Letters to Parents
Letter to BA primary parents re: trips 05-10-20
Letter to AC parents re: trips 05-10-20
Letter to BA Primary parents - Covid Update 04-10-20
Letter to BA Primary parents - change to start and end of day routine 03-09-20 V2
Letter to all parents about face masks 29-08-20
Alton Close Primary September Re-opening Letter UPDATED 03-09-20
Beech Avenue Primary September Re-opening Letter 23-07-20
Secondary September Re-opening Letter 23-07-20
Swindon Academy is following the advice of Public Health England (PHE) which can be found on the PHE website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
The school has issued guidelines to students and staff on frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Students are encouraged to wash their hands; before leaving home - on arrival at school - after using the toilet - after breaks and sporting activities - before preparing food - before eating any food, including snacks - before leaving school. Children and staff are being encouraged to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
We are also ensuring that soap dispensers are topped up and there is an on-going supply of paper towels. In addition, our housekeeping team are carrying out daily sanitising of all door handles, bannisters and handrails.
The Department for Education has launched a a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687 (Opening hours: 8am to 6pm- Monday to Friday)
Coronavirus (Covid-19): Frequently Asked Questions
We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help parents regarding coronavirus (Covid-19).
My child only has a slight cough or fever. Is it OK for them to come to school?
It is important that everyone follows Government advice and that your child stays at home if they have the symptoms listed at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ This is in the best interests of the child as well as the school community.
My child is very worried about coronavirus. Who can they speak to?
Many members of the school community are available for additional support. Children should speak to their College Manager or any senior member of staff.
What is the school doing to keep pupils safe?
We have increased the amount of cleaning that takes place during the school day, particularly in areas that have high contact for students. Student lockers are not currently in use. The School Day has been re-organsied to enable separation of year groups. All staff and students are able to use hand sanitisers located throughout the building. We have also organised assemblies to promote good hygiene habits and we ask parents support us in this.
Are trips still going on?
No. We have cancelled all trips up to the Easter holiday and Primary Phase trips until the end of May. If you have already paid for the trip, we are working with the relevant companies to getting a refund. We will update you in due course when we have morning information. We are following DfE guidance regarding trips. We will inform parents if any trip is cancelled.
What can I do as a parent?
Please speak to your child about the coronavirus and reiterate the key messages we have covered in assemblies about staying safe. They are:
- Additional hand washing, especially before eating and after using toilets, for at least 20 seconds.
- Always coughing / sneezing into a tissue and disposing of it in a bin immediately.
- Avoid touching their face, and especially their eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid contact with others by not shaking hands, etc.
- Don’t share drinks, bottles or plates.
Where can I get more information?
There is more information on the official Government webpages below: