New Covid Track and Trace Procedures
19th July 2021
From Monday, 19th July, government guidance is changing. Swindon Academy will no longer carry out Track and Trace to identify close contacts of a positive Covid case. Instead NHS Test and Trace will work with the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts.
- If your child has symptoms, all members of the household should isolate and inform the school. Your child should take a PCR test. If the result is positive, they should continue to isolate with the household. The NHS Track and Trace team will contact you and they will work with you to identify other close contacts that need to isolate. If the PCR test is negative, your child will be able to return to school.
- If your child has a positive result from a lateral flow device (LFD) test, the whole household should isolate, and you should inform the school. Your child will need to take a PCR test. If the result is positive, they should continue to isolate with the household. The NHS Track and Trace team will contact you and they will work with you to identify other close contacts that need to isolate. If the PCR test is negative, your child will be able to return to school.
PCR tests can be booked online through the NHS Test & Trace website or by calling 119.
From 16th August, if a close contact of a positive case is under 18, they will not have to self-isolate. They will be asked to take an PCR test immediately and they will not need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test.
Letters to Parents 2021
Letter to Secondary Parents regarding Yr 11 & Yr 13 qualifications 12-03-21
Alton Close Letter to Parents September 2021
Beech Avenue Letter to Parents September 2021
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)
We have carried out risk assessments in order to be Covid-19 compliant. These risk assessments can be accessed below.
Alton Close Risk Assement
Beech Avenue Primary Risk Assessment
Beech Avenue Secondary Risk Assessment
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.
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: