FAQ

Return to School - March 2021

Presentation from Mr Halcro about the reopening of school March 2021 - click here

Selston High School full Covid-19 Risk Assessment - click here

 

Question - I have taken a Lateral Flow Test at home do I have to inform you of the result?

Yes in addition to registering the result (Positive, Negative or Void) through the NHS website link provided with the kits we ask that you use the link on the right of this page to inform us of the result. As you should be aware if the test result is positive your child should not attend school and arrange for a swab test (PCR) to be carried out as soon as possible.

 

Question - Do I have to wear uniform when I come to school for my first test?

Yes please - full uniform with blazer should be worn - Pe kit is not appropriate

 

Question - My child has SEND or Anxiety issues and is worried about the return school and/or the lateral flow tests?

Parents of students with SEND should contact our new SENCO - Mrs Jessica Warren stwarrenj@selstonhigh.org.uk - who will be able to help

Other parents of students with individual needs should contact their Head of Year or any member of our SSC team.

 

Question - Do I still have to wear Pe kit on the days when I have Practical pe lessons on my timetable?

Yes - full school Pe Uniform should be worn on those days

 

Question - On the day I am due to have my first test how do I travel to and from school?

Students who usually travel to school by bus have had their appointments scheduled for first thing in the morning so they can use the usual school buses which will be running to the usual timetables from Monday 8th March. After students have completed their test they will have to make their own way home. Trent buses have informed us that they will be operating their full timetable from Monday 8th March through the village.

Question - can I access testing kits for other members of my family?

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

Get a test through your employer

Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.

Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site

You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.

You may need to book an appointment.

Collect test kits

You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests.

Anyone 18 or over can collect.

Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.

Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.

Order home test kits online

If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.

Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.

More details are on the page below

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

 

Covid Support - Key questions answered

How does my child buy food?

Parents will be encouraged rather than sending their child to school with cash to use the online Squid system. All parents will be sent their Squid codes in September. Each year group will have lunch in their own area. There will be plenty of staff on hand to support them whilst they get used to the new system. Students are still welcome to bring a packed lunch as before.

How will lunch be organised?

Lesson 4 at the end of the morning now runs from 12:00 until 1:30 depending on the year group and depending upon the day students will take their lunch from either 12:00-12:30, 12:30-1:00 or 1:00-1:30. Each Year group will have an area where they will have lunch. Year groups will not be allowed to mix.

What about school transport?

Please see our school transport page which can be accessed via the menu on this page. In summary masks must be worn, students will sit in year groups on the buses. No change will be given

What will the new school day and timetable look like?

An example timetable is shown below please note:

  • Students go to Tutor Period at the start and end of each day
  • Every year will have different breaks and lunches. The times of these will change daily
  • Many lessons are now taught in double periods to reduce movement around school

What about Pe lessons?

On days when students have Pe they will be asked to come to school already in their kit as our changing facilities do not allow us to make them Covid Safe. The Pe activities taught will be chosen to ensure students do not get too dirty or sweaty as they will have to remain in their kit for the rest of the day. Activities will also take into account the need for social distancing with any equipment being wiped after use.

Can students still use their lockers?

Since movement around school will be limited with a number of one way systems etc it is not practical for students to be able to acsess their lockers. On their first day all students will be issued with a large lever arch file in which they will keep their books and learning materials. Students will need a bag so these can be taken home at the end of the day.

What about sports teams, clubs, music lessons and other extra curricular activities?

We aim to provide as normal a school experience as possible for our students. Whilst we need to ensure plans for these meet the government guidelines we will try to make as many activities available as we safely can.

How can I keep safe in school?

Please see our revised guidance on the wearing of face coverings below

When face coverings should be worn 

On public and school transport 

Yes 

Moving between lessons and lining up 

Yes 

Walking to break/lunch venue 

Yes 

Queuing in the break/lunch venue 

Yes 

Outside communal areas at break/lunch 

No 

Sitting down to eat in the break/lunch venue 

No 

In classrooms 

Yes 

Each classroom has Hand Gel dispensers which will be used on entry. Whilst students have facilities they can used at break/lunch they are not allowed to use the toilets during lesson chnageover as this risks the crossover of students in different bubbles. Staff will be understanding if students need to visit the toilets during lesson time. Movement around the school will be carefully managed with many students entering/leaving their rooms through outside doors.

 

 

How will the school communicate with parents

- The school will communicate to parents via email, text message or schoolcomms.
- The school website will also be updated with any changes and we advise parents to access
this regularly.
www.selstonhigh.org.uk

 

How will the school support my child’s learning while closed?

- Activities and tasks will be posted electronically via classcharts and Teams. Written tasks are available

 

Can I just visit the site to see someone, get something from my locker etc.?

The site gates now closed and we are not be able to allow any access without previous arrangement as we enforce the government guidance on social distancing.


What does my child do if they cannot access Classcharts or any other app e.g. they have forgotten their password or don’t know how to log on?

Students should contact their link tutor or email enquiries@selstonhigh.org.uk


What does my child do if they need help with their work?

Students can email their teachers using the email function in Office 365.

 

I tried to contact Mr/Mrs *** but they haven't got back to me?

Try contacting your child's tutor or another member of that team it may be that the member of staff is ill or unavailable.

 

How do students access Office 365, School email and Microsoft packages?

Each student has access to Microsoft Office 365.

This allows students to have access to email and
packages like Microsoft Word to complete tasks at home.
 


What does my child do if they cannot access Office 365 – e.g. they have a password problem?

Students should contact their link tutor or email enquiries@selstonhigh.org.uk

 

How much work should students complete?

We are very conscious of students wellbeing, however we need to ensure that learning does
continue during this period.
Ideally students should complete the tasks set. We would advise that breaks are built in and
that students work in 30 minute chunks.

 

What if I have any pastoral questions or a concern regarding my child?

Our advice is to contact their link tutor other contacts can be found on our safeguarding page.