KEY INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES / WORKERS (UPDATED)

ANNEX1: LETTERS 1 - 6 FROM THE HEAD TEACHER (ARCHIVE)

ANNEX 2: HEALTH AND TRAVEL DECLARATION (TO BE UPDATED)

 

1. RE-OPENING HEADLINES

REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE: THE REMOTE SCHOOL  EFFECTIVELY CEASED TO OPERATE FOR MOST PUPILS FROM MONDAY 8 MARCH 2021 AS CHILDREN WILL BE IN SCHOOL, HAVING RETURNED TO NORMAL SCHOOLING. 

REMOTE PROVISION FOR PUPILS ISOLATING (INDIVIDUALS AND BUBBLES), SHIELDING, ETC.  IS ACCESSED IN THE SAME WAY AS THE REMOTE PROVISION OFFERED DURING LOCKDOWN (SEE SECTION 11 BELOW).

PUPILS WHO ARE ENTITLED TO ACCESS  REMOTE PROVISION WILL BE SENT LINKS TO JOIN LIVE LESSONS (BEAMED INTO THEIR HOMES) THROUGH GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

WORK WILL ALSO BE SET AND ASSESSED VIA GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

EQUIPMENT LOANS EXTENDEDLOANED EQUIPMENT (e.g., COMPUTERS, BROADBAND ACCESS, WEBCAMS, HEADSETS) ARE ENVISAGED TO REMAIN ON LOAN TO FAMILIES AT LEAST UNTIL MID-AUGUST 2021 TO SUPPORT ADDITIONAL LEARNING AT HOME AND TO ALLOW FOR FURTHER REMOTE, BEAMED LEARNING IN SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES

MONDAY 8 MARCH 2021: NORMAL SCHOOL HAS RESUMED FULLY.

CATERING ARRANGEMENTS & FSM

  • On-site catering resumed on Monday 8 March 2021. The menu can be found HERE
  • Pupils will eat their lunch in their classroom/bubbles.

  • Reception pupils will eat in Hall (split into their bubbles)

  • Pupils can bring in a packed lunch - this will be placed onto a trolley (each class has one) and will be disinfected during registration.

  • Pupils in KS2 can bring in a healthy snack for their break time, this will also be placed on the class trolley.

  • Fruit is provided to pupils in KS1 and EYFS.

  • Pupils are encouraged to bring in a water bottle from home (this will also be disinfected during registration)

  • 6 of the troughs installed have a drinking water spout for pupils to fill their water bottles at social times

FSM VOUCHERS WILL NO LONGER BE PROVIDED. Hounslow Council will continue to provide the Wonde FSM vouchers in school holidays for those with 'benefits based' FSM. Hounslow Council has stated its intention to do so for the remainder of the academic year to 31 August 2021. Any families in need can seek emergency financial support (see section 9 below).

ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONFULL SCHOOL ATTENDANCE (100%) IS LEGALLY COMPULSORY FROM 8 MARCH 2021.

PUPILS WILL REMAIN IN CLASSROOMS OR DESIGNATED OUTDOOR SPACES FOR ALL LESSONS, EXCEPT PE (WHICH WILL NORMALLY BE OUTSIDE AND IN THE HALL WHEN THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER).

UNIFORM PURCHASING: THE STAFF DRESS CODE AND ACADEMY PUPIL UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS ARE FULLY OPERATIONAL AGAIN FROM MONDAY 8 MARCH 2021.

THE MAJORITY OF THE ACADEMY’S UNIFORM CAN BE PURCHASED FROM HIGH STREET SHOPS OR SUPERMARKETS.

BLAZERS (COMPULSORY IN YEARS 5 AND 6) AND TIES (COMPULSORY FROM YEAR 1) MUST BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE ACADEMY, AND WILL BE GIVEN TO YOUR CHILD ONCE DELIVERED.

TO PURCHASE A TIE, PLEASE CONTACT MRS MAHI g.mahi@berkeleyacademy.org FOR A PAYMENT LETTER, OR PAY DIRECTLY INTO YOUR CHILD’S ONLINE PARENTPAY ACCOUNT. THE COST OF A TIE IS £4.

BLAZERS (OR THE ACADEMY BADGE TO BE SEWN ON TO A HIGH STREET BLAZER) SHOULD BE ORDERED THROUGH THE ACADEMY SHOP WEBSITE

BLAZER PRICES START FROM £26.50 AND THE ACADEMY BADGE IS CURRENTLY £5.

COMING TO / GOING HOME FROM SCHOOL

  • CHILDREN RETURNING TO SCHOOL IS SAFE.
  • PARENTS DROPPING THEIR CHILDREN TO AND FROM SCHOOL ARE BELIEVED TO PROVIDE THE GREATEST UNCONTROLLED COVID RISK, PARTICULARLY IF THEY:
    • DO NOT MAINTAIN A SOCIAL DISTANCE OF AT LEAST 2M AT ALL TIMES
    • ENTER INTO FACE TO FACE CONVERSATIONS
    • DON'T WEAR A MASK COVERING THE MOUTH AND NOSE
    • POP INTO THE SHOP ROUTINELY ON THE SCHOOL RUN
    • BREAK THE RULES USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT OR SHARE CARS
    • COME OUT OF THE HOUSE WHEN REQUIRED TO ISOLATE
  • PLEASE DO NOT RISK CHILDREN BEING INFECTED OR SCHOOLS BEING FORCED TO SHUT DOWN AGAIN.  
  • DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO AVOID HOUSEHOLD MIXING ON THE SCHOOL RUN
  • KEEP WELL AWAY FROM OTHERS AT OR NEAR THE SCHOOL SITE. WAIT UNTIL THE ROUTE AHEAD IS CLEAR
  • DO NOT ENGAGE IN SOCIAL CONVERSATIONS ON THE SCHOOL RUN UNLESS BY TELEPHONE AND FAR AWAY FROM THE SCHOOL SITE
  • CHILDREN, WHO ARE ACCOMPANIED, MUST NOT BE ACCOMPANIED BY MORE THAN ONE PARENT/ADULT AND IDEALLY THIS SHOULD BE THE SAME ADULT EVERY DAY
  • ADULTS NEED TO ENSURE THEY AND THEIR CHILDREN MAINTAIN A MINIMUM OF 2M SOCIAL DISTANCING FROM OTHER HOUSEHOLDS AT ALL TIMES. 
  • THE DESIGNATED ENTRANCE AND ENTRY ROUTE FOR EACH YEAR GROUP BUBBLE MUST BE USED AT THE CORRECT TIME.

ENTRY ROUTES AND TIMES

BOTH THE WEST AND EAST GATES WILL BE OPEN FROM 8:30 FOR PUPILS TO ARRIVE AT THE ACADEMY.

PS, YN, YR, Y1 AND Y2 MUST ENTER VIA THE SINGLE PEDESTRIAN EAST GATE (STAFF CAR PARK END)

Y3, Y4, Y5 AND Y6 MUST ENTER VIA THE SINGLE PEDESTRIAN WEST GATE (SARINS CONVENIENCE STORE END)

  • AM PRE-SCHOOL PUPILS ARE REGISTERED AT 8.45 AM
  • AM NURSERY PUPILS ARE REGISTERED AT 8:45 AM
  • RECEPTION PUPILS ARE REGISTERED AT 9:00 AM
  • KS1 PUPILS ARE REGISTERED AT 9:00 AM
  • KS2 PUPILS ARE REGISTERED AT 8:55 AM
  • PM PRE-SCHOOL PUPILS ENTER VIA THE PEDESTRIAN EAST GATE AND ARE REGISTERED AT 12:45 AM
  • PM NURSERY PUPILS ENTER VIA THE PEDESTRIAN EAST GATE AND ARE REGISTERED AT 12:45 AM

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD ARRIVES AT THE ACADEMY AT LEAST 5 MINUTES BEFORE THEIR REGISTRATION TIME.

DISMISSAL ROUTES AND TIMES

FROM THE EAST GATE SINGLE PEDESTRIAN (PS, YN, YR AND Y1)

  • AM PRE-SCHOOL WILL BE DISMISSED AT 11.45 AM
  • AM NURSERY WILL BE DISMISSED AT 11.45 AM
  • RECEPTION AND YEAR 1 WILL BE DISMISSED AT 3:15 PM

CLASSES WILL BE DISMISSED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:

1.    HOLLY CLASS (RECEPTION)

2.    CHERRY CLASS (RECEPTION)

3.    ELM (YEAR 1)

4.    WILLOW (YEAR 1)

  • PM PRE-SCHOOL WILL BE DISMISSED AT 3:40 PM
  • PM NURSERY WILL BE DISMISSED AT 3:45 PM

FROM THE EAST GATE - DOUBLE CAR GATE (YEAR 2 and YEAR 3) 

YEAR 2 WILL BE DISMISSED FROM THE GREEN AT 3:15 PM

CLASSES WILL BE DISMISSED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:

1.    SYCAMORE (YEAR 2)

2.    MAPLE (YEAR 2)

 

YEAR 3 WILL BE DISMISSED FROM THE GREEN AT 3:20PM

CLASSES WILL BE DISMISSED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:

HAZEL (YEAR 3)

ROWAN (YEAR 3) 

 

FROM THE WEST GATE (SINGLE GATE)  

YEARS 4, 5 AND 6 WILL BE DISMISSED AT 3:20 PM FROM THE SINGLE PEDESTRIAN WEST GATE

CLASSES WILL BE DISMISSED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:

1.    JUNIPER (YEAR 4)

2.    CHESTNUT (YEAR 4)

3.    BEECH (YEAR 5)

4.    HAWTHORN (YEAR 5)

5.    MULBERRY (YEAR 6)

6.    CEDAR (YEAR 6)

 

FROM THE WEST GATE (DOUBLE CAR PARK GATE):

ENTER VIA THIS GATE IF YOU ARE WAITING TO COLLECT MORE THAN ONE CHILD. YOU MAY ENTER ONCE THE FIRST CHILD HAS BEEN COLLECTED

 

FROM ENTRY ROUTES AND TIMES

BOTH THE WEST AND EAST GATE WILL BE OPEN FROM 8:30 FOR PUPILS TO ARRIVE AT THE ACADEMY.

  • AM NURSERY PUPILS ARE REGISTERED AT 8:45 AM
  • KS2 PUPILS ARE REGISTERED AT 8:55 AM
  • RECEPTION AND KS1 PUPILS ARE REGISTERED AT 9:00 AM

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD ARRIVES AT THE ACADEMY BEFORE THEIR REGISTRATION TIME.

 

DISMISSAL ROUTES AND TIMES

EAST GATE (PS, YN, YR AND Y1)

RECEPTION AND YEAR 1 WILL BE DISMISSED AT 3:15 PM

EACH CLASS WILL BE DISMISSED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:

1.    HOLLY CLASS (RECEPTION)

2.    CHERRY CLASS (RECEPTION)

3.    ELM (YEAR 1)

4.    WILLOW (YEAR 1)

 PRE-SCHOOL WILL BE DISMISSED AT 3:40 PM

 NURSERY WILL BE DISMISSED AT 3:45 PM

 

CAR PARK GATE EAST SIDE (YEAR 2) 

YEAR 2 WILL BE DISMISSED FROM THE GREEN AT 3:15 PM

EACH CLASS WILL BE DISMISSED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:

1.    SYCAMORE (YEAR 2)

2.    MAPLE (YEAR 2)

WEST GATE 

YEARS 4, 5 AND 6 WILL BE DISMISSED AT 3:20 PM FROM WEST GATE

EACH CLASS WILL BE DISMISSED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:

1.    JUNIPER (YEAR 4)

2.    CHESTNUT (YEAR 4)

3.    BEECH (YEAR 5)

4.    HAWTHORN (YEAR 5)

5.    MULBERRY (YEAR 6)

6.    CEDAR (YEAR 6)

 

WEST GATE (DOUBLE GATE):

ENTER VIA THIS GATE IF YOU ARE WAITING TO COLLECT MORE THAN ONE CHILD. YOU MAY ENTER ONCE THE FIRST CHILD HAS BEEN COLLECTED


PRE-OPENING PHONE CALLS HOMESENIOR STAFF WILL CALL HOME IN ADVANCE OF RE-OPENING TO PROVIDE FAMILIES WITH INFORMATION, ANSWER QUESTIONS, UPDATE THE HEALTH AND TRAVEL DECLARATION FORMS, ETC.

THE NORMAL TIMETABLE WILL OPERATE FULLY FROM MONDAY 8 MARCH 2021 

OUTDOOR SCHOOL SPORTS & OUTDOOR EXTRA-CURRICULAR WILL RESUME

SOME INDOOR EXTRA-CURRICULAR CLUBS WILL RESUME BUT ONLY REMOTELY FOR THE PRESENT

THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT ALLOWING SCHOOL TRIPS AT LEAST UNTIL THE SUMMER 2021 TERM AT THE EARLIEST.

RAPID COVID TESTING AND REPORTING (FOR STAFF, FAMILIES AND OTHERS):

SCHOOL STAF AND AUTHORISED PROFESSIONALS/CONTRACTORS ARE TESTED AT LEAST TWICE WEEKLY OR DAILY BEFORE ENTERING THE PREMISES

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED TESTING FOR WHOLE FAMILIES OF PRIMARY SCHOOL AGED, SECONDARY SCHOOL AGED AND COLLEGE AGED PUPILS, AND FOR THOSE IN THEIR CHILDCARE BUBBLES AND THEIR SUPPORT BUBBLES (NOT PRIMARY AGED CHILDREN THOUGH).  DETAILS ARE FOUND HERE

THESE FAMILY / ADULT TEST KITS ARE NOT SUPPLIED BY THE ACADEMY AND MUST BE ORDERED ONLINE AND COLLECTED FROM DESIGNATED CENTRES.

THOSE WHO USE THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIED FREE TESTING KITS MUST REPORT ALL 'POSITIVE' RESULTS TO NHS 'TEST AND TRACE' AND ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO REPORT THEIR 'NEGATIVE' AND 'INVALID' RESULTS ONLINE TOO.  

TESTING WILL ALSO BE OFFERED, THROUGH THIS SCHEME, TO ALL ADULTS WORKING IN THE WIDER SCHOOL CONTEXT SUCH AS VISITING PROFESSIONALS, SCHOOL TRANSPORT DRIVERS, BUS DRIVERS AND VOLUNTEERS IN AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS (WHEN OPEN), ETC. 

RAPID TESTING IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT COMMUNITY TESTING SITES - CLICK HERE FOR LATEST DETAILS

 

COVID SECURITY AND SAFETY: ALL PRE-EXISTING COVID PRECAUTIONS (VIRUS PREVENTION AND CONTROL MEASURES) MUST STILL BE FOLLOWED.  

PUBLIC TRANSPORTTHE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED, EXCEPT WHEN ESSENTIAL. IN SUCH CASES, TfL ADVICE SHOULD BE FOLLOWED. 

CAR SHARINGFOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, CAR SHARING IS NOT LEGALLY PERMITTED DURING LOCKDOWN EXCEPT WITH SOMEONE FROM YOUR HOUSEHOLD OR LEGITIMATE ‘BUBBLE’. INAPPROPRIATE CAR SHARING IS A PUBLIC SAFETY OFFENCE.  BASED ON THE GOVERNMENT'S ROADMAP, WE ENVISAGE THAT CAR SHARING IS NOT LIKELY TO BE ALLOWED BEFORE 17 MAY 2021.

TRAVEL QUARANTINEFAMILIES THAT HAVE TRAVELLED OVERSEAS MUST DECLARE THIS AND SERVE THEIR TRAVEL QUARANTINE IN FULL BEFORE BEING RE-ADMITTED TO THE ACADEMY.

RESTRICTED SITE ACCESS: UNAUTHORISED VISITORS SHOULD NOT COME TO THE ACADEMY SITE.

THE ACADEMY TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 0208 570 5700.

TELEPHONE, ZOOM, TEAMS AND EMAIL MAY BE USED AS ALTERNATIVES TO ‘FACE TO FACE’ MEETINGS IN PERSON. 

NECESSARY SITE VISITS BY PROFESSIONALS AND CONTRACTORS, WHERE NECESSARY, MUST BE BY PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY, FOR THE MINIMUM TIME AND SUBJECT TO RIGOROUS ENTRY CHECKS. 

NEW / ADDITIONAL COVID SAFETY MEASURES

  • THE HEALTH AND TRAVEL DECLARATION HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE RISK FROM OTHER VARIANTS AND RED LIST COUNTRY QUARANTINE
  • STRICT SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL BE ENFORCED FOR ANY PERSON RETURNING FROM OVERSEAS, INCLUDING VIA ANY 'RED LIST' COUNTRY
  • VISITING PROFESSIONALS AND CONTRACTORS MUST BE TESTED DAILY PRIOR TO ADMISSION
  • ENFORCEMENT OF PUNCTUAL ARRIVAL TO THE ACADEMY EVERY DAY WILL BE TIGHTENED
  • THE OUTER SITE WILL BE SECURED THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY
  • ACADEMY STAFF TEST AT LEAST TWICE WEEKLY
  • FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO TEST AT LEAST WEEKLY
  • THE NATIONAL VACCINATION PROGRAMME IS ADVANCING RAPIDLY AND ALREADY AT LEAST 54% OF SCHOOL STAFF HAVE RECEIVED SOME DEGREE OF IMMUNITY.
  • VACCINATION IS PROVEN TO REDUCE THE TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS SIGNIFICANTLY EVEN AFTER ONE INJECTION
  • ALL ADULTS IN OUR COMMUNITY ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO TAKE THE JAB WHEN OFFERED AND MAKE SURE THEY GET THE SECOND JAB WITHIN 12 WEEKS.

 

 

 

Already had the first dose of the vaccine? Book your second dose online NOW if your went to a pharmacy or mass vaccination site for the first dose.

 

Vaccination second dose flowchart

 

You will be eligible for your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination from 10-12 weeks after your first dose, but you can book the appointment now.

You will need to go back to the same location where you had it before, so that they make sure you receive the same type of vaccine again.

Depending on where you were first vaccinated, the ways of confirming second dose appointments differ; this is due to the logistics of operating different sites and different vaccines, compounded by vaccine delivery schedules.

  • If you were invited by your GP practice, wait to be contacted by your GP.
  • If you were invited for vaccination at a hospital site, e.g. West Middlesex University Hospital, then you will be contacted by the hospital site to book your second dose appointments
  • BUT If you went to a mass vaccination site or pharmacy site, you can book your second appointment online via the National Booking Service www.nhs.uk or by calling 119 if you do not already have one.

Book second dose


 

 

 

 

 

 

More people can book a first dose vaccine today

More people can book a vaccine

If you were eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine this winter or are the main carer for an older or vulnerable person, there are three ways you can now book your first COVID-19 vaccination:

  1. Follow one of the links below to book in at the vaccination centre closest to you
  2. Wait for your GP surgery to contact you with an appointment
  3. Wait to be notified by the NHS National Booking System

If you are:

  • A carer of older adults or vulnerable people - in receipt of carer’s allowance or unpaid
  • A voluntary sector worker – e.g. working in front line health and social care activities such as foodbanks, homeless etc (volunteers and paid staff)

Appointments are available near you at: 

You must book your appointment before you go to a vaccination centre. We are aware of scam messages circulating – please ignore them. The NHS will never ask you for money or your bank details for your vaccination – it is free. 


If you’re 50 or older, you can book your vaccine - even if you don't have an invite

Vaccinations over 50

If you are aged 50 or over, are clinically vulnerable, a frontline worker or a carer, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccination through the NHS website even if you haven’t yet received a letter. Appointments are available at sites across the Borough and also Ealing, Wembley and Hammersmith.

You must book your appointment before you go to a vaccination centre.  We are aware of other scam messages circulating – please ignore them. The NHS will never ask you for money or your bank details for your vaccination – it is free. 

You can book an appointment now if:

  • You are aged 50 or over
  • You are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • You are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • You have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • You are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centres or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

Please make sure you plan your journey responsibly to allow for as much social distancing as possible.

Book appointment

NEW location for our Mobile Testing Units

Mobile testing unit

Mobile testing units are out and about again this week to help reach as many people as possible who don’t have COVID-19 symptoms and who want a FREE rapid test.

We visit a number of different places across the borough, including supermarkets, and we have just added another new location. Starting this week, we’ll be at the Best Western Hotel car park in Chiswick (W4 2LS) every Thursday between 9am-5pm. Just drop-by if you are already out and about on the school run or doing some essential shopping during the day– no appointment necessary!

You can find out more about our mobile testing unit locations on our Twitter page.

We also have test sites located at:

  • Heston Library – New Heston Road, Hounslow TW5 0LW – Open 6.30am-7.30pm Mon-Fri, or 8.00am-4.00pm Sat/Sun
  • Hounslow House – 7 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EB – Open 8.00am-4.00pm, Mon-Sun
  • Isleworth Library – Twickenham Road, Isleworth TW7 7EU – Open 8.00am-4.00pm, Mon-Sun
  • Staines Rugby Club, Snakey Lane, Feltham TW13 7NB – Open 8.00am-4.00pm, Mon-Sun

Simply drop-in, book online or call 0207 084 9697.

Book now



Don't forget to collect your family’s rapid test pack

Regular rapid testing for parents, their households and bubbles

Remember: parents/guardians of school aged children can now collect a FREE pack of Rapid Tests (also known as Lateral Flow Tests) so that they can test themselves twice-weekly at home.

People in childcare bubbles or support bubbles with families that have school aged children are also eligible to receive the packs and are also being encouraged to test themselves twice a week.

Rapid Test packs are available to collect from the following collection sites in Hounslow:

  • Padstow Walk car park, Feltham TW14 9XU
  • Brabazon Road Sports Courts, Heston TW5 9LT
  • Stamford Brook car park, Chiswick W4 1NH

Collection sites are open between 1.00pm-8.00pm, seven days a week. No need to book. To collect your family’s pack, you must be over 18 years old and NOT have COVID-19 symptoms. Please walk to the collection sites if you can, as parking is very limited at the sites and nearby. For additional collection site locations and opening times click here.

Did you know…?

  • You can also access Rapid Tests via your employer if they are offering testing to employees
  • If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a collection site, you can order a home test kit online: Order rapid lateral flow home test kits
  • You should report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test. Report your test result online or by calling 119.  

PLEASE NOTE: Secondary school and college students will be receiving their test kits from school/college. Children of primary school age (and below) are not being asked to take a test.



Support is available to you for self-isolation

Isolation support graphic

Did you know there is support available for self-isolating residents?

There are lots of instances in which you might need to self-isolate - click here to find out when you should do so.

However, if you haven't had to isolate yet, and haven't had the chance to think about what your plan might be for food security, financial support, medical assistance or any other areas of concern, we can help you.

Visit our Community Hub for more information about all the support available to you and your loved ones.

Go to Community Hub


Do you know if you qualify as a carer? You could get the vaccine

Carer vaccinations

Do you know if you qualify as a carer?

If you help a relative or friend without payment because of a condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health issue, addiction or issues related to aging - you're recognised as a carer.

You may be looking after a neighbour, parent, sibling, or a friend and not see yourself as a carer, but you are eligible for certain benefits if this is you.

You could be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine sooner than you might be otherwise. To be invited to get a COVID-19 vaccine, you will need to be registered as a carer with your GP.  Contact your practice to register now. Please remember GP practices are very busy at the moment so please be patient.

Difficulties registering or any questions about the vaccine?

Email socialcare.vaccination@hounslow.gov.uk

Find out more


Eligible for the vaccine? You can get yours at the Twickenham Stoop

Twickenham Stoop vaccination centre

From this week, if you live in Hounslow, you can choose to receive your COVID-19 vaccine at the Twickenham Stoop once you book your slot.

You're currently eligible to receive your vaccine if you are 50 or older, clinically extremely vulnerable, a health or social care worker or a carer.

The Twickenham Stoop will be open to residents who have booked their appointment for their vaccinations. The Stoop will be open 7 days a week from 8am-8pm.

If you choose this as your vaccination site, there are a number of ways to travel.

Drive: Vehicle access to Twickenham Stoop is via Langhorn Drive, and the ground is within easy reach of the M3 and M4. Car parking is available at the ground, with driving directions here.

Train: 

  • Twickenham - 15 minutes walk
  • Whitton station - 19 minute walk

Please make sure you plan your journey responsibly to allow for as much social distancing as possible.

Book appointment


You can now have your vaccine appointment at Heathrow Airport if you're eligible

Compass Centre vaccination site

From this week, if you live in Hounslow, you can choose to receive your COVID-19 vaccine at the Compass Centre at Heathrow Airport when you book your slot.

You're eligible to receive your vaccine if you are 50 or older, clinically extremely vulnerable, a health or social care worker or a carer.

The Compass Centre will be open to residents across Hounslow who have booked their appointment for their vaccinations. The Centre will be open 7 days a week from 8am-8pm.

If you choose this as your vaccination site, there are a number of ways to travel.

Drive: Heathrow Terminal 5 Long Stay car park (2 hours free parking)

Bus: 7, 81, 423, 925, U3, N9 to Heathrow

  • Newbury Road Compass Centre Sipson (BU) is a 3 min walk.
  • Newport Road (Bs)is a 10 min walk.
  • Newport Road (Bb) is a 13 min walk.
  • Skyport Drive (C) is a 18 min walk.

Cycle

  • West Drayton - 15 minutes
  • Hayes - 22 minutes
  • Stanwell - 18 minutes
  • Colnbrook - 17 minutes
  • Cranford - 15 minutes

Please make sure you plan your journey responsibly to allow for as much social distancing as possible.

Book appointment

 
 
 
 

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2. IMMINENT CALENDAR REMINDERS / KEY DATES

THURSDAY 1 APRIL 2021: REMOTE PARENTS' EVENING / LAST DAY OF SPRING 2021 TERM

MONDAY 19 APRIL 2021: FIRST DAY OF SUMMER 2021 TERM

 

3. THE GOVERNMENT'S FOUR STEP 'ROADMAP'

MILESTONES

  • STEP 1A: MONDAY, 8 MARCH 2021
    • SCHOOLS OPEN (COVID PRECAUTIONS WILL STILL APPLY)
    • THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR ENGLAND, PROFESSOR CHRIS WHITTY AND THE DEPUTY CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, JONATHAN VAN TAM, ENDORSE THE FULL RE-OPENING OF SCHOOLS ON 8 MARCH 2021
    • SCHOOL ATTENDANCE WILL BE COMPULSORY FROM 8 MARCH 2021 AND PENALTY FINES REIMPOSED
    • SECONDARY AGED PUPILS MUST WEAR MASKS EVERYWHERE INDOORS INCLUDING IN CLASSROOMS
    • OUTDOOR AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS ALLOWED 
    • 2 PEOPLE CAN SIT TOGETHER OUTDOORS
    • CARE HOME RESIDENTS ALLOWED ONE REGULAR VISITOR (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
    • FUNERALS OF UP TO 30 PEOPLE CONTINUE
    • WEDDINGS WITH UP TO 15 GUESTS CONTINUE
  • STEP 1B: MONDAY 29 MARCH 2021
  • OUTDOOR SPORTS FACILITIES RE-OPEN
  • TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE LOCAL AREA ALLOWED
  •  NON-ESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REMAINS ILLEGAL
  • SIX PEOPLE OR TWO HOUSEHOLDS ALLOWED TO MEET OUTDOORS
  • NOTE: PARLIAMENT MUST REVIEW / VOTE ON LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS ON OR BEFORE 31 MARCH 2021 IN ANY CASE 
  • NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL AND SHOPS RE-OPEN (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
  • PERSONAL CARE SERVICES RESUME E.G. HAIRDRESSERS, ETC (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
  • OUTDOOR HOSPITALITY RE-OPENS E.G. PUBS, RESTAURANTS, ETC. (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
  • INDOOR LEISURE RE-OPENS E.G. GYMS, SWIMMING POOLS, ETC. (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
  • NOTE: SCHOOL ORGANISED SWIMMING WILL RESUME FROM NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR.
  • SELF-CONTAINED HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION RE-OPENS
  • ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ENVISAGED / ACADEMY TRAVEL GUIDANCE UPDATED FOLLOWING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
  • STEP 2: ON OR AFTER 12 APRIL 2021 (IF DATA ALLOWS)
  • STEP 3: ON OR AFTER 17 MAY 2021 (IF DATA ALLOWS)
    • SIX PEOPLE OR TWO HOUSEHOLDS ALLOWED TO MEET INDOORS (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
    • INDOOR HOSPITALITY, CINEMAS, MUSEUMS, THEATRES, SPORTING EVENTS AND HOTELS RE-OPEN (COVID PRECAUTIONS SUCH AS SOCIAL DISTANCING STILL APPLY)
    • MOST OUTDOORS SOCIAL CONTACT RULES LIFTED (E.G. RULE OF 6 OUTDOORS REPLACED BY A RULE OF 30)
    • SEATED OUTDOOR SPORTING EVENTS WITH UP TO 10,000 SPECTATORS ALLOWED
    • CAR SHARING MAY BE ALLOWED (SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION)
  • STEP 4: ON OR AFTER 21 JUNE 2021 (IF DATA ALLOWS)
    • ALL LEGAL LIMITS ON SOCIAL CONTACT REMOVED (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL RECOMMENDED)
    • MOST COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL RECOMMENDED OR IN PLACE AT LEAST UNTIL END OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR
    • IT IS HOPED THAT A MECHANISM WILL ALSO BE FOUND TO ALLOW THE FINAL CLOSED SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY TO RE-OPEN (THIS PRESUMABLY INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL)

 

LBH COVID Roadmap steps 1 + 2

FURTHER INFORMATION:  

  • MONITORING OF COVID TRANSMISSION PATTERNS IN SCHOOLS UNTIL EASTER 2021 IN THE FIRST INSTANCE (WITH THE EASTER BREAK SERVING AS A NATURAL CIRCUIT BREAK SHOULD TRANSMISSION SPIKE UNEXPECTEDLY). 
  • THE PM EXPLAINED THAT WHILST THERE IS A GOOD BASIS FOR OPTIMISM ABOUT THE FUTURE, THE SPEED OF EMERGENCE FROM LOCKDOWN WILL DEPEND ON SUSTAINABLE DECISIONS IN THE HOPE OF MAKING A FOURTH LOCKDOWN UNNECESSARY. HE INDICATED THAT THE APPROACH (ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN) WILL NEED TO BE 'CAUTIOUS BUT IRREVERSIBLE'. HE SAID THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE 'OPTIMISTIC BUT PATIENT' AND THAT THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO RELAX. 

 

4. SHIELDING UPDATE 

Government guidelines strongly advise clinically extremely vulnerable people to stay at home at all times, apart from going out to exercise or attend a medical appointment. The academy echos this strong advice.

Guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says that most youngsters with conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and kidney disease do not need to be on the shielding list held by the NHS.

Chidren with a letter which identifies them as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable should not attend school and remote learning provision will be made for them whilst shielding continues. 

Children who live with someone who is clinically vulnerable, but aren't themselves, should go to school.

 

5. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (This may change on or after 17 June 2021)

  • We also must remain alert to infection transmitted from abroad.
  • There should be no international travel happening at all now unless it is absolutely necessary and very few things are absolutely necessary. Holidays are illegal under the current restrictions
  • The academy must be informed without delay if any of the household members or contacts of our staff, families or contractors have been overseas
  • Employees are CURRENTLY required to advise the Executive Head Teacher in writing of intended travel plans, prior to booking, using vouchers, rescheduling postponed travel arrangements or confirming bookings. 
  • Although the PM did not specifically cover the issue of International travel, the aim to remove all legal limits on social contact and Step 4 generally suggests that it may be possible to travel overseas this summer. 
  • The academy will, hence review, its policy shortly and communicate any changes via this section of this page on the academy's website. 
  • Attention must still be given to the probability of quarantine in other countries and on return to the U.K. and the obligation to work. The academy cannot accept any financial or other losses arising from staff travel decisions and arrangements. All such risks rest with the traveller
  • Currently only UK Citizens and UK residents can enter the UK from overseas and must quarantine for 10 days unless eligible for the test and release scheme (at least 5 days). 
  • Obligatory 10 day quarantine of UK Citizens and those with legal residency in the UK is currently required from 33 'red list' countries.
    • The first traveller must pay for the quarantine (transfers, testing, full board accommodation, security and post-stay cleaning but the room will not be cleaned during the stay) at a cost of £1,750, and up to a further £1,750 (totalling £3,500) if they test positive and need to quarantine for a further 10 days. Other costs, such as laundry may be additional
    • Another adult staying in the same room will cost a further £650 and each a child between 5-12 years in the same room is £325
    • Hence, if two parents and one child share a room, it will cost £2,725 initially rising to £5,450 if any of them were to test positive on the second PCR test (Day 8 with result on Day 9 or Day 10)
    • This potential cost is important for anyone considering travelling anywhere for the foreseeable future. 
    • In Scotland, like in many other countries, this obligatory hotel quarantine applies to any Citizen or resident entering the country from anywhere in the world outside the UK and Ireland (not just the red list countries).
    • It is feasible and entirely foreseeable that the UK could extend the list of countries requiring obligatory hotel quarantine at any time, including whilst travellers are overseas
    • As it stands, therefore, an employee travelling overseas this summer, could find themselves and their family obliged to stay in a quarantine hotel at their own expense for 10-20 days, use up all their leave or lose their pay for this period and be liable for any additional costs the academy suffers as a result
    • The above scenario would be similar for students and their families

 

6. CURRENT RISKS

The risk assessment was reviewed following the PM's announcement and the risk status updated (see below)

The Main Risks factors re-evaluated include:

  • the existence of new variants which could be more virulent or vaccine resistant (and the time taken to adapt the existing vaccine if necessary). Entry check and testing can help mitigate this risk 
  • the fact that children can catch the new U.K. variant as easily as any age group and may develop symptoms. Entry check and testing can help mitigate this risk 
  • the rates of infections, hospitalisations and deaths which are dropping rapidly but still need to reduce further. Education and Covid security practices can help mitigate these risks
  • the easier transmission of the new variants of Coronavirus.  Education and Covid security practices can help mitigate this risk.
  • In-school mixing will occur as there is no practical means of achieving social distancing in classrooms for example but is mitigated by wearing masks, fresh air ventilation, good hygiene, some social distancing, etc. Good Covid security will help mitigate these risks 

Most sensible precautions can easily be achieved (mask wearing indoors and outside, hygiene, disinfection, good ventilation, etc) in our school.

We are now testing all regular staff and regular contractors at least twice weekly who have to attend site, with all ad hoc staff and contractors testing daily before admission.

The academy has tough precautions in place which have proved highly effective in avoiding transmission last term, and this provides strong evidence that the academy was successful in remaining 'Covid Secure' at all times. These will be updated regularly and before re-opening to reflect contemporary data and threat levels. 

We know that the predominant new variant of coronavirus (COVID-19) is more transmissible however, PHE advice remains that the way to control this virus is with the system of controls, even with the current new variants. Nevertheless, the academy has enhanced its measures. 

Prevention

Always: 

1) Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not attend the school.

2) Ensure face coverings are used in recommended circumstances at least.

3) Ensure everyone is advised to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.  

4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

5) Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.

6) Consider how to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing wherever possible.

7) Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

In specific circumstances:

8) Ensure individuals wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary.

9) Promote and engage in asymptomatic testing, where available.

Response to any infection

Always:

1) Promote and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.

2) Manage and report confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community.

3) Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

THERE IS SOME VERY ENCOURAGING NEWS:

THERE ARE MANY VERY POSITIVE SIGNS OF LOWERING COVID-19 RISK AT PRESENT INCLUDING:

  • THE RECENT PEAK IN INFECTIONS HAS PASSED AND WITHOUT HOSPITALS BEING OVERWHELMED
  • THE DATA ON INFECTIONS, HOSPITALISATIONS AND DEATHS ARE ALL DECREASING AS A RESULT OF LOCKDOWN
  • THERE IS NOW EVIDENCE THAT THE VACCINE IS PROVING HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN PRACTICE 
  • THE R-RATE HAS FALLEN BELOW 1 (BETWEEN 0.6 AND 0.8)
  • HOSPITALS HAVE MORE / IMPROVED CORONAVIRUS TREATMENT OPTIONS (MOST RECENTLY COMBINING TOCILIZUMAB WITH STEROIDS TO ENHANCE THEIR IMPACT) AND GREATER EXPERIENCE OF HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY TREAT AND REHABILITATE COVID-19 PATIENTS
  • THE MORE PRECISE TARGETING OF ALL THE MOST HIGH-RISK PEOPLE TO SHIELD WILL ALLEVIATE THE GREATEST PRESSURE ON THE NHS, REDUCE DEATHS FURTHER AND CREATE CAPACITY WITHIN THE NHS TO MANAGE URGENT NON-COVID RELATED NEEDS SUCH AS CANCER TREATMENTS
  • THERE IS MUCH GREATER AVAILABILTY OF BOTH COMMUNITY AND WORKPLACE LATERAL FLOW TESTING
  • ALL SECONDARY AGED PUPILS WILL BE ABLE TO TEST TWICE WEEKLY
  • THERE IS GOOD CAPACITY FOR COMMUNITY PCR TESTING.
  • THERE IS GREATER WILLINGNESS FOR PEOPLE TO GET THEMSELVES TESTED REGULARLY (AT LEAST WEEKLY) WITHOUT WAITING FOR SYMPTOMS
  • THERE ARE MORE WALK IN TEST CENTRES
  • WORKPLACES WITH 50 OR MORE EMPLOYEEES CAN NOW ORDER FREE LATERAL FLOW TESTS FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES TO TEST REGULARLY ON-SITE OR AT HOME
  • ALL SCHOOL STAFF IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE ALREADY VOLUNTARILY BEING LATERAL FLOW TESTED TWICE WEEKLY (3 OR 4 DAYS APART).
  • SECONDARY AGED PUPILS WILL HAVE A SIMILAR OPPORTUNITY FROM 8 MARCH 2021. 
  • FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO TEST REGULARLY IN THE COMMUNITY (AT LEAST WEEKLY)
  • THERE IS PROACTIVE 'SURGE TESTING' IN A NUMBER OF AREAS TO MONITOR AND CONTROL THE SPREAD OF NEW VARIANTS
  • LIMITED ADDITIONAL BORDER CONTROLS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED FOR THOSE ARRIVING FROM 33 'RED LIST' COUNTRIES INCLUDING FULL 10 DAYS QUARANTINE IN DESIGNATED HOTELS WITH OBLIGATORY FOLLOW-UP TESTING PRIOR TO RELEASE (DAYS 2 AND 8) IF NEGATIVE OR TO EXTENSION OF QUARANTINE FOR A FURTHER 10 DAYS (IF POSITIVE)
  • THERE IS OPTIMISM THAT UK HOLIDAYS AND PERHAPS LIMITED INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL COULD RESUME BY THE SUMMER 2021.
  • THE NATIONAL VACCINATION PROGRAMME IS ON-TRACK WITH OVER 90% OF THE HIGHEST RISK PEOPLE HAVING BEEN OFFERED THE VACCINE
  • THE SECOND PHASE OF VACCINATIONS HAS STARTED ON TIME. THE VACCINE WILL BE OFFERED TO:
    • EVERYONE OVER 50 YEARS OF AGE
    • EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF 16 WHO IS CLINICALLY VULNERABLE / HAS CERTAIN UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS
    • THOSE QUALIFYING FOR THEIR SECOND DOSE WITHIN 12 WEEKS OF THE FIRST DOSE
  • EVERYONE IN PHASE 2 SHOULD BE OFFERED THEIR FIRST DOSE BEFORE THE END OF APRIL 2021.
  • THE VACCINE ROLL OUT SCHEDULE IS BASED ON EXPECTED DELIVERIES OF THE VACCINE
  • HENCE, BEFORE THE END OF APRIL 2021, 99% OF THOSE MOST AT RISK WILL HAVE BEEN VACCINATED
  • IF MORE VACCINE SUPPLIES ARE ACQUIRED EARLIER, THE VACCINATION RATES COULD BE SPED UP
  • PHASE 3 WILL INCLUDE THE REMAINDER THE ADULT POPULATION AND THOSE FROM PHASE 2 STILL NEEDING THEIR SECOND DOSE WITHIN 12 WEEKS OF THEIR FIRST JAB  
  • IT IS EXPECTED THAT ALL ADULTS WILL HAVE BEEN OFFERED BOTH DOSES BY 31 JULY 2021
  • IT IS CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO ATTEND THE APPOINTMENT FOR THEIR SECOND JAB. SOME (CIRCA 75%) PROTECTION IS AFFORDED TO MOST PEOPLE WITHIN 2-3 WEEKS OF THE FIRST JAB BUT THE SECOND BOOSTER JAB IS NEEDED TO GIVE STRONGER AND LONGER PROTECTION (CIRCA 95%)
  • THE PANDEMIC IS NOT OVER SIMPLY WHEN THE UK IS VACCINATED. THERE IS A GLOBAL NEED FOR VACCINATION TO CONTROL THE VIRUS. HENCE, IT IS HIGHLY LIKELY THAT, FOR THIS YEAR AT LEAST, A RE-ENGINEERED BOOSTER VACCINATION TO COMBAT MUTATIONS OF COVID-19 WILL NEED TO BE ADMINISTERED ALONGSIDE THE NORMAL WINTER FLU-JAB ROLL-OUT
  • IN ADDITION TO PERSONAL PROTECTION AGAINST ILLNESS AND/OR DEATH, HAVING THE VACCINE OFFERS SOME REDUCTION IN TRANSMISSION AND SO PROTECTS OTHERS.  
  • THE PRIORITISATION OF VACCINE ROLL-OUT WILL ALWAYS BE DECIDED BY THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON VACCINATION AND IMMUNISATION (JCVI), NOT THE GOVERNMENT

​NOT ALL THE NEWS IS GOOD YET:

  • THE NUMBER OF INFECTIONS LOCALLY HAS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY BUT IS STILL HIGH IN OUR AREA AND NEEDS TO REDUCE FURTHER 
  • THE PANDEMIC HAS BECOME VERY MUCH MORE REAL FOR MORE OF OUR COMMUNITY SINCE CHRISTMAS 2020 AND THE NEW VARIANT. THE STATISTICS ARE, IN FACT, REAL PEOPLE. A NUMBER OF OUR FAMILIES HAVE EXPERIENCED TERRIBLE LOSSES OF LOVED ONES; PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS. EVERY LOSS HAS BEEN TRAGIC. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH FAMILIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19
  • OVER 140,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED WITH COVID NAMED ON THEIR DEATH CERTIFICATE
  • THE NEW UK VARIANT IS UP TO 70% MORE INFECTIOUS AND UP TO 30% MORE VIRULENT THAN THE VIRUS IN THE AUTUMN 2020
  • THE NEW UK VARIANT ALSO AFFECTS ALL AGE GROUPS INCLUDING SECONDARY AGED PUPILS
  • OTHER VARIANTS MAY CREATE A NEED FOR A RE-ENGINEERED BOOSTER VACCINE FOR AUTUMN 2021
  • THERE ARE FAKE NEWS STORIES AND MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE PANDEMIC AND VACCINES WHICH ARE PUTTING SOME PEOPLE OFF TAKING THE VACCINE AND HENCE PUTTING THEMSELVES AND OTHER AT RISK OF DYING
  • THE FASTER THAT EVERYONE IS VACCINATED, THE LESS LIKELY THAT A NEW VACCINE-RESISTENT MUTATION WILL DEVELOP (IT IS IMPORTANT THEREFORE TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO TAKE-UP THEIR VACCINE OFFER)
  • THIS IS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND SO VACCINATIONS NEED TO BE DISTRIBUTED QUICKLY ACROSS THE GLOBE AND NOT JUST A FEW RICHER COUNTRIES
  • THE LOWEST RATES OF VACCINATION TAKE-UP IS AMONG SOME BAME COMMUNITIES, PUTTING THESE COMMUNITIES AT GREATEST RISK OF COVID-19 INFECTION AND DEATH AND, OF COVID-19 CONTINUING TO BE SPREAD TO OTHERS 
  • IN OUR COMMUNITY, PEOPLE OF PAKISTANI HERITAGE ARE THE LARGEST GROUP THAT SHOW A MUCH LOWER TAKE-UP OF VACCINATIONS. THE BLACK AFRO-CARIBBEAN AND BANGLADESHI COMMUNITIES ALSO SHOW LOW TAKE-UP
  • NO VACCINE IS 100% EFFECTIVE BUT DATA FROM A STUDY OF 1.2 MILLION VACCINATIONS IN ISRAEL SHOWS THE PFIZER VACCINE MIRRORS THE PERFORMANCE IN THE ORIGINAL RESEARCH TRIALS AT OVER 94% EFFECTIVENESS IN ALL AGE GROUPS IN PROTECTING AGAINST COVID SYMPTOMS
  • BEAMED LEARNING WILL CONTINUE WHERE ISOLATION IS REQUIRED

7. STATUS UPDATE:  MIXED RISK

  • THE COVID RISK IN BERKELEY ACADEMY FROM 8 MARCH 2021 IS ESTIMATED TO BE LOW
  • THE RISK IN THE COMMUNITY IS CURRENTLY MEDIUM TO HIGH (BUT PLATEAU-ING) 
  • The NHS has passed the peak of infections without becoming overwhelmed and numbers continue to drop although remain higher than desired
  • consequently, the U.K. alert level has been lowered from 5 to 4, but not yet 3
  • The virtual school will continue to operate for selected pupils after re-opening
  • Arrangements for the continuation of parallel, virtual teaching in the case of staff and/or students absence will be advanced
  • Those colleagues who are classified as 'Clinically Extremely Vulnerable' have had shielding extended the shielding to 31 March 2021. 
  • Consideration will have to be given to the status of those who have received their first dose, second dose vaccine and those who have recovered following a positive case of Covid
  • Consideration will have to be given to the status of those who live with vulnerable people who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 as they decrease the risk if there are high enough numbers
  • Consideration / advice will be given to those who will need to return to using public transport
  • Consideration will be given to any relaxation of lockdown rules / laws
  • Group meetings on site will remain restricted to remote meetings (telephone, conference call, email or video-call type meetings) only until further notice
  • One to one communication will continue to be encouraged to be via email, telephone or teams/zoom, and staff should not approach any colleague or other person, except in exceptional circumstances and should ensure any such interactions are Covid secure
  • The academy remains oversubscribed in all year groups
  • Completing essential premises projects will have a greater urgency for September 2021
  • Further partitioning of workspaces may be carried out over the coming weeks 

 

8. VACCINATION

  • PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO CLIP   It includes messages from former Cranford Community College pupil and Heston resident Sanjeev Bhaskar
  • Videos with Vaccine information in community languagues can be found here
  • The U.K. has completed Phase 1 of its vaccination programme
  • London is currently lagging behind other areas of the country in terms of vaccination roll-out, with some BAME communities being particularly disproportionate
  • More than 24.5 Million people have received the first dose and are due to have a second dose within 12 weeks.
  • More than 1.6 Million people have had their second dose
  • The Secretary of State says that the latest research on the University of Oxford Astra-Zenica vaccine shows that its efficacy is higher at 12 weeks than second jabs administered within six weeks of the first 
  • The Pfizer vaccine is recommended for a second dose at 3 weeks and there is no data to know the impact of not administering a second dose for 12 weeks 
  • Phase 2 started on 15 February 2021 and should complete by the end of the April 2021. It will prioritise as follows:
    • 65-69 year olds
    • 16-64 year olds with underlying health conditions (People whose asthma is under control will not be prioritised for the Covid vaccine) 
    • 60-64 year olds
    • 55-59 year olds
    • 50-54 year olds
  • Phase 2 may advance at a slower rate than phase 1 because it will coincide with people needing their second dose, but will be faster if vaccine supplies remain strong. 
  • The Secretary of State for Health says that the NHS has good capacity to roll out even more vaccines as they become available so if there is additional vaccine available then the programme may be delivered faster and/or other priorities may be added
  • The Government expects that all adults in the UK will have been offered a vaccine by 31 July 2021. 
  • In addition to the Mass Testing Centres, Cranford Community College may be used in Phase 2 as a community vaccination centre, both for Public Health / NHS Hounslow and for community pharmacy vaccinations
  • The U.K. Population totals around 67 Million people, of which 14 Million are under 18 years old
  • The Government currently has not announced any plan to vaccinate children (under 18 year olds). The national vaccination plan is aimed at adults over the age of 18 with some exceptions for a minority of children with particular underlying health conditions.
  • The U.K. is now undertaking a research study on the effectiveness of vaccines on those under 18 years of age and this could lead to a future decision to offer the vaccine to children but there are no current plans to do so. 
  • The Secretary of State for Health states that there is high confidence that the vaccine reduces serious illness and death for those who have it, from approximately three weeks after receiving the jab
  • The Secretary of State for Health also says that a person who has been vaccinated may still be infected, although the vaccine means that they will not normally get ill or so ill. Hence, they may also still transmit it to others, but probably to a lesser degree
  • Vaccine trials and the roll out in other countries show that whilst the vaccines are highly effective for most people, no vaccine is 100% effective
  • Whilst we would all hope to see very good progress made by the start of the academic year 2021/2022, there is much further to go in the U.K. and internationally to bring the virus under control and vaccination needs to be widespread in every country, not just the U.K.
  • It is expected to take some time to vaccinate a sufficiently high proportion of the population for them to contribute to 'herd immunity' and greater normality, and precautions and control measures will continue to be necessary for the foreseeable future
  • On current projections:
  • Up to 32 Million adults in the U.K. will have been offered the vaccine by the start of May 2021 (actual immunity coverage required deduction of the percentage who do not take up the offer and the percentage for who the vaccine does not work)
  • Up to 53 Million adults in the UK will have been offered the vaccine by the start of October 2021 (actual immunity coverage required deduction of the percentage who do not take up the offer and the percentage for who the vaccine does not work). Actual coverage might be more realistically 40 Million people (60 % of the population)
  • Around 14 Million people under the age of 18 will be unvaccinated (although those over 16 with clinical vulnerabilities will get vaccinated) and some will have had Covid-19 and have developed immunity
  • There remains a competition between the percentage of the U.K. and global populations that are vaccinated and the continuing mutation of the virus around the world. It is important, therefore, that all countries vaccinate their populations as quickly as possible
  • The U.K. is also trialling the effectiveness of mixing two similar acting vaccines from different manufacturers for dose 1 and dose 2, as if this is as effective, this would create flexibility which would then speed up the vaccination programme and reach more people earlier
  • It is not yet known how long protection may last after a double dose vaccination and it is possible that people will need to take annual boosters to maintain immunity
  • the Moderna vaccine has not yet been approved but will increase testing capacity when it is approved, expected soon

The categorical, moral imperative

  • Vaccinating the UK population will not, on its own, address the risks from new variants of the virus. Protecting oneself by vaccination is not sufficient whilst the virus continues to mutate elsewhere
  • Equitable and rapid global vaccination is morally and practically necessary to limit mutations and for a global economy to work effectively
  • The risks to the UK population of mutation must also be obviated by helping the rest of the world and all nations to vaccinate their populations as rapidly 
  • Richer nations like the UK need to operate with 'enlightened self-interest' which means not just prioritising UK citizens for vaccination and not hoarding vaccines or operating 'vaccine nationalism'. 
  • The UK and other wealthy nations that have signed up to it NOW need to actively participate in the COVAX scheme and the World Health Organisation's three pillars of the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT Accelerator)

 

9. COVID EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR FOOD AND ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES

Hounslow Council also has Covid Emergency Funding to support individuals and families in need, this could include those in 'food poverty' but who are not eligible for benefits-based FSM and even to Hounslow residents who normally have 'no recourse to public funds'.

Details of the emergency grant scheme can be found HERE

10. COVID-19 VARIANTS

  • Mutations of any virus are inevitable and perfectly normal and expected. New variants have competitive advantages over the strains they are replacing. These advantages do not always mean that the new strain is more dangerous to humans 
  • Although there will have been many more variants in a range of countries around the world, 4 variants of geographical first detection in a particular country are being reported on in the media at the moment (Of these, China was the first detected form of the virus then the UK and more recently South Africa and Brazil). The last three have been in the news having been identified as spreading more quickly and replacing the weaker China variant of Coronavirus
  • The U.K., South Africa and Brazil variants are all thought to be much more contagious than the earlier China coronavirus due to changes to their spike protein - this is the part of the virus that attaches to human cells. They have a key mutation called E484K that may evade parts of the immune system called antibodies
  • More variants will emerge as it is entirely normal for viruses to mutate and for the best mutations to become dominant 
  • UK infections now mainly involve the newer, more prevalent and more transmissive variant of coronavirus (B.1.1.7), which is commonly known as the 'UK Variant' having first been detected in Kent
  • The U.K. Variant has spread to and/or mutated in more than 50 other countries and may be between 50-70% more transmissible than its China predecessor
  • More recently, there has been a further variant detected in the U.K., a mutation that was first seen in South Africa, (Coronavirus B.1.351)
  • At least 11 of the 145 cases identified to 7 February 2021 have no connection to travel to or from South Africa so that these have likely been passed via community transmission or possibly the mutation has now occurred in the U.K. even though the variant would still be commonly known as the 'South Africa Variant' because that is where strain B.1.351 was first detected)
  • The South Africa variant has been detected in at least 20 other countries, not just South Africa
  • Tougher restrictions on travel to/from South Africa, Brazil, Portugal and other countries with cases of this more recent mutation are also subject to enhanced restrictions to prevent transmission by people with the variant
  • The nearest outbreak of these so-called 'South Africa variant' is in Hanwell (London W7)
  • Each local council website of any B.1.351 (SA) infected / surge testing area is the best place to look for information and guidance
  • It is too soon to know how transmissible or virulent this strain might be, but it is highly likely that the current vaccines will still work effectively with it, even if the efficacy is less than for other strains 
  • By far, the most prevalent strain locally, however, remains the so-called U.K. variant
  • The Secretary of State for Health has stated that scientists have strong evidence and high confidence that the so called 'UK variant' is much more transmissible than the original Covid-19 (China) strain. This means that the current UK variant is proven to spread much more easily than the variant we experienced until November/December 2020
  • It is much easier to catch the new UK variant, by chance encounters on buses, in supermarkets, when going in and out of buildings, in offices, etc., than it was with the old variant 
  • When the new virus enters the home, it is now more likely to spread to others so the whole household typically becomes infected unless very rigorous precautions are taken (however, the social distancing required and other precautions are not always possible in many households so preventing anyone from catching the virus in the first place is the only true safeguard - keep a large social distance from others at all times and do not mix households)
  • Unlike the old virus, the new UK variant of the coronavirus-19 appears to infect people of all ages equally
  • Younger people (certainly secondary aged children) are now just as likely to acquire the virus, have symptoms and spread it
  • Younger people who are hospitalised also spend longer in hospital and hence put extra pressure on the NHS when they become unwell
  • The PM clarified that 'The new U.K. variant is associated with a higher degree of mortality'. Scientists are currently debating the degree to which it is more deadly
  • It appears, from initial data that it is causing more serious illness and more deaths out of hospital, but the death rate in hospital is unchanged
  • The improved treatments appear to be effective in preventing a rise in deaths in hospital
  • This may mean that where a person becomes more seriously ill, they should not hesitate in seeking urgent medical care and must not be reluctant to call 999 or go to hospital where needed

 

11. REMOTE 'LIVE' LEARNING ARRANGEMENTS IN LOCKDOWN +

REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE: THE REMOTE SCHOOL WILL EFFECTIVELY CEASE TO OPERATE FOR MOST PUPILS FROM MONDAY 8 MARCH 2021 AS CHILDREN WILL BE IN SCHOOL, HAVING RETURNED TO NORMAL SCHOOLING. 

REMOTE PROVISION FOR PUPILS ISOLATING (INDIVIDUALS AND BUBBLES), SHIELDING, ETC.  IS ACCESSED IN THE SAME WAY AS THE REMOTE PROVISION OFFERED DURING LOCKDOWN (SEE BELOW).

PUPILS WHO ARE ENTITLED TO ACCESS  REMOTE PROVISION WILL BE SENT LINKS TO JOIN LIVE LESSONS (BEAMED INTO THEIR HOMES) THROUGH GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

WORK WILL ALSO BE SET AND ASSESSED VIA GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

LOCKDOWN ARRANGEMENTS

  • In practice in Lockdown, remote 'live' teaching means that ALL children (not just selected year groups) are able to continue their learning in a continuous and effective way, and it will continue to evolve and improve, although we all want to return to a greater degree of normality as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Engagement with 'the remote academy' is pleasingly high and the feedback from parents and pupils is very positive. 
  • The academy is following the normal academy timetable without change and is delivering the full planned curriculum, including for practical subjects (adapted) as well as registration time, assemblies, SEND support, family support, pastoral support, SEND support, safeguarding monitoring and support, staff training, etc. and now extra-curricular provision has restarted and will be extended further.
  • On 5 February 2021, the academy drafted the latest formal evaluation of its remote provision for presentation to the Multi-Academy Trust Board, you can see how we currently rate the academy's remote provision and why (See link above)

What should my child expect from remote education when the whole school or their whole year group is learning from home?

Berkeley Academy continues to deliver a full curriculum and full-time provision to all pupils in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, it does this remotely and with beamed 'live' teaching and learning, predominantly through Google Classroom and Zoom. All families can access Google Classrooms.

The provision already extends to include homework and, increasingly, extra-curricular clubs and activities are being re-scheduled online.

Whilst the vast majority of children are learning from home, there is limited on-site provision, although on-site involves exactly the same remote learning as in the home. On-site provision may be continuous or discontinuous depending on the circumstances. The capacity (number of places) offered will always take into account of need and balance this with all safety considerations for the children, the staff and the home setting. To date, demand has been lower than capacity as parents have chosen to keep their children at home to minimise mixing of households. 

On-site provision will be supervised by teaching assistants so that the teachers can teach their classes as they would if everyone was in school. Pupils will be kept at a secure social distance during lessons (3 metres).

Remote teaching starts at the child’s normal start time each day and concludes at the normal finish time.

Teachers are taking registers for attendance at least twice a day so online attendance for the entire length of the academy day is vital and action will continue to be taken for any non-attendance. 

All lessons should include 'live', face to face and interactive learning. Lessons will normally start with a live element, followed by time allocated for pupils to complete learning tasks (for which instructions will be included in the class Google Classroom steam).

Beamed learning also allows pupils to interact with the teacher and their peers, work in small groups, etc. and is as close as possible to learning in school. 

'Live' learning provides a social aspect that supports every child’s wider development and their emotional wellbeing and the daily timetable offers a routine and structure to the child's day from Monday to Friday during term time (except on in-service training days, and bank holidays).

For most lessons, a second live session starts immediately afterwards to offer additional support, etc to those who need it and/or would like additional help or extension.

Keeping the day identical to the academy day that operates when the academy is fully open is also necessary to facilitate seamless transition 'in' and 'out' of lockdown and, in future, to be able to include those isolating at home when the majority are on-site.

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were on-site?

Yes. All pupils follow the same curriculum remotely as they would if they were in the academy.

Teachers are using a range of teaching strategies and resources to ensure that the lessons are engaging, interactive, curriculum focussed and to enable pupils to learn deeply and progress rapidly.

Some adaptations have been made for the practical subjects such as art, music, PE, etc. but the normal subject curriculum is being followed.

In planning lessons and sequences of lessons, teachers now also take into consideration the resources that pupils are likely to have access to at home when planning and delivering these lessons. Teachers are being innovative and creative to make lessons as interactive, varied and practical as possible and the academy provides all the necessary digital and analogue resources so there should be no significant additional financial burden on families due to home learning.

It is very important that pupils continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum, including the more practical subjects, that they understand what they are learning and why, that they can establish links with their prior, future and cross-curricular learning, that they engage in deep learning, and that they can demonstrate what they have learned and how well they have learnt it so that the teachers can map their academic progress and plan sequenced learning appropriately.

How long can I expect work set by the academy to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will be the same as they would spend if they were in school, so that means their normal school hours plus time for homework. 

Key Stage 1

9:00-3:15

15 minutes for first break and 45 minutes for lunch

Key Stage 2

8:55-3:20

15 minutes for first break and 45 minutes for lunch

EYFS

Nursery

8:30-11:35 am (AM)

12:30-3:35 pm (PM)

5:00 pm bedtime story (for all)

Reception

9:00 am-3:15pm

Short breaks throughout sessions and 45 minutes for lunch

For the detailed timetables for each year group please CLICK HERE then scroll down to the year group required.

 

How will my child access any online remote education? If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will the academy support them to access remote education?

All lessons are taught live and face to face, normally using Google Classrooms and Zoom. Online access is therefore an essential prerequisite. 

Children need access to a device such as a suitable PC or laptop (not phone, tablet or game console) and the internet. Children also need access to a reliable and suitable broadband connection and a suitable place to work online for each child within the home (not just the older children).

The academy can help with this and will loan equipment such as PCs, laptops (not tablets, smart phones or gaming consoles), webcams, headsets, dongles at no cost, but subject terms and conditions of appropriate use.  

Children must be ready at the start of the timetabled lesson to join and then to participate in the lesson.

In order to support those pupils to access remote education the academy has temporarily loaned out PCs and laptops and provided dongles for those pupils and staff in need of an internet connection. In addition, the academy has loaned out cameras and headsets to enable children to fully engage in lessons and their learning.

If your child needs and does not have access to a suitable device, the internet, a webcam, a headset etc., please contact Ms Huynh r.huynh@berkeleyacademy.org.uk or your child’s class teacher who can arrange the delivery of equipment to enable your child to learn remotely, subject to meeting the conditions of use.

Non-digital learning resources, such as exercise books, stationery, paint, glue, etc may also be delivered to homes where needed.

Ms Huynh's email can also be used if children have any difficultly accessing their learning, configuring their device or any issue with their equipment or passwords. 

Where a solution cannot be found, one or more child(ren) may be offered a Vulnerable Child place on-site. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

Lessons are led the class teacher live and much will be face to face. The following approaches may be used: 

  • Live/beamed lessons
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Independent learning tasks set, to be completed and uploaded for checking and feedback
  • Exposure to test-style questions and quizzes
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) – individual case by case
  • Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home, e.g. CGP materials
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • Bug Club, TT Rockstars, Phonics Play, etc. to practice specific skills.

Teachers use a range of teaching materials and resources such as PowerPoints, assignment sheets, online quizzes, collaborative work in small groups, 1-1 teaching where appropriate all delivered using Google classrooms. Teachers may be teaching from their classroom using the Interactive Whiteboard or may be teaching from home. Teaching Assistants will also be joining classes to support all their children. 

If a child requires resources such as exercise books, pens, pencils, art equipment these can be posted or delivered to the family home. Parents/children should ask their class teacher for resources when needed and the class teacher will arrange for them to be sent home.

Some textbooks may be made available for pupils on Google Classrooms and further resources are continually added.

What are the academy’s expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We thank parents for making every effort, however inconvenient, to keep Berkeley Academy children safely at home and engaging with face-to-face and offline remote learning. We recognise the additional burden this can create, and we are keen to support parents too so they can better support their children. 

All children are expected to be fully engaged with their remote education. This means that every child should log on in good time for the start of the day and then stay engaged in learning for the whole day.

The teacher will take a register and attendance, punctuality and engagement remain important to your child's academic and social progress.

Throughout the day the teacher will expect the pupils to take part in active learning communicating with the teacher and other children as directed throughout the day. 

Parents can support by ensuring their child does join their lessons at the start of every lesson, encouraging them to stay engaged throughout the whole day, by ensuring that they get a good 8 hours (minimum) sleep at night, are awake, fed, washed and dressed each morning before school starts, that they get daily exercise and that they have an organised schedule for their homework and independent learning which allows appropriate time for relaxation and other fun.

Children must attend all live lessons on time and complete learning tasks set by the deadlines provided. The class timetable (which is shared and discussed each morning) will be followed.

We rely on parents/carers to support children by: attending learning with their children (where possible and appropriate); assisting with their work if their child is struggling and asking for help from the academy if needed, but otherwise allowing independence; and notifying the academy of any issues, including reporting absence and technical issues.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

A register is taken at least twice daily. If a student is late joining, they are marked late and follow up action may be taken.

Support staff follow up non-attendance during each registration. 

If non-engagement persists, the case is escalated; SLT meet throughout the week to discuss pupils and next action points (e.g. a phone call from phase leader or external agency involvement).

If the academy is unable to make contact with parents/carers or is not satisfied with the arrangements for learning for example, this may become a safeguarding concern and a home visit may be necessary either by the academy, social care or the police. In some circumstances, the academy may consider the child then to be vulnerable and provide a place on-site. 

If the academy believes that lockdown rules are being broken this will be reported to the police.  

Where a family moves out of area or is taken overseas, the child may be reported to the Council as a 'Child Missing Education' and taken off-roll after 28 days and the place allocated to another child on the academy's waiting list. 

The class teacher will plan learning activities that will measure student engagement throughout the lesson such as interactive quizzes, question and answer sessions, work on assignments that can be viewed by the teacher in real time, assessments to be handed in at the end of the lesson, collaborative group work and feedback during the lesson, use of the whiteboard, chat function for individual contributes and more.

If a student does not attend lessons, is frequently late, does not complete the work set or becomes disengaged the class teacher, the academy will contact home to reset expectations and, if appropriate to impose sanctions or measures. Parental and carer support is very important for sustained remote learning to take place.

Where there are barriers to engagement parents or carers should contact the school to discuss these. If it is regarding a device or equipment the parent or carer should contact Ms Huynh by email r.huynh@berkeleyacademy.org.uk If the barrier to engagement is something else then the parent or carer should contact their child's class teacher. 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Class teachers include assessment opportunities within the lesson. These may be informal such as individual answers to a question presented to the class or a quiz or more formal such as end of topic or mid topic assessments. Teachers mark the work, make a judgement on their progress and feedback to the children with a next steps / green pen comment.

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

The teaching staff at the academy use a wide range of methods to provide feedback on pupils’ learning, to give pupils opportunities to deepen understanding, improve standards and make excellent progress.

These include:

Verbal feedback using ‘mote’ (Google Classroom), opportunities for talk partners using breakout rooms for peer assessment – during live lessons, reviewing work as a class/group, led by the teacher, during registration (e.g. comparing to DfE exemplification), Mentimeter (tailored quizzes to check pupils’ understanding), uploading answers for pupils to self-assess and detailed written feedback.

Pupils are given written or verbal feedback and next steps comments on their work regularly and will be formally assessed at least once every half term.

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at school and at home.

We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils, for example, by:

  • Individualised timetables
  • Differentiated learning tasks
  • 1:1 and small group intervention sessions
  • Live support sessions in smaller groups, following the whole class input (via Zoom)
  • Resource packs delivered to homes
  • External agencies continue with support sessions
  • Regular phone class and Zoom meetings with allocated member of the pastoral team

Teaching assistants continue to support those pupils with SEND needs. Teaching assistants attend lessons with the children and during the lesson they provide individual support.

Outside of the lessons, teaching assistants communicate with the pupils and their parents by remote meetings, electronic chat and phone calls.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Where individual pupils needs to self-isolate, they can normally work from home in the same way as described above.

Self-isolating children will continue to follow their timetable and the same curriculum and attend school / lessons as they would if they were on-site, unless they are too sick to do so (in which case, as they would normally, they will need to catch up liaising with peers and their teacher / teaching assistant to find out what they have missed and need to catch up on at the weekend). 

Remote education, safeguarding and behaviour

Berkeley Academy and class teachers have the same high expectations of behaviour when children are attending the academy remotely as when pupils are attending school in person.

The academy behaviour policy already applies at all times whether children are learning at home or at school.

Pupils should adhere to Remote learning expectations and classroom rules for pupils which clearly sets out behaviour and safeguarding expectations.

Remote learning expectations and classroom rules for pupils

  1. I will attend remote school and all of my lessons on time.
  2. I will wear suitable clothing to my lessons and will tell others in my household to also be suitably dressed.
  3. My device will be in an appropriate area, for example in the living room at a table and where possible be against a neutral background. Not in a bedroom.
  4. I will not invite anyone else to the lesson.
  5. I will turn on my camera and interact with the lessons, the teacher and appropriately with others pupils.
  6. I will stay muted unless I am verbally contributing to the lesson.
  7. I understand live face to face classes will be recorded so that if any issues were to arise, the video can be reviewed.
  8. My language will be respectful and appropriate and I will ensure anyone else in the house is also respectful. I will do this by telling my household that I am in a lesson.
  9. I will be respectful towards other participants in the lesson.
  10. If the chat function is used in the lesson I will be respectful and kind to others.
  11. If I have a question about the lesson I will email my class teacher.
  12. If I am worried about someone or something I see or hear in the lesson I will contact either:

The academy will therefore continue to assist every child / family to have good connectivity and IT access in lockdown and school closure.  

 

12. KEY INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES / WORKERS

 

GENERAL

  • Policies and Procedures remain in force and operating during the pandemic and lockdown without change in most cases. Where small adaptations are required, these will be made known to employees. If in doubt, employees must ask SLT and not make assumptions of change
  • A key aim remains to achieve a reasonable balance between the needs of running a fully operational academy with efforts to minimise risk and reduce household mixing
  • Rules and expectations may become tougher when the ambient risk rises and be relaxed to a degree when it reduces but, in the main, the safety precautions are likely to remain in place throughout the pandemic and a few potentially longer term or permanently
  • The academy evaluates bespoke risk / individual circumstances and then either eradicates the risk altogether, for example through redeployment, or mitigates (reduces) it, for example through risk assessment guidance provided such as the 'household guidance' for those living with someone who is vulnerable or in a household with someone who is symptomatic/positive
  • Individuals and employees must always check the contemporary national lockdown guidance for themselves and not rely on what others have told them as a defence for breaking the rules
  • 'Guidance' is not the same as regulation, although it may, of course, also include regulation. However, it is widely understood, accepted and long-standing practice that official guidance (e.g. government guidance, academy policies, etc) must always be adhered to unless there is a substantive, exceptional and rational reason which is truly believed at the time to justify deviation from the guidance, for which there is no compliant alternative and which would likely stand up to subsequent scrutiny. In short, official / professional guidance usually must be followed regardless. There is generally no scope for applying filters such as ‘professional or personal judgement’ as a justification for ignoring such guidance. Official guidance is normally a collective summary of professional judgement

 

'NORMAL' WORKING

The academy will operate with quasi-normality throughout and will remain operational in most regards, even with most children working from home.  

All colleagues will continue to work as ‘normal’ and full-time on site (or temporarily working at home as directed for example during shielding or isolation) unless they are too sick to work, in which case they must follow the standard procedures for reporting their daily absence, etc. which have not changed AND the Covid reporting protocols additionally if appropriate.

Public sector employees in childcare and education are expected to continue to work throughout national lockdowns. Most employees are therefore ineligible for furloughing and will continue to work, on-site or possibly temporarily off-site. Please also read the section ‘Working from Home’ below.

Unless in receipt of a furlough letter, employees are not released from any obligation to work and are being redeployed as necessary. Furloughed staff will continue to receive full pay until further notice as the current scheme pays 80% of the salary costs and the ATB is choosing to top the remaining 20% up for the remainder of the national furlough scheme. Employees not furloughed will continued to be paid in full and receive their full conditions of service in return for their continued work and obligations. Current furloughing of academy staff will cease on or before Monday, 8 March 2021. 

Employees (Critical Workers) with young children must have in place appropriate childcare arrangements in the home, or where appropriate using the key working provision is schools and all EYFS settings. 

All academy procedures (including LOA requests, absence reporting, setting work, etc) must be followed as though the academy were operating completely normally.

Lettings, however, will remain closed in accordance with national lockdown rules but will re-open when safe and cost-effective to do so.

 

WORKING HOURS (NO CHANGE)

Regardless of whether a colleague is given the option to work from home or is on-site, they are required to work during their normal working hours unless they request and are granted a variation to their working hours or their working hours have been formally changed due to the shortened school opening hours. 

The academy day for colleagues, children and parents will remain the same as before and after lockdown. 

 

RECEPTION AND OPENING ARRANGEMENTS

The outer site gates now provide an additional first line of security and safety for everyone on site and protect against unauthorised visitors putting reception staff and others at risk. 

Enhanced security arrangements will also be added to reception entry in due course. 

If you arrive at work before reception is open then you MUST take responsibility (set your alarm) to return to reception when it opens so you check your temperature, sign in, re-sanitise etc.

The academy closing times are unchanged for most staff and staff are strongly encouraged to leave site by 4 pm to allow for cleaning.  

The academy will remain open later when there is a Remote Parents’ Evening but classrooms used may not be cleaned until the following day to preserve maximum social distancing. 

 

AVOIDING MIXING ON-SITE

All communication should be electronic (videoconference, teleconference, emails, phone call, WhatsApp group, etc) and not in person.

Collaborative PPA and all other group 'meetings' must be remote via Zoom/AnyDesk or MS Teams / AnyDesk. 

 

TWICE WEEKLY TESTING

LF test equipment for your twice weekly tests should be collected from reception. In return, positive results must be reported to test and trace and all results must be reported via the google form link circulated by Rachel Huynh. 

Used testing equipment (if testing on-site) should be put in the clear plastic bag provided before carrying to reception for disposal in either the yellow clinical waste bin (positive test kits only) or black, non-clinical waste bin (negative test kits only).

A private testing space for testing (for contractors, etc.) has been created adjacent to reception (former Medical Room). Colleagues can test themselves in their own areas or at home but must ensure the result is logged properly by reception staff. 

Employees self-testing on-site are required to test as close to their arrival time as possible so that any positive tests are detected and acted upon with little risk of cross-infection. 

 

COVID RELATED REPORTING

All Covid related reports for employees must be emailed to KPR without delay and certainly within 4 hours of happening / commencement.

Employees and workers must email KPR, ideally within 4 hours of an event if:

  1. You have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with Covid or someone in your household has symptoms and hence you need to isolate
  2. You have symptoms and need to isolate / get a PCR test
  3. You have a PCR test appointment (Please provide a copy of the appointment)
  4. You have a PCR test result (please provide a copy of the result)
  5. You become very unwell or are hospitalised
  6. You know of a pupil or their close family who are seriously ill or who have died from Covid-19 related illness
  7. You lose a family member or someone you feel very close to emotionally
  8. You are struggling emotionally or in other ways and are in need of support
  9. You have travelled abroad and are required to quarantine 

Covid related reporting is a professional obligation and not a matter of choice.

If unsure about what needs to be reported, report it to KPR anyway

All employee absence / sickness must be reported to Lena Kapoor and CoverLine daily as normal (regardless of any emails sent to KPR)

COVID-19 Vaccinations Reporting

Please email KPR if you have had the Covid vaccination.

Please advise her of two things:

  1. the date(s) of vaccine(s) and
  2. which one (Pfizer or AstraZeneca).

or

  1. You have been offered the vaccine but have decided not to accept the offer at this point in time.

The academy strongly advises uptake of the vaccine when offered.

COVID-19 Shielding Letter Reporting

Please email KPR a copy if you have had the shielding advice letter for the first time or extending to 31 March 2021

Please advise whether a) you intend to work from home or b) intend to return to work on-site at the same time as others.

The academy strongly advises shielding and working from home if you have a letter but this is entirely your choice.

Individual Risk Assessment Requests (Re-opening of Schools)

Please email Rachel Huynh if you would like an Individual Risk Assessment.

The academy reserves the right to require participation in an individual risk assessment.

International Travel ADVANCE Notification of Intentions

If not already done, employees/workers must email KPR with details of any intended international travel plans prior to booking, using vouchers, using points, accepting invitations, agreeing with family, rescheduling postponed travel arrangements or confirming bookings, etc. for Easter 2021, May 2021 half-term, summer 2021. 

KPR may not respond to your email about possible international travel until nearer the time, although he will respond indicatively in some cases, but it is important to advise me of potential international travel at the most embryonic stage of planning.  

Currently, the academy reminds all colleagues that any such arrangements continue to be strongly advised against at this juncture, are not currently allowed, would be entirely at the individual’s own risk, that the academy will not absorb any financial losses (direct or indirect) and there are also professional and employment obligations that would likely be enforced.

Travel Guidance has already been provided to staff and remains in force until further notice. Guidance will be updated and re-issued as necessary following the PM's announcement regarding Step 2 from 12 April 2021 (if data allows) but this is a reminder to colleagues that some things will be deemed as ‘foreseeable’ and quarantine (including the possibility of changes to hotel quarantine requirements) could foreseeably be imposed to more countries even when you are abroad. Hence, in making any international travel plans you would need to have at least 10 days leave remaining to take on return to the UK if necessary and the additional financial resources to unexpectedly pay for hotel quarantine on top of the expected travel costs should that requirement be introduced whilst you are overseas and/or compensate the academy for any losses / additional costs it incurs as a result of non-essential international travel.  

 

TRANSPORT

Public transport is allowed for school staff to get to work but where public transport is used, the academy has a standard risk assessment of common sense precautions which includes advice on how to minimise any risk (e.g. getting off a bus and waiting for the next or walking should a bus become more crowded). 

For the avoidance of doubt, car sharing is not legally permitted except with someone from your household or legitimate ‘bubble’ (and is unlikely to be so at least until 17 May 2021). Inappropriate car sharing is a public safety offence for which there could be both police and professional penalties. This is not a matter of interpretation.

Minicabs, which do not have dividing screens and good ventilation, are also advised against by the academy, unless absolutely necessary and then with precautions such as proper mask wearing by the driver and passenger, windows open (but not only the driver window), etc.

Black taxis may have a Covid safety advantage due to their screens but the same precautions are still necessary, particularly as it is not uncommon for the driver to have their window open, potentially increasing the risk to the passenger if no other windows are open. 

 

NOT ALL ‘POSITIVES’ ARE VISIBLE.  YOU OR OTHERS MAY BE ASYMPTOMATIC.

Colleagues should follow government advice and guidance and, in particular, embrace the concept of acting as though they, and everyone they encounter has the new, highly communicable variant of the virus (which can transmit more easily in shorter time and over greater distance in the right conditions).

 

SPACE AND DISTANCE IS THE MAIN LIFE SAVER

When more pupils and staff return to the site, social distancing is the greatest protection but will not be possible at all times and Covid security will be reliant on the consistent adherence to other mitigating measures (ventilation, mask wearing, hand hygfiene, etc.).

Masks will be vital and different masks afford differing levels of protection. In the light of experience of the new UK variant, greater consideration may need to be given to the quality of masks bought and worn.

Please see Rachel Huynh if your PPE kit is in need of replenishment.  

In addition to the £120 towards home working equipment, all employees have an annual allowance of £15 towards masks of their choice and can obtain free masks from the academy. Better quality and triple layer masks are advised in the light of more transmissible variants. 

 

BREAK TIMES

Colleagues must be careful not to congregate inadvertently in common areas, etc., for example before school, at Break 1, lunch break or at the end of the teaching day. Colleagues, like students, are also encouraged to take these scheduled breaks to undertake light exercise and get fresh air. 

 

WORKING FROM HOME

Those colleagues (shielding and isolating) who are being given the option to work from home must not undertake other activities, including childcare, when they are scheduled to be working.

All employees at home are ‘on call’ and may be called into work, even at very short notice/no notice, at any time within their normal working hours/time, unless they have reported themselves to be sick or in Covid isolation following the normal procedures.

Colleagues working at home must be contactable throughout their working hours by phone and email. Employees are responsible for ensuring that their personnel record, including their contact details, on Integris is always complete and up to date.

To remain contactable at home (a prerequisite of being allowed to work from home), the employee must ensure, for example, that their phone is charged, has the sound switched on, etc.

Working from home options will be rescinded, for individuals or all, without notice if they are not meeting the needs of the academy when being employed to do so. This may happen without notice.

 

STAFF CONNECTIVITY

The academy has purchased 25 concurrent use licences for ‘Any Desk’ which will allow staff to connect to the academy network from home as though they were working on their computers on site.

As these licences are shared, colleagues are asked to connect for a specific purpose and then remember to disconnect afterwards rather than leave the connection open. This is also for data security reasons. 

Colleagues are asked to work with the Colwyn Technologies Team ‘helpdesk’ to overcome the initial technical / installation issues, should they have them.

Continue to email helpdesk if you need support, indicating how best to contact you if you are working at home.

'AnyDesk' is designed for desktop to desktop connections primarily. If your home device is portable and you are having difficulty setting up AnyDesk, you may be asked to bring it onto site at an agreed appointment time but normally Colwyn staff will be able to log in remotely to help.

Remote access to the academy network will improve the safety of everyone, especially those who are required to work on-site and will aid better learning for our children so will remain a priority. However, it potentially puts data security at slightly higher risk so staff using AnyDesk must not leave open connections, particularly not leaving Integris and AnyDesk open and unattended together.

A dedicated member of Colwyn staff, Vivak, vivak.chauhan@colwyn.tech has been deployed as the dedicated technician for primary schools and their staff (when home working), working from home when not on site and offering remote solutions unless and until on-site visits are needed. He will also assist with dealing with helpline requests from individual primary colleagues and will provide on-site or remote log in help to install and resolve installation issues on home machines.   As Vivak may work across multiple sites, he will endeavour not to visits different primary schools within 3 days of each other to enable a second lateral flow test to confirm non-infection. Vivak will test daily when working outside of his home.

 

WORKING FROM HOME SUPPORT

Colleagues who work from home may borrow furniture, equipment, stationery necessary to safely and comfortably undertake their job from home. Furniture and equipment to be borrowed from the academy will need to be agreed with Ami Kaur / Jenny Moir and the asset register updated with the Finance Team accordingly. If this will be needed back in school from 8 March 2021 then it should be brought back on Friday 5 March 2021 AND Ami Kaur / Jenny Moir must be informed and the asset register updated with the Finance Team accordingly.

Colleagues may reclaim (with VAT receipts) against their £120 maximum allowance for furniture, equipment or materials where needed for safe and comfortable home working. Please note that this is in addition to the £15 annual allowance for masks (not other PPE). VAT receipts for either will need to be scanned to the Carrie Bendix's email.

If these adjustments are insufficient to support safe, comfortable and professionally suitable home working, the colleague must work from the academy instead.

 

ANNEX 1: COVID LETTERS FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEAD TEACHER / CEO, MR PRUNTY

LETTER 1: 20 MARCH 2020

LETTER 2: 1 JUNE 2020

LETTER 3: 6 JULY 2020

LETTER 4: 28 AUGUST 2020

LETTER 5: 21 DECEMBER 2020

LETTER 6: 8 FEBRUARY 2021 (TO BE ADDED)

ANNEX 2: HEALTH & TRAVEL DECLARATION FORM (TO BE UPDATED)

 

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