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    Covid -19 Important Information for Parents & Carers

Current Covid 19 procedures and contingency planning for Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service.

January 2022

 

This document has been produced with advice from:

  • Joint unions advice (GMB, NEU, UNISON and UNITE) for use in schools and other settings for at least the first term of the 021-22 academic year.
  • DfE- SEND and specialist settings: additional COVID-19 operational guidance Updated 6 January 2022
  • DfE- Contingency framework: education and childcare settings 15 December 2021
  • NAHT Schools in England and Covid 19 January 2022

 

We will where possible outline our current procedures to manage Covid-19 transmission risks, our rationale for decisions made and a contingency plan following an outbreak. This will take into consideration current Government Guidance and Joint Union response to the current situation.

 

The aim of these procedures is to minimise as much as possible the risk from Covid-19 to our students and staff at Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service whilst offering to our best ability, the least disruption to our students’ education as we can.

 

This document should be read along side our Covid-19 risk assessment and has been prepared as a result of consultation with staff, students, parents/ carers.

 

It is subject to change along with changing local council/ public health and government guidance.

 

Please note Public Health England (PHE) is now UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

 

Current situation at the start of Spring Term- January 2022

Since March 2020, it has been a difficult time for everyone due to a global pandemic. There have been considerable challenges at Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service with regard to changes to timetable, protective measures, self-isolation, remote learning, shortage of staff, welfare issues, increased anxiety and Mental Health issues. These have been managed well but have taken their toll on staff, students and our families. We have had cases of Covid 19, isolated cases and an outbreak at The RHISE Centre, where more than 2 individuals tested positive for Covid 19 at the same time and have had two incidents which lead to individuals being hospitalised. Staff and students have suffered bereavement from the pandemic either directly or indirectly related. We recognise this will take time to recover from.

 

We still have some staff and students who are clinically vulnerable or in higher risk categories.

 

The Government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. The Prime Minister announced on 27 November the temporary introduction of new measures as a result of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) and on 8 December that Plan B, set out in the autumn and winter plan 2021, was being enacted. As a result, these measures are reflected in this guidance for specialist settings. This advice remains subject to change as the situation develops. Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains.

 

At the start of the Spring Term we had 20.5% of staff absent and 8.8% of students with covid related absence, illness/ isolation. Along with Joint Unions this concerns us and we are seeing an increase in cases and staff shortage. The Omicron variant is community transmissible and due to the increase in cases, could lead to more young people missing School because they test positive or because they have long Covid symptoms.

 

We do understand that the situation has changed due to the vaccination programme and now most of our staff are double vaccinated, 85.3% and 47.1% have received their booster vaccination. Of our students in the 16-18 age group, 15.8% have had one vaccination and 5.3%, two doses. We have a low take up of vaccines in this age bracket and there is resistance in belief of the balance between efficacy and harm from these young people and their families. We have sent information to Parents/ Carers and held discussions within lessons and on an individual basis within the Sixth Form. Booster vaccines are also available for our students who are 18+.

 

33.4% of our 12-15 year olds have received their first dose of the vaccine and a second vaccine is due to be organised in the coming weeks. In addition to this some of our 12-15 year olds have had the flu spray.

 

The Omicron rates of Covid-19 infection in the wider community are high and the North West is currently the highest in the Country, 6 January 2022.

The Joint Unions believe that effective safety measures remain important, both to reduce the extent to which the virus is spread within Schools and Colleges and within the wider community, and to reduce the extent that staff and students are absent due to Covid-19 or suffer ill-effects, including those of long Covid.

 

Face coverings are being advised to be worn in the classroom (to be revised 26 January 2022), communal areas and on transport unless exemptions apply and ventilation is being encouraged. We have CO2 monitors within school  and The RHISE Centre and have HEPA ventilation filters in areas which have been deemed to have poorer ventilation. None have these have been provided by the Government.

 

It has always been our aim throughout the pandemic to maintain as much face to face contact with our students as possible and we continue to aim to do so. Procedures and contingency planning outlined in this document are carefully implemented to achieve this.

 

Procedures and contingency in the event of an outbreak

 

Risk assessments

The DfE advice continues to emphasise the importance of risk assessments that are regularly reviewed and updated.

 

In our risk assessment we consider the following:

  • Our risk assessment process considers all the areas identified in DfE advice (issued separately for schools, FE colleges, special needs settings and early years settings) and in Joint Union advice, fully evaluate the risk of harm, including local prevalence, and identify the measures to apply in each area.
  • Risk assessments are conducted and reviewed in consultation with Union reps/health and safety reps and staff.
  • Agreed safety measures are reviewed whenever national or local guidance changes, local rates increase, or new variants become prevalent.
  • Revised procedures are clearly communicated to staff, students, parents/carers, contractor staff, visitors and visiting workers via email/ letter/ telephone and are available on the school website www.roselynhouseschool.co.uk
  • The position of the most vulnerable staff and students are considered through individual risk assessments.

 

 

 

Bubbles, social distancing and safety measures

The Government has removed the recommendation for students to socially distance or stay in bubbles. Face coverings are temporarily being advised for students, staff and visitors in classrooms (to be reviewed 26 January 2022), communal areas and on transport. Other measures such as improved ventilation and maintenance of cleaning and hygiene regimes continue to be recommended as an essential part of systems to restrict transmission in educational settings.

 

However, the DfE has been clear that settings can choose to apply safety measures they think necessary to reduce transmission of the virus. Each setting and each classroom is different. In the event of increased cases of Covid-19 either in the school or in the local area, the Contingency Framework states that Bubbles and face coverings may have to be re-introduced (which is currently the case).

 

Bubbles

We have consulted with our students and staff before the end of last academic year and most students had increased anxiety about the school relinquishing Bubbles and students being placed with many new students and staff who they have not met before. They were in their Bubbles for 18 months and for some of the new students, have known nothing else. We have seen many positives from creating smaller groups within school, not only in terms of safety towards transmission, but also within educational development, willingness to learn and relationships between staff and students and students and students. There has been a reduction of negative behaviour and a cohesion of support for each other. Our students need consistency.

 

With this in mind, we have maintained smaller groups across school and The RHISE Service. We have made some adjustments to benefit individual needs. We try to avoid cross over of staff to different groups and if we have to do so we look at a gap in attendance and daily testing before this is done.

 

We have maintained individual workstations for students within their own classroom and Teachers will move to deliver lessons. This has proved beneficial in terms of hygiene and limiting contact but also providing students with the responsibility of their own work area and resources as they would in the workplace, thus preparing them for the adult world.

 

We have continued to provide an Outdoor Curriculum and further developed this for the RHISE Service as we believe that being outside and fresh air has helped in limiting transmission whilst also providing new opportunities in the outdoors, community, social interaction and life skills.

Despite the changes introduced during the pandemic, they have worked in a positive way for our students and they are receiving a greater educational experience as a result. If we went back to a whole school set up, for many it would be like starting again and the progress that has been made would be lost.

 

Social Distancing

We intend to maintain social distancing measures that limit interaction and reduce the risk of virus transmission without causing disruption to ordinary activities. Students and staff should be regularly reminded that maintaining social distancing reduces the risk of transmission.

We continue to use separate entrances where possible that minimise the extent of contact and mixing during circulation around the premises at both school and The RHISE Centre.

Roselyn House School:

Group 1 enter and exit by the front door

Group 2 enter and exit by the back door

The RHISE Centre: Group 1 and 2 enter and exit by the front door

 

  • We will continue to not have whole school gatherings and assemblies are replaced with form time in school to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Face-to-face staff meetings, trainings, parents’ and professionals’ meetings will be avoided as far as possible. They should be held online wherever possible and should have appropriate social distancing maintained where there is no alternative to them being held in person.
  • There will be some staggered timings for lunch breaks, other breaks and start and finish times. These measures can have a wider benefit beyond just helping to reduce transmission risk.
  • Arrangements for transport, including when travelling, boarding and disembarking should continue to be subject to regular review with mask- wearing and social distancing retained. Conversations with Parents/ Carers on the doorstep should also be socially distanced.
  • Arrangements for maintaining social distancing in classrooms and elsewhere are advised in respect of staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable or otherwise at significantly greater risk.

 

Where there have been positive cases in individual groups, arrangements may be considered for limiting the interaction of the students and staff involved with other students and staff. Those that have been closely mixing with a positive case will take daily LFT for 7 days.

Those staff who can work from home are currently being advised to do so.

 

Face Coverings and PPE

Staff and students are advised to wear face coverings in all areas of the premises including classrooms. We encourage an ethos of acceptance.

  • We actively encourage staff and students to wear face coverings around the premises (including in classrooms). This is currently government guidance.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE), including FFP2 or FFP3 grade masks if appropriate, are provided for staff administering first aid, medical care or personal care activities where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Appropriate PPE is provided for catering, cleaning and estates staff.
  • Appropriate PPE is available in respect of staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable or otherwise at significantly greater risk and are in the workplace.

 

Ventilation and cleaning

Ventilation arrangements with existing arrangements of windows and doors being left open are continuing to ensure maximum ventilation of all spaces.

  • CO2 monitors have been purchased by school and are used to monitor CO2 emissions on a weekly basis at the school main site and The RHISE Centre. This will allow for the ventilation of a room to be monitored.
  • We have purchased HEPA air purifiers for rooms that may have poorer ventilation and are used in office spaces and corridors. There is ongoing discussion if these are required in classrooms, however having windows open is currently acceptable but not ideal.
  • The curriculum utilises the outdoors so that staff and students time spent inside is limited across the week also promoting a healthier lifestyle.
  • Any areas identified as having unsafe levels of ventilation will be taken out of use pending improvements.

Enhanced hygiene and cleaning regimes will be maintained throughout the premises, including arrangements for enhanced hand washing/ sanitiser stations.

 

Protecting staff at greater risk

Given the ongoing level of case rates, the position of staff who are at greater risk of adverse outcomes should they contract Covid-19 must continue to be properly considered and appropriate measures taken. This applies in particular to those staff identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) or unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons and to pregnant women in their third trimester of pregnancy. However, it must be recognised that all those who are at greater risk, even if fully vaccinated, will continue to be concerned that no vaccine offers 5 per cent protection against contracting the virus.

  • We provide individual risk assessments and review where previously carried out – for staff defined as CEV or unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons and for pregnant women in their third trimester of pregnancy.
  • We provide appropriate additional risk mitigation measures specific to the individual, including implementing additional social distancing, additional PPE such as FFP2 or FFP3 grade masks, and safer and better-ventilated working locations in the workplace.
  • CEV staff are supported to work from home where they request to do so following medical advice or an individual risk assessment.
  • Pregnant women in their third trimester will be permitted to work from home remotely.
  • Individual risk assessments are also offered to other staff previously defined as clinically vulnerable or with characteristics that may put them at significantly greater risk, such as age, ethnicity, sex and disability, and for any staff concerned about household members who may be at significantly greater risk.
  • Appropriate PPE is provided for any staff within the workplace who are at significantly greater risk.
  • Staff who have worked significantly from home will be given a period of transition in order to adjust back into the working environment based on individual requirements.

 

Testing, tracing and isolating

NHS test and trace procedures are intended to ensure that all students who test positive will self-isolate from school/college for the necessary period (currently 5 days where a LFT should be taken on day 5 and day 6. If these are negative, the individual can return to education.  The Government removed the need for schools and colleges to oversee contact tracing from 19 July and for close contacts who are under 18 years and 6 months, or fully vaccinated to self-isolate from 16 August. However, we have seen no evidence of this and continue to contract case when informed of a positive case.

We are led to believe that Test and Trace will not contact the school every time there is a case only in ‘exceptional cases’.

  • Staff will be encouraged to use the NHS Covid-19 app in school, including in classrooms, and self-isolate (if not fully vaccinated) when notified by the app or contacted by NHS test and trace.
  • Staff will maintain twice weekly LFT and complete a test the day before returning to work.
  • Students will have doorstep testing during the first week back at the start of the term. This is to ensure that testing is conducted properly. They will then be encouraged to resume twice weekly home testing and report to their transport staff.
  • Tests will be available at school for students to take, if they so wish, when they have not been able to do them at home.
  • If an LFT is positive a PCR test no longer needs to be taken and an individual should self-isolate for 5 days completing LFT on day 5 and day 6.
  • Temperature tests will continue to be taken by staff before students enter transport.
  • Staff who suspect a student has symptoms or a high temperature should not bring the student to school and inform the office. The Parents/ Carers will be informed, and the student asked to take a PCR test.
  • All staff and students with Covid-19 symptoms or a positive PCR test should be expected to self-isolate, in line with Government advice, for the necessary period. If well enough students and staff will be moved to remote learning as soon as is practical.
  • Existing safety arrangements should be in place for supervising students who develop Covid-19 symptoms prior to them going home. The student will be taken to the designated room on each site:

 

School- Salon

The RHISE Centre- downstairs kitchen

 

If Parents/ Carers cannot collect the student then full PPE will be worn to drive them home.

 

  • All staff, including outsourced staff such as catering and cleaning staff, will receive full pay when required to self-isolate, without any impact on their sickness absence record.

 

Close mixing

The DfE consider close mixing as the following:

  • a form group or subject class
  • a friendship group mixing at breaktimes
  • a sports team 
  • a group in an after-school activity

 

If a student or member of staff tests positive within a group/ class, the rest of the group/ class are not required to self-isolate if double vaccinated or under 18years and 6 they should take daily LFT for 7 days.

  • In this situation we will identify those individuals and provide a box of 7 LFT.
  • If the LFT test is negative and reported each day, the close contact can continue face to face learning.
  • We will inform staff, parents and students of any positive cases, without identifying any individuals directly or indirectly.  This is important so that each employee, student and their family are aware of the local risks.
  • It is also strongly recommended that if a student is living with someone who has a positive case that they also have daily LFT. If they are unable to do so, they may not be able to attend school and would be placed on remote learning for 7 days.

 

The DfE has outlined a threshold for contacting UKHSA and for ourselves, this is if we have 2 or more cases within 10 days. Following this extra action may have to be taken.

This concerns us as we are a small school, so in order to maintain face to face learning, we need Parents/ Carers to support us in seeking a PCR test when symptoms occur, and take daily LFT when a household member or other close contact has tested positive. Likewise, to encourage twice weekly home LFT or within school.

  • If a student won’t take daily LFT, we may have to consider this young person as likely to have Covid 19 and make alternative arrangements for their education. We would be unable to transport this young person to school as there would be an increased risk to the other people in the vehicle. DfE guidance issued on 15.7.21 states:

 

‘In exceptional cases, settings may decide to refuse a pupil if, in the setting’s reasonable judgment, it is necessary to protect those within the setting from possible infection with Covid-19. The decision would need to be carefully considered in light of all the circumstances and current public health advice.’

 

This decision will be made on an individual level and discussions will take place with Group Leads and Parents/ Carers in this instance.

 

Extra Action

Following meeting the threshold of 2 positive cases within 10 days extra action may be outlined by UKHSA. They may advise of local actions and they may advise school take extra measures such as:

  • Strengthened communications to encourage students to undertake twice weekly rapid asymptomatic home testing and reporting
  • Reinstating on-site rapid LFD testing or doorstep testing for a two-week period to encourage uptake of twice weekly testing
  • Increased frequency of testing

They may also recommend the actions listed under Other Measures in the contingency framework, or other proportionate measures to support continuing face-to-face education.

 

 

In extreme cases, and as a last resort where all other risk mitigations have not broken chains of in-school transmission, a DPH may advise introducing short-term attendance restrictions in school, such as:

  • Sending home a class or year group (as they could any workplace experiencing a serious infectious disease outbreak).
  • Remote learning would be provided for all students well enough to learn from home.
  • On-site provision should in all cases be retained for the most vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers.

 

Where they have advised settings to take extra measures, DsPH and HPTs will work closely with their Regional Partnership Teams and keep the situation under regular review. They will inform settings when it is appropriate to stop additional measures, or if they should be extended.

 

Avoiding excessive workload

The Covid-19 pandemic has hugely increased workload for many staff.

  • Regular reviews take place and consultation that seek to limit and reduce staff workload.
  • Steps are taken to remove unnecessary working activities altogether and conduct others in a way which avoids the need for staff to be or remain present in the workplace unnecessarily.
  • Demands to work outside normal responsibilities are kept to a minimum.
  • PPA time and other non-contact time for classroom-based staff is maintained.
  • Arrangements are in place to support staff wellbeing, such as individual counselling support.

 

Long Covid

  • Absence is not counted against sick pay entitlements, given that Covid–19 may have been contracted at work.
  • Staff absences related to long Covid are recorded separately.

 

S.Damerall

January 2022

 

 

COVID-19 vaccination A guide for children and young people

 

 
 
 

 

The NHS is offering COVID-19 vaccine to children and young people. This includes those aged 12 to 17 years at increased risk from infection who will need 2 doses of the vaccine 8 weeks apart. All other young people aged 12 to 17 years will be offered a first dose of vaccine. The timing of a second dose for these 12 to 17 year olds will be confirmed later.

Are you at risk from COVID-19 infection?

Coronavirus can affect anyone. Some children and young people are at greater risk including those living with serious conditions such as:

  • cancers (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
  • diabetes
  • serious heart problems
  • chest complaint or breathing difficulties,  including poorly controlled asthma
  • kidney, liver or a gut disease
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • an organ transplant
  • a neurodisability or neuromuscular condition
  • a severe or profound learning disability
  • Down’s syndrome
  • a problem with your spleen, eg sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
  • epilepsy
  • serious genetic problems
  • other serious medical conditions as advised by your doctor or specialist.

Your specialist or GP will tell you if you need the  COVID-19 vaccination.

 

For most children and young people COVID-19 is usually a milder illness that rarely leads to complications. For a very few the symptoms may last for longer than the usual 2 to 3 weeks. The vaccination will help to protect you against COVID-19.

Currently the vaccine licensed for children and young people is the Pfizer vaccine. This is what you will be offered.

Will the vaccine protect me?

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease. It may take a few weeks for your body to build up some protection from the vaccine. You should get good protection from the first dose, having the second dose should give you longer lasting protection against the virus.

Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective – some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe. Further information is available on symptoms on NHS.UK.

The vaccines do not contain organisms that grow in the body, and so are safe for children and young people with disorders of the immune system. These people may not respond so well to the vaccine but it should offer them protection against severe disease.

What about giving consent?

You will probably want to share information about the vaccine with your parents and discuss it together.

If you are being offered the vaccination at school, you may be given a consent form that your parent/guardian should sign giving permission for you to have the vaccination.

The nurse or GP will discuss the COVID-19 vaccine with you at your appointment and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Common side effects

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short term, and not everyone gets them. With the vaccine we use in under-18s, side effects are more common with the second dose.

Very common side effects include:

  • having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1 to 2 days after the vaccination
  • feeling tired
  • headache
  • general aches, or mild flu like symptoms You can rest and take paracetamol (follow the dose advice in the packaging) to help make you feel better. Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for 2 to 3 days, a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection. Symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week. If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, you or your parents can call NHS 111.

Less common side effects

Recently, cases of inflammation of the heart (called myocarditis or pericarditis) have been reported very rarely after COVID-19 vaccines.

Most of these cases have been in younger men and usually a few days after the second vaccination. Most people recovered and felt better following rest and simple treatments.

You should seek medical advice urgently if you experience:

Can you catch COVID-19 from the vaccine?

You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine but it is possible to have caught COVID-19 and not have the symptoms until after your vaccination appointment. The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature

Keep your record card safe

If you or your parents or carers do seek advice from a doctor or nurse, make sure you tell them about your vaccination (show them the vaccination card, if possible) so that they can assess you properly.

Don’t forget your

COVID-19 vaccination

Make sure you keep this record card in your purse or wallet

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination or what to do after your vaccination, see www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

COVID-19 immunisation

Protect yourself.

 

You or your parents and carers can also report suspected side effects to vaccines and medicines online through the

Yellow Card scheme.

coronavirus-yellowcard.

mhra.gov.uk

  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell If you have the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test.

What to do next

After you have had the first dose you may be given a second appointment sometime later. Your record card will show the details of the first dose.

You will be advised on the right timing for your second dose to help give the best, and longest lasting protection for you.

 

If you are not well when your appointment is due

You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are selfisolating, waiting for a COVID-19 test or within 4 weeks of having a positive COVID-19 test.

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

 
 

How is COVID-19 spread?

 

COVID-19 is spread through droplets breathed out from the

nose or mouth, particularly when speaking or

You MUST still follow any national or local restrictions and:

where advised wear a face mask

 

 

 
 

 

 

COVID 19

Vaccination consent form  for children and young people

The COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to your child. Your child will receive their first COVID-19 vaccine and you may be notified about the second dose later. The leaflet sent with this form includes more information about the vaccines currently in use. Please discuss the vaccination with your child, then complete this form before it is due. Information about the vaccinations will be put on your child’s health records.

Child’s full name (first name and surname):

Date of birth:

Home address:

Daytime contact telephone number for parent/carer:

NHS number (if known):

Ethnicity:

School (if relevant):

GP name and address:

Year group/class:

Consent for COVID-19 vaccination (Please complete one box only)

I want my child to receive the COVID-19 vaccination

 

I do not want my child to have the COVID-19 vaccine

Name:

 

Name:

Signature:

Parent/Guardian

 

Signature:

Parent/Guardian

Date:

 

Date:

If after discussion, you and your child decide that you do not want them to have the vaccine,  it would be helpful if you would give the reasons for this on the back of this form.

Ask for the What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination leaflet at gov.uk/government/publications/ covid-19-vaccination-resources-for-children-and-young-people. It will tell you about the side effects and how to report them to the Yellowcard scheme at yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk.

 

 

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Date of COVID-19 vaccination

Site of injection 

(please circle)

Batch number/ expiry date

Immuniser

(please print)

Where administered

( hub, PCN, GP etc)

First

 

L arm

R arm

 

 

 

Second

 

L arm

R arm

 

 

 

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Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

Secretary of State for Education

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

 

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A joint letter to parents of secondary school and college students in England on Covid19 testing and vaccines from the Secretaries of State for Education and for Health and Social Care

 

11th October 2021 COVID-19 AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN ENGLAND

We know that children and young people have been hugely affected by the pandemic, both in terms of their education and their ability to socialise and participate in activities that benefit them outside of formal education.

We want to thank you as parents and guardians of secondary school and college students for your support over the last eighteen months. We know this time has been difficult for many of you, as well as for the young people you care for. 

As students return to the classroom, we would ask for your continued support to make sure your children are able to stay in face-to-face learning, by encouraging them to: 

  • test themselves for COVID-19 twice a week, and more frequently if they are specifically asked to do so. This way, we can find individuals who have the virus but are not showing symptoms, and stop them from passing it on to others. 

 

  • come forward for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is one of the best things young people can do to protect themselves and those around them. 

 

We know that students have missed a lot of time in school and college since the pandemic started, and that there is no substitute for face-to-face learning. Keeping students in the classroom in the coming months is therefore a Government priority, both for their immediate and longer-term wellbeing.

We know that some of you will be concerned about the health risks to the young people you care for. We want to reassure you that the evidence shows that young people remain at very low risk of serious illness from COVID-19. 

However, we need to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Young people who get ill will need to miss school or college, and may spread it to others. That is why we are encouraging you all to support your children to get vaccinated and to continue to test regularly. This will help to detect cases early, reduce spread, and keep students in education. 

 

Vaccination

Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

 

 

The COVID-19 vaccination programme for children aged 12-15 years has now started. Thousands of young people across the country have already taken the opportunity to receive their vaccine. If your child is 12-15 years old, a consent form and information leaflet from the NHS will be sent home allowing you to provide consent for your child to receive their vaccination at school.  

We remind you that 16- and 17-year-olds can book their vaccination through the National Booking Service or find a convenient walk-in site. Please do help your 16- and 17-year-olds to book a vaccination if they have not already done so. We would also encourage you to book a vaccination for yourself if you have not done so already, or if you have missed a second dose.

 

Testing

We ask that you support and encourage your children to test twice a week at home, every week, with Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. This will help us reduce the transmission of COVID-19 among our children. Please report and upload test results online, even if they are negative or void, as this allows us to understand the virus and take additional action when needed.  

In addition to regular twice weekly testing:  

  • Children displaying the symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and get a PCR test.

 

  • Children who receive a positive LFD result should isolate and book a PCR test to confirm their result. 

 

  • Children who are identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace should take a PCR test and continue to go to school while they wait for their result.

 

  • In response to potential outbreaks, your school, college or local health team may advise additional testing. For example, if your child is identified as a close contact, they may be asked to take daily LFDs, while they wait for their PCR result. In this scenario, they should continue to attend school as long as their LFD results remain negative. 

 

Additionally, please encourage your child to follow guidance on wearing face coverings in crowded spaces with people they don't know well, for example on school transport. 

We know that many of you will have questions or concerns about this, and we understand that. The NHS website (www.nhs.uk) is an excellent source of advice, which we hope will be able to answer many of your questions about testing or vaccination. If not, you can call the 119 service who should be able to help with questions on testing. When you get a vaccination consent form for your child, it will include details of how you can ask further questions of your local teams.

Thank you again for your support.

   

            RT HON NADHIM ZAHAWI MP                          RT HON SAJID JAVID MP

Roselyn House School

Moving forwards together to a positive future.

DfE number: 888/6095

Moss Lane (Off Wigan Road)

Clayton le Woods, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 4SE

Telephone: 01772 435948

 Email: office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk www.roselynhouseschool.co.uk

                                                                                                                        20 October 2021

 

 

 

 

Good morning

 

Please can I take the opportunity to thank students who have taken part in the Covid-19 Vaccination programmes and also the Nasal Flu Vaccination programme over the last couple of weeks. Students have been a credit to theirselves and shown maturity whilst these have taken place; showing respect to those who have taken part and equally to those who haven’t. It all goes further towards limiting disruption in the school.

 

May I also remind you of the importance of home testing and in particular the letter that was sent on 11th October from the DfE. We have discovered that if regular twice weekly LFTs take place then this minimises the possibility of your child having to take a PCR test when they have closely mixed with someone who tested positive for Covid, thus keeping them in school.

 

We are concerned that cases continue to rise in the area and want to keep all our students, staff and families as safe as possible. The Government has asked that home testing continue over Half Term and if any positive cases can be emailed to school, this would be appreciated. Staff will also continue to do them.

 

Bearing this in mind and the likelihood of people mixing over Half Term, we will operate a staggered start, to the next half- term as we have done previously. This is so we can ensure that students are tested before they come back into school. Therefore, Monday 1st November all students will be on remote learning and testing staff will conduct ‘doorstep testing’.

 

On Thursday 4th November, we would ask students to do a home test and report results to their staff on transport. If the student does not do a home test, then they will be asked to do a LFT on arrival at school. Moving forwards we will continue to make available home tests in school if students are unable to complete them at home. Some exemptions do apply.

 

The importance of testing is to keep everyone safe. If we know someone has Covid, we can act quickly to minimise the risk to each other.

 

Thankyou for your support as always in these matters.

 

Miss D ?

 

 

 

Moving forwards together to a positive future.

DfE number: 888/6095

 

Commercial House

26, Hastings Road, Leyland PR25 3SP

Telephone: 01772 435948

 Email: office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk    www.rhise.net

 

 

 

13 January 2022

 

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

I am writing to you today to inform you that the School Nurse Team will be attending at The RHISE Centre on Wednesday 26th January 2022 to administer Covid 19 Vaccinations to students aged 12 and above.  They will be administering both First Dose and Booster vaccinations.

 

I am attaching to this letter :-

 

  1. Public Health England Covid 19 Vaccination Guide for Children & Young People
  2. Public Health England Covid 19 Consent Form
  3. Pre-Screening Checklist.

 

Can you please sign the consent form and return it to us at The RHISE Centre.

 

This letter will be sent by hard copy as well as email to enable you to sign and complete the forms.

 

Yours sincerely

 

      

Rachel Smith

School Business Manager

Roselyn House School / The RHISE Service

 

Roselyn House School

Moving forwards together to a positive future.

DfE number: 888/6095

Moss Lane (Off Wigan Road)

Clayton le Woods, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 4SE

Telephone: 01772 435948

 Email: office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk www.roselynhouseschool.co.uk

 

                                                                                                    23 March 2022

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

 

Following an increase in cases of Covid- 19 at school and in the wider community, this has sadly caused some disruption to face to face learning within one of the groups, I wanted to write to you with regard the importance of encouraging your child to continue twice weekly testing.

 

The Government removed the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic testing.

 

However, staff and students of secondary age and above in SEND settings, alternative provision settings, and SEND units within mainstream settings or equivalent in further education colleges are advised to continue twice-weekly testing. (SEND and specialist settings: additional Covid-19 operational guidance- February 2022).

 

This is because we have closer contact with our students and is our best safety measure to identify cases quickly in a smaller environment.

 

Tests kits are sent home with students and testing is available at school.

 

We aim to continue education as normal, as the last two years have thrown us enough challenges, however when we have a large number of staff absence, due to being a small environment with 70 students and 35 staff, this affects us greatly and disrupts the running of individual groups.

 

Testing continues to be our greatest defence in detecting most cases early and minimising transmission. Please continue to encourage your child to complete twice weekly tests.

 

We still have a number of vulnerable students and staff and urge people where possible to take up vaccines and boosters offered.

 

Thankyou, for your support in this and all matters.

 

Miss D

Headteacher

Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service

 

 

 

 

Roselyn House School

Moving forwards together to a positive future.

DfE number: 888/6095

Moss Lane (Off Wigan Road)

Clayton le Woods, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 4SE

Telephone: 01772 435948

 Email: office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk www.roselynhouseschool.co.uk

                                                                                                            14 May 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

We hope everyone is doing well. 

 

Please note we will be continuing to request that students and staff wear face coverings in school and on transport. We will review this after half term. 

 

We are concerned that there have been two Covid outbreaks in a school and a college in the Leyland area. There are also increased concerns around the area that some of the students come from with an increase of the new variant.  We currently have some Covid cases within our families too.

 

Despite the Government decision, many other schools are continuing the use of wearing face coverings and it is likely PHE Lancashire will announce further advice shortly.

 

Students have followed this really well and we have been proud of their maturity to keep everyone safe. 

 

Thankyou once again for your support.

 

Miss D

    

Roselyn House School

Moving forwards together to a positive future.

DfE number: 888/6095

Moss Lane (Off Wigan Road)

Clayton le Woods, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 4SE

Telephone: 01772 435948

 Email: office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk www.roselynhouseschool.co.uk

                                                                                                            13 January 2022

 

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

I am writing to you today to inform you that the School Nurse Team will be attending at Roselyn House School on Monday 24th January 2022 to administer Covid 19 Vaccinations to students aged 12 and above.  They will be administering both First Dose and Booster vaccinations.

 

 I am attaching to this letter :-

 

  1. Public Health England Covid 19 Vaccination Guide for Children & Young People
  2. Public Health England Covid 19 Consent Form
  3. Pre-Screening Checklist.

 

Can you please sign the consent form and return it to us at School.

 

This letter will be sent by hard copy as well as email to enable you to sign and complete the forms.

 

Yours sincerely

 

      

Rachel Smith

School Business Manager

Roselyn House School

 

    

Roselyn House School

Moving forwards together to a positive future.

DfE number: 888/6095

Moss Lane (Off Wigan Road)

Clayton le Woods, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 4SE

Telephone: 01772 435948

 Email: office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk www.roselynhouseschool.co.uk

                                                                                                            13 October 2021

 

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

I am writing to you today to inform you that the School Nurse Team will be attending at Roselyn House School on Monday 18th October 2021 to administer Covid 19 Vaccinations to students aged 12-15.

 

I am attaching to this letter :-

 

  1. Public Health England Covid 19 Vaccination Guide for Children & Young People
  2. Public Health England Covid 19 Consent Form
  3. Pre-Screening Checklist.

 

Can you please sign the consent form and return it to us at School.

 

This letter will be sent by hard copy as well as email to enable you to sign and complete the forms.

 

Yours sincerely

 

      

Rachel Smith

School Business Manager

Roselyn House School

 

    

 

 

Current Covid 19 procedures and contingency planning for Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service.

September 2021

 

This document has been produced with advice from:

  • Joint unions advice (GMB, NEU, UNISON and UNITE) for use in schools and other settings for at least the first term of the 2021-22 academic year.
  • DfE- SEND and specialist settings: additional COVID-19 operational guidance Updated 27 August 2021
  • DfE- Contingency framework: education and childcare settings August 2021
  • NAHT Schools in England and Covid 19 September 2021

 

We will where possible outline our current procedures to manage Covid-19 transmission risks, our rationale for decisions made and a contingency plan following an outbreak. This will take into consideration current Government guidance and Joint Union response to the current situation.

The aim of these procedures is to minimise as much as possible the risk from Covid-19 to our students and staff at Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service whilst offering to our best ability, the least disruption to our students’ education as we can.

This document should be read along side our Covid-19 risk assessment and has been prepared as a result of consultation with staff, students, parents/ carers.

It is subject to change along with changing local council/ public health and government guidance.

 

Current situation at the start of a new academic year- September 2021.

The last 18 months have been a difficult time for everyone due to a global pandemic. There have been considerable challenges at Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service with regard to changes to timetable, protective measures, self-isolation, remote learning, shortage of staff, welfare issues, increased anxiety and Mental Health issues. These have been managed well but have taken their toll on staff, students and our families. We have had cases of Covid 19 which have been isolated but have in two incidents lead to hospitalisation. Staff and students have suffered bereavement from the pandemic either directly or indirectly related. We recognise this will take time to recover from.

We still have some staff and students who are clinically vulnerable or in higher risk categories.

The Government has chosen to remove a lot of requirements for safety measures in schools and other settings along with society. Along with Joint Unions this concerns us that it could lead to an increase in Covid-19 cases and disruption as more young people miss School because they test positive or because they have long Covid symptoms.

We do understand that the situation has changed due to the vaccination programme and now most of our staff are double vaccinated along with some of our students in the 16-18 age group who have had one vaccination. This will increase over the next few months and booster vaccines may also become available as we go into Winter. There is ongoing discussion as to whether 12-15 year olds will also be offered the vaccine along with a flu jab.

However, rates of Covid-19 infection in the wider community are higher than this time last year. We have students and staff who live in some of the highest infection areas of the county.

The Joint Unions believe that effective safety measures remain important, both to reduce the extent to which the virus is spread within Schools and Colleges and within the wider community, and to reduce the extent that staff and students are absent due to Covid-19 or suffer ill-effects, including those of long Covid.

It has always been our aim throughout the pandemic to maintain as much face to face contact with our students as possible and we continue to aim to do so. Procedures and contingency planning outlined in this document are carefully implemented to achieve this.

 

Procedures and contingency in the event of an outbreak

 

Risk assessments

The DfE advice continues to emphasise the importance of risk assessments that are regularly reviewed and updated.

 

In our risk assessment we consider the following:

  • Our risk assessment process considers all the areas identified in DfE advice (issued separately for schools, FE colleges, special needs settings and early years settings) and in Joint Union advice, fully evaluate the risk of harm, including local prevalence, and identify the measures to apply in each area.
  • Risk assessments are conducted and reviewed in consultation with Union reps/health and safety reps and staff.
  • Agreed safety measures are reviewed whenever national or local guidance changes, local rates increase, or new variants become prevalent.
  • Revised procedures are clearly communicated to staff, students, parents/carers, contractor staff, visitors and visiting workers via email/ letter/ telephone and are available on the school website www.roselynhouseschool.co.uk
  • The position of the most vulnerable staff and students are considered through individual risk assessments.

 

Bubbles, social distancing and safety measures

The Government has removed the recommendation for students to socially distance or stay in bubbles. Face coverings are no longer advised for students, staff and visitors in classrooms or communal areas. Other measures such as improved ventilation and maintenance of cleaning and hygiene regimes continue to be recommended as an essential part of systems to restrict transmission in educational settings.

 

However, the DfE has been clear that settings can choose to apply safety measures they think necessary to reduce transmission of the virus. Each setting and each classroom is different. In the event of increased cases of Covid-19 either in the school or in the local area, the Contingency Framework states that Bubbles and face coverings may have to be re-introduced.

 

Bubbles

We have consulted with our students and staff before the end of last academic year and most students had increased anxiety about the school relinquishing Bubbles and students being placed with many new students and staff who they have not met before. They have been in their Bubbles for 18 months and for some of the new students have known nothing else. We have seen many positives from creating smaller groups within school, not only in terms of safety towards transmission, but also within educational development, willingness to learn and relationships between staff and students and students and students. There has been a reduction of negative behaviour and a cohesion of support for each other. Our students need consistency.

With this in mind, we have maintained smaller groups across school and The RHISE Service. We have made some adjustments to benefit individual needs and staff are able to move across groups, although this is limited.

We have maintained individual workstations for students within their own classroom and Teachers will move to deliver lessons. This has proved beneficial in terms of hygiene and limiting contact but also providing students with the responsibility of their own work area and resources as they would in the workplace, thus preparing them for the adult world.

We have continued to provide an Outdoor Curriculum and further developed this for the RHISE Service as we believe that being outside and fresh air has helped in limiting transmission whilst also providing new opportunities in the outdoors, community, social interaction and life skills.

Despite the changes introduced during the pandemic, they have worked in a positive way for our students and they are receiving a greater educational experience as a result. If we went back to a whole school set up, for many it would be like starting again and the progress that has been made would be lost.

 

Social Distancing

We intend to maintain social distancing measures that limit interaction and reduce the risk of virus transmission without causing disruption to ordinary activities. Students and staff should be regularly reminded that maintaining social distancing reduces the risk of transmission.

  • We continue to use of one-way systems that minimise the extent of contact and mixing during circulation around the premises at both school and The RHISE Centre.

Roselyn House School:

Group 1 enter by the side door and move left and exit by the front door

Group 2 enter by the side door and move right and exit by the back door

The RHISE Centre:

Group 1 and 2 enter by the front door and exit by the back door, moving one way through the building.

  • We will continue to not have whole school gatherings and assemblies are replaced with form time in school to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Face-to-face staff meetings, trainings, parents’ and professionals’ meetings will be avoided as far as possible. They should be held online wherever possible and should have appropriate social distancing maintained where there is no alternative to them being held in person.
  • There will be some staggered timings for lunch breaks, other breaks and start and finish times. These measures can have a wider benefit beyond just helping to reduce transmission risk.
  • Arrangements for transport, including when travelling, boarding and disembarking should continue to be subject to regular review with mask- wearing and social distancing retained. Conversations with Parents/ Carers on the doorstep should also be socially distanced.
  • Arrangements for maintaining social distancing in classrooms and elsewhere are advised in respect of staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable or otherwise at significantly greater risk.

Where there have been positive cases in individual groups, arrangements may be considered for limiting the interaction of the students and staff involved with other students and staff.

Face Coverings and PPE

Staff and students are permitted to wear face coverings in all areas of the premises including classrooms if they wish to. We encourage an ethos of acceptance.

  • We actively encourage staff and students to wear face coverings around the premises (including in classrooms). In some circumstances this will be advised by local directors of Public Health
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE), including FFP2 or FFP3 grade masks if appropriate, are provided for staff administering first aid, medical care or personal care activities where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Appropriate PPE is provided for catering, cleaning and estates staff.
  • Appropriate PPE is available in respect of staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable or otherwise at significantly greater risk and are in the workplace.

 

Ventilation and cleaning

Ventilation arrangements with existing arrangements of windows and doors being left open are continuing to ensure maximum ventilation of all spaces.

  • CO2 monitors are being currently discussed by the Government and may become available for us in due course. This will allow for the ventilation of a room to be monitored.
  • We are also looking into the use of air purifiers for rooms that may have poorer ventilation but this doesn’t currently appear to be a problem with the windows being able to be open both in school and at The RHISE Centre.
  • The curriculum utilises the outdoors so that staff and students time spent inside is limited across the week also promoting a healthier lifestyle.
  • Any areas identified as having unsafe levels of ventilation will be taken out of use pending improvements.

Enhanced hygiene and cleaning regimes will be maintained throughout the premises, including arrangements for enhanced hand washing/ sanitiser stations.

 

Protecting staff at greater risk

Given the ongoing level of case rates, the position of staff who are at greater risk of adverse outcomes should they contract Covid-19 must continue to be properly considered and appropriate measures taken. This applies in particular to those staff identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) or unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons and to pregnant women in their third trimester of pregnancy. However, it must be recognised that all those who are at greater risk, even if fully vaccinated, will continue to be concerned that no vaccine offers 100 per cent protection against contracting the virus.

  • We provide individual risk assessments and review where previously carried out – for staff defined as CEV or unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons and for pregnant women in their third trimester of pregnancy.
  • We provide appropriate additional risk mitigation measures specific to the individual, including implementing additional social distancing, additional PPE such as FFP2 or FFP3 grade masks, and safer and better-ventilated working locations in the workplace.
  • CEV staff are supported to work from home where they request to do so following medical advice or an individual risk assessment.
  • Pregnant women in their third trimester will be permitted to work from home remotely.
  • Individual risk assessments are also offered to other staff previously defined as clinically vulnerable or with characteristics that may put them at significantly greater risk, such as age, ethnicity, sex and disability, and for any staff concerned about household members who may be at significantly greater risk.
  • Appropriate PPE is provided for any staff within the workplace who are at significantly greater risk.
  • Staff who have worked significantly from home will be given a period of transition in order to adjust back into the working environment based on individual requirements.

 

Testing, tracing and isolating

NHS test and trace procedures are intended to ensure that all students who test positive will self-isolate from school/college for the necessary period (currently 10 days). The Government removed the need for schools and colleges to oversee contact tracing from 19 July and for close contacts who are under 18 years and 6 months, or fully vaccinated to self-isolate from 16 August.

We are lead to believe that Test and Trace will not contact the school every time there is a case only in ‘exceptional cases’.

  • Staff will be encouraged to use the NHS Covid-19 app in school, including in classrooms, and self-isolate (if not fully vaccinated) when notified by the app or contacted by NHS test and trace.
  • Staff will resume twice weekly LFT the week before returning to work.
  • Students will have doorstep testing Monday and Thursday during the first week back at the start of the term. This is to ensure that testing is conducted properly. They will then be encouraged to resume twice weekly home testing and report to their transport staff.
  • If an LFT is positive a PCR test should be taken.
  • Temperature tests will continue to be taken by staff before students enter transport.
  • Staff who suspect a student has symptoms or a high temperature should not bring the student to school and inform the office. The Parents/ Carers will be informed, and the student asked to take a PCR test.
  • All staff and students with Covid-19 symptoms or a positive PCR test should be expected to self-isolate, in line with Government advice, for the necessary period. If well enough students and staff will be moved to remote learning as soon as is practical.
  • Existing safety arrangements should be in place for supervising students who develop Covid-19 symptoms prior to them going home. The student will be taken to the designated room on each site:

 

School- Salon

The RHISE Centre- downstairs kitchen

 

If Parents/ Carers cannot collect the student then full PPE will be worn to drive them home.

 

  • All staff, including outsourced staff such as catering and cleaning staff, will receive full pay when required to self-isolate, without any impact on their sickness absence record.

 

Close mixing

The DfE consider close mixing as the following:

  • a form group or subject class
  • a friendship group mixing at breaktimes
  • a sports team 
  • a group in an after-school activity

If a student or member of staff tests positive within a group/ class, the rest of the group/ class are not required to self-isolate if double vaccinated or under 18years and 6 months but are strongly advised to take a PCR test.

  • In this situation we will identify those individuals and provide time off timetable to be able to go and take the PCR test. This will mean that students are sent home and may be off the following day in order to complete the testing. There could be additional disruption to the timetable but this will be kept to a minimum in order to allow for staff to take PCR tests also. The government state that students/ staff can attend school whilst wating for their test results. However due to the nature of the school and practicalities of the timetable within the groups this may not always be realistic within the timescale.
  • If the PCR test is negative the close contact can continue face to face learning.
  • We will inform staff, parents and students of any positive cases, without identifying any individuals directly or indirectly.  This is important so that each employee, student and their family are aware of the local risks. The DfE has made clear that settings can continue to do this and can send particular students, or groups of students, home if it is a necessary measure to protect other students and staff from serious infectious disease.
  • It is also strongly recommended that if a student is living with someone who has a positive case that they also have a PCR test.

The DfE has outlined a threshold for contacting PHE and for ourselves, this is if we have 2 or more cases within 10 days. Following this extra action may have to be taken.

This concerns us as we are a small school, so in order to maintain face to face learning, we need Parents/ Carers to support us in seeking a PCR test when a household member or other close contact has tested positive. Likewise, to encourage twice weekly home LFT.

  • If a student won’t take a PCR test, we may have to consider this young person as likely to have Covid 19 and make alternative arrangements for their education. We would be unable to transport this young person to school as there would be an increased risk to the other people in the vehicle. DfE guidance issued on 15.7.21 states:

 

‘In exceptional cases, settings may decide to refuse a pupil if, in the setting’s reasonable judgment, it is necessary to protect those within the setting from possible infection with Covid-19. The decision would need to be carefully considered in light of all the circumstances and current public health advice.’

 

This decision will be made on an individual level and discussions will take place with Group Leads and Parents/ carers in this instance.

 

Extra Action

Following meeting the threshold of 2 positive cases within 10 days extra action may be outlined by Public Health. They may advise of local actions and they may advise school take extra measures such as:

  • Strengthened communications to encourage students to undertake twice weekly rapid asymptomatic home testing and reporting
  • Temporarily reinstating face coverings for students, staff and visitors in indoor and/or communal spaces. This should be for two weeks in the first instance, pending regular review
  • Reinstating on-site rapid LFD testing or doorstep testing for a two-week period to encourage uptake of twice weekly testing
  • Increased frequency of testing

They may also recommend the actions listed under Other Measures in the contingency framework, or other proportionate measures to support continuing face-to-face education.

In extreme cases, and as a last resort where all other risk mitigations have not broken chains of in-school transmission, a DPH may advise introducing short-term attendance restrictions in school, such as:

  • Sending home a class or year group (as they could any workplace experiencing a serious infectious disease outbreak).
  • Remote learning would be provided for all students well enough to learn from home.
  • On-site provision should in all cases be retained for the most vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers.

Where they have advised settings to take extra measures, DsPH and HPTs will work closely with their Regional Partnership Teams and keep the situation under regular review. They will inform settings when it is appropriate to stop additional measures, or if they should be extended.

 

Avoiding excessive workload

The Covid-19 pandemic has hugely increased workload for many staff.

  • Regular reviews take place and consultation that seek to limit and reduce staff workload.
  • Steps are taken to remove unnecessary working activities altogether and conduct others in a way which avoids the need for staff to be or remain present in the workplace unnecessarily.
  • Demands to work outside normal responsibilities are kept to a minimum.
  • PPA time and other non-contact time for classroom-based staff is maintained.
  • Arrangements are in place to support staff wellbeing, such as individual counselling support.

 

Long Covid

  • Absence is not counted against sick pay entitlements, given that Covid–19 may have been contracted at work.
  • Staff absences related to long Covid are recorded separately.

 

S.Damerall

September 2021

 

 

 

Moving forwards together to a positive future.

DfE number: 888/6095

Commercial House

26, Hastings Road, Leyland PR25 3SP

Telephone: 01772 435948

 Email: office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk    www.rhise.net

 

 

 

28th September 2021

 

 

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

I am writing to you today to inform you that the Government are now inviting all 16 and 17 year old’s to book their Covid 19 Vaccinations.

 

I am attaching a link below which will allow you to book online.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-1st-or-2nd-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination/

 

There are also Walk In Vaccination Sites should you and your child find this an easier option.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/

 

Staff at the RHISE Centre will be discussing the vaccinations with all students and will guide them to relevant information should they require it.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

May I once again take this opportunity to thank you for your support with all the current measures we have in place for reducing the risk of spreading Covid 19 within Roselyn House School and The RHISE Centre.

 

 

Kind regards.

 

 

 

Rachel Smith

School Business Manager

Roselyn House School / The RHISE Centre

Roselyn House School

Moving forwards together to a positive future.

DfE number: 888/6095

 

                                                                                                    4 January 2021                                                              

 

Dear Parent/ Carer,

 

I hope you and your families are well and had an enjoyable Christmas break. We would all like to wish you the very best for the New Year.

 

Today we are conducting doorstep testing and tomorrow we look forward to welcoming back students in school.

 

The timetable and January exams for those entered will continue as normal but I would like to make you aware of changes.

 

In line with new Government Guidance, face coverings should now be worn in classrooms as well as in all other indoor communal areas and transport, unless exempt. This measure is short term and will be reviewed after 26th January by the Government. Please can you encourage your child to wear a face covering and bring a face covering to school each day.

 

Following on from today’s testing, we would ask students to complete a home test on Thursdays and Mondays before attending school and report the result to their member of staff on transport. The latest guidance advises that even if you have tested positive for Covid- 19 within the last 90 days, you are strongly encouraged to continue with lateral flow tests as soon as you have completed your isolation period- this is a change to the previous guidance.

 

The isolation period for those who record a positive Covid-19 test result has been reduced to 7 days. Individuals now need to take LFT on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. If both of these test results are negative and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to education from day 8. If these tests remain positive or you are unable to take an LFT, then you must complete the 10 days isolation period.

 

Adults who are fully vaccinated, or young people up to 18 years and 6 months, identified as close contact of someone with Covid-19 should take an LFT every day for 7 days. Students should report their test results to their transport staff. If daily LFT is not taken, then in some circumstances, for the safety of all, it may be better for the young person to work remotely.

 

Anyone developing symptoms or testing positive on an LFT, should stay at home and arrange to have a PCR as soon as possible.

 

Vaccination reduces the likelihood of infection, helps break the chains of transmission and is effective, so we encourage all those eligible to consider taking up the offer.

 

We will continue to do all we can to continue face to face learning. However, we are currently in a situation where we have positive cases and sadly, cases are on the increase.

 

Reduced staffing levels may cause changes to Timetable. There may be occasions where we require students to work remotely. If this happens this will be communicated via Group Leads and arrangements will be made accordingly.

 

This isn’t an ideal start to a New Year and Term but I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and can assure you we continue to strive for the best for our students.

 

Warmest Wishes

 

Miss D

 

Dear parents, carers and guardians,

 

I would like to thank you for the sacrifices you have made and, where possible, for keeping your children and young people at home during this period of national restrictions. I recognise that for many of you this will have been a very challenging time. I am writing to you to set out in greater detail the easing of restrictions on face-to-face teaching announced this week.

 

When the Prime Minister announced this lockdown, he was clear he would review the situation in mid-February. This was dependent upon the most vulnerable adults being offered the first dose of the vaccine by 15 February, meaning they should have developed some immunity from the virus by about three weeks later, that is by 8 March.

 

I am pleased to say that, thanks to the efforts of the NHS, volunteers and scientists, the government has achieved this target and, following an in-depth analysis of the virus prevalence data, and the data on NHS capacity, both suggest that infection rates have fallen across all ages, including in children and young people.

 

Yesterday, the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), including where restrictions on attendance at education settings can be lifted.

 

Return

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has made clear that the overwhelming majority of children and young people still have no symptoms or very mild illness only. We also know that returning children to face to face teaching is vital for their educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development.

 

If your child attends a primary, secondary, special or alternative provision school, college or further education setting they will return to their setting from 8 March – or if already attending, will be joined by their classmates. Secondary age students will be tested for Covid on their return, schools and colleges will organise the testing of groups of pupils during the first week. Since the start of term 4 million tests have been done in schools and weekly testing of pupils and staff will help keep everyone safe. If your child uses wraparound childcare, including childminders, these should also allow attendance for eligible children.

 

If your child attends an Early Years setting, these will continue to be open to all children, as they have throughout the period of national restrictions.

 

16- to 19-year olds (or 19- to 25-year olds with an EHCP) who attend further education settings will also undertake the majority of their planned hours on site.

 

Students in higher education undertaking practical or practice-based (including creative arts) courses who need access to specialist equipment and facilities will be able to recommence in-person teaching and learning from the 8 March. The Government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of the return of remaining students. This review will take account of the latest data and will be a key part of the wider roadmap steps. Students and providers will be given a week’s notice ahead of any further return.

 

Rapid testing

Since January, schools and colleges have been delivering rapid asymptomatic testing. Rapid testing remains an important part of the government’s plan to suppress the virus, in education and childcare settings and across society. This sort of testing means that people who have COVID19 but do not have any symptoms of COVID 19, who might otherwise continue to attend educational settings, can be identified and self-isolate.

 

If your child has attended a secondary school or college through January, they may have been offered a test, and we are now asking that secondary schools and colleges offer tests for all students across the week of the 8 March as they return. If your child attends a primary school, they will not be offered a test upon return.

 

Twice-weekly asymptomatic testing is already available for the secondary school, most college, primary school, school-based nursery and maintained nursery school workforce, including support staff such as teaching assistants and those supporting with wraparound childcare.

 

Yesterday, we announced the further expansion of this asymptomatic testing programme, asking that all secondary age pupils and students in most colleges who consent will be offered three rapid tests at school or college in the first two weeks of their return three to five days apart. This will help them to get used to swabbing themselves for the tests. Schools and colleges will then provide students with two rapid tests to use each week at home. The home test kits come with clear instructions for use and how to report the results. All secondary and college staff will also be provided with home test kits to allow them to test twice a week at home. Testing is voluntary but we would encourage as many people as possible to take part to help reduce the prevalence of the virus. If your child attends a special school, where possible they will also be offered a test. Rapid testing is already in place for those arriving or staying at university.

 

We will be asking HE providers to offer two tests to all students eligible to attend their university or HE institution upon their return, and twice weekly asymptomatic testing to all students eligible to attend on-site, as well as providing testing for staff.

 

All staff at private, voluntary and independent nurseries will have access to tests to use twice weekly at home, building on the testing already available to maintained nursery schools and school-based nurseries. Childminders can continue to access community testing, and the Department continues to work with colleagues across government to review the testing approach available for childminders.

 

Safety measures

We have worked closely with Public Health England to develop and refresh the system of controls that schools and colleges already have in place to reduce the risk of transmission in education and childcare settings, based on scientific rationale. The system of controls supports schools and colleges to assess risk and implement measures to mitigate risk, including ventilating occupied spaces, introducing enhanced cleaning and minimising contact and mixing. We ask all pupils, students and staff to continue to do everything they can to adhere to these measures, because it is vital that they are implemented well and consistently.

 

In addition to the system of controls and the expanded testing programme set out above, in schools or colleges where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and pupils where social distancing cannot easily be maintained when moving around the premises outside of classrooms or teaching spaces, such as in corridors and communal areas. In the same settings for a limited period, we also recommend the use of face coverings in classrooms and other teaching spaces, unless wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons, or for those who are exempt from wearing a face covering as per government guidance.

 

Children in primary schools do not need to wear a face covering.

 

We have published further guidance for parents here. We will be setting out further measures for immediate support to children, early years settings, schools, colleges and local authorities later this week. I am very pleased that we are able to return children and young people across England to their classrooms and colleges, to allow them to spend time with their friends and teachers and get back into the rhythms of the school or college year.

 

Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

Secretary of State for Education

 

Consent form for COVID-19 Testing

Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service

 

 

Introduction 

This consent form is for participation in tests designed to detect asymptomatic coronavirus cases. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow government guidelines to self-isolate, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test.  

 

Consent relates to the following groups of students/pupils and staff as follows

 

  • For pupils and students younger than 16 years - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian.

 

  • Pupils and students over 16 who are able to provide informed consent - can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent / guardian if under 18.  

 

  • For any pupil or student who does not have the capacity to provide informed consent - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing. 

 

  • Staff will complete this form themselves. 

 

 

Terms of consent 

 

1. I have had the opportunity to consider the information provided by Roselyn House School / The RHISE Service about the testing, ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily, based on the information presented in the letter dated 24/2/21 and the attached Privacy Notice.  

 

2. In the case of under 16s, I have discussed the testing with my child and my child is happy to participate. If on the day of testing they do not wish to take part, then they will not be made to do so and consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test.  

 

3. I consent to having / my child having a nose and throat swab for lateral flow tests. I / my child will self-swab if I / my child is able to otherwise I understand that assistance is available. In the case of under 16s or pupils who are not able to provide informed consent, I have discussed the testing with my child and they are happy to participate and self-swab (with assistance if required). 

 

4. I understand that there may be multiple tests required and this consent covers all tests for the below named person. If, on the day of testing I / they do not wish to take part, then I understand I / they will not be made to do so and that consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test. 

 

5. I consent that my / my child’s sample(s) will be tested for the presence of COVID-19. 

 

6. I understand that if my /my child’s result(s) are negative on the lateral flow test I will not be contacted by Roselyn House School / The RHISE Service except where I am / they are a close contact of a confirmed positive. 

 

7. If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I consent to having / my child having a nose and throat swab for confirmatory PCR testing. I/they will follow the instructions on the PCR Kit to return the test the same day to an NHS Test & Trace laboratory.  

 

8. If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I commit to ensuring that I / my child is removed from school premises as promptly as possible, bearing in mind I / they may have some anxiety following a positive test result. 

 

9. I consent that I / they will need to self-isolate following a positive lateral flow test result, until the results of the confirmatory PCR have been received.

 

10. I agree that if my / my child’s test results are confirmed to be positive from this PCR test, I will report this to the school / college and I understand that I/ my child will be required to self-isolate following public health advice. 

 

 

 

First Name 

 

Last Name 

 

Year group (if applicable) 

 

Date of Birth 

 

Gender – this information is needed for Department for Health and Social Care research purposes. 

Male/Female  

Ethnicity - this information is needed for Department for Health and Social Care research purposes. 

Asian or Asian British  

Black, African, Black British or Caribbean 

Mixed or multiple ethnic groups  

White 

Prefer not to say  

Currently showing any COVID-19 symptoms?   

 

Home Postcode 

 

Email Address – this is where test results will be sent  

 

 

 

Mobile Number – this is where test results will be sent. Please do not put a landline number – you can only receive test results to a mobile number. 

 

Name of parent/guardian giving consent 

 

Relationship to test subject 

 

Signature (typing out your name is sufficient if you are filling in this form digitally) 

 

Today’s date 

 

Details of any health or accessibility issues which might affect a child’s safe participation in the testing exercise.  

 

 

Roselyn House School / The RHISE Service

COVID-19 Testing Privacy Statement

 

Ownership of the Personal Data  

To enable the Covid-19 testing to be completed at Roselyn House School / The RHISE Service we need to process personal data for staff and pupils taking part, including sharing of personal data where we have a legal obligation. 

 

Roselyn House School / The RHISE Service is the Data Controller for the data required for processing the tests and undertaking any actions which are needed by us to ensure we meet our public health and safeguarding legal obligations.  

 

Personal data relating to tests for pupils [Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 for maintained schools OR paragraph 7 of the Schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 applicable to academies OR paragraphs 3 and 14 of the Schedule to the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015 applicable to Non-Maintained Special Schools.

 

Personal Data relating to staff is processed under the legitimate interest of data controller to ensure we can minimise the spread of COVID in a timely manner and enable us to continue to deliver education services safely and securely.

 

If you decline a test, we record your decision under the legitimate interest of school in order to have a record of your decisions and to reduce unnecessary contact with you regarding testing. 

 

The processing of special category personal data is processed under the provisions Section 9.2(i) of GDPR, where it is in the public interest on Public Health Grounds. This data is processed under the obligations set out in Public Health legislation (Regulations 3(1) and (4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI)) which allows the sharing of data for COVID related purposes and where it is carried out by a health care professional OR someone who owes an equivalent duty of confidentiality to that data.
 
Data Controllership is then passed to the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) for all data that we transfer about you and your test results to them. For more information about what they do with your data please see the Test and Trace Privacy Notice. The establishment remains the Data Controller for the data we retain about you. 

 

Personal Data involved in the process 

 

We use the following information to help us manage and process the tests: 

  • Name 
  • Date of birth (and year group) 
  • Gender 
  • Ethnicity 
  • Home postcode 
  • Email address 
  • Mobile number 
  • Unique barcode assigned to each individual test and which will become the primary reference number for the tests 
  • Test result 
  • Parent/guardians contact details (if required) 
     

We will only use information that is collected directly from you specifically for the purpose of the tests, even if you have previously provided us with this information. 

 

How we store your personal information 

The information will only be stored securely on local spreadsheets at Roselyn House School / The RHISE Service whilst it is needed.  It will also be entered directly onto DHSC digital services for the NHS Test and Trace purposes.   Schools/colleges will not have access to the information on the digital service once it has been entered. 

 

Processing of Personal Data Relating to Positive test results  

The member of staff, pupil, student or parent (depending on contact details provided) will be informed of the result by the school/college and advised how to book a confirmatory test.  

 

We will use this information to enact their own COVID isolation processes without telling anyone who it is that has received the positive test. 

 

The information will be transferred to DHSC, who will share this with the NHS, GPs. PHE and the Local Government will use this information for wider test and trace activities as well as statistical and research purposes. 

 

This information is processed and shared under obligations set out in Public Health legislation under Regulations 3(1) and (4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI) which allows the sharing of data for COVID related purposes.  

 

This information will be kept by Roselyn House School / The RHISE Service for up to 14 days and by the NHS for 8 years. 

 

Processing of Personal Data Relating to Negative test results  

We will record a negative result and the information transferred to DHSC, NHS. PHE and the Local Government who will use the information for statistical and research purposes. 

 

This information is processed and shared under obligations set out in Public Health legislation under Regulations 3(1) and (4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI) which allows the sharing of data for COVID related purposes.  

 

This information will be kept by Roselyn House School / The RHISE Centre for up to 14 days and by the NHS for 8 years. 

 

Processing of Personal Data relating to declining a test 

We will record that you have declined to participate in a test and this information will not be shared with anyone. 

Data Sharing Partners 

The personal data associated with test results will be shared with  

  • DHSC, NHS, PHE – to ensure that they can undertake the necessary Test and Trace activities and to conduct research and compile statistic about Coronavirus. 
  • Your GP – to maintain your medical records and to offer support and guidance as necessary 
  • Local Government to undertake local public health duties and to record
  • and analyse local spreads. 

 

Your Rights 

Under data protection law, you have rights including: 

 

Your right of access - You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information.  

 

Your right to rectification - You have the right to ask us to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.  

 

Your right to erasure - You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.  

 

Your right to restriction of processing - You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.  

 

Your right to object to processing - You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances. 

 

Your right to data portability - You have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances. 

 

You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. 

 

Please contact Mrs Smith by email (rachel@roselynhouseschool.co.uk) if you wish to make a request. 

 

How to complain 

If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at Mrs R Smith, School Business Manager, Roselyn House School, Moss Lane, Off Wigan Road, Leyland, PR25 4SE.

 

You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data. 

 

The ICO’s address:             

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane , Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.   Helpline number: 0303 123 1113 

31 December 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

I wanted to write to you ahead of next week as I am sure you will have seen a lot of news

coverage with regards the delayed openings of schools and mass testing.

 

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson announced yesterday:

 

‘With case rates rising across the country, the government will now begin applying the contingency framework for education and childcare settings and push back the staggered return for secondary schools and colleges by one week.

 

Secondary schools and colleges will extend the staggered return of their students to give more time for the rollout of testing. This will help find asymptomatic cases and break chains of transmission, making it as safe as possible to return to face-to-face education.’

 

Lancashire has now become a Tier 4 area. This means that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse, egg for essential shopping, collection of medicines, taking children to school. You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the New Year period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household.

 

As an independent special school, we have been offered greater flexibility on face-to-face attendance during the first week of term in order to mobilise our mass testing programme.

 

We have much to consider in these matters and have a fine balance between the education of our students, the mental wellbeing of our students/ families and staff and safety of students and staff in these times of increased transmission.

 

We want you to be part of the decision making process with regard testing for students as at present it is the expectation from the government that these tests will be organised by school staff, in school, with the student using the test on theirself and then the results processed within 30 minutes.

 

This opens up a whole array of health and safety procedures to implement, not to mention and hasn’t been considered, the effect on the young people doing these tests and how this may cause increased anxiety.

 

We also have the issue that now Lancashire has been placed in Tier 4 that many of our outside activities and providers will once again be closed and will not be able to find out exactly which until next week.

 

It is with all this in mind that we have discussed the best way forward for the school and the needs of students. Next week, students will not have face-to-face contact in school unless they are a child of keyworkers or risk assessed as needing to be in school due to increased vulnerabilities. (Please email school as a matter of urgency if this is the case).

 

It is our intention that the following will take place, in order to give us chance to assess student’s welfare and consult with parents/ carers on the proposed testing programme.

 

The Timetable will be as follows:

 

Monday- INSET – staff will deliver food packs to families with doorstep delivery

Tuesday- remote learning and student welfare meetings

Wednesday- remote learning and student welfare meetings

Thursday- home visits and discussions with Parents/ Carers over proposed testing

Friday- home visits and discussions with Parents/Carers over proposed testing

 

It is my apologies that this is the case and that you are only finding out a few days before we are due to return but we were only made aware of the situation, yesterday and we are still waiting on specific guidance from The Department for Education.

 

Your child’s Bubble Lead will be in touch on Monday with further details of timings and we will send further information during the week as we receive it.

 

In the meantime, thankyou for your continued support and please be assured we have your child’s best interest and needs at heart. We will do everything we can to make this work and work on ways to move forwards, with yourselves in the coming days.

 

Please have a safe and peaceful New Year and we will be in touch soon.

 

All the best,

Miss D

 

Dear Parent / Carer                                                                   24th September 2020

 

Thank you for your continued support this week.

 

Next week, we will continue with 4 days per week attendance for your child so that we can continue with their transition into school.

 

Bubble 1

 

Next week they will attend:-

 

Monday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday

 

Monday / Wednesday / Thursday

School start time 9.25am and finish time 3.25pm

Friday

School start time 9.25am and finish time 2.30pm

 

I wanted to remind you that if your child does have symptoms of covid-19, then they should remain at home and get a test.

 

If in the unfortunate situation, a student or member of staff in your child’s bubble tests positive, then we will inform Public Health England and they will advise us of Government Procedures, which may mean that the whole bubble has to self-isolate for 14 days. The rest of your household does not have to isolate unless anyone displays symptoms or has a positive test.

 

We have remote learning ready to go if this were to be the case.

 

Thankyou once again for your understanding and support.

 

Have a fantastic weekend and stay safe

 

Miss D ?

 

 

Dear Parent / Carer                                                                  24th September 2020

 

Thank you for your continued support this week.

 

Next week, we are looking at increasing attendance to one further day per week for your child so that we can continue with their transition into school.

 

Bubble 2

 

Next week they will attend school as follows:-

 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

School start time 9.25am and finish 3.25pm

 

Friday

Start time 10.10am and finish 3.25pm

 

I wanted to remind you that if your child does have symptoms of covid-19, then they should remain at home and get a test.

 

If in the unfortunate situation, a student or member of staff in your child’s bubble tests positive, then we will inform Public Health England and they will advise us of Government Procedures, which may mean that the whole bubble has to self-isolate for 14 days. The rest of your household does not have to isolate unless anyone displays symptoms or has a positive test.

 

We have remote learning ready to go if this were to be the case.

 

Thankyou once again for your understanding and support.

 

Have a fantastic weekend and stay safe

 

Miss D ?

 

 

 

Digital Healthy Schools: Lancashire

 

 

What is Digital Healthy Schools?

 

Digital Healthy Schools is an educational programme providing the learning resources and tools that young people need to responsibly navigate and use the ever-growing field of health-app technology. Throughout the programme which integrates with the PSHE curriculum, the students interact with many activities, videos and group exercises designed to teach them valuable skills relating to the use of mobile health (mHealth). They are also given access to the digital healthy schools portal, enabling them, their parents and teachers to find high quality apps through their app libraries, learn more about the sector, and recommend apps to their loved ones.

 

The programme enables teachers to educate pupils about keeping healthy, including managing their mental health, whilst exploring the topic of app development, app reviews as well as career prospects in Digital Health. It helps to safeguard children from using harmful apps, whilst teaching them to find and use good apps to support their overall well-being. Perhaps most importantly though, they develop the skills and knowledge they need to ensure their own healthy future, knowing where and how to look for good health and care advice. 

 

Nine out of ten young people in the UK own a mobile phone. Rather than fight this growing adoption, Lancashire County Council want to harness this interest to empower young people to use apps to support their health and well-being. 

 

Impact 

Steve Archer, Witton park Academy, Blackburn – “It’s something that really engaged them in the class. The package itself [is] easy to set up, self-explanatory, good to go. There are a number of students who say they’ve actively made changes to their lifestyles, which is really positive as it seems that young people are taking responsibility for their long-term health”

 

 

Below are responses collected from a student survey conducted at the end of 2019:

 

 

 

 

Want to know more?

Watch this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RgKTcBNHCQ

 

How can schools get involved?

 

Introducing your Digital Healthy Schools Package, an exciting new initiative commissioned by Lancashire County Council in partnership with ORCHA, to empower young people to embrace and responsibly use apps to support their own health and well-being. 

 

Digital Healthy Schools gives you the information, support and guidance to help your students explore and understand digital health and see the real difference it can make to their everyday health and wellbeing. 

 

 

A reminder of what schools receive in their FREE package:

Schools will have access to a customisable Digital Health Hub, lesson plans, assembly PowerPoints and downloadable resources.

  • School Staff will be able to recommend health and care apps directly to students and see activation data
  • Students will have access to a powerful App Finder that has thousands of stringently reviewed health apps to download safely. 

 

How to activate your free Digital Healthy Schools package:

 

  1. Click the link to go to Lancashire County Council’s Digital Healthy Schools site:

https://lancs.digitalhealthyschools.co.uk/

  1. To activate your hub, click on ‘Features’ at the top right of the page or by scrolling down
  2. Click on ‘Get Started’ 
  3. Enter the activation code - Lancashire2019
  4. Fill in the details to set up your digital hub
  5. Once your site has been confirmed, you will receive an email explaining what to do next

 

                

 

What’s new for 2020?

 

COVID19 update:

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, and schools being closed, it has been even more important to rely on digital means of communication for support and advice. All apps that can be found on the app libraries within the school portal’s are being updated to ensure that students and teachers can quickly identify which apps may be able to help support our physical as well as mental health during this lockdown. 

 

Schools will soon see apps listed with COVID19 badges to mark that these apps have undergone another layer of review and assessment to be deemed a COVID19 support app.

 

 

 

In the meantime, here are some useful apps for young people shared in the Digital Healthy Schools Newsletter:

 

Coronavirus apps to help children and young people:

https://www.orcha.co.uk/news/coronavirus-apps-to-help-children-and-young-people/

 

Here you will find some FAQs from schools using the Digital Healthy Schools Programme:

https://www.orcha.co.uk/news/digital-healthy-schools-your-questions-answered/

 

 

Digital Healthy Schools Career Zone

 

Digital Health or Health Tech is a rapidly developing area and we need young people to consider working in this exciting field. This Careers Zone will provide more information to students, teachers and parents about careers in this field and how young people can pursue them. The Digital Healthy School programme would like to support young people to consider new roles and careers by bringing together health and technology. 

 

The programme has had a great response from various Digital Health leaders across various organisations who have come forward to offer their time to record mini video series and posts for the Digital Healthy School website: https://www.digitalhealthyschools.co.uk/careers/. 

 

Over the next few months and as summer holidays approach, students and teachers will be able to access a lot of great information on inspirational leaders working in Digital Health.

 

The Digital Healthy Schools social media will continue to be active during the summer holidays and students and teachers are encouraged to follow so that learning can continue over the break period.

Digital Healthy Schools: Lancashire

 

 

What is Digital Healthy Schools?

 

Digital Healthy Schools is an educational programme providing the learning resources and tools that young people need to responsibly navigate and use the ever-growing field of health-app technology. Throughout the programme which integrates with the PSHE curriculum, the students interact with many activities, videos and group exercises designed to teach them valuable skills relating to the use of mobile health (mHealth). They are also given access to the digital healthy schools portal, enabling them, their parents and teachers to find high quality apps through their app libraries, learn more about the sector, and recommend apps to their loved ones.

 

The programme enables teachers to educate pupils about keeping healthy, including managing their mental health, whilst exploring the topic of app development, app reviews as well as career prospects in Digital Health. It helps to safeguard children from using harmful apps, whilst teaching them to find and use good apps to support their overall well-being. Perhaps most importantly though, they develop the skills and knowledge they need to ensure their own healthy future, knowing where and how to look for good health and care advice. 

 

Nine out of ten young people in the UK own a mobile phone. Rather than fight this growing adoption, Lancashire County Council want to harness this interest to empower young people to use apps to support their health and well-being. 

 

Impact 

Steve Archer, Witton park Academy, Blackburn – “It’s something that really engaged them in the class. The package itself [is] easy to set up, self-explanatory, good to go. There are a number of students who say they’ve actively made changes to their lifestyles, which is really positive as it seems that young people are taking responsibility for their long-term health”

 

 

Below are responses collected from a student survey conducted at the end of 2019:

 

 

 

 

Want to know more?

Watch this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RgKTcBNHCQ

 

How can schools get involved?

 

Introducing your Digital Healthy Schools Package, an exciting new initiative commissioned by Lancashire County Council in partnership with ORCHA, to empower young people to embrace and responsibly use apps to support their own health and well-being. 

 

Digital Healthy Schools gives you the information, support and guidance to help your students explore and understand digital health and see the real difference it can make to their everyday health and wellbeing. 

 

 

A reminder of what schools receive in their FREE package:

Schools will have access to a customisable Digital Health Hub, lesson plans, assembly PowerPoints and downloadable resources.

  • School Staff will be able to recommend health and care apps directly to students and see activation data
  • Students will have access to a powerful App Finder that has thousands of stringently reviewed health apps to download safely. 

 

How to activate your free Digital Healthy Schools package:

 

  1. Click the link to go to Lancashire County Council’s Digital Healthy Schools site:

https://lancs.digitalhealthyschools.co.uk/

  1. To activate your hub, click on ‘Features’ at the top right of the page or by scrolling down
  2. Click on ‘Get Started’ 
  3. Enter the activation code - Lancashire2019
  4. Fill in the details to set up your digital hub
  5. Once your site has been confirmed, you will receive an email explaining what to do next

 

                

 

What’s new for 2020?

 

COVID19 update:

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, and schools being closed, it has been even more important to rely on digital means of communication for support and advice. All apps that can be found on the app libraries within the school portal’s are being updated to ensure that students and teachers can quickly identify which apps may be able to help support our physical as well as mental health during this lockdown. 

 

Schools will soon see apps listed with COVID19 badges to mark that these apps have undergone another layer of review and assessment to be deemed a COVID19 support app.

 

 

 

In the meantime, here are some useful apps for young people shared in the Digital Healthy Schools Newsletter:

 

Coronavirus apps to help children and young people:

https://www.orcha.co.uk/news/coronavirus-apps-to-help-children-and-young-people/

 

Here you will find some FAQs from schools using the Digital Healthy Schools Programme:

https://www.orcha.co.uk/news/digital-healthy-schools-your-questions-answered/

 

 

Digital Healthy Schools Career Zone

 

Digital Health or Health Tech is a rapidly developing area and we need young people to consider working in this exciting field. This Careers Zone will provide more information to students, teachers and parents about careers in this field and how young people can pursue them. The Digital Healthy School programme would like to support young people to consider new roles and careers by bringing together health and technology. 

 

The programme has had a great response from various Digital Health leaders across various organisations who have come forward to offer their time to record mini video series and posts for the Digital Healthy School website: https://www.digitalhealthyschools.co.uk/careers/. 

 

Over the next few months and as summer holidays approach, students and teachers will be able to access a lot of great information on inspirational leaders working in Digital Health.

 

The Digital Healthy Schools social media will continue to be active during the summer holidays and students and teachers are encouraged to follow so that learning can continue over the break period.

 

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                                                                                                    21 May 2020

 

Hello to you all again and I hope you all continue to stay safe and well.

 

Next week is half-term but we will be continuing as we are; providing 3 days opening at school for those students who have been offered ‘high risk’ placements and continuing with home visits and welfare calls. We will continue to provide FSM vouchers also. A deep clean is taking place over the 2 days school is closed.

 

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your children for some of the beautiful Thank A Teacher Day pictures and posters we received. They are truly heart-warming and mean so much. We have been busy producing some more online videos and these can be found on Roselyn House School You Tube channel, Roselyn Community Facebook and Roselyn School Twitter Page.

 

May I just remind you, that the government’s advice on the wider opening of schools from 1st of June 2020 is dependent on if it is safe to do so at this time, and because we are a Special School we will offer our placements based on risk assessment of need, not necessarily within the year groups the Government have suggested for mainstream schools.

 

We are continuously developing our risk reduction procedures and have some additional protective measures in the school with regard social distancing, hygiene, ventilation and sharing of items. We continue to encourage hand washing and have also implemented sanitiser stations. School is cleaned every day with deep cleans taking place during school holiday times.

 

The Government today has published specific guidance for parents in educating their children at home, which states the following:

 

‘While staying at home due to coronavirus, parents and carers may be concerned about their children’s education and the effect of missing school. Parents of year 11 students may also be worried about GCSEs and their child moving on to the next stage in life.

 

Schools are working quickly to adapt to the current situation, producing new materials and ways of teaching. If you have any concerns about your child’s education or how work is being set for them, do not hesitate to speak to the school and let them know.

 

This is a difficult time, and parents and carers should just do their best to support children in doing the work school sets for them.

 

Alongside any work your child receives from school, you can also use online educational resources from BBC Bitesize.

 

You can also call Starline on 0330 313 9162. This free helpline is providing support and advice to parents on home learning during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

  • Help your child organise their time

 

  • Do not worry about trying to maintain the full routine your child had at school. Their school will be planning an achievable amount of work for them to do at home. This may include:

 

  • work to be handed in by a set time, like homework
  • some online teaching sessions

 

  • Schools may give you advice on how to structure the day and your child may need some support to organise their time.

 

  • You know them best – it may suit them to split work up into shorter tasks or vary the different types of activity. Encourage them to take breaks and make time to be active – see physical activity resources for secondary school children to do at home.

 

Try different ways of working, not just using digital devices, for example:

 

  • use books, textbooks and other printed materials that their school has provided or that you already have at home

 

  • complete some work by hand – write a diary, a summary of things they have learned each day, or ‘to do’ lists

 

  • It may be difficult to keep your child motivated or for them to complete all the work school sets them. Do your best to support them and if they’re having problems completing their work, contact the school to discuss it with them.

 

Using digital devices for schoolwork

 

Set age-appropriate parental controls on any devices your child uses and try to monitor the websites and apps they’re using. See advice on keeping them safe online and talk to your child about online safety.

 

Screen time

 

More screen time is expected while children are continuing their education and socialising from home. Help your child to spend time away from screens by suggesting breaks or other activities, such as phone calls, reading books, or doing exercise, while following the rules on social distancing.

 

If you can, get them to stop using digital devices at least an hour before bed.

 

Socialising while social distancing

 

Children may be missing socialising with others at school. Let your child speak to their friends and family members through phone or video calls.

 

Many children will be socialising online too. See advice on keeping them safe online and advice from the NSPCC about gaming if they’re socialising through online games. Set age-appropriate parental controls on any devices they use and ask them to tell you if they see anything worrying online.

 

Schools may also be looking into ways they can help children socialise and discuss things as they would at school.

 

Mental health and wellbeing

 

Staying at home and the change of routine may make this a difficult time for some children. They might show feelings of worry or frustration. It’s understandable and many families will be experiencing this

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Try to limit the time they spend watching the news if it upsets them. Take time to reassure them and be open to talking about their feelings.

 

This may be a particularly difficult time for year 11 children who have worked hard towards exams that will not now take place and are missing end of school celebrations. Make time to talk to them about it if they need to and acknowledge that they’ll probably have a range of feelings about it.

 

YoungMinds provide help and advice on mental health for both children and their parents.

You can also read our advice on how to support your child’s wellbeing, which includes places to find information and help.

 

Guidance is also available to help you look after your own mental health.

 

Talking to your child about coronavirus

 

Coronavirus can be a difficult thing to talk to children about and you may be worried about upsetting them. However, ignoring the subject could upset them more. Be open to talking to them about it.

 

You know your child best and conversations will be different depending on their age.

 

Try to reassure them that:

 

  • you’re doing your best to keep them safe and well

 

  • they’re unlikely to become seriously ill and that you’ll care for them if they do

 

  • if you or other family members are ill they’ll be cared for too

 

  • this situation is only temporary

 

  • Let them know it’s OK to be worried – do not dismiss their concerns or tell them how to feel about it. Answer the questions they asked, or if you do not know the answer tell them that you do not.

 

  • Be truthful and get your information from reliable sources such as GOV.UK or the NHS.

 

  • Talking about their feelings is a healthy thing to do and will help your child’s mental health and wellbeing.

What schools are doing

 

One of the responsibilities of schools is to provide pastoral care – the support they give children to help them to develop socially, academically, and personally. Schools are considering how to provide this in the current situation and many are checking in on children’s wellbeing and safety.

 

They’ll be contacting some children more, such as those who are vulnerable or those who are not completing work or replying to emails from teachers.

 

Schools are also considering how to provide extra support to children who will find it harder to learn at home or are making the least progress. This could include children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), children who receive free school meals, and children who have a social worker.

 

If you feel that you need some more support, contact your child’s school.’

 

Contained within the guidance are specific strategies for particular age groups.

 

Secondary age groups:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-secondary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Primary age groups:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

I hope this is helpful. Continue to be kind to each other, stay safe and thankyou once again for your support. We will get through this together!

 

Miss D ?

Headteacher

Roselyn House School

 

 

13th May 2020

Dear Families,

 

We hope you and yours continue to be safe and well.

 

Firstly, thankyou! We continue to be impressed on how supportive you are and how you have responded to the challenges that this current situation has posed. In a short space of time, (I know it must feel longer), together we have worked together on changing what Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service offer but I am sure you will agree that the efforts of us all continues to help support our students, their well-being and educational development.

 

I’ve got to thank all the staff for their continued efforts and urge your children to look at some of the fantastic videos that are on Roselyn House School You Tube Channel, website and Roselyn Community Facebook page. There is something for everyone, Mr Violet’s drumming challenges, Mr Tate’s fitness challenges, Mr Haworth’s Cookery instruction and Mr Hartley’s Science experiments. Not to mention some of the group videos that we have all done.

 

We continue to email and post work out to students along with Skype lessons. If you are not yet involved in this then please contact school via email or phone and these can be arranged.

 

We are now on twitter and can be found @RoselynSchool- take a look. We are utilising different social media so that we have the best chance of staying in touch.

 

We are this week posting out an activity pack, which every member of staff has contributed to, which is aimed to be educational and fun. Please show us what your children are doing by posting work back to us, handing it over at home visits- place it on the floor outside your home, taking a photo and emailing it or sending it to the Community Facebook Page. We really want to see it!

 

I’m sure by now you have heard the announcement of the Prime Minister about plans for the wider opening of schools from 1st June only if it is ‘safe to do so’. The announcement has said Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 Primary could be phased back and that Year 10 and Year 12 Secondary should have some opportunity to have some face to face time with their Teachers.

 

The Government has produced Guidance for schools- Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1st June 2020. In this document, it states that Special Schools can decide which students, from differing year groups, that we may include, based on the risk assessments for need that we currently carry out weekly. This could be on a part-time basis. We will work closely with local authorities on this and when we have more information we will let you know. Please feel free to discuss your thoughts and feelings on this the next time you receive a well-being call.

 

There has been a lot of talk in the press about school places for vulnerable students not being used and the government has been asking for more vulnerable students to attend. To be clear, this is for the places that were originally offered for ‘the most at risk’ students and at Roselyn House School 100% of these places are currently attended.

 

We have managed a rota where all students continue to have home visits and this is wonderful to hear how successful these are. Can I just remind everyone that social-distancing measures still need to be adhered to and can only take place 2metres away from the house. This is for the safety of everyone involved.

 

The risk of the Coronavirus is still at dangerous levels of infection despite some changes to the lockdown and we have stringent procedures to follow both in school and for home visits. Please can I remind you all of the importance of social-distancing and washing hands regularly for 20 seconds. In addition to this, the government has published guidance to wear masks if you need to use public transport.

 

New guidance has been published for Parents and Carers,

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

 

We continue to produce FSM Vouchers and support our families and students the best

way we can. I would like to ensure you that we put first and foremost the individual needs of our students, staff and our families. You are always at the forefront of our thinking and approach.

 

If you have an queries in this matter do not hesitate to call : 01772 435 948 or email office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk. For students work, please send to student@roselynhouseschool.co.uk

 

Warmest wishes and regards

 

Miss D

 

Sharon Damerall

Headteacher

Roselyn House School/ The RHISE Service

 

 

                                                                                                    4 May 2020

 

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

Please find attached updated guidance for Parents and Carers as published 1st May with regard schools from the Department for Education.

 

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

 

 

The guidance has been updated with additional information on the Friday, 8th May Bank Holiday and updates relating to the support and educational resources available to parents to help them educate their children at home.

 

School will be open on the Bank Holiday for our most high-risk students and some home visits will take place.

 

Some of you have been asking about free laptops and use of 4G. The situation is currently:

 

There are 2 groups of children and young people eligible for a laptop or tablet who currently lack access. The first is care leavers and children who receive support from a social worker (including families with pre-school children with a social worker, as well as older children), who need to keep in touch with social care services. The second group are disadvantaged students who would not otherwise have access to online learning and are preparing for exams (in Year 10).

 

We have been informed that this will be decided by the placing authority and it will be their responsibility to distribute them to schools. This is anticipated to be no sooner than June for those who are eligible.

 

Thankyou, for your kind support in this and all matters

 

 

Yours sincerely

      

 

Miss S Damerall     

Headteacher                                         

 

                           29 April 2020

 

Hi everyone

 

Just wanted to give you a quick Hello and let you know we are missing you. We want to provide you with some current updates.

The situation, still remains the same at this time and we hope you are taking full advantage of the work packs (posted and e-mailed), online learning and social media Platforms that are available to all students.

We continue to carry out welfare calls and are getting round as many students who we haven’t seen in a while for home visits. These are being done at a safe distance but are proving to be invaluable for Parents/Carers and students alike. It is nice for the staff to see you too.

We have been busy with our new You Tube Channel, found if you search, Roselyn House School and staff are becoming very creative, I have to say. I too have posted a message sent from all of us with, I hope, some helpful tips.

We continue to post to our Roselyn Community, Facebook Page and now have students emailing us at the student@roselynhouseschool.co.uk e-mail address, with some fantastic work and videos. I will be looking at awarding some Headteacher Awards in due course. These, also go on the school and RHISE websites too. www.roselynhouseschool.co.uk and www.rhise.org

We want to hear from you. It keeps us all together, even though physically we can’t all be at this time.

Public Health England have provided some updated guidance today with regards households who may have possible coronavirus infection:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

and Guidance for Households who live with someone who is increased risk:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/guidance-for-households-with-grandparents-parents-and-children-living-together-where-someone-is-at-increased-risk-or-has-symptoms-of-coronavirus-cov

We have attached a shorter guide which is useful too.

We continue to provide weekly food vouchers and are available for Parents and Carers to contact us via office@roselynhouseschool.co.uk along with the school telephone. Please leave a message, as there is not always a member of staff in the school office at this current time due to increased risk.

As of 20th April 2020, Lancashire Care and South Cumbria NHS Trust (LSCFT) have extended crisis support for children and young people to 24/7 provision. If a child or young person is experiencing a crisis with their mental health there is always someone to call with health professionals available to provide specialist support and advice seven days a week. This information has been emailed today. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Helpline also offers a 24/7 phone service and is available to everyone, irrespective of whether they are currently accessing a CAMHS service.

This is available on 0800 915 4640, or can be accessed by texting ‘Hello’ to 07860 022846.

As always, stay safe, take care, be kind to yourself and others and know that you are always in our thoughts.

Miss D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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