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Stanground Academy

Important advice for parents regarding attendance

Like all schools across the country, we are following closely the Department for Education (DfE) guidance. This ensures that we fulfil our statutory responsibilities, and all critical safety guidelines. The safety of our students and staff is our primary responsibility.

We must ensure that we put in place a range of protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission. We will also be engaging fully with the NHS Test & Trace process, and will work closely with the local Health Protection Team of Public Health England and the local authority to ensure that any confirmed cases are reported without delay.

Deciding when to keep your child off school

The number of calls that we are currently receiving from parents/ carers has increased significantly. Understandably, these calls are relating to anxieties you may have about sending children into school who may have mild physical symptoms.

Where there is a possible case of coronavirus in school

If a child or member of staff develops symptoms of coronavirus, the individual concerned will be sent home and asked to self-isolate for 10 days. They will be asked to arrange a test at the earliest convenience (either by visiting a test centre, or by requesting a home test kit) and to share the results with the school.

Where there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in school

If a child or member of staff tests positive for coronavirus, the individual concerned will be asked to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Other members of their household or support bubble should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms and should continue this period of isolation even if they too have been tested and have received a negative test result.

The Academy will work with the Health Protection Team of Public Health England to carry out a risk assessment to determine who else, if anyone, also needs to isolate.

What you can do

If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we would ask that you notify the school immediately and arrange a test by visiting or by phoning 119.

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If they receive a negative test result, they may return to school provided they are well, and no one in the household or support bubble has any coronavirus symptoms.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. 

Unnecessary absence impacts on your child’s future.

Our expectation is that every child attends school all of the time. Strong attendance at school is directly linked to a child’s success in school. We know that excellent attendance significantly improves progress and attainment. Missing out on more time in the classroom risks your child falling further behind. Those with higher overall absences tend to achieve less well, limiting their future options and opportunities.

Please update your contact information

It is essential that in an emergency or in the event of closure members of staff can contact you. Please can all parents/ carers take a moment to update your contact details via the MS Form here 

In the event of Group / Bubble / Academy closure

As we continue to operate under the extreme circumstances created by the global pandemic, there is always the possibility that your child may need to be sent home with short notice.

We intend to keep the Academy open, unless directed by Public Health England (PHE), but may have to close a teaching group or individual year group bubble(s) or the Academy should we have any confirmed cases or if staff shortages prohibit the safe running of the Academy.

In the event of group, bubble or Academy closure:

At the end / before the school day:

  1. Parents/ carers will be sent a text message asking you to keep your child at home.
  2. An email will be sent to parents/carers asking you to keep your child at home.
  3. The Academy website will be updated with closure details and home learning information.
  4. The Academy Twitter feed @StangroundAcad will be updated.

During the school day:

  1. Parents/carers will be sent a text message and email explaining that the closure is necessary. 
  2. The Academy website will be updated with closure details and home learning information.
  3. The Academy Twitter feed @StangroundAcad will be updated

Further guidance will be sent to parents in the coming days and in the event of closure.

Your frustrations and concerns about mixed messaging in the wider media are understood, and it is clear from conversations that parents/carers are very much wanting to do the right thing by getting their child into school.

Stay at home if you have symptoms

If you’re getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result. This also applies to anyone in your support bubble (where someone who lives alone - or just with their children - can meet people from one other household).

You must also self-isolate if you cannot get a test because it’s more than five days since your symptoms started.

Wash your hands, cover your face, make space

Thank you to all parents for continuing to support the Academy and Academy staff so that we can work to provide the best possible educational experience for our students.