WELCOME BACK ON 8 MARCH 2021
CRANFORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE
ITS FULL RE-OPENING.
WE WILL WELCOME BACK ALL OUR STUDENTS
IN ALL YEAR GROUPS
AT THE NORMAL DAILY START TIME
MONDAY 8 MARCH 2021
PAGE LAST UPDATED: MONDAY 1 MARCH 2021 AT 5.45 PM (Further updates pending)
- MONDAY 1 MARCH 2021: ON-SITE WORKING FOR MOST STAFF
FRIDAY 5 MARCH 2021
- RE-OPENING PREPARATIONS
- REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE
- EQUIPMENT LOANS EXTENDED TO MID-AUGUST 2021 AT LEAST
MONDAY 8 MARCH 2021: NORMAL SCHOOL RESUMES
- ATTENDANCE EXPECTATION (100%)
- ENTRY ROUTES BY YEAR BUBBLE (SAME AS AUTUMN 2020 TERM)
- EXTENDED TUTOR GROUP TIME (P1,2)
- PRE-REOPENING PHONE CALLS HOME THIS WEEK (SENIOR STAFF)
NORMAL LESSONS RESUME FROM PERIOD 3
- YEAR 11 / 13 REVISION
- EXTRA-CURRICULAR SPORT
- EXTRA-CURRICULAR CLUBS
- SCHOOL TRIPS
- TWICE WEEKLY RAPID COVID TESTING (NASAL SWAB) AND REPORTING (FOR STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND OTHERS)
COVID SECURITY AND SAFETY
- PUNCTUALITY EXPECTATIONS
- LATE ARRIVAL - NO ADMITTANCE
- ARRIVING LATE WITH ACCEPTED GOOD REASON
- ARRIVING LATE WITHOUT ACCEPTED GOOD REASON
- ESSENTIAL MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS
- STUDENTS WHO FEEL UNWELL IN THE MORNING (STAY AT HOME UNTIL BETTER)
- MASK WEARING (COVERING BOTH NOSE AND MOUTH)
- SOCIAL GROUPS / GATHERINGS IN SCHOOL (6) AND OUTSIDE SCHOOL (2)
- PUBLIC TRANSPORT (ESSENTIAL USE ONLY)
- TRAVEL QUARANTINE (CONTACT THE ACADEMY BEFORE RETURNING)
- MORE RESTRICTED SITE ACCESS
- AVOIDING NON-ESSENTIAL CONTACTS / MIXING/ NO VISITORS POLICY
- NEW COVID SAFETY MEASURES FROM 8 MARCH 2021
- PUNCTUALITY SPOTLIGHT
- IMMINENT CALENDAR REMINDERS (KEY DATES LIST)
- THE GOVERNMENT'S ROADMAP (4 STEPS)
- SHIELDING UPDATE (CURRENTLY TO 31 MARCH 2021)
- INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (FURTHER UPDATE EXPECTED 12 APRIL 2021)
- CURRENT RISKS
- STATUS UPDATE (ACADEMY = LOW TO MEDIUM RISK)
- COVID EMERGENCY FUNDING (LINK TO LA SUPPORT)
- COVID-19 VARIANTS
- REMOTE LIVE LEARNING ARRANGEMENTS (TO BE UPDATED BY 5 MARCH 2021)
- KEY INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES / WORKERS (UPDATED)
ANNEX1: LETTERS FROM THE HEAD TEACHER (ARCHIVE)
ANNEX 2: TO BE UPDATED
ANNEX 3: TO BE UPDATED
1. RE-OPENING HEADLINES
MONDAY 1 MARCH 2021: MOST SCHOOL STAFF WILL RETURN TO WORKING ON-SITE FROM THIS DATE.
FRIDAY 5 MARCH 2021: ALL STAFF WILL BE WORKING ON-SITE BY FRIDAY 5 MARCH 2021. ON THIS DAY, INTENSIVE PREPARATIONS FOR RE-OPENING AND RAPID COVID SELF-TESTING BY STUDENTS WILL BE TAKING PLACE.
REMOTE LEARNING FOR THIS DAY WILL BE COMPLETED INDEPENDENTLY OF THE CLASS TEACHER. STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR TUTOR TIME AND FOR EACH LESSON ON FRIDAY, COLLECT THEIR LESSON INSTRUCTIONS AND COMPLETE THE WORK INDEPENDENTLY FOR EACH OF THEIR LESSONS ON THIS DAY.
VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND THE CHILDREN OF KEY WORKERS WILL WORK ON SITE AS NORMAL ON THIS DAY.
THE REMOTE SCHOOL WILL EFFECTIVELY CEASE TO OPERATE FOR MOST STUDENTS FROM MONDAY 8 MARCH 2021 AS STUDENTS WILL BE IN SCHOOL, HAVING RETURNED TO NORMAL SCHOOLING.
EQUIPMENT LOANS EXTENDED: LOANED EQUIPMENT (e.g., COMPUTERS, BROADBAND ACCESS, WEBCAMS, HEADSETS) ARE ENVISAGED TO REMAIN ON LOAN TO FAMILIES AT LEAST UNTIL MID-AUGUST 2021 TO SUPPORT ADDITIONAL LEARNING AT HOME AND TO ALLOW FOR FURTHER REMOTE, BEAMED LEARNING IN SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES.
MONDAY 8 MARCH 2021: NORMAL SCHOOL RESUMES FULLY.
- CATERING PROVISION WILL RESUME ON-SITE.
- FSM VOUCHERS WILL NO LONGER BE PROVIDED.
Hounslow Council will provide for the continuation of the Wonde FSM vouchers in school holidays for those with 'benefits based' FSM. Hounslow Council has stated its intention to do so for the remainder of the academic year to 31 August 2021. Families in need can seek emergency financial support (see section 9 below).
ATTENDANCE EXPECTATION: FULL SCHOOL ATTENDANCE (100%) IS LEGALLY COMPULSORY FROM 8 MARCH 2021.
THIS ALSO MEANS ARRIVING IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START OF SCHOOL.
BEAMED / REMOTE LEARNING WILL CONTINUE FOR ANY STUDENT REQUIRED TO ISOLATE DUE TO COVID AND FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO HAVE A SHIELDING LETTER FOR THEMSELVES.
THE STAFF / STUDENT DRESS CODE AND ACADEMY STUDENT UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS ARE FULLY OPERATIONAL AGAIN FROM MONDAY 8 MARCH 2021, INCLUDING MASKS.
UNIFORM ITEMS CAN BE ORDERED ONLINE FROM THE ACADEMY SHOP. COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ADVISED FOLLOWING PURCHASE.
ENTRY ROUTES: THE DESIGNATED ENTRANCE AND ENTRY ROUTE FOR EACH YEAR GROUP BUBBLE MUST BE USED.
THESE WILL BE OPEN FROM 8.30 a.m. (earlier arrivals are via the reception gate)
- YEARS 7 / 8: NORTH (RECEPTION) GATE ENTRANCE
- YEAR 9: MEMORIAL GARDEN GATE ENTRANCE
- YEAR 10/11: SOUTH GATE (DELIVERIES) ENTRANCE:
- YEARS 12/13: SOUTH BRIDGE GATE ENTRANCE
ALL STUDENTS MUST BE WITHIN THE ACADEMY GROUNDS BEFORE 9.20 a.m. (AT THE LATEST)
EARLY ARRIVAL EACH DAY IS ESSENTIAL AND STUDENTS MUST ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR:
- TEMPERATURE CHECKS ON ENTRY,
- ON ENTRY WASHING / SANITISING OF HANDS
- SPOT CHECKS ON ENTRY
- ANY UNEXPECTED DELAYS ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL
EXTENDED TUTOR GROUP TIME: THERE WILL BE EXTENDED TUTOR GROUP TIME UNTIL BREAK 1 TO ALLOW FOR COVID SECURITY CHECKS, FORM GROUP 'WELCOME BACK TOGETHER' ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING ALL STUDENTS ON RAPID COVID SELF-TESTING.
PRE-OPENING PHONE CALLS HOME: SENIOR STAFF WILL CALL HOME IN ADVANCE OF RE-OPENING TO PROVIDE FAMILIES WITH INFORMATION, ANSWER QUESTIONS, SEEK CONSENTS, UPDATE THE HEALTH AND TRAVEL DECLARATION FORMS, ETC.
NORMAL LESSONS WILL RESUME FROM PERIOD 3 AND THE NORMAL TIMETABLE WILL OPERATE FULLY FROM THAT POINT.
YEAR 11 AND YEAR 13 EXTRA-CURRICULAR REVISION LESSONS WILL RESUME.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR OUTDOOR SCHOOL SPORTS WILL RESUME
SOME INDOOR EXTRA-CURRICULAR CLUBS WILL RESUME BUT ONLY REMOTELY FOR THE PRESENT e.g. FIRST STORY ONLINE WILL CONTINUE (ONLINE AT LEAST UNTIL AFTER 12 APRIL 2021)
THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT ALLOWING SCHOOL TRIPS AT LEAST UNTIL THE SUMMER 2021 TERM AT THE EARLIEST.
TWICE WEEKLY RAPID COVID TESTING (NASAL SWAB) AND REPORTING (FOR STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND OTHERS):
STUDENTS WILL BE SELF-TESTING TWICE WEEKLY UPON RETURN DURING TUTOR TIME.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS UNDERTAKING NASAL SWAB TESTING WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SCHOOL FOR AT LEAST THE FIRST TWO WEEKS (8 MARCH 2021 - 17 MARCH 2021).
TESTING IN SCHOOL ALSO ENSURES THERE IS RAPID SUPPORT FOR ANYONE WHO TESTS POSITIVE.
CRANFORD HAS ORGANISED THE NEW RAPID STUDENT TESTING REQUIREMENTS SO THAT THERE IS NO NEED TO STAGGER RE-ADMISSION SO THAT ANY FURTHER DISRUPTION TO LEARNING IS MINIMISED.
THOSE WHO USE THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIED FREE TESTING KITS MUST REPORT ALL 'POSITIVE' RESULTS TO NHS 'TEST AND TRACE' AND ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO REPORT THEIR 'NEGATIVE' AND 'INVALID' RESULTS ONLINE TOO.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED TESTING FOR WHOLE FAMILIES OF PRIMARY SCHOOL AGED, SECONDARY SCHOOL AGED AND COLLEGE AGED PUPILS, AND FOR THOSE IN THEIR CHILDCARE BUBBLES AND THEIR SUPPORT BUBBLES (NOT PRIMARY AGED CHILDREN THOUGH). DETAILS ARE FOUND HERE
TWICE WEEKLY TESTING WILL ALSO BE OFFERED, THROUGH THIS SCHEME, TO ALL ADULTS WORKING IN THE WIDER SCHOOL CONTEXT SUCH AS VISITING PROFESSIONALS, SCHOOL TRANSPORT DRIVERS, BUS DRIVERS AND VOLUNTEERS IN AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS (WHEN OPEN), ETC.
THESE FAMILY / ADULT TEST KITS ARE NOT SUPPLIED BY THE ACADEMY AND MUST BE ORDERED ONLINE AND COLLECTED FROM DESIGNATED CENTRES.
RAPID TESTING IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT COMMUNITY TESTING SITES
Getting a FREE rapid test every few days is now even easier. You no longer need to make an appointment. You do not need to have any symptoms.
If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, simply drop-in to one of the testing sites at a time that suits you between 8am-4pm, Monday-Sunday.
Rapid testing is available for anyone over the age of 18, who still needs to go out for work and who needs FREE, QUICK and REGULAR testing.
You can get a rapid (lateral flow) test at:
- Hounslow House – 7 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EB
- Heston Library – New Heston Road, Hounslow TW5 0LW
- Isleworth Library – Twickenham Road, Isleworth TW7 7EU
- Staines Rugby Club, Snakey Lane, Feltham TW13 7NB
Don’t forget that new Mobile Testing Units are also now available at the Tesco Superstore car park in Feltham on Mondays and the Sainsbury’s car park in Chiswick on Fridays (from 8am – 4pm). Just drop-by for a FREE rapid test whilst you are doing your essential shopping.
COVID SECURITY AND SAFETY: ALL PRE-EXISTING COVID PRECAUTIONS (VIRUS PREVENTION AND CONTROL MEASURES) MUST STILL BE FOLLOWED.
IN ADDITION, COVID SECURITY AT THE ACADEMY HAS BEEN ENHANCED FURTHER FOR RE-OPENING.
PUNCTUALITY SPOTLIGHT: PUNCTUALITY IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO OUR COVID SAFETY STRATEGY AND TO A RETURN TO NORMAL LEARNING. ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY ENFORCEMENT WILL BE STRICTLY APPLIED.
PUNCTUALITY EXPECTATIONS: THE ACADEMY REQUIRES EVERY STUDENT TO ATTEND PUNCTUALLY ON EVERY SCHOOL DAY FROM 8 MARCH 2021. PUNCTUALITY AND FULL UNIFORM COMPLIANCE ARE REASONABLE CONDITIONS OF ENTRY. ALL STUDENTS MUST MEET THE ACADEMY'S EXPECTATION OF ON-TIME ARRIVAL OR FACE CONSEQUENCES.
LATE ARRIVAL: ENTRY WILL NORMALLY BE REFUSED TO LATECOMERS ARRIVING IF THEY ARRIVE AFTER THE THRESHOLD TIME WITHOUT PRIOR AGREEMENT.
ARRIVING LATE WITH ACCEPTED GOOD REASON: REMOTE / BEAMED LEARNING WILL NORMALLY BE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS WITH ACCEPTABLE REASONS FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO ATTEND SCHOOL FULLY ON A PARTICULAR DAY. ENGAGEMENT VIA BEAMED LEARNING IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BE COUNTED AS ‘PRESENT’.
ARRIVING LATE WITHOUT ACCEPTED GOOD REASON: REMOTE / BEAMED LEARNING WILL NOT NORMALLY BE MADE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS WHO ARRIVE TOO LATE TO BE ADMITTED UNLESS THE ACADEMY ACCEPTS THERE IS GOOD REASON. THEY WILL BE CONSIDERED AS UNAUTHORISED ABSENCE.
ESSENTIAL MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR LATE ADMISSION / RE-ADMISSION WILL BE OFFERED FOR ANY STUDENT WHO IS ABSENT FOR PART OF THE DAY BY PRIOR AGREEMENT (FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN ATTENDING A PRE-BOOKED HOSPITAL APPOINTMENT THAT ALSO COULD NOT HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED OUT OF SCHOOL TIME) IF THIS IS PREFERRED TO REMOTE LEARNING ON THAT DAY. OTHERWISE, THEY MAY BE OFFERED ACCESS TO BEAMED LEARNING AND COUNTED AS ‘PRESENT’.
STUDENTS WHO FEEL UNWELL IN THE MORNING: SHOULD STAY AT HOME FOR THE WHOLE DAY AND UNTIL FULLY BETTER. IF NECESSARY, THEY SHOULD ISOLATE UNTIL THEY MUST ISOLATE AT LEAST UNTIL THEY HAVE THE RESULT FROM A COVID PCR TEST.
MASK WEARING: THE PROPER WEARING OF MASKS (i.e. COVERING BOTH MOUTH AND NOSE) REMAINS AN OBLIGATORY UNIFORM REQUIREMENT EVERYWHERE INDOORS.
THE PROPER WEARING OF MASKS REMAINS AN OBLIGATORY UNIFORM REQUIREMENT AT ALL TIMES WHEN SOCIAL DISTANCING OF AT LEAST 2M IS NOT POSSIBLE OUTDOORS.
THE PROPER WEARING OF MASKS IS ALSO STRONGLY ENCOURAGED IN OTHER HIGHER RISK PLACES AND WHEN TRAVELLING TO AND FROM SCHOOL.
MASK / FACE COVERING IS A LEGAL OBLIGATION ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT, IN SHOPS, etc.
SOCIAL GROUPS / GATHERINGS: WITHIN SCHOOL, SOCIAL GROUPS OF MORE THAN 6 MUST NOT GATHER TOGETHER.
OFF-SITE NATIONAL COVID LAWS APPLY. FOR EXAMPLE, IN PUBLIC ONLY 2 PEOPLE MAY SIT TOGETHER OUTSIDE.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: THE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED, EXCEPT WHEN ESSENTIAL. IN SUCH CASES, TfL ADVICE SHOULD BE FOLLOWED.
CAR SHARING: FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, CAR SHARING IS NOT LEGALLY PERMITTED DURING LOCKDOWN EXCEPT WITH SOMEONE FROM YOUR HOUSEHOLD OR LEGITIMATE ‘BUBBLE’. INAPPROPRIATE CAR SHARING IS A PUBLIC SAFETY OFFENCE. BASED ON THE GOVERNMENT'S ROADMAP, WE ENVISAGE THAT CAR SHARING IS NOT LIKELY TO BE ALLOWED BEFORE 17 MAY 2021.
TRAVEL QUARANTINE: FAMILIES THAT HAVE TRAVELLED OVERSEAS MUST DECLARE THIS AND SERVE THEIR TRAVEL QUARANTINE IN FULL BEFORE BEING RE-ADMITTED TO THE ACADEMY.
CONTACT THE ACADEMY ASAP IF YOUR QUARANTINE EXTENDS BEYOND 8 MARCH 2021 RIN-CC@cranford.hounslow.sch.uk
IF YOU ARE STUCK ABROAD AND/OR PREVENTED FROM RETURNING DUE TO QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS/COSTS, PLEASE CONTACT Mr IND RIN-CC@cranford.hounslow.sch.uk THE ACADEMY WITHOUT DELAY.
RESTRICTED SITE ACCESS: UNAUTHORISED VISITORS SHOULD NOT COME TO THE ACADEMY SITE.
THE ACADEMY TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 0208 897 2001. CALLERS CAN WAIT FOR RECEPTION TO ANSWER WHEN THE PRE-RECORDED MESSAGE ENDS, OR DIAL #5555 DURING THE MESSAGE TO CONNECT TO RECEPTION.
NEW OUTER GATES (VEHICLE AND PEDESTRIAN) HAVE BEEN INSTALLED DURING LOCKDOWN TO BETTER SECURE THE OUTER SITE.
THE OUTER SITE WILL BE CLOSED ON OR BEFORE 9.40 a.m. ON WEEKDAYS AND RE-OPEN BRIEFLY FOR EGRESS ONLY AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY.
AVOIDING NON-ESSENTIAL CONTACTS / MIXING: A 'NO VISITORS' POLICY CONTINUES TO APPLY.
TELEPHONE, ZOOM, TEAMS AND EMAIL MAY BE USED AS ALTERNATIVES TO ‘FACE TO FACE’ MEETINGS IN PERSON.
NECESSARY SITE VISITS BY PROFESSIONALS AND CONTRACTORS, WHERE NECESSARY, MUST BE BY PRIOR APPOINTMENT ONLY, FOR THE MINIMUM TIME AND SUBJECT TO RIGOROUS ENTRY CHECKS.
NEW / ADDITIONAL COVID SAFETY MEASURES
- THE HEALTH AND TRAVEL DECLARATION HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE RISK FROM OTHER VARIANTS AND RED LIST COUNTRY QUARANTINE
- STRICT SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL BE ENFORCED FOR ANY PERSON RETURNING FROM OVERSEAS, INCLUDING VIA ANY 'RED LIST' COUNTRY
- VISITING PROFESSIONALS AND CONTRACTORS MUST BE TESTED DAILY PRIOR TO ADMISSION
- ENFORCEMENT OF PUNCTUAL ARRIVAL TO THE ACADEMY EVERY DAY WILL BE TIGHTENED
- THE OUTER SITE WILL BE SECURED THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY
- MOST TESTING WILL OCCUR ON ARRIVAL AND SUPPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ANYONE TESTING POSITIVE
- ACADEMY STAFF TEST AT LEAST TWICE WEEKLY AND MUST REPORT THEIR RESULTS ONLINE
- STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO TEST TWICE WEEKLY ON-SITE* AND REPORT THEIR RESULTS ONLINE
- FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO TEST AT LEAST WEEKLY AT COMMUNITY RAPID TESTING FACILITIES
- THE NATIONAL VACCINATION PROGRAMME IS ADVANCING RAPIDLY AND AT LEAST 50% OF SCHOOL STAFF HAVE RECEIVED SOME DEGREE OF IMMUNITY ALREADY. VACCINATION IS PROVEN TO REDUCE THE TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS
- ALL ADULTS IN OUR COMMUNITY ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO TAKE THE JAB WHEN OFFERED AND MAKE SURE THEY GET THE SECOND JAB WITHIN 12 WEEKS.
SENIOR STAFF WILL BE PHONING EVERY FAMILY IN THE NEXT WEEK TO TALK THROUGH THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR RE-OPENING, TESTING, EXAMINATIONS, SAFETY AND EXPECTATIONS AS WELL AS ANSWERING ANY QUESTIONS THAT PARENTS/GUARDIANS/STUDENTS MAY HAVE.
2. IMMINENT CALENDAR REMINDERS / KEY DATES
THURSDAY 4 MARCH 2021: YEAR 12 SUBJECT EVENING ON SCHOOL CLOUD (BY INVITATION ONLY)
TUESDAY 9 MARCH 2021: YEAR 11 FUTURE FOCUS ON SCHOOL CLOUD (ALL YEAR 11 STUDENTS/PARENTS)
THURSDAY 1 APRIL 2021: YEAR 9 IMMUNISATIONS
THURSDAY 1 APRIL 2021: LAST DAY OF SPRING 2021 TERM
MONDAY 19 APRIL 2021: FIRST DAY OF SUMMER 2021 TERM
THURSDAY 29 APRIL 2021: YEAR 10 SUBJECT EVENING ON SCHOOL CLOUD (BY INVITATION ONLY)
3. THE GOVERNMENT'S FOUR STEP 'ROADMAP'
STEP 1A: MONDAY, 8 MARCH 2021
- SCHOOLS OPEN (COVID PRECAUTIONS WILL STILL APPLY)
- THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR ENGLAND, PROFESSOR CHRIS WHITTY AND THE DEPUTY CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, JONATHAN VAN TAM, ENDORSE THE FULL RE-OPENING OF SCHOOLS ON 8 MARCH 2021
- SCHOOL ATTENDANCE WILL BE COMPULSORY FROM 8 MARCH 2021 AND PENALTY FINES REIMPOSED
- NO CHANGES ARE NEEDED TO THE MASK WEARING POLICY AT CRANFORD, BUT OTHER SCHOOLS WHO HAVE WEAKER SAFETY MEASURES MUST INTRODUCE SIMILAR OBLIGATIONS SUCH AS CLASSROOM MASK WEARING
- OUTDOOR AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS ALLOWED
- 2 PEOPLE CAN SIT TOGETHER OUTDOORS
- CARE HOME RESIDENTS ALLOWED ONE REGULAR VISITOR (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
- FUNERALS OF UP TO 30 PEOPLE CONTINUE
- WEDDINGS WITH UP TO 15 GUESTS CONTINUE
STEP 1B: MONDAY 29 MARCH 2021
- OUTDOOR SPORTS FACILITIES RE-OPEN
- CRANFORD'S COMMUNITY SPORTS FACILITIES PARTIALLY RE-OPEN, INCLUDING OUTDOOR FOOTBALL
- TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE LOCAL AREA ALLOWED
- NON-ESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REMAINS ILLEGAL
- SIX PEOPLE OR TWO HOUSEHOLDS ALLOWED TO MEET OUTDOORS
- NOTE: PARLIAMENT MUST REVIEW / VOTE ON LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS ON OR BEFORE 31 MARCH 2021 IN ANY CASE
STEP 2: ON OR AFTER 12 APRIL 2021 (IF DATA ALLOWS)
- NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL AND SHOPS RE-OPEN (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
- PERSONAL CARE SERVICES RESUME E.G. HAIRDRESSERS, ETC (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
- OUTDOOR HOSPITALITY RE-OPENS E.G. PUBS, RESTAURANTS, ETC. (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
- INDOOR LEISURE RE-OPENS E.G. GYMS, SWIMMING POOLS, ETC. (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
- NOTE: SCHOOL ORGANISED SWIMMING WILL RESUME FROM NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR.
- CRANFORD'S COMMUNITY SPORTS FACILITIES FULLY RE-OPEN
- SELF-CONTAINED HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION RE-OPENS
- ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ENVISAGED / ACADEMY TRAVEL GUIDANCE UPDATED FOLLOWING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
ON OR AFTER 17 MAY 2021 (IF DATA ALLOWS)
- SIX PEOPLE OR TWO HOUSEHOLDS ALLOWED TO MEET INDOORS (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL APPLY)
- INDOOR HOSPITALITY, CINEMAS, MUSEUMS, THEATRES, SPORTING EVENTS AND HOTELS RE-OPEN (COVID PRECAUTIONS SUCH AS SOCIAL DISTANCING STILL APPLY)
- MOST OUTDOORS SOCIAL CONTACT RULES LIFTED (E.G. RULE OF 6 OUTDOORS REPLACED BY A RULE OF 30)
- SEATED OUTDOOR SPORTING EVENTS WITH UP TO 10,000 SPECTATORS ALLOWED
- CAR SHARING MAY BE ALLOWED (SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION)
STEP 4: ON OR AFTER 21 JUNE 2021 (IF DATA ALLOWS)
- ALL LEGAL LIMITS ON SOCIAL CONTACT REMOVED (COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL RECOMMENDED)
- CRANFORD'S COMPULSORY UNIFORM / DRESS CODE POLICY (MASKS REQUIREMENTS) LIKELY TO BE RELAXED (SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION)
- MOST COVID PRECAUTIONS STILL RECOMMENDED OR IN PLACE AT LEAST UNTIL END OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR
- IT IS HOPED THAT A MECHANISM WILL ALSO BE FOUND TO ALLOW THE FINAL CLOSED SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY TO RE-OPEN (THIS PRESUMABLY INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL)
- MONITORING OF COVID TRANSMISSION PATTERNS IN SCHOOLS UNTIL EASTER 2021 IN THE FIRST INSTANCE (WITH THE EASTER BREAK SERVING AS A NATURAL CIRCUIT BREAK SHOULD TRANSMISSION SPIKE UNEXPECTEDLY).
- THE PM EXPLAINED THAT WHILST THERE IS A GOOD BASIS FOR OPTIMISM ABOUT THE FUTURE, THE SPEED OF EMERGENCE FROM LOCKDOWN WILL DEPEND ON SUSTAINABLE DECISIONS IN THE HOPE OF MAKING A FOURTH LOCKDOWN UNNECESSARY. HE INDICATED THAT THE APPROACH (ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN) WILL NEED TO BE 'CAUTIOUS BUT IRREVERSIBLE'. HE SAID THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE 'OPTIMISTIC BUT PATIENT' AND THAT THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO RELAX.
4. SHIELDING UPDATE
Government guidelines strongly advise clinically extremely vulnerable people to stay at home at all times, apart from going out to exercise or attend a medical appointment. The academy echos this strong advice.
Guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says that most youngsters with conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and kidney disease do not need to be on the shielding list held by the NHS.
Chidren with a letter which identifies them as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable should not attend school and remote learning provision will be made for them whilst shielding continues.
- STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE A LETTER FOR THEMSELVES (NOT FAMILY MEMBERS) SHOULD CONTACT Ms JENKINS TJE-CC@cranford.hounslow.sch.uk
Children who live with someone who is clinically vulnerable, but aren't themselves, should go to school.
5. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (This may change on or after 17 June 2021)
- We also must remain alert to infection transmitted from abroad.
- There should be no international travel happening at all now unless it is absolutely necessary and very few things are absolutely necessary. Holidays are illegal under the current restrictions
- The academy must be informed without delay if any of the household members or contacts of our staff, families or contractors have been overseas
- Employees are CURRENTLY required to advise the Executive Head Teacher in writing of intended travel plans, prior to booking, using vouchers, rescheduling postponed travel arrangements or confirming bookings.
- Although the PM did not specifically cover the issue of International travel, the aim to remove all legal limits on social contact and Step 4 generally suggests that it may be possible to travel overseas this summer.
- The academy will, hence review, its policy shortly (after 12 April 2021) and communicate any changes via this section of this page on the academy's website.
- Attention must still be given to the probability of quarantine in other countries and on return to the U.K. and the obligation to work. The academy cannot accept any financial or other losses arising from staff travel decisions and arrangements. All such risks rest with the traveller
- Currently only UK Citizens and UK residents can enter the UK from overseas and must quarantine for 10 days unless eligible for the test and release scheme (at least 5 days).
Obligatory 10 day quarantine of UK Citizens and those with legal residency in the UK is currently required from 33 'red list' countries.
- The first traveller must pay for the quarantine (transfers, testing, full board accommodation, security and post-stay cleaning but the room will not be cleaned during the stay) at a cost of £1,750, and up to a further £1,750 (totalling £3,500) if they test positive and need to quarantine for a further 10 days. Other costs, such as laundry may be additional
- Another adult staying in the same room will cost a further £650 and each a child between 5-12 years in the same room is £325
- Hence, if two parents and one child share a room, it will cost £2,725 initially rising to £5,450 if any of them were to test positive on the second PCR test (Day 8 with result on Day 9 or Day 10)
- This potential cost is important for anyone considering travelling anywhere for the foreseeable future.
- In Scotland, like in many other countries, this obligatory hotel quarantine applies to any Citizen or resident entering the country from anywhere in the world outside the UK and Ireland (not just the red list countries).
- It is feasible and entirely foreseeable that the UK could extend the list of countries requiring obligatory hotel quarantine at any time, including whilst travellers are overseas
- As it stands, therefore, an employee travelling overseas this summer, could find themselves and their family obliged to stay in a quarantine hotel at their own expense for 10-20 days, use up all their leave or lose their pay for this period and be liable for any additional costs the academy suffers as a result
- The above scenario would be similar for students and their families
6. CURRENT RISKS
The risk assessment was reviewed following the PM's announcement and the risk status updated (see below)
The Main Risks factors re-evaluated include:
- the existence of new variants which could be more virulent or vaccine resistant (and the time taken to adapt the existing vaccine if necessary). Entry check and testing can help mitigate this risk
- the fact that secondary aged children can catch the new U.K. variant as easily as any age group and develop symptoms. Entry check and testing can help mitigate this risk
- the rates of infections, hospitalisations and deaths which are dropping rapidly but still need to reduce further. Education and Covid security practices can help mitigate these risks
- the easier transmission of the new variants of Coronavirus. Education and Covid security practices can help mitigate this risk.
- In-school mixing will occur as there is no practical means of achieving social distancing in classrooms for example but is mitigated by wearing masks, fresh air ventilation, good hygiene, some social distancing, etc. Good Covid security will help mitigate these risks
Most sensible precautions can easily be achieved (mask wearing indoors and outside, hygiene, disinfection, good ventilation, etc) in our school.
We are now testing all regular staff and regular contractors at least twice weekly who have to attend site, with all ad hoc staff and contractors testing daily before admission. Students will be testing on return to school and twice weekly going forward, and families will be encouraged to do so as well.
The academy has tough precautions in place which have proved highly effective in avoiding transmission last term, and this provides strong evidence that the academy was successful in remaining 'Covid Secure' at all times. These will be updated regularly and before re-opening to reflect contemporary data and threat levels.
We know that the predominant new variant of coronavirus (COVID-19) is more transmissible however, PHE advice remains that the way to control this virus is with the system of controls, even with the current new variants. Nevertheless, the academy has enhanced its measures.
1) Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not attend the school.
2) Ensure face coverings are used in recommended circumstances at least.
3) Ensure everyone is advised to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.
4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
5) Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.
6) Consider how to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
7) Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
In specific circumstances:
8) Ensure individuals wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary.
9) Promote and engage in asymptomatic testing, where available.
Response to any infection
1) Promote and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
2) Manage and report confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community.
3) Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
THERE IS SOME VERY ENCOURAGING NEWS:
THERE ARE MANY VERY POSITIVE SIGNS OF LOWERING COVID-19 RISK AT PRESENT INCLUDING:
- THE RECENT PEAK IN INFECTIONS HAS PASSED AND WITHOUT HOSPITALS BEING OVERWHELMED
- THE DATA ON INFECTIONS, HOSPITALISATIONS AND DEATHS ARE ALL DECREASING AS A RESULT OF LOCKDOWN
- THERE IS NOW EVIDENCE THAT THE VACCINE IS PROVING HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN PRACTICE
- THE R-RATE HAS FALLEN BELOW 1 (BETWEEN 0.6 AND 0.9)
- HOSPITALS HAVE MORE / IMPROVED CORONAVIRUS TREATMENT OPTIONS (MOST RECENTLY COMBINING TOCILIZUMAB WITH STEROIDS TO ENHANCE THEIR IMPACT) AND GREATER EXPERIENCE OF HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY TREAT AND REHABILITATE COVID-19 PATIENTS
- THE MORE PRECISE TARGETING OF ALL THE MOST HIGH-RISK PEOPLE TO SHIELD WILL ALLEVIATE THE GREATEST PRESSURE ON THE NHS, REDUCE DEATHS FURTHER AND CREATE CAPACITY WITHIN THE NHS TO MANAGE URGENT NON-COVID RELATED NEEDS SUCH AS CANCER TREATMENTS
- THERE IS MUCH GREATER AVAILABILTY OF BOTH COMMUNITY AND WORKPLACE LATERAL FLOW TESTING
- ALL SECONDARY AGED PUPILS WILL BE ABLE TO TEST TWICE WEEKLY
- THERE IS GOOD CAPACITY FOR COMMUNITY PCR TESTING.
- THERE IS GREATER WILLINGNESS FOR PEOPLE TO GET THEMSELVES TESTED REGULARLY (AT LEAST WEEKLY) WITHOUT WAITING FOR SYMPTOMS
- THERE ARE MORE WALK IN TEST CENTRES
- WORKPLACES WITH 50 OR MORE EMPLOYEEES CAN NOW ORDER FREE LATERAL FLOW TESTS FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES TO TEST REGULARLY ON-SITE OR AT HOME
- ALL SCHOOL STAFF IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE ALREADY VOLUNTARILY BEING LATERAL FLOW TESTED TWICE WEEKLY (3 OR 4 DAYS APART).
- SECONDARY AGED PUPILS WILL HAVE A SIMILAR OPPORTUNITY FROM 8 MARCH 2021.
- FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO TEST REGULARLY IN THE COMMUNITY (AT LEAST WEEKLY)
- THERE IS PROACTIVE 'SURGE TESTING' IN A NUMBER OF AREAS TO MONITOR AND CONTROL THE SPREAD OF NEW VARIANTS
- LIMITED ADDITIONAL BORDER CONTROLS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED FOR THOSE ARRIVING FROM 33 'RED LIST' COUNTRIES INCLUDING FULL 10 DAYS QUARANTINE IN DESIGNATED HOTELS WITH OBLIGATORY FOLLOW-UP TESTING PRIOR TO RELEASE (DAYS 2 AND 8) IF NEGATIVE OR TO EXTENSION OF QUARANTINE FOR A FURTHER 10 DAYS (IF POSITIVE)
- THERE IS OPTIMISM THAT UK HOLIDAYS AND PERHAPS LIMITED INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL COULD RESUME BY THE SUMMER 2021.
- THE NATIONAL VACCINATION PROGRAMME IS ON-TRACK WITH OVER 90% OF THE HIGHEST RISK PEOPLE HAVING BEEN OFFERED THE VACCINE
THE SECOND PHASE OF VACCINATIONS HAS STARTED ON TIME. THE VACCINE WILL BE OFFERED TO:
- EVERYONE OVER 50 YEARS OF AGE
- EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF 16 WHO IS CLINICALLY VULNERABLE / HAS CERTAIN UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS
- THOSE QUALIFYING FOR THEIR SECOND DOSE WITHIN 12 WEEKS OF THE FIRST DOSE
- EVERYONE IN PHASE 2 SHOULD BE OFFERED THEIR FIRST DOSE BEFORE THE END OF APRIL 2021.
- THE VACCINE ROLL OUT SCHEDULE IS BASED ON EXPECTED DELIVERIES OF THE VACCINE
- HENCE, BEFORE THE END OF APRIL 2021, 99% OF THOSE MOST AT RISK WILL HAVE BEEN VACCINATED
- IF MORE VACCINE SUPPLIES ARE ACQUIRED EARLIER, THE VACCINATION RATES COULD BE SPED UP
- PHASE 3 WILL INCLUDE THE REMAINDER THE ADULT POPULATION AND THOSE FROM PHASE 2 STILL NEEDING THEIR SECOND DOSE WITHIN 12 WEEKS OF THEIR FIRST JAB
- IT IS EXPECTED THAT ALL ADULTS WILL HAVE BEEN OFFERED BOTH DOSES BY 31 JULY 2021
- IT IS CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO ATTEND THE APPOINTMENT FOR THEIR SECOND JAB. SOME (CIRCA 75%) PROTECTION IS AFFORDED TO MOST PEOPLE WITHIN 2-3 WEEKS OF THE FIRST JAB BUT THE SECOND BOOSTER JAB IS NEEDED TO GIVE STRONGER AND LONGER PROTECTION (CIRCA 95%)
- THE PANDEMIC IS NOT OVER SIMPLY WHEN THE UK IS VACCINATED. THERE IS A GLOBAL NEED FOR VACCINATION TO CONTROL THE VIRUS. HENCE, IT IS HIGHLY LIKELY THAT, FOR THIS YEAR AT LEAST, A RE-ENGINEERED BOOSTER VACCINATION TO COMBAT MUTATIONS OF COVID-19 WILL NEED TO BE ADMINISTERED ALONGSIDE THE NORMAL WINTER FLU-JAB ROLL-OUT
- IN ADDITION TO PERSONAL PROTECTION AGAINST ILLNESS AND/OR DEATH, HAVING THE VACCINE OFFERS SOME REDUCTION IN TRANSMISSION AND SO PROTECTS OTHERS.
- THE PRIORITISATION OF VACCINE ROLL-OUT WILL ALWAYS BE DECIDED BY THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON VACCINATION AND IMMUNISATION (JCVI), NOT THE GOVERNMENT
NOT ALL THE NEWS IS GOOD YET:
- THE NUMBER OF INFECTIONS LOCALLY HAS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY BUT IS STILL HIGH IN OUR AREA AND NEEDS TO REDUCE FURTHER
- THE PANDEMIC HAS BECOME VERY MUCH MORE REAL FOR MORE OF OUR COMMUNITY SINCE CHRISTMAS 2020 AND THE NEW VARIANT. THE STATISTICS ARE, IN FACT, REAL PEOPLE. A NUMBER OF OUR FAMILIES HAVE EXPERIENCED TERRIBLE LOSSES OF LOVED ONES; PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS. EVERY LOSS HAS BEEN TRAGIC. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH FAMILIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19
- THE NEW UK VARIANT IS UP TO 70% MORE INFECTIOUS AND UP TO 30% MORE VIRULENT THAN THE VIRUS IN THE AUTUMN 2020
- THE NEW UK VARIANT ALSO AFFECTS ALL AGE GROUPS INCLUDING SECONDARY AGED PUPILS
- OTHER VARIANTS MAY CREATE A NEED FOR A RE-ENGINEERED BOOSTER VACCINE FOR AUTUMN 2021
- THERE ARE FAKE NEWS STORIES AND MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE PANDEMIC AND VACCINES WHICH ARE PUTTING SOME PEOPLE OFF TAKING THE VACCINE AND HENCE PUTTING THEMSELVES AND OTHER AT RISK OF DYING
- THE FASTER THAT EVERYONE IS VACCINATED, THE LESS LIKELY THAT A NEW VACCINE-RESISTENT MUTATION WILL DEVELOP (IT IS IMPORTANT THEREFORE TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO TAKE-UP THEIR VACCINE OFFER)
- THIS IS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND SO VACCINATIONS NEED TO BE DISTRIBUTED QUICKLY ACROSS THE GLOBE AND NOT JUST A FEW RICHER COUNTRIES
- THE LOWEST RATES OF VACCINATION TAKE-UP IS AMONG SOME BAME COMMUNITIES, PUTTING THESE COMMUNITIES AT GREATEST RISK OF COVID-19 INFECTION AND DEATH AND, OF COVID-19 CONTINUING TO BE SPREAD TO OTHERS
- IN OUR COMMUNITY, PEOPLE OF PAKISTANI HERITAGE ARE THE LARGEST GROUP THAT SHOW A MUCH LOWER TAKE-UP OF VACCINATIONS. THE BLACK AFRO-CARIBBEAN AND BANGLADESHI COMMUNITIES ALSO SHOW LOW TAKE-UP
- NO VACCINE IS 100% EFFECTIVE BUT DATA FROM A STUDY OF 1.2 MILLION VACCINATIONS IN ISRAEL SHOWS THE PFIZER VACCINE MIRRORS THE PERFORMANCE IN THE ORIGINAL RESEARCH TRIALS AT OVER 94% EFFECTIVENESS IN ALL AGE GROUPS IN PROTECTING AGAINST COVID SYMPTOMS
- BEAMED LEARNING WILL CONTINUE WHERE ISOLATION IS REQUIRED
7. STATUS UPDATE: MIXED RISK
- THE RISK IN SCHOOL FROM 8 MARCH 2021 IS ESTIMATED TO BE LOW TO MEDIUM (AND DECREASING)
- THE RISK IN THE COMMUNITY IS CURRENTLY MEDIUM TO HIGH (PLATEAU-ING)
- The NHS has passed the peak of infections without becoming overwhelmed and numbers continue to drop although remain higher than desired
- consequently, the U.K. alert level has been lowered from 5 to 4, but not yet 3
- The virtual school will continue to operate for selected students after re-opening
- Arrangements for the continuation of parallel, virtual teaching in the case of staff and/or students absence will be advanced
- Those colleagues who are classified as 'Clinically Extremely Vulnerable' have had shielding extended the shielding to 31 March 2021.
- Consideration will have to be given to the status of those who have received their first dose, second dose vaccine and those who have recovered following a positive case of Covid
- Consideration will have to be given to the status of those who live with vulnerable people who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 as they decrease the risk if there are high enough numbers
- Consideration / advice will be given to those who will need to return to using public transport
- Consideration will be given to any relaxation of lockdown rules / laws
- Group meetings on site will remain restricted to remote meetings (telephone, conference call, email or video-call type meetings) only until further notice
- One to one communication will continue to be encouraged to be via email, telephone or teams/zoom, and staff should not approach any colleague or other person, except in exceptional circumstances and should ensure any such interactions are Covid secure
- The academy remains oversubscribed in all year groups
- Completing essential premises projects will have a greater urgency for September 2021
- Further partitioning of workspaces may be carried out over the coming weeks
- PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO CLIP It includes messages from former Cranford Community College pupil and Heston resident Sanjeev Bhaskar
- Videos with Vaccine information in community languagues can be found here
- The U.K. has completed Phase 1 of its vaccination programme
- London is currently lagging behind other areas of the country in terms of vaccination roll-out, with some BAME communities being particularly disproportionate
- More than 20.3 Million people have received the first dose (up to and including 28 February 2021) and are due to have a second dose within 12 weeks.
- More than 816,000 people have had their second dose (up to and including 28 February 2021)
- The Secretary of State says that the latest research on the University of Oxford Astra-Zenica vaccine shows that its efficacy is higher at 12 weeks than second jabs administered within six weeks of the first
- The Pfizer vaccine is recommended for a second dose at 3 weeks and there is no data to know the impact of not administering a second dose for 12 weeks
Phase 2 started on 15 February 2021 and should complete by the end of the April 2021. It will prioritise as follows:
- 65-69 year olds
- 16-64 year olds with underlying health conditions (People whose asthma is under control will not be prioritised for the Covid vaccine)
- 60-64 year olds
- 55-59 year olds
- 50-54 year olds
- Phase 2 may advance at a slower rate than phase 1 because it will coincide with people needing their second dose, but will be faster if vaccine supplies remain strong.
- The Secretary of State for Health says that the NHS has good capacity to roll out even more vaccines as they become available so if there is additional vaccine available then the programme may be delivered faster and/or other priorities may be added
- The Government expects that all adults in the UK will have been offered a vaccine by 31 July 2021.
- In addition to the Mass Testing Centres, Cranford Community College may be used in Phase 2 as a community vaccination centre, both for Public Health / NHS Hounslow and for community pharmacy vaccinations
- The U.K. Population totals around 67 Million people, of which 14 Million are under 18 years old
- The Government currently has not announced any plan to vaccinate children (under 18 year olds). The national vaccination plan is aimed at adults over the age of 18 with some exceptions for a minority of children with particular underlying health conditions.
- The U.K. is now undertaking a research study on the effectiveness of vaccines on those under 18 years of age and this could lead to a future decision to offer the vaccine to children but there are no current plans to do so.
- The Secretary of State for Health states that there is high confidence that the vaccine reduces serious illness and death for those who have it, from approximately three weeks after receiving the jab
- The Secretary of State for Health also says that a person who has been vaccinated may still be infected, although the vaccine means that they will not normally get ill or so ill. Hence, they may also still transmit it to others, but probably to a lesser degree
- Vaccine trials and the roll out in other countries show that whilst the vaccines are highly effective for most people, no vaccine is 100% effective
- Whilst we would all hope to see very good progress made by the start of the academic year 2021/2022, there is much further to go in the U.K. and internationally to bring the virus under control and vaccination needs to be widespread in every country, not just the U.K.
- It is expected to take some time to vaccinate a sufficiently high proportion of the population for them to contribute to 'herd immunity' and greater normality, and precautions and control measures will continue to be necessary for the foreseeable future
On current projections:
- Up to 32 Million adults in the U.K. will have been offered the vaccine by the start of May 2021 (actual immunity coverage required deduction of the percentage who do not take up the offer and the percentage for who the vaccine does not work)
- Up to 53 Million adults in the UK will have been offered the vaccine by the start of October 2021 (actual immunity coverage required deduction of the percentage who do not take up the offer and the percentage for who the vaccine does not work). Actual coverage might be more realistically 40 Million people (60 % of the population)
- Around 14 Million people under the age of 18 will be unvaccinated (although those over 16 with clinical vulnerabilities will get vaccinated) and some will have had Covid-19 and have developed immunity
- There remains a competition between the percentage of the U.K. and global populations that are vaccinated and the continuing mutation of the virus around the world. It is important, therefore, that all countries vaccinate their populations as quickly as possible
- The U.K. is also trialling the effectiveness of mixing two similar acting vaccines from different manufacturers for dose 1 and dose 2, as if this is as effective, this would create flexibility which would then speed up the vaccination programme and reach more people earlier
- It is not yet known how long protection may last after a double dose vaccination and it is possible that people will need to take annual boosters to maintain immunity
- the Moderna vaccine has not yet been approved but will increase testing capacity when it is approved, expected soon
The categorical, moral imperative
- Vaccinating the UK population will not, on its own, address the risks from new variants of the virus. Protecting oneself by vaccination is not sufficient whilst the virus continues to mutate elsewhere
- Equitable and rapid global vaccination is morally and practically necessary to limit mutations and for a global economy to work effectively
- The risks to the UK population of mutation must also be obviated by helping the rest of the world and all nations to vaccinate their populations as rapidly
- Richer nations like the UK need to operate with 'enlightened self-interest' which means not just prioritising UK citizens for vaccination and not hoarding vaccines or operating 'vaccine nationalism'.
- The UK and other wealthy nations that have signed up to it NOW need to actively participate in the COVAX scheme and the World Health Organisation's three pillars of the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT Accelerator)
9. COVID EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR FOOD AND ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES
Hounslow Council also has Covid Emergency Funding to support individuals and families in need, this could include those in 'food poverty' but who are not eligible for benefits-based FSM and even to Hounslow residents who normally have 'no recourse to public funds'.
Details of the emergency grant scheme can be found HERE
10. COVID-19 VARIANTS
- Mutations of any virus are inevitable and perfectly normal and expected. New variants have competitive advantages over the strains they are replacing. These advantages do not always mean that the new strain is more dangerous to humans
- Although there will have been many more variants in a range of countries around the world, 4 variants of geographical first detection in a particular country are being reported on in the media at the moment (Of these, China was the first detected form of the virus then the UK and more recently South Africa and Brazil). The last three have been in the news having been identified as spreading more quickly and replacing the weaker China variant of Coronavirus
- The U.K., South Africa and Brazil variants are all thought to be much more contagious than the earlier China coronavirus due to changes to their spike protein - this is the part of the virus that attaches to human cells. They have a key mutation called E484K that may evade parts of the immune system called antibodies
- More variants will emerge as it is entirely normal for viruses to mutate and for the best mutations to become dominant
- UK infections now mainly involve the newer, more prevalent and more transmissive variant of coronavirus (B.1.1.7), which is commonly known as the 'UK Variant' having first been detected in Kent
- The U.K. Variant has spread to and/or mutated in more than 50 other countries and may be between 50-70% more transmissible than its China predecessor
- More recently, there has been a further variant detected in the U.K., a mutation that was first seen in South Africa, (Coronavirus B.1.351)
- At least 11 of the 145 cases identified to 7 February 2021 have no connection to travel to or from South Africa so that these have likely been passed via community transmission or possibly the mutation has now occurred in the U.K. even though the variant would still be commonly known as the 'South Africa Variant' because that is where strain B.1.351 was first detected)
- The South Africa variant has been detected in at least 20 other countries, not just South Africa
- Tougher restrictions on travel to/from South Africa, Brazil, Portugal and other countries with cases of this more recent mutation are also subject to enhanced restrictions to prevent transmission by people with the variant
- The nearest outbreak of these so-called 'South Africa variant' is in Hanwell (London W7)
- Nearby Ealing Council held a Public Meeting for residents and workers in W7 and W13, CLICK HERE TO WATCH
- Each local council website of any B.1.351 (SA) infected / surge testing area is the best place to look for information and guidance
- It is too soon to know how transmissible or virulent this strain might be, but it is highly likely that the current vaccines will still work effectively with it, even if the efficacy is less than for other strains
- By far, the most prevalent strain locally, however, remains the so-called U.K. variant
- The Secretary of State for Health has stated that scientists have strong evidence and high confidence that the so called 'UK variant' is much more transmissible than the original Covid-19 (China) strain. This means that the current UK variant is proven to spread much more easily than the variant we experienced until November/December 2020
- It is much easier to catch the new UK variant, by chance encounters on buses, in supermarkets, when going in and out of buildings, in offices, etc., than it was with the old variant
- When the new virus enters the home, it is now more likely to spread to others so the whole household typically becomes infected unless very rigorous precautions are taken (however, the social distancing required and other precautions are not always possible in many households so preventing anyone from catching the virus in the first place is the only true safeguard - keep a large social distance from others at all times and do not mix households)
- Unlike the old virus, the new UK variant of the coronavirus-19 appears to infect people of all ages equally
- Younger people (certainly secondary aged children) are now just as likely to acquire the virus, have symptoms and spread it
- Younger people who are hospitalised also spend longer in hospital and hence put extra pressure on the NHS when they become unwell
- The PM clarified that 'The new U.K. variant is associated with a higher degree of mortality'. Scientists are currently debating the degree to which it is more deadly
- It appears, from initial data that it is causing more serious illness and more deaths out of hospital, but the death rate in hospital is unchanged
- The improved treatments appear to be effective in preventing a rise in deaths in hospital
- This may mean that where a person becomes more seriously ill, they should not hesitate in seeking urgent medical care and must not be reluctant to call 999 or go to hospital where needed
11. REMOTE 'LIVE' LEARNING ARRANGEMENTS (TO BE UPDATED FOR 8 MARCH 2021)
- In practice in Lockdown, remote 'live' teaching means that ALL pupils (not just selected year groups) are able to continue their learning in a continuous and effective way, and it will continue to evolve and improve, although we all want to return to a greater degree of normality as soon as it is safe to do so
- Engagement with 'the remote academy' is pleasingly high and the feedback from parents and pupils is very positive. We will continue to survey students, parents and staff to get regular feedback on how the arrangements are working
- The academy is following the normal academy timetable without change and is delivering the full planned curriculum, including for practical subjects (adapted) as well as registration time, assemblies, SEND support, family support, pastoral support, SEND support, safeguarding monitoring and support, staff training, etc.
- If the remote school continues longer term, we will introduce some themed days to provide broader curriculum opportunities and different sorts of learning as well as to train students to improve their remote learning and organise their 'catch-up'
- We are conscious that Year 7 have had too little time in the academy at such a formative time as becoming part of Cranford and we envisage doing more in the summer 2021 term to ensure that Year 7 develop a strong sense of belonging, community, loyalty and pride as Cranford students and secondary pupils
- Secondary Transfer: National Offer day is now very close and soon we will also start to induct Year 6 ready for a September 2021 start
- On 8 February 2021, SLT at the academy completed the latest formal evaluation of its remote provision for presentation to the Academy Trust Board, you can see how we currently rate the academy's remote provision from Thursday 18 February 2021, and why (See link above)
What should my child expect from remote education when the whole school or their whole year group is learning from home?
Cranford Community College continues to deliver a full curriculum and full-time provision to all pupils, it does this remotely and with beamed 'live' teaching and learning, predominantly through Microsoft Teams (MS Teams).
All families can access MS Teams and help is always available.
The provision already extends the academy's normal expectations of pupils taking responsibility for their own learning beyond the academy day (in evenings, weekends and school holidays) so pupils are still expected to complete and hand in homework. Soon, more extra-curricular clubs and activities will be scheduled online, starting with the return of 'First Story'.
All students and teachers, teaching assistants, etc., when learning remotely, follow the same timetable as they would if they were learning in school.
Students must attend morning registration every day, year group assemblies, all timetabled lessons and where appropriate revision, catch-up sessions and extra-curricular events and opportunities.
Remote teaching starts at the normal start time each day and concludes at the normal finish time. Every student should be engaged in learning from 9.30am to 3.10pm with two breaks. Older students are expected to work during any timetabled supervised study periods. Additionally some Sixth Form lessons start at 8.40am and end at 4.00pm.
This provides the same daily structure as when at school. This structure means that students should adhere to similar routines as they do when attending the site such as going to bed early when they have school the following day, getting at least 8 hours good quality sleep, getting showered and suitably dressed every morning, identifying relaxation time and times to do homework, extended learning and 'catch-up'. Parents should monitor to ensure that their children maintain a healthy and balanced schedule and life.
Students are encouraged to be active and get some exercise in Break 1 and Break 2, ideally outside in the fresh air.
Whilst the vast majority of students are learning from home, there is limited on-site provision, although on-site involves exactly the same remote learning as in the home. On-site provision is supervised by teaching assistants so that the teachers can teach their classes as they would if everyone was in school. Pupils on-site will be kept at a secure social distance during lessons (ideally greater than 3 metres).
Teachers are taking registers for attendance in morning registration and at the very start of each lesson during the academy day so online attendance for the entire length of the academy day is essential. Punctuality, attendance and engagement are measured.
Teachers will call students at the start of the lessons using Microsoft Teams and students should accept the call and join the lesson.
Excellent punctuality is expected to all lessons and lesson attendance registers are submitted to the academy within the first 5-10 minutes of each lesson. Lesson absence is then scrutinised by pastoral managers after the first 10 minutes of every lesson. Action will continue to be taken for any non-attendance, lateness and for poor levels of engagement in any lesson.
All lessons include 'live', face to face and interactive learning. At the moment, the use webcams are strongly encouraged and their use will become compulsory for those supplied with equipment loaned by the academy and for others once the academy has been able to schedule training for all students on the proper and safe use of webcams, etc.
'Beamed learning' also allows pupils to interact with the teacher and their peers, work in small groups, etc. and can be made as close as possible to learning in school.
'Live' learning provides a social aspect that supports every pupil’s wider development and their emotional wellbeing and the daily timetable offers a routine and structure to the pupil's day from Monday to Friday during term time (except on in-service training days, and bank holidays).
The pupil behaviour and discipline policy also continues to apply fully in the home as it does at the academy.
Keeping the day identical to the academy day that operates when the academy is fully open is also necessary to facilitate seamless transition 'in' and 'out' of lockdown and, in future, to be able to include those pupils who are isolating in the home when the majority are on-site.
Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were on-site?
Yes. All pupils follow the same curriculum remotely as they would if they were in the academy.
Lessons are taught ‘live’ face to face using Microsoft teams.
Teachers are using a range of teaching strategies and resources to ensure that the lessons are engaging, interactive, curriculum focussed and to enable pupils to learn deeply and progress rapidly.
Some small adaptations have been made to the delivery of practical subjects such as art, music, PE, etc. but the normal subject curriculum is being followed.
In planning lessons and sequences of lessons, teachers now also take into consideration the resources that pupils are likely to have access to at home when planning and delivering these lessons. Teachers are being innovative and creative to make lessons as interactive, varied and practical as possible and the academy provides all the necessary digital and analogue resources so there should be no significant additional financial burden on families due to home learning.
It is very important that pupils continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum, including the more practical subjects, that they understand what they are learning and why, that they can establish links with their prior, future and cross-curricular learning, that they engage in deep learning, and that they can demonstrate what they have learned and how well they have learnt it so that the teachers can map their academic progress and plan sequenced learning appropriately.
Enrichment activities such as Mind, Body, Soul (MBS), Prefect Committee meetings, mentoring and more will continue to be a feature of the wider curriculum.
How long can I expect work set by the academy to take my child each day?
We expect that the time spent on remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will be the same as they would spend if they were in school, so that means their normal school hours plus time for homework and additional independent study time on wider reading, research, flip learning and catch-up using resources from the internet.
How will my child access any online remote education? If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will the academy support them to access remote education?
All lessons are taught live and face to face, normally using MS Teams. Online access is therefore an essential prerequisite.
Students need access to a device such as a suitable PC or laptop (not phone, tablet or game console) and the internet. They also need access to a reliable and suitable broadband connection and a suitable place to work online for each child within the home (not just the older children).
The academy can help with this and will loan suitable equipment such as PCs, laptops, webcams, headsets, dongles at no cost, but subject terms and conditions of appropriate use. Equipment that is not used may be retrieved and re-allocated. The academy will not loan unsuitable devices such as tablets, smart phones or gaming consoles.
In order to support those pupils to access remote education the academy has temporarily loaned out PCs and laptops and provided dongles for those pupils and staff in need of an internet connection. In addition, the academy has loaned out cameras and headsets to enable pupils to fully engage in lessons and their learning.
If a pupil needs and does not have access to a suitable device, the internet, a webcam, a headset etc., please contact Ms Jenkins TJE-CC@cranford.hounslow.sch.uk who can arrange the delivery of equipment to enable every pupil to learn remotely, subject to meeting the conditions of use of loaned equipment.
Non-digital learning resources, such as exercise books, stationery, musical equipment, etc may also be delivered to homes where needed.
If children have any difficultly accessing their learning, configuring their device or any issue with their equipment or passwords.
A dedicated remote help email has been set up for students to use if they have any difficultly accessing their learning, configuring their device or any issue with their equipment or passwords. Students should email email@example.com
Where a solution cannot be found, one or more child(ren) may be offered a Vulnerable Pupil place on-site.
Cranford is not generally setting written tasks for pupils to complete on their own, the teachers are teaching all their lessons as they normally do. It is very important that all students follow their academy timetable when learning remotely.
Pupils are also expected to work independently in the evenings and at weekends on homework, consolidated, self-testing, wider reading, catch-up as well as getting exercise and engaging in healthy pursuits remotely with friends and family.
Students are also expected to take responsibility for learning independently, consolidating what they have learnt in lessons, looking at learning materials and test materials online, reading around the subject and topics and 'flip learning' by researching and preparing in advance of the next lesson in a subject so that they can maximise the learning opportunities in the lesson itself.
Students can also take opportunities for online 'catch-up' where they have fallen behind or missed out as a result of the pandemic.
How will my child be taught remotely?
Lessons will be taught by the class teacher live and face to face using Microsoft Teams.
Teachers will use a range of teaching materials and resources such as PowerPoints, assignment sheets, online quizzes, collaborative work in small groups, 1-1 teaching where appropriate all delivered using Microsoft Teams. Teachers may be teaching from their classroom using the Interactive Whiteboard or may be teaching from home.
Teachers may also refer students to other websites such as BBC Bitesize, Seneca, GCSEPod, HegartyMaths many of which are already used by the students.
If a student requires resources such as exercise books, pens, pencils, art equipment these can be posted or delivered to the student’s home. Students should ask their class teacher for resources when needed and the class teacher will arrange for them to be sent home.
Many text books have been made available for students on Microsoft Teams and further resources are continually added.
What are the academy’s expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We thank parents for making every effort, however inconvenient, to keep Cranford Community College students safely at home and engaging with face-to-face remote learning. We recognise the additional burden this can create and we are keen to support parents too, so they can better support their children.
All students are expected to be fully engaged with their remote education.
This means that every student should log on to Microsoft Teams by 9.30am for form time and registration and then stay engaged in learning for the whole day.
At the start of every lesson the teacher will take a register.
Throughout the lesson the teacher will expect the students to take part in active learning communicating with the teacher throughout the lesson.
At the end of the lesson the teacher will tell students when to leave the call so that they can go to their next live lesson.
Parents can support by ensuring their child does join their lessons at the start of every lesson, encouraging them to stay engaged throughout the lesson and the whole day, by ensuring that they get a good 8 hours sleep at night, are up and washed and dressed each morning before school starts, that they get daily exercise and that they have an organised schedule for their homework and independent learning which allows appropriate time for relaxation and fun (away from a screen at least some of the time).
Throughout the day the teacher will expect the pupils to take part in active learning communicating with the teacher and other pupils as directed throughout the day.
Parents can support by ensuring their child joins at the start of every lesson, by encouraging them to stay engaged throughout the whole day, by ensuring that they get a good 8 hours (minimum) sleep at night, are awake, have had breakfast, washed and dressed each morning before the academy day starts, that they get daily exercise and that they have an organised schedule for their homework and independent learning which allows appropriate time for non-screen based relaxation and other fun.
Pupils must attend all live lessons on time and complete learning tasks set by the deadlines provided.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
A register will be taken at the start of the morning tutor group and at the start of every lesson thereafter.
If a student is late joining they will be marked late and follow up action may be taken.
The teacher will plan learning activities that will measure student engagement throughout the lesson such as interactive quizzes, question and answer sessions, work on assignments that can be viewed by the teacher in real time, assessments to be handed in at the end of the lesson, collaborative group work and feedback during the lesson, use of the whiteboard, use of the chat function for individual contributions and more.
If a student does not attend lessons, is frequently late, does not complete the work set or becomes disengaged the class teacher, form tutor or Head of Year will contact home to reset expectations and, if appropriate to impose sanctions or measures. Parental and carer support is very important for sustained remote learning to take place.
Where there are barriers to engagement parents or carers should contact the school to discuss these. If it is regarding a device or equipment the parent or carer should contact Ms Jenkins by email firstname.lastname@example.org. If the barrier to engagement is something else then the parent or carer should contact their child's Head of Year.
If lateness, non-attendance or poor engagement occurs and persists, the case is escalated on a ladder of increasingly severe responses.
If the academy is unable to make contact with parents/carers or is not satisfied with the arrangements for learning at home, this may become a safeguarding concern and a home visit may be necessary either by the academy, social care or the police. In some circumstances, the academy may consider the pupil then to be vulnerable and provide a place on-site.
If the academy believes that lockdown rules are being broken this will be reported to the police.
Where a family moves out of area or is taken overseas, the child may be reported to the Council as a 'Child Missing Education' and taken off-roll after 28 days and the place allocated to another child on the academy's waiting list.
If a student does not attend lessons, is frequently late, does not complete the work set or becomes disengaged, the tutor, class teacher, or the Head of Year will contact home to reset expectations and, if appropriate, to impose sanctions or measures.
Parental and carer support is very important for sustained remote learning to take place. Where there are barriers to engagement parents or carers should contact the school to discuss these.
If the barrier to engagement is something other than ICT or learning resources then the parent or carer should contact their child's Head of Year.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Class teachers will include assessment opportunities within the lesson. These may be informal such as individual answers to a question presented to the class or a quiz or more formal such as end of topic or mid topic assessments. Teachers will mark the work, make a judgement on their progress and feedback to the students with a next steps comment.
Students will be given written or verbal feedback and next steps comments on their work regularly and at least once every 4 lessons.
Class teachers include assessment opportunities within the lesson. These may be informal such as individual answers to a question presented to the class or a quiz or more formal such as end of topic or mid topic assessments. Teachers mark the work, make a judgement on their progress and feedback to the children with a next steps comment.
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.
The teaching staff at the academy use a wide range of methods to provide feedback on pupils’ learning, to give pupils opportunities to deepen understanding, improve standards and make excellent progress.
Pupils are given written or verbal feedback and next steps comments on their work regularly and will be formally assessed at least once every half term.
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at school and at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils.
Teaching assistants continue to support those students with SEND needs. Teaching assistants attend lessons with the students and during the lesson they provide individual support. Outside of the lessons, teaching assistants communicate with the students and their parents by Teams meetings, Teams chat and phone calls.
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education equally without support from adults at school and at home.
We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils, for example, by:
- Individualised timetables
- Differentiated learning tasks
- 1:1 and small group intervention sessions
- Live support sessions in smaller groups, following the whole class input (via Zoom)
- Resource packs delivered to homes
- External agencies continue with support sessions
- Regular phone class and meetings with allocated member of the pastoral team
Teaching assistants continue to support those pupils with SEND needs. Teaching assistants attend lessons with the children and during the lesson they provide individual support.
Outside of the lessons, teaching assistants communicate with the pupils and their parents by remote meetings, electronic chat and phone calls.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Where individual pupils needs to self-isolate, they can normally work from home in the same way as described above.
Self-isolating pupils will continue to follow their timetable and the same curriculum and attend school / lessons as they would if they were on-site, unless they are too sick to do so (in which case, as they would normally do, they will need to catch up liaising with peers and their teacher / teaching assistant to find out what they have missed and need to catch up on at the weekend).
Self-isolating students will be invited to join form time and lessons being taught in school remotely using Microsoft Teams. The student will complete the learning in ‘real time’ and will send the class teacher the completed work by either Teams chat or email for marking and feedback.
The class teacher will make the resources available for that lesson for students to access on Microsoft Teams.
If a student is unable to join the lesson live they should access the work using Microsoft Teams and hand the completed work to the class teacher using Microsoft Teams or email.
Remote education, safeguarding and behaviour
Cranford Community College and class teachers have the same high expectations of behaviour when pupils are attending the academy remotely as when pupils are attending school in person.
The academy behaviour policy already applies at all times whether pupils are learning at home or at school.
Pupils should adhere to Remote learning expectations and classroom rules for pupils which clearly sets out behaviour and safeguarding expectations.
Remote learning expectations and classroom rules for pupils
- I will attend remote school and all of my lessons on time
- I will wear suitable clothing to my lessons and will tell others in my household to also be suitably dressed
- My device will be in an appropriate area, for example in the living room at a table and where possible be against a neutral background. Not in a bedroom
- I will not invite anyone else to the lesson
- I will turn on my camera and interact with the lessons, the teacher and appropriately with others pupils.
- I will stay muted unless I am verbally contributing to the lesson
- I understand live face to face classes will be recorded so that if any issues were to arise, the video can be reviewed
- My language will be respectful and appropriate and I will ensure anyone else in the house is also respectful. I will do this by telling my household that I am in a lesson
- I will be respectful towards other participants in the lesson
- If the chat function is used in the lesson I will be respectful and kind to others
- If I have a question about the lesson I will email my class teacher
- If I am worried about someone or something I see or hear in the lesson I will contact either:
The safeguarding lead Miss Jenkins email@example.com
The deputy safeguarding lead Miss Berndt firstname.lastname@example.org by email.
The academy will therefore continue to assist every pupil / family to have good connectivity and IT access in lockdown and school closure.
12. KEY INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES / WORKERS
- Policies and Procedures remain in force and operating during the pandemic and lockdown without change in most cases. Where small adaptations are required, these will be made known to employees. If in doubt, employees must ask SLT and not make assumptions of change
- A key aim remains to achieve a reasonable balance between the needs of running a fully operational academy with efforts to minimise risk and reduce household mixing
- Rules and expectations may become tougher when the ambient risk rises and be relaxed to a degree when it reduces but, in the main, the safety precautions are likely to remain in place throughout the pandemic and a few potentially longer term or permanently
- The academy evaluates bespoke risk / individual circumstances and then either eradicates the risk altogether, for example through redeployment, or mitigates (reduces) it, for example through risk assessment guidance provided such as the 'household guidance' for those living with someone who is vulnerable or in a household with someone who is symptomatic/positive
- Individuals and employees must always check the contemporary national lockdown guidance for themselves and not rely on what others have told them as a defence for breaking the rules
- 'Guidance' is not the same as regulation, although it may, of course, also include regulation. However, it is widely understood, accepted and long-standing practice that official guidance (e.g. government guidance, academy policies, etc) must always be adhered to unless there is a substantive, exceptional and rational reason which is truly believed at the time to justify deviation from the guidance, for which there is no compliant alternative and which would likely stand up to subsequent scrutiny. In short, official / professional guidance usually must be followed regardless. There is generally no scope for applying filters such as ‘professional or personal judgement’ as a justification for ignoring such guidance. Official guidance is normally a collective summary of professional judgement
The academy will operate with quasi-normality throughout and will remain operational in most regards, even with most children working from home.
All colleagues will continue to work as ‘normal’ and full-time on site (or temporarily working at home as directed for example during shielding or isolation) unless they are too sick to work, in which case they must follow the standard procedures for reporting their daily absence, etc. which have not changed AND the Covid reporting protocols additionally if appropriate.
Public sector employees in childcare and education are expected to continue to work throughout national lockdowns. Most employees are therefore ineligible for furloughing and will continue to work, on-site or possibly temporarily off-site. Please also read the section ‘Working from Home’ below.
Unless in receipt of a furlough letter, employees are not released from any obligation to work and are being redeployed as necessary. Furloughed staff will continue to receive full pay until further notice as the current scheme pays 80% of the salary costs and the ATB is choosing to top the remaining 20% up for the remainder of the national furlough scheme. Employees not furloughed will continued to be paid in full and receive their full conditions of service in return for their continued work and obligations. Current furloughing of academy staff will cease on or before Monday, 8 March 2021.
Employees (Critical Workers) with young children must have in place appropriate childcare arrangements in the home, or where appropriate using the key working provision is schools and all EYFS settings.
All academy procedures (including LOA requests, absence reporting, setting work, etc) must be followed as though the academy were operating completely normally.
Lettings, however, will remain closed in accordance with national lockdown rules but will re-open when safe and cost-effective to do so.
WORKING HOURS (NO CHANGE)
Regardless of whether a colleague is given the option to work from home or is on-site, they are required to work during their normal working hours unless they request and are granted a variation to their working hours or their working hours have been formally changed due to the shortened school opening hours.
The academy day for colleagues, children and parents will remain the same as before and after lockdown.
RECEPTION AND OPENING ARRANGEMENTS
The outer site pedestrian and vehicle gates are now fully operational and staff will need to use their ID card to enter (and sometimes to exit) the North Staff Car Park. The field gates will also have additional restrictions on opening introduced and will generally have to be opened by ID card.
These outer site gates now provide an additional first line of security and safety for everyone on site and protect against unauthorised visitors putting reception staff and others at risk. It also makes on-site car crime less likely.
Enhanced security arrangements will also be added to reception entry in due course. Staff are reminded of the need to 'tap in' on entry and 'tap out' whenever leaving the site (even temporarily) using the card reader in reception.
If you arrive at work before reception is open then you MUST take responsibility (set your alarm) to return to reception when it opens so you check your temperature, sign in, re-sanitise etc.
The academy closing times are unchanged for most staff and staff are strongly encouraged to leave site by 5 pm to allow for cleaning. Please remember to sign out at reception. Reception closes at 5.30 p.m. and the site is normally locked by 6 p.m.
The academy will remain open later to 7.30 p.m. (locked by 8 p.m.) when there is a Remote Parents’ Evening but classrooms used may not be cleaned until the following day to preserve maximum social distancing. Site opening will be extended as Community Sports and Lettings re-open.
When the academy fully re-opens to staff, the staff car park gates will be open (with some supervision) from 7.30a.m.-8.15 a.m. but will require the use of ID entry at all other times.
AVOIDING MIXING ON-SITE
All communication should be electronic (videoconference, teleconference, emails, phone call, WhatsApp group, etc) and not in person.
Collaborative PPA and all other group 'meetings' must be remote via Zoom/AnyDesk or MS Teams / AnyDesk.
TWICE WEEKLY TESTING
LF test equipment for your twice weekly tests should be collected from reception. In return, positive results must be reported to test and trace and all results must be reported via the google form link circulated by Peter Stumpf.
Used testing equipment (if testing on-site) should be put in the clear plastic bag provided before carrying to reception for disposal in either the yellow clinical waste bin (positive test kits only) or black, non-clinical waste bin (negative test kits only).
A private testing space for testing (for contractors, etc.) has been created adjacent to reception. Colleagues can test themselves in their own areas or at home but must ensure the result is logged properly by reception staff.
Employees self-testing on-site are required to test as close to their arrival time as possible so that any positive tests are detected and acted upon with little risk of cross-infection.
COVID RELATED REPORTING
All Covid related reports for employees must be emailed to KPR without delay and certainly within 4 hours of happening / commencement.
Employees and workers must email KPR, ideally within 4 hours of an event if:
- You have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with Covid or someone in your household has symptoms and hence you need to isolate
- You have symptoms and need to isolate / get a PCR test
- You have a PCR test appointment (Please provide a copy of the appointment)
- You have a PCR test result (please provide a copy of the result)
- You become very unwell or are hospitalised
- You know of a pupil or their close family who are seriously ill or who have died from Covid-19 related illness
- You lose a family member or someone you feel very close to emotionally
- You are struggling emotionally or in other ways and are in need of support
- You have travelled abroad and are required to quarantine
Covid related reporting is a professional obligation and not a matter of choice.
If unsure about what needs to be reported, report it to KPR anyway email@example.com
All employee absence / sickness must be reported to Lena Kapoor and CoverLine daily as normal (regardless of any emails sent to KPR)
COVID-19 Vaccinations Reporting
Please email Poonam Kaher PKA-CC@cranford.hounslow.sch.uk if you have had the Covid vaccination.
Please advise her of two things:
- the date(s) of vaccine(s) and
- which one (Pfizer or AstraZeneca).
- You have been offered the vaccine but have decided not to accept the offer at this point in time.
The academy strongly advises uptake of the vaccine when offered.
COVID-19 Shielding Letter Reporting
Please email KPR a copy if you have had the shielding advice letter for the first time or extending to 31 March 2021
Please advise whether a) you intend to work from home or b) intend to return to work on-site at the same time as others.
The academy strongly advises shielding and working from home if you have a letter but this is entirely your choice.
Individual Risk Assessment Requests (Re-opening of Schools)
Please email Peter Stumpf PST-CC@cranford.hounslow.sch.uk if you would like an Individual Risk Assessment.
The academy reserves the right to require participation in an individual risk assessment.
International Travel ADVANCE Notification of Intentions
If not already done, employees/workers must email KPR with details of any intended international travel plans prior to booking, using vouchers, using points, accepting invitations, agreeing with family, rescheduling postponed travel arrangements or confirming bookings, etc. for Easter 2021, May 2021 half-term, summer 2021.
KPR may not respond to your email about possible international travel until nearer the time, although he will respond indicatively in some cases, but it is important to advise me of potential international travel at the most embryonic stage of planning.
Currently, the academy reminds all colleagues that any such arrangements continue to be strongly advised against at this juncture, are not currently allowed, would be entirely at the individual’s own risk, that the academy will not absorb any financial losses (direct or indirect) and there are also professional and employment obligations that would likely be enforced.
Travel Guidance has already been provided to staff and remains in force until further notice. Guidance will be updated and re-issued as necessary following the PM's announcement regarding Step 2 from 12 April 2021 (if data allows) but this is a reminder to colleagues that some things will be deemed as ‘foreseeable’ and quarantine (including the possibility of changes to hotel quarantine requirements) could foreseeably be imposed to more countries even when you are abroad. Hence, in making any international travel plans you would need to have at least 10 days leave remaining to take on return to the UK if necessary and the additional financial resources to unexpectedly pay for hotel quarantine on top of the expected travel costs should that requirement be introduced whilst you are overseas and/or compensate the academy for any losses / additional costs it incurs as a result of non-essential international travel.
Public transport is allowed for school staff to get to work but where public transport is used, the academy has a standard risk assessment of common sense precautions which includes advice on how to minimise any risk (e.g. getting off a bus and waiting for the next or walking should a bus become more crowded).
For the avoidance of doubt, car sharing is not legally permitted except with someone from your household or legitimate ‘bubble’ (and is unlikely to be so at least until 17 May 2021). Inappropriate car sharing is a public safety offence for which there could be both police and professional penalties. This is not a matter of interpretation.
Minicabs, which do not have dividing screens and good ventilation, are also advised against by the academy, unless absolutely necessary and then with precautions such as proper mask wearing by the driver and passenger, windows open (but not only the driver window), etc.
Black taxis may have a Covid safety advantage due to their screens but the same precautions are still necessary, particularly as it is not uncommon for the driver to have their window open, potentially increasing the risk to the passenger if no other windows are open.
NOT ALL ‘POSITIVES’ ARE VISIBLE. YOU OR OTHERS MAY BE ASYMPTOMATIC.
Colleagues should follow government advice and guidance and, in particular, embrace the concept of acting as though they, and everyone they encounter has the new, highly communicable variant of the virus (which can transmit more easily in shorter time and over greater distance in the right conditions).
SPACE AND DISTANCE IS THE MAIN LIFE SAVER
When more pupils and staff return to the site, social distancing is the greatest protection but will not be possible at all times and Covid security will be reliant on the consistent adherence to other mitigating measures (ventilation, mask wearing, hand hygfiene, etc.).
Masks will be vital and different masks afford differing levels of protection. In the light of experience of the new UK variant, greater consideration may need to be given to the quality of masks bought and worn.
Please see Ami Kaur or Jenny Moir if your PPE kit is in need of replenishment.
In addition to the £120 towards home working equipment, all employees have an annual allowance of £15 towards masks of their choice and can obtain free masks from the academy. Better quality and triple layer masks are advised in the light of more transmissible variants.
Colleagues must be careful not to congregate inadvertently in common areas, etc., for example before school, at Break 1, lunch break or at the end of the teaching day. Colleagues, like students, are also encouraged to take these scheduled breaks to undertake light exercise and get fresh air.
WORKING FROM HOME
Those colleagues (shielding and isolating) who are being given the option to work from home must not undertake other activities, including childcare, when they are scheduled to be working.
All employees at home are ‘on call’ and may be called into work, even at very short notice/no notice, at any time within their normal working hours/time, unless they have reported themselves to be sick or in Covid isolation following the normal procedures.
Colleagues working at home must be contactable throughout their working hours by phone and email. Employees are responsible for ensuring that their personnel record, including their contact details, on Integris is always complete and up to date.
To remain contactable at home (a prerequisite of being allowed to work from home), the employee must ensure, for example, that their phone is charged, has the sound switched on, etc.
Working from home options will be rescinded, for individuals or all, without notice if they are not meeting the needs of the academy when being employed to do so. This may happen without notice.
The academy has purchased 100 concurrent use licences for ‘Any Desk’ which will allow staff to connect to the academy network from home as though they were working on their computers on site.
As these licences are shared, colleagues are asked to connect for a specific purpose and then remember to disconnect afterwards rather than leave the connection open. This is also for data security reasons.
Colleagues are asked to work with the Colwyn Technologies Team ‘helpdesk’ to overcome the initial technical / installation issues, should they have them.
Continue to email helpdesk if you need support, indicating how best to contact you if you are working at home.
'AnyDesk' is designed for desktop to desktop connections primarily. If your home device is portable and you are having difficulty setting up AnyDesk, you may be asked to bring it onto site at an agreed appointment time but normally Colwyn staff will be able to log in remotely to help.
Remote access to the academy network will improve the safety of everyone, especially those who are required to work on-site and will aid better learning for our children so will remain a priority. However, it potentially puts data security at slightly higher risk so staff using AnyDesk must not leave open connections, particularly not leaving Sims and AnyDesk open and unattended together. Adam, Ali and Johnson are available on-site daily and there is external support from other Colwyn technicians and engineers.
WORKING FROM HOME SUPPORT
Colleagues who work from home may borrow furniture, equipment, stationery necessary to safely and comfortably undertake their job from home. Furniture and equipment to be borrowed from the academy will need to be agreed with Ami Kaur / Jenny Moir and the asset register updated with the Finance Team accordingly. If this will be needed back in school from 8 March 2021 then it should be brought back on Friday 5 March 2021 AND Ami Kaur / Jenny Moir must be informed and the asset register updated with the Finance Team accordingly.
Colleagues may reclaim (with VAT receipts) against their £120 maximum allowance for furniture, equipment or materials where needed for safe and comfortable home working. Please note that this is in addition to the £15 annual allowance for masks (not other PPE). VAT receipts for either will need to be scanned to the Carrie Bendix's email.
If these adjustments are insufficient to support safe, comfortable and professionally suitable home working, the colleague must work from the academy instead.
ANNEX 1: COVID LETTERS FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEAD TEACHER / CEO, MR PRUNTY
LETTER 6: 8 FEBRUARY 2021 (To be added)
ANNEX 2: HEALTH & TRAVEL DECLARATION FORM (TO BE UPDATED)
ANNEX 3: OFQUAL CONSULTATION ON PUBLIC EXAM ARRANGEMENTS SUMMER 2021
- Ofqual GCSEs, A-levels Examinations Consultation Document (Consultation now closed)
- Vocational exams and Technical Examinations Consultation Document (Consultation now closed)
Staff, Parents, students and others can read below the academy's response to the 2 consultation documents above.
We also believe that it is shocking and immoral for the examination boards to be raising their prices for this summer's exams.
- Our consultation response regarding the proposed exam arrangements for GCSEs and A-level is available to read HERE
- Our consultation response regarding the proposed exam arrangements for vocational and technical is available to read HERE
The Government has stated that secondary schools will be asked to provide 'Teacher Assessed Grades' / 'Centre Assessed Grades' but Ofqual is now consulting on the arrangements and it would appear that they students siting exams in school under supervised test conditions with teachers marking the papers for the examination boards. It appears that Teacher Professional judgments are being side-lined and we believe that this has all the same problems as last year and will be wholly inequitable and unfair.
We envisage that there may be a requirement to supply evidence to back up teacher judgments and that teacher judgments will be the main factor in determining grades awarded. It is possible that, for example, remote learning records, mock examination scripts, teacher observation, pupil engagement data, online learning and grades from marked work/submitted work all may play a major part in determining the grade submitted as each teacher's professional judgement, alongside any questions offered by the boards for teachers to decide how they might best be used to assess the students.
Whatever methodology is used, every attempt should be made to ensure fairness and not reinforce inequality.
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