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Joining the School

About joining West Coventry Academy


Home School Agreement

Keeping our students, staff and families safe and healthy is our absolute priority. We all share this responsibility and take it very seriously.

Parent

As a parent I will:

  • Support the school in encouraging my child to follow the directions of all staff first time, every time
  • Support the school in encouraging my child to follow the school expectations in terms of the 4 Rs; Responsibility, Respect, Resilient and Ready to Learn   
  • Monitor if my child or anyone in our household has symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell/taste)
  • Not send my child to school if they or anyone in our household shows symptoms of COVID-19 and we will self-isolate for the appropriate length of time
  • Get my child tested if they show symptoms of COVID-19 and if they test positive, work with the NHS test and trace system to notify anyone who’s recently been in close contact with them, including the school
  • Collect my child immediately if they show symptoms of COVID-19, I will get them tested and I will let the school know as soon as possible of the outcome via telephone in the first instance
  • Adhere to the timings of drop off and pick up for my child, use the designated entrance, adhere to the social distancing rules set out by the government and leave immediately after dropping my child
  • Provide my child with a school bag which can hold school books, a pencil case with appropriate equipment (which they will not share), a water bottle, hand sanitiser and a disposable mask or a plain washable mask (if desired)
  • Remind my child about good hygiene practices, such as: regularly washing their hands thoroughly; avoiding touching their eyes, nose or mouth; and coughing or sneezing into their elbow or a tissue, and disposing immediately of any used tissues
  • Not come into school without an appointment and communicate any concerns I have via telephone or email in the first instance
  • Support all staff in their efforts to create an ‘as safe as possible’ environment during this time
  • Read all letters / messages / emails that are sent home and keep up to date on what is published on the school website
  • Inform the school of any changes to parents/carer and emergency contacts details
  • Support the school’s decision to send home my child if they are deemed unsafe and I understand they cannot return to school until they can be safe

 

School

Our school will do our best to:

  • Provide an environment which is safe and has been risk assessed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
  • Adhere to the social distancing rules as set out by the government as much as we reasonably and practically can
  • Adhere to protective measures and hygiene controls to reduce the risk of infection
  • Provide a curriculum that meets the needs of your child’s well-being, mental health and academic needs
  • Contact parents/carers if your child displays symptoms of COVID-19 so they can be taken home to self-isolate
  • Inform you if staff or children in your child’s ‘bubble’ show symptoms of COVID-19, and help the NHS test and trace system get in touch with you if they test positive and the rest of the ‘bubble’ needs to self-isolate
  • Continue our clear and consistent approach to rewards and sanctions for children as set out in the Behaviour Policy as well the expectations outlined in this agreement
  • Communicate with you through social media, newsletters, text, email and the school website.

For any of your children who are at home we will do our best to:

  • Provide remote learning that allows your child to access as much of the curriculum as possible
  • Make alternative arrangements if your child can’t access remote learning
  • Support your child’s wellbeing, such as by allowing them to talk with their friends and school staff regularly, when possible
  • Provide free school meals to eligible pupils through weekly supermarket vouchers
  • Keep in touch about developments in school through notices, newsletters, text, email and the school website

STUDENT

I agree to:

  • Follow the directions of all staff first time, every time
  • Follow the school expectations in terms of the 4 R’s; Responsibility, Respect, Resilient and Ready to Learn 
  • Follow the bubble rules that keep me safe including the one way system
  • Keep an appropriate social distance whilst on route to school, in school, and on my journey home
  • Sterilise my hands as soon as I get into school
  • Tell an adult if I feel unwell
  • Only bring equipment into school that is specified and not to take things home from school
  • Only use the equipment in my bag and not to share it with anyone else
  • Not mix with any other children in the school outside of my bubble
  • Only enter and exit the school building through the designated route
  • Follow the ‘catch it-bin it-kill it’ rules coughing and sneezing into my elbow or a tissue
  • During the day regularly sterilise my hands or wash them using soap and running water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
  • Follow the rules at all times to maintain the safety of myself and others
  • Wear a mask in a responsible manner if I decide to wear one
  • Follow these expectations and know that if I don’t, I will be sent home and will not be able to come back into school until the Headteacher agrees that I can be safe.

Students who fail to follow COVID19 social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures are likely to receive severe sanctions which will often require a risk assessment to be completed in conjunction with parents before the student returns to school.

Examples of behaviour which would break the school’s guidelines include:

  • Failing to maintain social distancing.
  • Not informing staff members of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Inappropriate comments to other staff/students wearing PPE.
  • Not following school routines on arrival / departure, movement around school, social distance in class, sharing equipment or maintaining hygiene.
  • Socialising with students outside of social bubble.
  • Deliberately misusing toilet areas and facilities.
  • Destruction / removal / misuse of / tampering with hand sanitising equipment or bins.
  • Coughing or spitting at another person (or spitting anywhere on site).
  • Any action that would usually lead to use of restraint which would severely compromise staff ability to remain socially distant.

Consequences of breaking these guidelines could include:

  • Staff reminders given to students and consequences given in line with the school behaviour system
  • Staff contacting home
  • Students sent home and a risk assessment completed before returning to site
  • Fixed term exclusions