COVID-19

Updated 10th November 2020

The School takes the risks posed by Coronavirus COVID-19 very seriously and the control measures outlined in a dynamic Risk Assessment, and in the supporting protocols for staff and parents, minimise the risk of infection and the transmission of the virus.

The Risk Assessment has been prepared paying close attention to the Government Guidance which recognises that while COVID-19 remains in the community, schools will be required to make judgments concerning how to balance and minimise risks whilst providing “a full educational experience for children” using their existing resources.

The Health, Safety and Wellbeing of our staff, pupils and all who visit the School continues to be our top priority.

Background

Throughout the period since the national closure of schools in March, a dynamic Risk Assessment has been in place which has been updated regularly to reflect the changing circumstances characterised by the pandemic. The School pays particular attention not only to advice from the Government but also from the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA), external lawyers, Manchester City Council and information from relevant Trade Unions.

Since 4th May 2020 there have been regular meetings of the COVID Risk Assessment Team to discuss all health & safety aspects for the operation of the School. The control measures initially drafted were put together following these meetings and extensive walk-throughs of the site have taken place to consider the controls on a practical level and from both a pupil and staff perspective.

Review by Governors

The initial Risk Assessment was reviewed and approved by Governors and will continue to be reviewed as developments occur.

Our key message to staff

Staff must NOT come into school if you:
– have symptoms associated with COVID-19, or
– have someone in your household who has COVID-19 symptoms, or
– have tested positive in the last 10 days.

• If you become unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or have a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), you will be sent home and advised to follow stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, which sets out that you should self-isolate for 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if you have coronavirus (COVID-19).

• If you have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, you should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day you develop symptoms.

• Other members of your household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

Our key message to parents

Your daughter must NOT come into school if:
– she has symptoms associated with COVID-19, or
– you have someone in your household who has COVID-19 symptoms, or
– she has tested positive in the last 10 days.
Please inform attendance@wgs.org

• If your daughter becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, her normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), she will be sent home and advised to follow stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, which sets out that she should self-isolate for 10 days and you should arrange for her to have a test to see if she has coronavirus (COVID-19).

• If your daughter has tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develops symptoms during the isolation period, you should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day she develops symptoms.

• Other members of your household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

• If your daughter is unwell while at school (as described above) and is awaiting collection, she will be isolated in the sick bay and will be provided with support by either our School Nurse or a suitably trained alternative person.

• Your daughter will have use of the toilet facilities in the sick bay while awaiting collection. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

• PPE must be worn by staff caring for your daughter while she awaits collection if a distance of two metres cannot be maintained

All staff continue to follow the School’s COVID-19 guidance.

Admissions

We continue to deal with enquiries regarding admission to Withington, although we are not currently able to offer visits and tours of the School.  If you have any questions about admissions, please visit the Admissions section of the website or email admissions@wgs.org

Please refer to our Admissions Timetable for the proposed dates for Junior, Year 7 and Year 12 entry in 2021 and visit our Virtual Open Events 2020 page for a series of presentations that will provide informative insights into all that a Withington education proivdes.

COVID-19 PROTECTIVE MEASURES FOR STAFF AND PUPILS

Withington Girls’ School has protective measures in place following ongoing assessments of the risks associated with attending lessons on the School site during the coronavirus pandemic – these measures are reviewed and updated on a weekly basis and a current list of these protective measures are available on request via office@wgs.org. The School is following the guidance issued by the Government wherever possible and will update this list of measures as that advice changes, or if the protective measures need to be amended or supplemented. The primary link to this collection of guidance and advice, which is updated regularly, can be found here.

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