COVID-19 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
April 2021 Update
Following the success of the school asymptomatic mass-testing programme, it is vital to continue testing at home twice a week throughout the Easter holidays and into the Summer Term. Last week, testing kits were distributed to all pupils who have permission to take part in the testing programme, ensuring pupils have enough to continue testing throughout the Easter break.
Please note: a test must be conducted either the evening before, or morning of, the first day back of term (Monday 19th April).
Running out of tests/Issues with equipment
If you run out of tests during this time or if there is any faulty equipment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can replace or replenish testing kits. Please state the pupil this is for and the reason you need to request more home testing kits.
If there is an error with the barcode on the Lateral Flow Test (LFD), please telephone 119 so you can report the result. Please note: if you have created an account using the email address email@example.com to report your results, we cannot reset your password.
All results, including negative and void results, must be reported to NHS Test and Trace. If you receive a void result, please conduct another test and report both results.
Positive test result
If a positive result should occur, please book a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test immediately and follow NHS Test and Trace guidance on self-isolating. To book a PCR Test please click here. If the PCR result returns as negative, this will override the LFD’s positive result and the household can cease self-isolating.
Please note that these LFD tests are to only be used to identify asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19. If you develop any symptoms of Coronavirus, please book a PCR test, and do not use an LFD Test to determine a positive result.
Family testing kits
Any members of a household, childcare or support bubble of a pupil are entitled to receive their own Home Testing Kits, however these cannot be ordered through the school; please click here to obtain these.
Please click here to view the Test and Trace letter issued by Public Health England (23rd September 2020).
We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of of our pupils, staff and their families. Based on guidelines set by the UK Government, we have implemented the following measures to minimise the spread of infection, and protect our community.
To support the school and public transport infrastructure, year groups arrive and leave the school site at different times. We will endeavour to support families where possible with children in multiple year groups.
To ensure that in the event of local infection the whole school does not need to close, teaching “bubbles” have been created as follows: KS3 pupils are taught (where possible) in class bubbles in one room; KS4 pupils are taught in year group bubbles to allow for GCSE options subjects to be taught
Teaching & learning
All pupils will continue to have specialist teachers for all subjects. Pupils in years 9-11 will continue to have access to specialist facilities required for their GCSE subjects.
Some pupils have struggled to work from home throughout lockdown, so we have included a catch-up programme at the end of the school day for all pupils who have significant gaps in their learning.
We will, where feasible, continue to include as many of the details that make TIFS such a special environment into the plans for the year.
Unfortunately, the enrichment hour is currently suspended. This is to allow for staggered finish times whilst not impacting on curriculum time, as well as minimising infection as pupils are able to exist in their bubbles. Private music tuition will continue.
Lunch sittings have been organised to accommodate one year group at a time. Years 10 & 11 do not have a lunch sitting, and instead have the opportunity during their mid morning break to purchase snacks and beverages (or bring these from home), and then finish school at 2pm. Pupils who are remaining on site for the catch-up programme will be able to have lunch in the canteen at 2pm.
Each year group has a separate entrance to school, and we have installed external sinks to support hand washing on arrival. Pupils then have their temperature taken with a non-contact thermometer before entering the building. There is also a one way system in operation around the site to minimise.
Uniform and PE Kit
Pupils must wear full school uniform except on days where they have PE or Games lessons, when they must arrive in PE kit and remain in kit for the duration of the day. This is because the changing facilities are not in use due to infection control and our social distancing policy.
A MESSAGE FROM THE IOW SCHOOL NURSE TEAM:
The NHS 0-19 Public health team including Health Visitors and School Nurses continue to be available via our duty desk:
Tel: 01983 821388
We have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IOWPHTEAM/
We recommend that parents and young people have a look at these websites for general health advice.