Covid Information for Parents and Students
We are extremely grateful for everyone’s support in working together throughout the Covid pandemic. Since the start of the school year, we have been working hard to ensure that all of our control measures are secure and students are supported in a safe learning environment. Please click on: Idsall Risk Assessment for more information.
If you need to confirm a positive case during school hours, you should contact us on 01952 468400 or email CovidSupport@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk
If you need to report a positive case out of school hours, including during the weekend or school holidays, please email CovidSupport@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk
We will ensure a response at the earliest opportunity.
In addition, for all Covid-related questions or concerns, please email CovidSupport@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk and we will respond accordingly.
If your child is advised not to come into school due to a 'bubble break', they will need to isolate at home, and follow their timetable from home using our remote learning platform Microsoft Teams. Students will receive an invite through their school email account to access all their live lessons that we are able to run. If they have any difficulties accessing the lessons, please email ITTechs@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk
All lessons will be within their normal timetabled times which are currently as follows:
In school, we constantly promote the NHS key message and would ask all families to raise awareness with their child and make sure they arrive to school with an appropriate face covering.
Full Government guidance on the opening of schools can be found by clicking on :
National Restrictions from 6th January 2021
Following the announcement of the Prime Minister on 4th January, a national lockdown came into force on Wednesday 6th January 2021. The school will remain open to vulnerable and key worker children only and all other students will learn remotely until 5th March 2021. From 8th March, all students will return to school as detailed in our newsletter of 23rd February.
COVID-19 testing for staff and students
You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’.
Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in school safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing, we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but everyone is encouraged to take it. Tests will not take place without consent which in the case of students in years 7 to 11 will be consent from parents/carers.
If your child is in years 7 to 11 and you are happy for them to be tested, please complete the consent statement (one per student) located on the school website. This form will also be emailed out to all parents/carers. Students in Sixth Form are able to self-consent.
Staff and students who want to participate will be tested from week commencing 11th January 2021.
An instructional leaflet with more information is included on the website, attached at the bottom of this web page.
Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. For under 18s, staff can oversee the swab process although students will be expected to self-swab.
Results, which take around half an hour from testing, will be shared directly with staff and students participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
We know these tests work - in validation studies conducted by Oxford University and Public Health England, they were shown to be as accurate in identifying a case as a PCR test (99.68% specificity). The tests have lower sensitivity but they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.
Testing will be offered free of charge.
Please see the documents attached at the bottom of this web page for further information.
In schools where students in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and students when moving around the school outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. This was already the case for students in year 7 and above, and staff and visitors for those schools which were in areas where local alert level was ‘high’ and ‘very high’.
Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings and we expect adults and students to be sensitive to those needs.
Face coverings should also be worn by pupils in year 7 and above when travelling on dedicated school transport to secondary school or college.
Children and young people aged 11 and over must wear a face covering on public transport. Face coverings should also be worn by pupils in year 7 and above when travelling on dedicated school transport to secondary school or college. This does not apply to those who are exempt.
Travel in or out of local areas should be avoided, and parents, carers and staff should look to reduce the number of journeys they make - but travelling to deliver and access education is still permitted.
Staff, children and their parents and carers are encouraged to walk or cycle when travelling to and from school where this is possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow social distancing to be practised.
Travelling to and from School
Students are reminded for the need to travel to and from school on the most direct route; they should not arrange to meet groups of friends on their journey to and from school and should not congregate in larger groups during this time. Parents are requested to speak to their children to ensure that students respond effectively. The local policing team has outlined they do have the power to issue fines to families where concerns may arise.
Meeting Others Safely
In general, you must not meet people socially. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person. You should minimise time spent outside your home. When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).
You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight in each other’s households, and visit outdoor public places together.
You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with:
- The people you live with
- Your support bubble
- Or, when on your own, 1 person from another household. Children under 5, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside
There is further guidance on what exercise and other physical activity can continue during the period of national restrictions.
- Neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
- Public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
- Outdoor playgrounds
You cannot meet people in a private garden, unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via:
https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online. Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period. Please click on this link for more information:
Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at: NHS Coronavirus Symptoms . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
How to Stop COVID-19 Spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.