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Coronavirus Update

20th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers of St Bernadette Pupils,

The past few weeks have seen an increase in Coronavirus cases across the country and particularly in Bristol, which in the past week recorded 471 cases per 100,000 people, which is over double the national average of 216. Sadly this increase is also reflected in our school community and in the past week we have had confirmed cases in years 8, 10 and 11.

We are following all of the advice issued by the Department for Education and Public Health England and have identified all potential close contacts of the confirmed cases. The guidance defines close contact as those people who have had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or a person who has been within two metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than fifteen minutes. If your child has been asked to self-isolate, please follow the guidance contained in the letter informing you of the need to self-isolate. All those self-isolating, who are not unwell, should continue with their home learning via Google Classroom.

All other children should continue to come to school as normal, as long as they are well and have no symptoms. This includes brothers and sisters of pupils who are self-isolating.  We have extensive safety measures in place to mitigate against the risk of transmission and additional deep cleaning is taking place, on top of the increased cleaning routines established this year.

As transmission and infection rates in our city increase, we ask that you speak to your child to reinforce the importance of them remaining vigilant, both in school and in the community, and following the latest government guidance.  We cannot stress enough the importance of:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water often
  • Using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Maintaining a social distance
  • Wearing a face covering in communal areas and where social distancing is difficult

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, please arrange a test for them and follow the national guidance. Please contact the school if you have any queries or to inform us of your child’s absence or test result.

We continue to work hard to keep our school community safe and our pupils learning. Thank you for your continued support. Finally may I ask you to remember in your prayers all those affected by Covid and those who care for them.

Take care and best wishes

Mrs B A McLaughlin

Headteacher

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13th November 2020

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We have been made aware that there are two members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID 19. These are two isolated cases and are not connected.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation, are following government guidance and taken advice form Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small numbers of pupils who have been in close contact with either of these individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a separate letter informing them that they must stay at home for 14 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and 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. 

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

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.

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 14 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.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

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 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-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

Do

  • 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

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Best wishes

Yours sincerely

Mrs B Mclaughlin

Headteacher

Important update information regarding Face Coverings:

Dear Parents and Carers of St Bernadette Pupils,

I hope that you had a good October break and that you are keeping safe and well. On Saturday the Government announced a second lockdown for England, starting on Thursday 5th November 2020. One key difference between this lockdown and the last, is that unlike in March, schools and educational settings are expected to stay open.

You will be aware of the many precautions we are already taking at St Bernadette’s to ensure we keep our pupils and staff as safe as possible and are pleased with the sensible approach adopted by members of our school community.

We are living in challenging and changing times. Since the start of this school year there has been a significant increase in Coronavirus cases across the country and particularly in Bristol. Infection rates among secondary aged pupils are also sadly rising. We believe that each one of us has a responsibility to do all we can to keep ourselves and others safe. This applies to everyone in school and also to those in our households, who from Thursday will be restricted to their homes far more than pupils who are attending school.

To further limit the possible spread of Coronavirus, from Thursday 5th November 2020 we are expecting all pupils to wear an appropriate face covering when:

  • entering the school buildings and classrooms,
  • moving around the school and in corridors,
  • in communal areas such as the dining area and toilet.s

There may also be occasional times within the classroom when a member of staff asks pupils to wear their face covering, such as when moving around the room during a practical lesson.

Pupils can remove their face covering when seated at their allocated space in the classroom and when eating or drinking in their allocated dining areas.

By appropriate face covering, we mean a face covering that is plain in appearance with no logos or motifs, and which is worn correctly and sensibly. Government information about face coverings can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-yourown/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own.

This site includes information about how to safely put on and remove a face covering, as well as how to safely store it during the day.

We continue to maintain a focus on the importance of pupils remaining in their bubbles, maintaining a social distance, frequently washing their hands and keeping their work area clean. We are also keeping the school well ventilated as this is proven to make a positive difference in reducing possible transmission. This does however mean that although heated, the school is colder than usual.

We recommend that pupils add a base layer under their school shirt, such as a white t-shirt or thermal vest. The theory behind the layering system is that several thin layers of clothing will trap heat far more efficiently than fewer thick layers; keeping you warmer. School jumpers are available through Michael Hope - our uniform retailer. We will allow pupils to keep their outdoor coat on over their uniform if they wish, but do not consider hoodies to be an outdoor coat.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email or phone the school. Any information sent to info@stberns.bristol.sch.uk will be directed to the most appropriate member of staff, as will any phone messages.

Thank you for your continued support. 

Best wishes and stay safe

Mrs B A McLaughlin
Headteacher

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IMPORTANT CHANGE OF ARRANGEMENTS (Free School Meals)

Bristol City Council has changed the arrangements for Free School Meals children during the period of school closure. Weekly lunch parcels for Free School Meal children will now be distributed from our school and not the six hubs as previously stated. 

Free School Meal weekly parcels can be collected from St Bernadette Secondary School every Monday from 11.30a.m. 

Free School Meal children who are attending school will be provided with lunch.

Please email queries to info@stberns.bristol.sch.uk.


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