During this unprecedented time, there may be occasions where pupils are required to self-isolate.
This may be because:
- they, or a family member has symptoms
- school advise that there has been a confirmed case of COVID 19 within a year group and pupils have been identified as being 'close contacts'.
Work will be sent to pupils directly should they, or a family member have symptoms.
In addition, for those pupils whose bubbles are required to self-isolate, we will add work to our website, within this area, for pupils to work through.
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 (anosmia)
Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive and they had attended the school in the 48 hours prior to developing symptoms, direct and close contacts will be identified and advised to self-isolate.
Please note: The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
How to stop the spread of COVID-19 during self-isolation
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
- keep 2 metres away from people who you don’t live with
- wear a face covering indoors in public places
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 as advised in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
You should arrange for testing for your child by:
- https://www.bury.gov.uk/book a coronavirus test
- your GP
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
The 14-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.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you can, 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.
Support during self-isolation
If you become symptomatic, have to self-isolate and don't have any other support, Bury Community hubs are able to help with food shopping and collecting medicine supplies.
How to get help during self-isolation
Contact Bury Community Hub by phone: Dial 0161 253 5353 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Greater Manchester Text phone: Dial 07860 022876 (Messages will be responded to by the next working day)
My child is ill. How do I know when to keep my child off school?
We understand that there has been a lot of information over the months which can make it difficult to know when your child needs to not be in school. We have uploaded a poster that we hope will be helpful in knowing what to do in certain situations.
Please do follow the advice to keep you, your child, and others safe.
If you are unsure please do not hesitate to contact school.
How do I know if my child has been affected by any partial closure of bubbles?
All families of those pupils who we have identified as being a close contact of the pupil with confirmed COVID19 will be contacted by text and email. We will also send the letter to advise families of those pupils who are required to self-isolate through the post.
A copy of letters will be available on our website.
What does the plan for year groups staying at home mean for my family?
From Tuesday 3rd November, Hazel Wood High School will close to one year group, per week, for the remainder of this term.
Why have we made this decision?
We want to keep our school open and safe for all of our pupils. As cases of COVID are rising locally, and nationally, we have had higher levels of staff absence. To allow us to ensure that our students receive quality education, by staff who know them and can support them, we will be asking that one year group, per week, learn from home. This allows staff to cover for absence within school for those pupils who are in school, but also to plan for quality remote learning for those pupils who are learning from home.
From 3rd November until we close for Christmas we propose that the Year groups below learn from home on the following weeks. This means that they will stay at home (and all other year groups will come into school) for the week/s identified. Work will be provided to allow them to learn from home.
|Week Commencing||Year Group to Remain at Home|
|Monday 2nd November (to begin on Tuesday 3rd Nov)||Year 7|
|Monday 9th November||Year 8|
|Monday 16th November||Year 9|
|Monday 23rd November||Year 10|
|Monday 30th November||Year 11|
|Monday 7th December||Year 7|
|Monday 14th December||Year 8|
What this means for your child
Should your child be eligible for free school meals we will arrange with our canteen to provide a grocery bag for the week. This will contain food items for your child to cover the five days that they will not be in school. We will contact those families who are eligible, directly, regarding this.
Work to complete for your child will be sent to their school email address. Should you need ICT equipment, school will endeavour to arrange this for your child to allow them to be able to participate in remote learning online.
The ICT equipment will be on loan for the week that your child is asked to learn from home. It is essential that this is returned to school promptly on the Friday afternoon to allow for equipment to be cleaned ahead of another child being allocated this to use the following week.
All of our decisions are taken in the best interest of the health and wellbeing of our students and the wider school community.
We will not change the above timetable without telling you first. Should we be advised of any additional cases of COVID 19 at Hazel Wood High School, we will liaise with the relevant services and identify those pupils who may need to stay at home.
Should you have any concerns, or situations that affect our proposals please do contact us.