Latest Coronavirus Update [19th October 2020]
Please read the following carefully and adhere to the School guidance so we are able to ensure the safety of our staff and students during this time of uncertainty.
Safety precautions when travelling to and from the School
We understand our students travel far and wide to attend our School and parents may have made arrangements between themselves where students living in close proximity may be travelling together, however, we would just like to reiterate the importance of wearing masks when travelling with anyone outside of your household. Rules for shared travel are the same as those required when using public transport and if social distancing cannot be observed, PPE should be worn.
If your daughter uses an inhaler, please make sure that she has one with her at all times while in School. Also, if you have not provided one already, a spare one should be made available to the School (please check the date to make sure it can still be used). Clearly mark it with your daughter’s name, year and group and send it into School with your daughter for the attention of the first-aid team so it can be stored safely in the medical room.
As you are aware, the government has commenced a tier system to help assess the covid spread in different areas up and down the country. Walsall is in tier 2 which is the ‘High’ level and we must adhere to the guidance provided to us by PHE and WPH. We have already seen individual students as well as year group ‘bubbles’ sent home to isolate due to a positive case of Covid-19 or being in contact with someone who has Covid-19 since we opened in September and this number is bound to increase. We need your support to keep the School open for as many students as possible and in order for us to do that we need you to make sure you are keeping your daughter(s)at home if she/ they are displaying any of the symptoms shown below:
•A new, persistent cough•
A high temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher•
A loss of taste/smell
Although many parents are adhering to this guidance, we are finding there are still some students coming in to school feeling unwell. This is very concerning. Students coming into school who are not fit to be in school are putting other students at risk, increasing anxiety levels amongst the rest of our staff and students and putting unnecessary pressures onto our administration team who are having to assess, observe and treat students when and where necessary as well as continuously trying to contact parents and arrange collection of their daughter.
Please do remember, if you have been requested to collect your daughter from School because she is displaying symptoms, follow the steps below:
1.You will need to make travel arrangements and collect her immediately. 2.Arrange for her to be tested
3.Keep her at home until you receive the test results
If the test is positive:
a) Inform the School immediately by calling 01922 333786 during school hours. If the School is not open, please email us at ABGS.Student.Support@abubakrschool.org.ukYou will be asked a few questions and informed of the isolation period and date of return. Your daughter will need to isolate for 10 days since the onset of symptoms and the whole family must isolate for 14 days.
b) You MUST keep your daughter and any siblings she has at home
c)Send the email/ text message with the result to the student support email address shown above
d) Inform any Schools/ Madrassahs your children attend that there has been a positive case in your family so they can contain any transmission of the virus
e) At the end of the isolation period, only send your daughter(s) back to School if they are clear of any symptoms and have been clear of a high temperature for at least 48 hours
If the test is negative:
a)Inform the School by calling 01922 333786 during school hours. If the School is not open, please email us at ABGS.Student.Support@abubakrschool.org.uk
b)Do not send your daughter to School until they are clear of any symptoms and have been clear of a high temperature for at least 48 hours.
Masks to be worn in communal areas
We wrote to you last week with regards to the new recommendations from the local authority. Due to the increased risks of transmission, we highly recommend students wear a mask in communal areas. Please ensure masks are suitable and fit well. Masks should be stored in a plastic bag when not in use so they remain safe and clean. Masks are also permitted to be worn in classrooms if students wish to do so. We would like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to ensure the safety and hygiene precautions we are taking at our School are robust and we would like to thank you for your continuing cooperation.