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    Covid -19 Important Information for Parents & Carers

                                                10 June 2021

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

I hope you all had a relaxing Half -Term break and enjoyed the sunshine. We have welcomed students back with a positive start and in particular, those students who are sitting their Functional Skills exams this week.

 

On Wednesday of this week, Matt Hancock announced that Greater Manchester and Lancashire are going to receive a ‘strengthened package of support’ to tackle the rise in the Delta coronavirus variant.

 

The government website has been updated to state:

 

‘… wherever possible, you should try to meet outside rather than inside, keep two metres apart from people that you don’t live with unless you have formed a support bubble with them)- this includes friends and family you don’t live with, minimise travel in and out of affected areas.’

 

There will be :

 

•         Rapid response teams

•         Extra covid-19 testing

•         Military support

•         Supervised in-school testing

 

Individuals are also advised to continue to work from home if they can and get tested twice a week.

 

Further information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-measures-in-additional-areas-to-tackle-delta-b16172-variant

 

In light of this we will be looking at offering on site LFT testing for students on Mondays and Thursdays in each Bubble for those students who do not complete tests at home.

 

Timetables won’t be affected but we may have to change some of our activities to minimise travel and contact.

 

We can assure you that we are continuing to keep up protective measures for the safety of all our students, staff and families.

 

Please continue to support your child in the importance of wearing face coverings and testing. Please remember you can also get twice weekly tests and when eligible have the vaccination.

 

Warmest wishes

Miss D

 

 

 

                                                                                                            27 May 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

I wanted to write to you to remind you of procedures over half term.

 

Your child should continue to take part in home testing over the holiday period on a Monday and Thursday morning and record the result via the NHS website. Bubble Leads will make welfare calls in the afternoon in order to collect results for school.

 

In this instance if your child tests positive, they will be asked to self- isolate and advised to get a PCR test. If your child has a positive result then this should be reported to school via Mrs Smith rachel@roselynhouseschool.co.uk up to and including Thursday 4th June 2021. She will check her emails at 4.00pm each day and ring you following this to advise. If your child is in a Bubble with someone who tests positive within this time frame, they too will be asked to self- isolate. From Friday 5th June , you should report to NHS Test and Trace and follow their instructions; although Bubble leads will continue to support with the welfare calls.

 

I once again want to thank staff who are giving up time of their school holidays in order to continue this process. They really have gone above and beyond for our students and families over the last year.

 

Many are currently working hard on grades and assessment for GCSE exams and are preparing for some students to sit Functional Skills exams when we come back after the break. These have taken extra planning so as to be Covid safe.

 

May I also take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in following our Covid Risk Assessment and Procedures and for helping to keep staff and students as safe as possible.

 

Please have a wonderful half term break, continue to stay safe and we look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 7th June.

 

Warmest wishes

 

Miss D ?

 

15 April 2021

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Good afternoon everyone and what a wonderful start to the new Term we have had. Sunshine and smiles all round!

 

Thankyou, for supporting your child with home testing over Easter and the doorstep testing this week. The numbers of participants did drop over Easter but have picked up again this week.  We have started back with between 73% and 91% attendance across the Bubbles which continues to amaze us. Thankyou!

 

You should by now have received home test kits for next week for your child to conduct their-selves. Please encourage them to do so. We would ask that they complete the test on Monday and Thursday morning prior to coming to school.

 

If they have a positive result, please inform school and do not send your child in. Also, if your child is displaying symptoms, please do not send them to school. You will be asked to self- isolate and asked to book a PCR test. Otherwise, normal Timetables will resume.

 

If you would like to continue receiving support for testing your child, we will be able to offer this facility within school on an individual basis or by doorstep testing. Please contact your Bubble Lead to discuss this.

 

Over the next two weeks, some staff are due to have their second covid vaccinations, as we were fortunate enough to have been invited as part of the Health and Social Care offer to receive them. For some staff these will take place during the school day at local hospitals. This will mean that they will need time off. We aim to manage these with little or no disruption but accept there may have to be some minor changes to Timetable. It is important that these continue in order to further protect our staff, students and families.

 

The Government advice with regards face coverings for students and staff will currently remain in place, to be worn on transport, in school corridors and classrooms. This applies to alternative provisions. They do not need to be worn outside.

 

We look forward to everything this Term has to offer and sharing with you the success of our students over the next week.

 

Warmest wishes

Miss D ?

 

ROSELYN HOUSE SCHOOL AND THE RHISE SERVICE

COVID 19 TESTING PROCEDURES

 

Overview

 

From 8th March 2021 we will be welcoming all students back to Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service.  Following Government Guidance, we will be completing the three lateral flow tests that the Government have asked schools to do before home testing can be implemented for students. 

In terms of student testing, we have taken into consideration the consultation that we completed with staff and families and have decided that the best route for us to be able to achieve this is that they will be done at the doorstep. This mitigates risk of having to set up testing station (s) and any cross over of Bubbles. This will also prevent any positive cases of students having to attend Roselyn House School/ RHISE and then having to be taken home by staff.

There will be 2 staff designated testers/support in Bubble 1 and Bubble 2 and 4 staff for RHISE.

 

On Monday 8th, Thursday 11th and Monday 15th March 2021, designated staff will attend at all students’ houses where they will conduct a Lateral Flow Test.

 

Update 8/3/2021 – due to DfE registration process not being completed, the start date for testing will be postponed to Thursday 11th March and the final date will be Thursday 18th March.

 

All designated staff have completed Department for Education/Public Health England training for the testing procedures.   If the designated staff are unable to deliver the tests, alternative staff will be introduced to the testing process and brought up to speed on guidance and training etc.  Protective measures are in place for these staff.

The Team Leader for overseeing the testing procedures across Roselyn House School and RHISE is Mr Birkenhead.

The Covid Co-Ordinator who has overall responsibility for testing procedures for both Roselyn House School and RHISE is Mrs Smith.

Designated Staff :-

Bubble 1 – Mr Lancaster / Miss Edens

Bubble 2 – Mr Birkenhead / Mr Tate

RHISE – Mrs Higgins / Mr Wilkinson / Miss Taylor / Miss Blake

 

 

 

Procedure

 

Week commencing 1st March 2021 Bubbles 1 and 2 and the RHISE Service will all receive adequate amount of testing kits and PPE for the LFT on the 11th , 15th and 18th   March 2021.

 

Update 8/3/2021 – due to DfE registration process not being completed, the start date for testing will be postponed to Thursday 11th March and the final date will be Thursday 18th March.

 

Below is a breakdown of how the testing programme will be delivered each day.

 

8:30AM – Staff will set off on their respective routes that are pre planned on route planners and form part of the Whole School Working Arrangements Risk Assessment.

Bubble 1 – Lancaster, Fylde and Preston (13 students)

Bubble 2 – East Lancs and Fleetwood (17 students)

RHISE – Various locations across Lancashire (32 students)

 

9:00AM – 04:15PM – Staff will visit each student’s house and deliver the LFT and determine the outcome of the test to parents/carers/school and document their findings.

 

Please note for optimum testing, it is advised that students do not eat or drink for 30 minutes before the test – you will be contacted on the day of testing 30 minutes prior to staff attending to advise your child not to eat or drink.    You will be provided with an hour time slot in advance.

 

Testing

Two staff members (Testing Operatives) will assist in the testing process.  We will confirm with you that you have given consent for the procedure.  Parents or an appropriate adult are requested to be present if possible.

 

We would respectfully request that to ensure the safety of all, that students and parents and carers wear face coverings throughout our attendance (apart from when the test is taking place).  This is to ensure the safety of students and their families and our staff.      Staff will arrive at the student’s house wearing full PPE (bodysuit and face covering). 

 

Staff will request that your child washes and sanitises their hands.

 

All equipment will be stored in sealed boxes in the school vehicles. The resources will be arranged in the vehicle for each test and placed on a tray in its sterile wrapping.  Staff  will bring the tray to the students door and once the tests is conducted, staff will return to the vehicle to await the test results.

 

Once the 30 minute time period has passed, staff will notify parents ad carers of the test result.

 

Below is a breakdown of the full procedure:-

 

Morning of Test

1)PPE and cleaning product check 

2) Each member of staff will put on their PPE suit 

3) Technology check to ensure that all devices are charged and working 

4) Paperwork/route check

5) Once all checks are complete and there are no issues, staff will leave Roselyn House School and start their routes 

 

Journey 

1) The non-driving member of staff will contact the parent/carers who they are travelling to and inform them that they are on their way and conduct a welfare check. (This will continue between each test for each student) Please remember that your child should not eat or drink for 30 minutes prior to the test.

 

Arrival at Student’s Home

1) Upon arrival at the student home staff will conduct a health and safety check of the site and park effectively 

2) If site is unsafe, the test will be postponed, and relevant persons will be notified 

3) If site is safe, the test will go ahead 

4) Staff will prepare PPE and place apron, gloves, and visor in position

5) Staff will then check individual sealed bags and individual test sheet logs (Student names coincide with route planner) 

 

Check contents of pre sealed bag before conducting the test for the following: 

1) Pre sealed swab 

2) Extraction tube 

3) Extraction tube solution 

4) The test strip 

5) Waste bag 

6) Extraction tube holder (not in the bag but is a part of the kit) 

7) All contents will be placed on a wipeable tray in its sealed state

 

At the address 

1) One of the staff members (testing assistant) will carry the tray with contents on and stand a distance from the entrance

2) One of the staff members (test operative) will knock at the address and meet and greet and explain the procedure 

3) Health and safety check to take place again 

 

Set up the test 

1) Take the test strip out of the foil wrapper and place on a flat surface (portable tray held by test assistant)

2) Place extraction tube into the holder 

3) Squeeze solution into the extraction tube and place the lid back on and store in the holder 

4) Ask individual who is receiving the test to blow their nose and sanitise their hands 

5) Remove the swab from the packet (do not touch soft part of the swab) 

 

Taking the sample 

1) Pass swab to Student and make sure that they are holding the plastic part between two fingers

2) Ask them to open their mouth wide and ask them to put the fabric swab on their tonsils 

3) This needs to be done firmly on each side 4 times (testing staff can aid with a mirror for accuracy) 

4) They will be asked to remove swab carefully without touching teeth, gums, or tongue 

5) Then using the same swab to take a sample from one nostril 

6) Insert swab into one nostril until they feel resistance 

7) The swab then needs to be rolled in one nostril firmly making 10 complete circles 

8) Then remove swab carefully 

 

Process the swab sample 

1) Pick up extraction tube from the holder and remove the lid 

2) Retrieve the swab from person and place it in the tube with the solution 

3) Press the tip against the extraction tube firmly and roll around the tube for 15 seconds 

4) Remembering to mix fully 

5) Pinch the tube when removing the swab to ensure all fluid is drained from fabric swab 

6) Place the nozzle tightly on the extraction tube 

7) Drop two drops of fluid on testing strip section marked 's'

8) Set a timer for 30 minutes 

9) Inform parents and students that staff will return in 30 minutes with the result

 

Awaiting results

1) After informing parents/carers and students, staff will return to the car and await the results 

2) When returning to the vehicle, staff will remove all elements of the test (wrapper, swab and extraction tube and place in hazardous waste) 

3) Leaving only the testing strip on the tray in the boot of the car

4) Staff will await results outside/inside the car

 

Reading the result 

1) Once the timer has indicated 30 minutes the strip will be examined, and cross referenced with result indicator sheet 

2) Results are then logged by the Test Operative on the specific log sheet for that student.   

3) Once completed, parents will be informed of result and next steps (Contact from track and trace NHS)

 

Upon completion 

1) Staff will place all contents of test into Hazardous waste that is provided 

2) Once all contents of test are removed and items cleaned, clean all equipment and place back in the designated area in the boot

3) Remove PPE and dispose in bin provided (keeping only protective suit on) 

4) Staff will then use Dettol 3in1 spray to spray their personal suit.

5) Sanitise hands and spray car with anti-bacterial spray 

6) Leave destination and start route to next testing site

 

At the end of the testing day, all data sheets will be passed to Jack Birkenhead for scanning of barcodes for the results to be recorded on the bulk upload log. All results will be sent to parents via NHS Track and Trace service.

 

Timescales –

24 hours to register a positive or void test result

Up to 7 days to register negative results

 

If results are positive, you will be advised to book a PCR Test.  You should then follow Government Guidance and self isolate for 10 days from that date.  Every member of your household should self-isolate for this period.  

 

If the results are negative, students will return to education on their next respective days.

 

If there is an incident relating to testing procedures, Mr Birkenhead and Mrs Smith will be advised who will escalate the incident to the Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline who will provide advice and guidance.  

 

This will be repeated for each individual test and will be consistent across the 3-day testing period. All recorded information will be passed to Mrs Smith following procedures.

 

These procedures are subject to change following the start of the LFT programme following feedback from staff and students and change in Government Guidelines.

 

3 March 2021

 

UPDATE – The first testing date of Monday 8th March has been postponed due to not receiving the DfE registration for the LFD testing.     Testing will commence Thursday 11th March 2021.

 

5 March 2021

                                                                                                 24 February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

 

I hope you are all well and safe.

 

I am sure by now you have heard the Government announcement with regard a roadmap out of lockdown and the expectation that all students will return back to school on 8th March 2021.

 

I have attached a letter from Gavin Williamson, The Education Secretary.

 

The Government are requiring that secondary students have 3 Asymptomatic Lateral Flow Tests from their start back until home tests are sent out. The expectation is that schools will have on site testing facilities. We have been in discussion with the Department for Education with regards what this means to us as we transport students to and from School/ RHISE and would be in a very difficult situation of having to return a student home if they tested positive. We have been informed that this is not safe for us to do.

 

Therefore, on Monday 8th, Thursday 11th and Monday 15th March we intend to provide doorstep testing for your child. This will mean that two members of school staff will turn up to your home, hand you a Lateral Flow Test Device and ask your child to take a swab. The staff will then determine the result on the doorstep.

 

We have attached a diagram of how the swabbing should be done. On the day of the testing your child will have remote learning so that the staff responsible for testing can get around all students. We will provide lunches for these days.

 

Bubble Leads will be in touch next week to discuss this with you and to allay any anxieties you or your child may have. We want to do this face to face in order to help build up confidence in the procedures before home testing is sent out.

 

We understand it is very new to everyone and want to support our families as much as we can. The tests will also be carried out twice a week by staff too.

 

Your child will follow their normal Timetable on the days they aren’t being tested.

 

If your child tests positive then they will be given a PCR test or informed to book a test and asked to self-isolate. Likewise if someone in your child’s Bubble tests positive and has been in close contact with your child, then the whole Bubble will still have to self-isolate.

 

We will make this new system as supportive and welcoming as we possibly can and please do not be afraid to contact your Bubble Leads to discuss further. Covid-19 is still very real and these new measures have been introduced to get students back to school but continue to keep children, staff and families as safe as possible. We will continue to operate in Bubbles at school and RHISE and maintain all protective measures as we have done throughout.

 

The Government has now announced that until Easter it will be a requirement for students to wear face coverings in the classroom along with in corridors and on transport. This has always been well supported in School and RHISE and we will be looking at more disposable face coverings being available and changed throughout the day. We would ask that you encourage your child to follow this procedure.

 

We know this is a lot to take in and your Bubble Leads will be in touch via home visit or phone call next week. We have enclosed a consent form for you to fill in with regards Lateral Flow Testing and would ask you to complete and return to Mrs Mercer.

 

Once again, thankyou in anticipation of your continuing support and we look forward to welcoming more of our students from 8th March. It will be lovely to get more people together again.

 

Warmest wishes

 

Miss D

Headteacher

Roselyn House School

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.

 

GET IN TOUCH TO FIND OUT MORE OR WORK WITH US! hello@orcha.co.uk  @DH_Schools

digitalhealthyschools.co.uk  @digitalhealthyschools

0151 482 9728   @OrchaUK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET IN TOUCH TO FIND OUT MORE OR WORK WITH US! hello@orcha.co.uk  @DH_Schools

digitalhealthyschools.co.uk  @digitalhealthyschools

0151 482 9728   @OrchaUK

 

 

                                                                                                    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

.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at the new RHISE website here

The school health team will continue to operate throughout the covid-19 pandemic. 

Should you need to access the school health team then please telephone 

0300 247 0040 or email vcl.019.singlepointofaccess@nhs.net.

 

The confidential chat health text service is available to students  Mondays to

Friday between the hours of 9-5. The text number is 07507330510

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