COVID-19 Information 2021-2022
The government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. The Prime Minister announced on 19 January that the temporary introduction of Plan B is to end. As a result, the Plan B measures that were in place at school have now been removed. This advice remains subject to change as the situation develops. COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains. Plymstock Schools main priority is for all children and young people to receive face-to-face, high-quality education within the school community. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health.
We continue to work closely with our family of school through the Westcountry Schools Trust, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to ensure we are as up to date and following the latest guidance and advice.
You can read the guidance for actions for schools during coronavirus outbreak by visiting the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.
As a school we are required to be compliant with health and safety law and put in place proportionate control measures. We regularly review and update our risk assessments – treating them as ‘living documents’, as our circumstances within our school community change and having to follow the latest public health advice. This includes having active arrangements in place to monitor whether the controls are effective and working as planned.
Please find our latest COVID-19 Control Measures Action Plan and Contingency Plan
The DfE have published a temporary continuity direction which makes it clear that schools have a legal duty to provide remote education for state-funded, school-age children unable to attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Whilst schools are open as normal, temporary access to independent remote learning will be provided for individual students with a COVID-19 related absence.
Where the government contingency framework is implemented and there is a partial/full school closure, remote learning provision will be provided for all affected students. Identified vulnerable students (as defined in the DfE guidance – children of critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings) will be prioritised in all circumstances and all tiers of restrictions.
Plymstock School has a 3 tier system, this is:
Tier 1 – School open with individual students self-isolating
Tier 2 – Partial school closure (localised COVID-19 outbreak or reduced staff workforce
Tier 3 – Whole school closure (localised or national lockdown)
Please find further information and guidance for our remote learning provision
School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is a priority to ensure that as many children as possible regularly attend school.
Where a student is required to self-isolate or quarantine because of COVID-19 in accordance with relevant legislation or guidance published by UKHSA or the DHSC, they will be recorded as code X (not attending in circumstances related to coronavirus). Where they are unable to attend because they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 they should be recorded as code I (illness).
Parents and carers are reminded to inform the school of any COVID related absence by telephoning 01752 402679 or emailing email@example.com.