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COVID-19 Updates

This web page is designed to give you the school’s latest advice and guidance on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and what to do if you think that either you or someone you know may have come into contact with the virus.

 To report a positive test result for a student, please contact school on 01282 865200 or email ggoldstein@park-high.co.uk. Out of school hours, please contact the Head of School directly via email at ceulert@park-high.co.uk

Updated Guidance from Sunday 2nd January 2022

  • All secondary schools have been asked to facilitate one on-site test for all students upon their return in January. Students will then continue with twice weekly at home testing. Further details were published on Parents@Park before we broke up for the Christmas holiday.
  • Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.
  • Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.
  • People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.
  • On Wednesday 22 December, the government accepted advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that a primary course of vaccination should be offered to children aged 5 to 11 years old who are in a clinical risk group, or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed. The NHS is working through updated guidance and will set out how this is going to be operationalised shortly.

    In response to the threat from the Omicron variant, the JCVI advised that a Pfizer booster vaccine should be offered to:

    • children aged 12 to 15 years old who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of immunosuppressed individuals, and those who are severely immunosuppressed and have had a third primary dose
    • all young people aged 16 to 17 years old

    The NHS will communicate how eligible children and young people can get their boosters shortly.

  • From Sunday 2 January, it is recommended that face coverings are worn in classrooms where pupils in year 7 and above are educated. The advice is short term only, to support pupils and teachers as they return to school this term and builds on the existing proportionate guidance that recommends face coverings for all adults in communal areas of all settings. The advice on face coverings in classrooms will be in place until Wednesday 26 January, when Plan B regulations are currently scheduled to expire, at which point it will be reviewed.

  • Examinations and assessments in January should go ahead as originally planned.

Step 4 Updated Guidance for Contact Tracing

From Monday 19th July the guidance for contact tracing is changing in line with the Governments Step 4 of restriction easing. The Government has released two documents: frequently asked questions for contact tracing from 19th July and contract tracing journey, including changes from 16th August.

Active COVID-19 Status

We currently have the following number of confirmed COVID19 cases in school. Families of those pupils who need to be collected are contacted by phone call. If you have not been contacted your child is not a close / proximity contact. 

 

 Year 7

24

 Year 8

12

 Year 9

21

Year 10 

17

 Year 11

10

Staff: 4

UPDATED 18/01/2022

 

Latest news:

Parents@Park weekly bulletin. Please note this is updated weekly each Friday morning and is circulated via MCAS.

The Government have updated the guidance for parents to support their children's remote education to provide more information for parents and carers as they support their children at home.

They have added top tips for supporting children during remote education, including links to information about the Reading Well book list that supports mental health. They have also provided information on how to access online resources and services through your local library and online support for parents and carers to keep children and young people safe from online harm.

Safe School Reopening Plan - Operational Risk Assessment August Update

Safe School Reopening Plan - Operational Risk Assessment December Update

 

Remote Learning - Microsoft Teams

To access Teams on mobile or tablet devices please download the app (Apple or Android). Click here to view the letter for parents and here for the guide for students on accessing Microsoft teams.

Instruction video - accessing Microsoft Teams and tips for mobile devices

Instruction PDF - accessing Microsoft Teams and tips for mobile devices

Remote Learning FAQ

Park High School Remote Learning Statement January 2021

Park High School Remote Learning Policy January 2021

 

Useful Contacts and Links:

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test.

These symptoms are:

  • a high temperature,
  • a new, continuous cough,
  • or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

 

To access a test at a testing site or at home using the online booking portal.

 

FREE NHS 111 helpline and the NHS UK website

Government Website

The Department for Education (DfE) helpline:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email:  DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Place2Be advice for families

Information for children, families and professionals from Educational Psychologists

 

Home Schooling Support in the case of Regional Lockdowns:

Staff and students will utilise Microsoft Teams to ensure that all students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, whether in school or at home. Training will be provided for students at the beginning of term.

Here is a guide from LCC to help your child study during school closures.

Health and Wellbeing:

 

Link to Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools Service – Well-being During Covid-19

Guide to helping children cope with stress: Helping Children Cope

Talking to children about coronaovirus: Talking to children about coronavirus

 

Websites and phone lines that provide advice and support:

Ann Freud Learning Network

Young Minds advice for Coronavirus

Newsround: News friendly for young people

Happiful: Free online mental health magazine

Place2Be: How to answer questions from children? 

MH England: Looking after your mental health during Coronavirus 

Mindshift: Healthy Young Minds Anxiety Support App 

Catch It: NHS Mood Tracker 

Mood Path: Mood Journal  

Headspace: Mindfulness App  

Breethe: Meditation App  

Reflecty: Reflection App 

Calm: Meditation and Sleep App 

Cruse Bereavement Support

Whats Up?: Mental Health App 

Kooth: Online Support for Young People 

Shout for support in crisis Text ‘Shout’ to 85258

The Mix Essential Support for Under 25’s 0808 808 4994 

Talk Zone Lancashire County Council Webchat  Text 07786 51 11 11 Phone 0800 51 11 11

 

Online Safety:

With the current situation your children will be spending a great deal of time on the internet. Many of you will be aware of the safeguarding guidance re this however we need to be more careful than ever to make sure your children are safe online and do not put themselves in danger.

The following links may help you with lots of useful information:-

ThinkUKnow

Parent and Carer toolkit for online safety

The National Online Safety Website also has useful information