COVID-19 – Information Area

The Holy Cross School continues to work tirelessly with on-going, concerted efforts, to ensure that the  school environment is as safe as possible for students and staff. We confirm that we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risks of Covid-19 and to this end we: 

  • carry out extensive Covid-19 risk assessments, termly   
  • receive daily DfE briefings on the latest Covid-19 management guidance
  • increased the numbers of Cleaners on staff and trained them in Covid-19 prevention including additional cleaning of high touch point areas 
  • installed >60 independent hand sanitising stations 
  • have taken all reasonable steps to help people work safely 
  • are trialling a one-way system to  navigate the school
  • require that students and staff wear face coverings, unless medically exempt, in all communal areas such as corridors and the canteen
  • keep occupied areas well ventilated 
  • support respiratory hygiene by promoting  ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ 
  • utilise a new Visitor Protocol to welcome visitors by appointment 
  • remain vigilant in our attempts to mitigate against Covid-19 
  • support and comply with NHS Test and Trace efforts 
  • keep abreast of changing government guidance to keep our school community safe
  • support the government’s asymptomatic testing programme

Below are excerpts from HM Government’s document ‘Covid-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan’, September 2021.

Since the asymptomatic testing programme began, it has found over 700,000 cases and, today, lateral flow devices (LFD) identify around a quarter of all cases reported daily. Regular asymptomatic testing will continue to help find cases and break the chains of transmission. It will be particularly focused on those who are not fully vaccinated, those in education, and those in higher-risk settings. Testing in education settings has played an important role in identifying positive cases since the start of this year, helping reduce the spread by removing infected individuals from the classroom or lecture hall. In secondary schools, further education and higher education, the Government expects that testing for students will continue for the rest of this term. This will be a valuable tool in minimising the overall disruption to education, and is particularly helpful for this cohort, given its current lower level of vaccine-based protection.

Safeguarding

No matter the situation Safeguarding is always our utmost priority.

Please use the button below to access the addendum to our Safeguarding Policy.

Home Learning

Students will use Google Classroom to access work set by teachers online.

Please use the button below to access a parent guide to Google Classroom.

Digital Safety at Home

Managing digital safety at home can be a very daunting task for parents, especially when students are accessing sites, apps and material that is unfamiliar to you. Supporting parents with this is important to us and you can find the resources from our recent digital safety evening HERE

If you have concerns about specific material online or the safety of your daughter the CEOP website is a place for advice and you can access it HERE

The ThinkUKnow website also has a parents information area with advice on keeping your child safe. Access it HERE