Covid 19

Notification of symptoms/positive test 

Should your child or anyone in your household or 'bubble' develop symptoms and test positive for Covid-19, it is important that you update school. Burley Oaks is required to employ its test and trace responsibilities in order to keep our community safe. 

If out of hours, please either complete this online form or contact 07715651982 - our emergency Covid number asap.  

School open to ALL pupils

Whilst the coronavirus pandemic continues to be transmitted amongst communities, Burley Oaks continues to employ a range of control measures, safety systems and procedures to ensure that our community works together to reduce the spread. 

This page is designed to keep you up to date on the changes we have made and informed on any new developments. Government advice can also be found below. 

The full suite of government guidance for schools can be found here

Keeping our school community safer

Maintaining the safety of our pupils and staff remains paramount and the organisation, restrictions and procedures in place are subject to regularly reviewed risk assessment. While coronavirus (COVID-19) remains in the community, this means making judgements for our school about how to balance and minimise any risks through proportionate protective measures. It will still not be possible to remove the risk entirely. 

System of controls

Essential measures include:

1) Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not attend the school.

2) Ensure face coverings are used in recommended circumstances.

3) Ensure everyone is advised to clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.

4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene for everyone by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

5) Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents.

6) Consider how to minimise contact across the site and maintain social distancing wherever possible.

7) Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:

  • grouping children together
  • avoiding contact between groups
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible

The full policy can be read by clicking on the picture below, detailing the specific arrangements for staggered drops off and collection, classroom arrangements, lunchtimes, PE etc. The risk assessment can also be downloaded below. 

The contents of this Risk Assessment currently override any other school policies and should be applied without exception. 

Both the policy and risk assessment here have been updated to reflect provision from 8th March 2021.


Managing Illness/Transmission

It is vital that all members of our community take responsibility for checking symptoms and accessing testing where appropriate. It is common for children to develop a number of viruses and we urge parents to keep communication open with school to safely assess the potential risk of Covid. 

Please see the chart below for help in deciding what measures should be taken. 

Responding to the Coronavirus advice from the government is an obligation on all schools in England. The development of the NHS ‘Test and Trace’ scheme is a key part of the plan to manage Coronavirus. Our responsibility extends beyond the school gates and, as part of our statutory duty, it may be necessary for us to share that data on request by Public Health with NHS staff, so that we play our part in making the programme as effective as possible. It is likely that we may be asked to provide contact details if a case of Coronavirus or a suspected case arises in our school. There is an obligation to support Government planning and we will provide details if requested to do so.  We will be sharing data on the basis that this is a Public Duty and that, in the case of any health data, it is necessary for the public interest.

Information regarding isolation periods can be found here.

Social Distancing - a child-friendly animation - explained in one minute

See why it's so important for us all to keep our distance and not give up, to help stop the spread of Covid 19, in this short child-friendly animation about social distancing!

Whilst the children are in school we are keeping the children within their set bubbles, however, the more that children can keep a safe distance, the better.