COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers

The date stamp shows when NEW information has been added.

24 September 2020: This week the UK’s Covid-19 alert level was raised from Level 3 to Level 4. To prevent the spread of the virus, new measures have been introduced.

These are:

  1. Work from home, if you can. If you cannot work from home, you should continue to attend your place of work.
  2. Pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm. They must also operate table-service only, except for takeaways.
  3. Wearing a face covering is now the law for staff and customers in shops and hospitality venues, unless you are eating or drinking or are exempt. All users of taxis and private hire vehicles must also wear a mask.
  4. From Monday 28 September 2020, a maximum of 15 people can attend a wedding, and up to 30 for a funeral.
  5. Stricter enforcement. The fine for failing to wear a face covering or breaking the Rule of Six has doubled to £200. People who fail to self-isolate will face a fine of up to £10,000. Businesses will also be fined if they breach their legal obligations.
  6. Shielding. The guidance remains that you do not need to shield, unless you are in a local lockdown area.

Unlike the measures from March 2020, there is no general instruction to stay at home. Schools, colleges and universities will stay open.

You are safest when you follow this advice:

  • Wash your hands, or use hand sanitiser, regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your face, when using public transport or in busy spaces like high streets or shops where it may be more difficult to keep your distance
  • Make space, try to stay two metres away from people you don’t live with.

If you develop symptoms of the virus, please immediately self-isolate. You can book a free test online or by calling 119. Please only book a test if you have symptoms.

Download the NHS Test and Trace app

From today, 24/9/2020, you can download the NHS Covid-19 app, part of the NHS Test and Trace service. The app, which is completely anonymous, will help you to quickly check if you have Covid-19 symptoms, order a test and check-in to venues by scanning a QR code.  

Used alongside traditional contact tracing, the app will send you a notification if you come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus – with information about what action you need to take.

By choosing to download the app, you will be helping to stop the spread of coronavirus, keeping yourself safe and protecting your friends and loved ones.  >>Search for the app using the app store.

18 September 2020:  A new phone line has been opened for schools to be able to gain advice from Public Health England in a much quicker time. All of our schools are now familiar with this number and procedure to enable them to seek timely advice when needed.

We would like to share this updated poster from the Public Health Agency reminding everyone of what to look for, what to do and how to behave.

7 September 2020: This is the link to the latest Government COVID-19 page for Education and Childcare

1 September 2020: Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.

1 June 2020: Today, in line with Government Guidance, all eight BPET schools re-opened to welcome pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

29 May 2020: NHS Test and Trace System…

The link to the full information is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-nhs-test-and-trace-service

No information will be requested via the text/e-mail – you will instead be directed to an NHS website which show the usual secure connection status we are all familiar with. On the website they will be asked for personal information including:

  • Their name, date of birth and postcode
  • Who they live with
  • Places you visited recently

Here is a link to the BBC website which has a summary article and a handy diagram

20 May 2020: Joint document from World Agencies (including UNICEF and the WHO) on Framework for Re-opening Schools Worldwide

15 May 2020: Guidance from Government ‘Actions for Education Settings to be ready for phased opening of schools’.

12 May 2020: Guidance was given by the Government on the phased re-opening of schools, here is an overview statement

11 May 2020: In line with the Prime Ministers statement yesterday, we with all Head Teachers have started the planning for our schools to re-open on 1st June 2020 to Reception, Year 1 and where applicable Year 6 pupils.  We will be following statutory guidance set by the Government to ensure all BPET Schools are as safe and secure environments as possible for our staff and pupils to attend. 

Individual Schools will share information with their school communities in the coming weeks before the planned return date.

We are aware the return on 1st June is dependent on scientific evidence and continued reduction in the spread of COVID-19 ensuring the governments 5 factors can be met. The prime minister will advise this on 28th May 2020.

Here is the latest document from the Government “Our plan to rebuild the UK”.

Government Advice to Education SectorThis is applicable until 31 May 2020 and will be reviewed on 1st June 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision)

Information for parents and carers – This was updated on 11 May 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Definitions of Key Workers

We have consolidated all the other information previously on this page to make it clear and easy for your to access information or resources you require.

 

 

 

  • FOR OUR TRUST STAFF WHO MAY BE SELF-ISOLATING OR WORKING FROM HOME FOR LONG PERIODS:

We have collated a list of online training materials which you may wish to use whilst you are away from school to continue your own personal development (CPD). We hope all staff will see these unusual times as an opportunity to enhance skills, learn new things which can be used when we return to school.

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