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Covid-19 FAQs

Due to Government guidelines surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic Carlton le Willows is closed except to the children of key workers.

From 15 June, the Academy will offer some limited, face to face personal support and guidance for Year 10 and 12 students to supplement their remote studies.

All students are encouraged to walk or cycle to school (avoiding public transport) where possible.

Students should be in full school uniform.

Students, parents/carers or staff members displaying symptoms of coronavirus must not enter the school.

The Academy is not open to visitors unless by prior arrangement.

Should my child attend school?

Currently, the Academy is providing on-site provision for a limited number of vulnerable pupils and the children of some critical workers. The current government definition of vulnerable children and young people is included below:

Vulnerable children and young people

"During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, for the purposes of continued attendance at educational settings, vulnerable children and young people are defined as those who:

·        are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child

·        have an education, health and care (EHC) plan and it is determined, following risk assessment, that their needs can be as safely or more safely met in the educational environment

·        have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who are therefore in need of continued education provision - this might include children on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services, adopted children, those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’), those who are young carers and others at the provider and local authority’s discretion."

Each case is considered on an individual basis and any decision regarding provision will be made in consultation with children, families and any relevant external professionals.

In addition to the provision for key worker and vulnerable children, the Academy will offer some limited face to face support via tutorials for pupils in Year 10 and 12 in June and July 2020.

What if I am a critical worker?

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to look after their child at home.

1.If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.

2.Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

3.Parents must do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially outside of school. They must observe the same social distancing principles as adults, as far as possible.

4.Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, then your children will be prioritised for education provision. The Academy is aiming to support children of critical workers whilst maintaining appropriate social distancing measures. This means that we continue to try and limit the number of pupils accessing the school building at any given time. This will help to limit the risk of, and potential spread of the virus. The government have outlined the sectors and roles below which are classed as ‘critical workers’.

Health and social care

This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes: childcare; support and teaching staff; social workers; specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes: those essential to the running of the justice system; religious staff; charities and workers delivering key frontline services; those responsible for the management of the deceased; journalists and broadcasters providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes:

•those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response

•or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes: police and support staff; Ministry of Defence civilians; contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak); fire and rescue service employees (including support staff); National Crime Agency staff; those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes:

•staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)

•the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)

•information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response

•key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)

•postal services and delivery

•payments providers

•waste disposal sectors

Is it safe to come to school?

When considering if attendance is appropriate, it is important that parents and carers are aware of the current Government guidance on those who are more at risk from the Covid-19 pandemic. This is relevant for both individual pupils and the broader family unit. Any families with concerns related to medical conditions can contact the Academy health care adviser – Mrs Beardsley via email:

Clinically extremely vulnerable groups

Expert doctors in England have identified specific medical conditions that, based on what we know about the virus so far, place some people at greatest risk of severe illness from coronavirus. Disease severity, history or treatment levels will also affect who is in this group.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people may include:

·        Solid organ transplant recipients.

·        People with specific cancers:

·        people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy

·        people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy

·        people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment

·        people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer

·        people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors

·        people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

·        People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

·        People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell).

·        People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.

·        Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

·        Other people have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions.

More information about who has been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable is available on the NHS Digital website.

If you’re still concerned, you should discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician.

Face to face support Year 10 & 12

Students in Year 10 and 12 will be invited to small group tutorial sessions. They will run for 30 – 40 minutes in a designated classroom.

To reduce the number of students in school at one time, Year 10 and 12 tutorials will be conducted over several days with staggered appointment times.

Year 10 will be invited in over four mornings with one house group in school each day: Oak – Monday; Birch – Tuesday; Cedar – Wednesday; Ash – Thursday

Year 12 tutorials will be conducted over three days with four tutor groups in school each day in either a morning or afternoon session.

Parents can drop students off by car at the bus bay on Burton Road, which can be accessed from Shearing Hill. Please do not the Wood Lane entrance. 

Parents/carers should keep contact with others to a minimum at drop off and pick up.

If your child needs accompanying on to the school site, only one parent/carer can attend.

Students should arrive no more than 5 minutes before their tutorial. There will be a designated zone at West reception  to wait to be collected by tutors. Students should leave the site immediately after their session.

What will school look like?

A number of measures have been put in place at the Academy to ensure good hygiene practice and social distancing is followed at all times.

On arrival students will wait in a clearly marked area before being collected by their tutor. Signs will be on the floor across the site to remind about 2m distancing and hand sanitiser stations will be at entry points to the school.

Classrooms will be set out so social distancing is maintained.

These photos illustrate a few of the changes. 

How will the Academy ensure Government guidelines are adhered to?

Social distancing will be secured by the small number of students in school at any one time.

Appropriate signage on social distancing and personal hygiene will be displayed prominently across the school site and in classrooms.

In accordance with government advice on personal hygiene, all students should wash their hands when they enter and before they leave the Academy. If any student needs to use the toilet, their hands should be washed both before and after.

Each tutorial group leader will meet with only one tutorial group and group sizes will be kept small enough to secure 2m distance.

Designated classrooms are prepared as per government guidelines and will be deep-cleaned at the end of each day. They will be used by only one tutorial group each day.

Additional mobile hand sanitiser stations will be provided.

What if my child is not attending their session?

If your child is not taking part in the tutorial sessions please inform the Academy via, stating one of the reasons given below:

· Illness, suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19

· Illness, not suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19

· Shielding for self or other family member

· Household isolation

· Other reason

What should I do if I am in a BAME group?

Public Health England published its report into disparities in risk and outcomes of Covid 19. One of its key findings related to the impact of Covid 19 on Black, Asian and Minority groups although, as yet, there has been no Government guidance in this regard. If you are a parent/carer of a child who identifies as BAME and have concerns regarding the school’s provision please do not hesitate to contact Mr Fryer via 

What if my child falls ill?

Students displaying symptoms of coronavirus must not come to school.

Anyone with the following symptoms must stay at home for 7 days. Other members of the household must stay at home for 14 days:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Any student attending school is eligible for an NHS test if they display symptoms of coronavirus. We would encourage students to get tested in this case.

Where the test is negative, you can return to school and their wider household can end their self-isolation.

Where the pupil tests positive, the rest of their class or group at school will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Other household members of that wider group do not need to self-isolate unless the child they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature whilst at school, they will be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance

Can my child be tested if they have symptoms?

All students attending a school have access a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus. They are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.

A negative result means you did not have coronavirus when the test was done.

You can stop self-isolating if you test negative, as long as:

  • everyone you live with who has coronavirus symptoms also tests negative – keep self-isolating if someone in your home tests positive, or has symptoms and has not been tested
  • you feel well – if you still feel unwell, you may have a different illness that could spread to other people, so stay at home until you’re feeling better

A positive result means you had coronavirus when the test was done and you and anyone you live with must keep self-isolating.

  • If you have symptoms, self-isolate for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days.

How will test and trace work at school?

If you're told you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus:

  • stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person – it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear
  • do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for essential care
  • try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible
  • people you live with do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms.

If you get symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste):

  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do and get a coronavirus test – call 111 if you cannot get help online
  • anyone you live with must self-isolate until you’ve been tested and received your result

If you test negative (you do not have coronavirus):

  • keep self-isolating for 14 days from when you were last in contact with the person who has coronavirus – as you could get symptoms after being tested
  • anyone you live with can stop self-isolating if they do not have symptoms

If you test positive (you have coronavirus):

  • self-isolate for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started – even if it means you’re self-isolating for longer than 14 days
  • anyone you live with must self-isolate for 14 days from when your symptoms started

  If you do not have any symptoms of coronavirus:

  • you can stop self-isolating after 14 days
  • you do not need to have a test