We are now in a period of National lockdown and as of the 5th of January, only children who are classed as Vulnerable and are children of Critical workers should be attending school. We will continue to support the learning of the children in school and also those at home through remote learning.
We’d like to let you know what we are doing in school to help protect our children, staff and parents; and also what we expect from you, to help make sure our school community remains safe and calm.
We’d like to reassure you that at Sir Francis Hill we are continuing to take all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and Lincolnshire County Council.
What’s the current situation?
- From the 5th of January, the school is partially closed and is now only open to children who are classed as Vulnerable or children of Critical workers. Further guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
- We have a Full Risk Assessment in place which has been ratified by our Board of Governors at the end of July. (A copy of this can be found below) We continue to update this as necessary. The latest update is January 2021. This is in the process of being updated following the announcement of a National lockdown.
What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff who remain in school
- Children and staff wash their hands thoroughly at regular points during the day. We have installed hand sanitiser pumps in various places in school.
- Regular and thorough cleaning of the premises, with a particular focus on areas such as the toilets and the door handles, using an approved disinfectant cleaner.
- We have clear guidance on what we will do if we suspect a child or member of staff has COVID19 as they are displaying symptoms. This can be found in our Risk Assessment.
- We have clear guidance from the LEA on what to do when if we have a confirmed case in school. This is in the format of an Action Card – if we have a confirmed case in school – this Action Card is followed and information is kept in a Confidential manner.
- Staff are wearing masks/visors when they are not in their classrooms (this includes in the Dinner Hall)
- Dinner time is staggered and children sit at clearly labelled tables to ensure Bubbles are not mixing.
- The Risk Assessment is monitored regularly for any concerns raised by staff – these concerns are then addressed.
What we need you to do
- Your child should attend school unless they feel unwell – if your child, or a member of your household, has any of the following symptoms, please isolate at home (further guidance can be found below):
- a new continuous cough and/or
- a temperature of 37.8 degrees or above
- a change in smell and/or taste
If your child has any of the above symptoms, they need to be taken for a test: information on how to book can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
- If your child is unwell with COVID symptoms, report this as you would normally by calling the school office first thing in the morning. This is so we can assess the situation and speak to Public Health England for guidance if needed.
- We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation - please make sure that you read all letters that we send.
If you have any questions
Please consult the:
Further information for Parents and Carers can be found at:
As ever, thank you for your continued support. We are very proud of the way in which our children have shown true resilience throughout this and you, as parents, have played the biggest part in this.
Sir Francis Hill
What to do if your child receives a positive COVID test result and is attending during the lockdown period
- Please call the school and notify us as soon as you can.
- Please follow the government guidance on self-isolating.
If you receive a positive test result for your child over a weekend or holiday period
Please email the school admin address (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the email subject POSITIVE COVID TEST. As a parent in this email please detail the name of the child that has tested positive, the class that they are in and any siblings that also attend our school. A member of our admin staff will be checking this inbox daily specifically to look to see if an email with this subject should arrive in there so that we can promptly respond as instructed.