Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
On this page you will find tabs which will link you with information from the School and Government, home learning resources, wellbeing support and contact details for other services if you need further support and advice.
Headteacher Update 29th March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
As part of the in-depth planning process, we have carried out comprehensive risk assessments in line with Government guidance. The risk assessments and the procedures related to them will be reviewed regularly in line with any new guidance. Information within this letter is incorporated into our risk assessment. I have outlined the key updates below.
- Pupil Attendance - From the 8th March 2021, attendance in school is mandatory for all pupils, and the usual rules for attendance apply. If your child is following public health advice, e.g. they are shielding or have coronavirus, you will not be penalised for any non-attendance. Pupils not attending for these reasons will continue to receive remote education, where appropriate. As stated, above, we are aware some pupils will require a personalised phased approach to returning full time, please speak to the class teacher about the best way for this to be managed.
- Class bubbles and social distancing - Pupils will continue to work in bubbles, and as far as possible, bubbles will not mix. Social distancing measures (signage/one-way systems/ timetables etc) also remain in place throughout the school. All essential visitors to the site are required to social distance. As you will know, from my continued updates, there are numerous safety measures in place at the school. However, while we have done all we can to ensure the environment is as safe as it can be and to minimise the risks in line with Government and LA guidance on health and safety measures in schools, at no point can we guarantee that there will be no risk especially as many of our pupils do not understand social distancing and will need additional close support.
- Staggered break and lunch times – Bubbles will have breaks at different times of the day. Primary School will have lunch first, and will remain in their department. Middle and Upper School will also continue to eat in their department areas at present.
- Start and end of the day drop off times – Morning drop off will begin at 08:50, and run until 09:20 with staff supporting pupils to use hand sanitiser as they come onto the school site. Pupils will move directly to their classrooms. If you walk your child to school, please wait at the allocated area, 2m apart. Staff will support your child to enter the school safely. Collection at the end of day will begin at 15:00 and run until 15:30. Pupils will be called to the departure area from their classrooms, so please be patient and follow the directions of the duty staff to ensure everything runs smoothly and safely.
- Continued focus on hand washing and hygienic measures – We will continue to have a focus on hand washing and good hygiene throughout the school. Pupils will wash their hands on arrival, and will clean their hands regularly at key points throughout the day. Hand sanitiser will be available around the school and in classrooms. Staff will help your child to use this if they require support. Posters will be displayed around the school reminding pupils and staff/visitors about the key hygiene messages, such as hand washing, and staff will regularly remind pupils about the importance of good hygiene.
- Visitors to the school, meetings and after school events – We will continue to limit the numbers of visitors on site. This includes parents and carers. All meetings/visits must be through a pre-arranged appointment. Where possible, we will try to hold meetings and have visitors on site after school only and Annual Reviews/parent meetings virtually. If we do have to hold meetings, we will ensure these are in meeting rooms, which are well ventilated, with appropriate social distancing. We hope these restrictions will ease with time. Currently we are unable to hold assemblies or musical/theatre events other than in a virtual manner. We will inform parents of any after school events.
- Personal belongings – Pupils should continue to bring the minimum number of items possible in to school. Where possible, packed lunches should come in a plastic container. PE kits can be brought into school, but we will be asking parents to wash them regularly.
- Food arrangements – School meals will continue in bubbles at present. The cost of school meals is £2.25 per day, £11.25 per week. Dinner money should be sent in weekly.
- Offsite activities – Parents will be informed when school trips or off-site activities are taking place. We will follow social distancing rules whilst in the community and all trips will be risk assessed as usual. If we require anything from you to support these activities, the class team will be in touch.
- School dress code – We will expect all pupils to wear uniform/school clothes as outlined in our dress code.
- Face Coverings/Masks – At the time of writing this letter, the government is recommending face coverings as necessary in secondary schools. At Rosehill, because of misuse by some of our pupils (i.e. touching the face mask repeatedly) may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission and there may also be negative effects on communication and thus education, the Government have given discretion to schools regarding face coverings for pupils in Year 7 and above in indoor communal areas where social distancing potentially cannot be maintained. At Rosehill, we are not requesting for face masks to be worn by all secondary age pupils. However, if your child (year 7 or above) wishes to wear a face covering or mask, please speak with your class teacher in the first instance. All staff / visitors will continue to wear face coverings in communal areas.
Arrangements for the wearing of face masks will be reviewed weekly with our risk assessment and in line with Government guidance.
- Testing of staff - The Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) of staff will continue to remain in place, as advised by the government.
- Testing of pupils - We will continue to meet with the LA regularly to discuss testing of pupils. We need to ensure that we have all the correct information regarding testing, before releasing information to parents.
I would like to thank you for your continued support.
As always, if you have any questions or queries please do get in touch.
Cheryl Steele, Headteacher
Rosehill Whole School Risk Assessment (Covid-19)
Testing for Households Information
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers
Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.
Symptoms of coronavirus in children
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What to do if your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- You, your child and anyone else you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have the test.
If you or someone in our household has a positive test result then everyone in that household MUST isolate for 10 days, you MUST not send your child to school until 10 days have passed.
Further Information for Parents and Carers
There a number of important updates below, so please do read through the information.
Please see the following sections for information on the following subjects:
Health and Safety Information
Coronavirus Track & Trace Scheme
We hold a lot of data and, as part of our statutory duty, it may be necessary for us to share that data on request by Public Health with NHS Track & Trace workers, so that we play our part in making the programme as effective as possible.
It is likely that we may be asked to provide contact details if a case of Coronavirus or a suspected case arises in our school. There is an obligation to support Government planning and we will provide details if requested to do so. We will be sharing data on the basis that this is a Public Duty and that, in the case of any health data, it is necessary for the public interest.
We have put a copy of our Coronavirus Track & Trace Privacy Notice on the school website (Click Here)
If you need to book a test for your child please use the following website (Click Here)
Public Transport/Indoor Public Places - Face Covering Excemption
Face coverings are compulsory when using public transport and in indoor public places to help keep yourself and others safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.
However the government understands that wearing a face covering can be difficult for some people. You will be exempt from wearing a face covering on public transport if you:
- are a child aged 11 or under.
- have a disability.
- have a learning disability.
- have any communication needs that require you to lip read.
- have a health problem or condition that could be affected by wearing a face covering for example, problems with your breathing.
You can print out and show the following card if you are asked why your child isn't wearing a face covering whilst using public transport.
Local Support for Families
For anyone who is currently experiencing difficulties accessing food there are local Food Banks and Community Based Social Eating Projects available. If you need help during COVID-19 you can call the Council on 0115 915 5555 or visit http://nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus
We were very honoured to be working with a charity called Sewa Day, This has allowed us to send some food parcels to some of our pupils and these were greatly appreciated! If you feel you and your family would benefit from a food parcel, please contact the school office -
0115 9155815. To find out more about Sewa Day please click this link
Safeguarding, Health and Wellbeing Information
Safeguarding and Wellbeing Support for Families
The school continues to meet regularly with both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Local Authority to discuss our offer to safely implement the Government guidance at a local level. The School is also in constant communication with: Social Care, the Whole Life Disability Team, Short Breaks, Health, and the SEN Team and this will continue to be the case. Should your position change or you have any questions, require advice, information or support, please do not hesitate to contact the school. Staff will endeavour to answer your queries and provide further information.
If you have any concerns about a child’s safety or well-being during any holidays, please contact the school, or Nottingham City Local Authority 0115 9155555. You can also make a self-referral with Children and Families Direct 0115 8764800.
We also have an updated Safeguarding Policy that applies during the current situation which can be found by clicking on the following link Click Here
Please see the contact details for the Heads of Department if you require any additional support:
- Adele Harvey A.Harvey@rosehill.nottingham.sch.uk
- Katie Tomlinson firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tamara Riddell email@example.com
If you contact us over a holiday break, we will endeavour to get back to on return to school.
Families Under Pressure
Please see the following website – https://familiesunderpressure.maudsleycharity.org/ It has information on managing anxiety, negative emotions, boosting positive emotions and how to communicate better with your child.
Mental Health Information
We have put together a page with lots of resources, activities, songs and videos. This can be found at the following link
Inclusive African Adventure Yoga for Children, with Makaton
An inclusive children's yoga session, using Makaton sign language. This session will take you on a Yoga journey, all the way to Africa, to look for animals. Click here to view this great resource
Helpful Guide for Families with Disabled Children
Contact have made available a guide for families with disabled children full of information and help. This can be found on their website at the following link
Autism Alert Card
The National Autistic Society have produced a card that you can carry with you that you can show to people if your child becomes anxious or stressed, it includes information about how people with autism may need a little more support. This card can be found at the following link and printed. Click Here
Learning & Home Learning
Home Learning Activities and Resources
We have continued to add new and engaging learning activities to our website; Please follow this link for more information Click Here
If parents/carers are struggling to download information from the website, please call the school office 0115 9155815.
E-Safety – Keeping your Child Safe Online
To help keep your child safe at home whilst using the internet, please look at E-safety information which can be found in the home learning page. This includes guides on how to set up parental controls on devices and how to help your child understand ways they can protect themselves online.
Cory's Animal Channel
Look at the videos at the link below and listen to Cory telling us about the animals.
We are continuing to add additional advice and guidance to our website. These links will be regularly updated, so please keep checking the website. Click on the Government Guidance link above for current advice and information.
The staff and pupils put together a rainbow to thank all the NHS and Key Workers that worked so hard during the Coronavirus crisis.
Please can I remind you to look at the School website for the most up-to-date and accurate information. If you are still unclear, please contact the School.
Please continue to take good care of yourselves and your families.
Cheryl Steele, Headteacher