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Covid-19 Updates

January 2021 Update (revised 08/01/21)

Following the government’s latest announcement, from Tuesday 5th January 2021, our school will be open for vulnerable children and the children of Critical Workers from any year group.

You can find out if you are classed as a Critical Worker here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision#critical-workers

Remote education will be provided for students in all year groups whilst they are at home in line with our Remote Learning Policy.  If you are experiencing difficulties accessing remote learning due to lack of devices or internet access, please contact us so that we can discuss support which may be available to you.

 

Plans for the introduction of rapid flow testing in secondary schools will continue and we will communicate details with parents as they become available about how this will operate at Banovallum.

The guidance we are following is in the public domain and if you wish to view the details they can be found by following the links at the bottom of this message.

We await confirmation from the Government regarding any national scheme for supporting families who are eligible for free school meals.  Local arrangements via Wonde School Vouchers will continue until any national scheme is implemented. 

School transport will continue to be provided, however, parents must request this by contacting the local authority school transport team.  Further information can be found by following this link:  https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/school-college-transport/covid-19-information-school-transport.  Please bear in mind that we do not have responsibility for transport provided by the local authority and therefore cannot assist with this.

In order for us to continue to discharge our safeguarding responsibilities, if your child is due to attend and you need to report an absence, please telephone in the usual way to let us know.

As always, we thank you for your patience and support at this difficult time and send our warm wishes to you and your families.

Guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/asymptomatic-testing-in-schools-and-colleges

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/947799/schools_and_colleges_testing_handbook.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-and-childcare-settings-return-in-january-2021/schools-and-childcare-settings-return-in-january-2021

 

Return to School Questionnaire link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VYPG392

Banovallum & NHS Test and Trace consent form for COVID-19 testing : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VJH8KGX

 

All the staff at Banovallum are really looking forward to welcoming all our students back to school in September, and have undertaken significant planning and preparation to ensure that school will operate as safely and smoothly as possible.

As you can imagine there is a lot of information to share with parents and students which is contained within our reopening plan which we will share via email, Epraise and on the website. We hope that the plan answers many of the questions that parents and students may have. If you wish to ask any further questions relating to our arrangements for September, please e-mail them to admin@banovallumschool.co.uk and, depending on the nature of the questions, you will either receive an individual reply or the school may send out an FAQ document in the near future.

Of course, our plans are subject to change as a result of changes to the guidance we receive from the Department for Education.

Thank you for your support. 

 

If you seek additional information regarding the school's approach to the coronavirus, you may find below Banovallum's September plan. There is also much information on the website of the school trust, Horncastle Education Trust, here:

https://www.horncastleeducationtrust.org/

And the trust's risk assessment here:

https://www.horncastleeducationtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/Draft-HET-Coronavirus-Risk-Assessment-12-full-opening-Update-210720.pdf