Should I send my child to school?
If you are hesitating whether you should be sending your child to school, please go to the following website:
If your child has been ill with diarrhoea or vomiting, you will have to follow NHS guidelines and keep your child at home for 2 days (48 hours) after their symptoms have gone. For all other illnesses, please keep your child at home for 24 hours after the symptoms have gone to stop infections from spreading throughout the school.
Whole school return in September 2020 under COVID-19
Following most recent government guidance and taking advantage of the wealth of experience that we gained from safely welcoming all pupils back into school before the summer holidays, Sheen Mount has, ahead of our whole school return this Autumn term, put in place proportionate protective measures for children and staff, aimed at reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission while ensuring that your child will continue to receive the high quality education that will enable them to thrive and progress.
We will minimise the number of contacts that a pupil has during the school day as part of a system of controls to reduce the risk of transmission, as set by government guidance. The principles are:
1) minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school
2) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
3) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
4) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach
5) minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
6) where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Response to Infection
7) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
8) manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community
9) contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
More detailed and regularly updated information regarding how this is applied to the school day at Sheen Mount is communicated to all parents and guardians regularly by email. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of our very detailed risk assessment and the significant number of mitigation measures that have been put in place please contact the school office.
A detailed risk assessment for visiting professionals can be found here: risk assessment visiting professionals
After you or your child have been tested for COVID-19
- If the test result is positive, they should inform the school immediately, and should ensure the child isolates for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms.
- If the test result is negative (provided the child is not already isolating as a "close contact" of a confirmed case), they can end isolation and return to school when they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours. The rest of their household can end isolation straight away.
Please note that the instructions regarding self-isolation will be different if the child / household is self-isolating as a result of a local outbreak or track-and-trace requirement. Any additional self-isolation instructions will also need to be followed. Please also note that if other household members (e.g. siblings) test 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.
Illness, first-aid and medication at school
The School follows the guidance from the Department for Education on Supporting Children with Medical Conditions at School.
To request the short-term administration of prescribed medication, please fill in the relevant Short Term Medication Request Form.
If your child has been diagnosed with a longer term medical condition, please inform the school office asap. You will be asked for a copy of the doctor's certificate.