Safety Matters:

Safety matters in the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust. As an organisation we pay close attention to regularly checking the NHS  and Government sites to ensure we are up to date with our procedures and protocols.

We have a MAT risk assessment which is adjusted to meet each of our schools and this is constantly monitored and reviewed.

Our school provision has been reviewed by Public Health England and the Health & Safety Executive, who both found it to be highly approrpiate.


Supporting Vulnerable & Key Worker Pupils

We are proud to be open and supporting our vulnerable and key worker pupils.

The Government has published criteria for key worker professions Here:

Crucially the guidance states:

You should keep your child at home if you can.

Our schools may ask to see simple evidence to check whether you are a critical worker such as your work ID badge.

The guidance also states: parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.

Our schools may insist on this if the capacity within our bubbles has been met.


Remote Education:

Each of our schools are providing an exceptional remote learning package. Details for each school are listed on each schools individual website.

We are also working hard to ensure every child in the PHAT is able to access suitable ICT equipment to support their learning. If your child is unable to do this please contact your school urgently.


Visiting a PHAT School:

Please only visit one of our schools if it is essential.

If you visit one of our schools please ensure you are wearing a face mask.

You must wear a face mask on our school site unless you have a medical exemption.

Manging Covid-19 Symptoms:

Please remember:

  1. Before sending your child to school please check that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms: high temperature, a new and persistent cough or loss of taste and smell.
  2. If your child has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), a high temperature, new and persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), however mild, they will self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started. In this instance we recommend you contact 111 for advice.
  3. If your child has tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develops symptoms during the isolation period, please restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.
  4. If your child tests negative, please contact the school office to discuss your child’s return to school.
  5. If your child tests negative but is unwell, they are not to return to the setting until they are recovered.
  6. On arrival at school please ensure your child enters and exit the school, adhering to current school protocols e.g. one way system, specific entrances and staggered timings – see below.



Seeking Support with Covid-19 Symptoms:

For questions are around track and trace, contact with a known covid case, contact with someone with symptoms or having symptoms, the link (please hyperlink: we access is here.

PHAT schools ask that any pupil, staff and other adults do not come into the school if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive in at least the last 10 days.  We also ensure anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home.  These are essential actions to reduce the risk in schools and further drive down transmission of COVID-19.

Pupils, staff and other adults should also not attend if they have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace.  If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough, or a high temperature, or has a loss of or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19.  If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10-day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.  Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.


NHS Test and Trace Information

The information below is from a letter provided by Public Health England.

One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with Covid-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested. Therefore, please follow these principles:

You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:

  1. a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot
    to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the
  2. a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three
    or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  3. a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of
    smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal
    ▪ Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or
    feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in,
    sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.
    ▪ If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly.
    ▪ Only the person with symptoms should get a test. You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above. All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.
    ▪ If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms.
    ▪ If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms.

No one else in the same class or bubble as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school. Schools have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.

Contacts of a person who has tested positive must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days. This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected. Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.

The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful.
It is vital for children’s learning and future opportunities that they are able to return to school and college. It is therefore vitally important that all we work together and do our bit to make this possible.


Protecting our Colleagues:


Practical Government Advice: