Health and wellbeing
We share responsibility with children and families to reduce risk of sickness and infection and learn and work safely together.
Health and hygeine post lockdown
Children will be far more used to washing their hands as we return to school and we will be having hands washed throughout the day, especially first thing in the morning and before coming home. This will reduce risks of the virus moving between home and school. Children will be expected to be able to use a tissue to catch a sneeze and dispose of their tissue in the bin: catch it - kill it - bin it!
We are providing a number of measures to keep us as safe as possible and reduce risk:
- additional cleaning hours with an on-site cleaner throughout the day to repeat clean high-risk areas e.g.toilets, handles, light switches;
- children will be drilled in hand washing and some cleaning of their own surfaces to reduce risk to our cleaning staff;
- toilets have been allocated to single year groups or smaller groups of 15 children;
- children will be taught in fixed groups with allocated indoor and outdoor space;
- relaxing on some policies like uniform and attendance.
You can find out more by reading our simplified risk assessment and recovery plan for families which has been published and can be found at https://www.kingsmead.cheshire.sch.uk/communication-letters-home/coronavirus-and-opening-to-more-children .
Meals, Food Shopping and Other Practical Support
We would ask everyone be mindful that the current health crisis will affect us all. The more we cooperate and are pro-social, the sooner we will be back together. Be mindful that the reason for school closure is to prevent a highly contagious virus, for which there is no vaccine and little treatment, from spreading and overwhelming our health service. The more children we have in school, the more vulnerable they and staff will be. Therefore we are restricting childcare provision to those who have no alternative: those whose work is critical to the response to COVID-19 or whose children are so very vulnerable that school is the best provision for them. Keeping the number of children in school to a minimum is for their benefit as well as the benefit to wider society.
We will contact families of vulnerable children to discuss their needs and keep in touch throughout the crisis.
If your child has an underlying health condition please take advice from your health professionals and let us know anything that is relevant for us keeping them safe and well in school.
We are taking advice from respected sources including CWAC, the NHS, DfE, and Public Health England. We have implemented a number of measures to manage the risks, these are being updated in line with the latest guidance. Any decisions that we make as school will be in the best interest of the pupils.
We are in unprecedented times and we are so grateful to everyone for understanding that this is not about rights or entitlement, but about absolute necessity so our community can function - thank you.
emotional and mental wellbeing
Supporting children's (and parents' and carers') mental health and well-being
- Mrs Cotton has put some videos of tips based on the 1-2-3 Magic learning we provide for parents around supporting their children's behaviour at home. These are available via Google Classroom (you will need your child's log-in).
- Train My Mind is a Cheshire based company supporting mindfulness.
- Take a few moments to reduce your stress and anxiety.
- Our E-safety page provides a wealth of advice for preventing the high risk of emotional harm, grooming and addiction from inappropriate online activity including social media.
- Our Curriculum Health and Wellbeing team page has more information about physical, and mental health in school.
more medical matters
Common infections in schools
We do not check hair; however, if we observe crawling lice, parents or carers are contacted to remove the children and treat their hair before returning to school. Headlice infection is reduced if all long hair is tied back which is the reason for our Uniform and Appearance policy of all long hair tied back.
To prevent the spread of nasty bugs, there must be 48 hours from the last incident of vomiting or diarrhoea before returning to school. When the 48 hour rule is followed, fewer days are lost to sickness absence as bugs do not spread.
As with Coronavirus, the best way to prevent the spread of norovirus is good hand hygiene.
colds and flu
Colds and flu spread quickly in school. Children can be taught from a young age to use a tissue and, if sneezing, to sneeze into their tissue, a hanky or their sleeve. They can be discouraged from sneezing out into the air where the germs can be carried around 10 metres.