COVID-19 – Information Area

The Holy Cross School has worked 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: 

  • carried out an extensive Covid-19 risk assessment  
  • increased the numbers of Cleaners on staff and trained them in Covid-19 prevention including additional cleaning of high touch point areas 
  • installed significant numbers of independent hand sanitizers 
  • have taken all reasonable steps to help people work safely within school
  • have taken all reasonable steps to comply with social distancing guidance
  • require that students and staff wear face coverings unless medically exempt
  • keep occupied areas well ventilated 
  • support good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • developed a new Visitor Protocol to reduce visitors to the school during the pandemic  
  • remain vigilant in our attempts to mitigate against Covid-19 transmission
  • support and comply with NHS Test and Trace efforts 
  • keep abreast of changing government guidance to keep our school community safe

The Department for Education (DfE) Updated Guidance on 22/10/20: 

‘Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is  detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged  children. This impact can affect both current levels of education, and children’s future ability to  learn, therefore we need to ensure all pupils can return to school sooner rather than later. 

The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low  and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. We know that school is a vital point  of contact for public health and safeguarding services that are critical to the wellbeing of children  and families. 

Lower academic achievement also translates into long-term economic costs due to having a less  qualified workforce. This affects the standard of living that today’s pupils will have over the course  of their entire life. For many households school closures have also affected their ability to work. As  the economy begins to recover, we need to remove this barrier so parents and carers can return to  work. 

In relation to working in schools, whilst it is not possible to ensure a totally risk-free environment,  there is no evidence that children transmit the disease any more than adults, and no evidence that  staff in education settings are at any greater risk of fatal outcomes than many other occupations. 

Given the growing evidence base, the balance of risk is now overwhelmingly in favour of children returning to school. For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far  outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19).’

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