CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Updated – 14/9/2020 – 2.30pm

Denton Community College has a duty of care to all its students, staff and our wider community.  We are following the advice given out by the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England.  We are monitoring all advice and guidance and will keep this page updated on a daily basis.

Students have been given information about the Coronavirus and about the importance of good hygiene. Students should not worry as it appears that the young are the least vulnerable age group.  It is important though for them to take precautions so that they do not pass the infection to people who may be more affected.

On this page, you will find a short explanation and a link to Government guidance. Please click on the link for more information

Where can I find more information about Coronavirus?

The best way to find out about the Coronavirus and the government’s response is to Click here

Specific government advice for schools can be found if you click here

What are the Symptoms?

When will College reopen and what measures are being taken?

The college will reopen to students from Wednesday 2nd September. The college will be open to students at different times and information can be found in the Parents and Carers section of the Website under letters.

Please follow ensure you look at letters directly from the Headteacher and the letters which are related to the Year group your child is in.

The most recent communication to parents via letters can be found here: Letters 2020/21

Do you have any information in relation to Face coverings?

The government has provided information on the effective use of Facemasks here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

When should I self isolate?

Click on the information below, for detailed guidance on the circumstances when isolation will be necessary.

Where can I find additional help during the pandemic?

The information on his page includes Safeguarding Concerns, Foodbanks,  Tameside Support Services, Domestic Violence, Mental Health and other useful links.

Additional Support during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Please also follow the school twitter account for regular updates: @DCC_News

 

Are School trips taking place?

On 12 March the government advised schools that students under 18 should not travel abroad.  As a result, we had already cancelled all foreign trips this academic year.  Following Government advice on 16 March, the decision has been taken to postpone all school trips and visits for this academic year until further notice. This includes events with Partner schools either on or off-site, Field Trips related to coursework, Duke of Edinburgh activities and outward bound events.

We are currently working with trip providers to recover any payment made for trips which are no longer taking place. Once funds have been returned to school, payments will be refunded via ParentPay.

School trips currently planned for academic year 2020/21 are under review, we will watch developments and follow UK government guidance over the coming weeks before deciding on these trips. Anyone who is part of an organised trip will be contacted by the trip leader in due course.

Guidance for Educational Trips

What about parents and other visitors coming to school?

We are keen to continue to engage with parents, we will have these discussions on the telephone or through email.  Telephone meetings can be arranged in the normal way.  Visitors should only enter reception if absolutely needed, vistors to school must make a prior appointment.  The safety of our school community is our main priority.

What if my child feels ill?  

Please follow the NHS advice.  Under new government guidance issued on 16 March, they should stay at home for 14 days.  If any other students at Denton Community College live in the same house they should also self-isolate for 14 days.  Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response for up-to-date guidance.

Please ring school by 8.30 am to inform us that your child will be off if your child has been allocated a place as the child of a Key Worker.  It would be helpful if you gave full details rather than just saying that they are ill.  If they are self-isolating please tell us that and the start date of their self-isolation.  There is then no need to ring each day unless they need to stay off longer than expected to recover.

How will work be provided if the school has to close again?

We will provide work via Google Classroom and staff email. It would be useful for you to check with your child that they can access Google Classroom and their email account.  If there are any problems please let us know.

Please direct any Username and Password issues to:

googlereset@dentoncommunitycollege.org.uk

information about how to access Google Classroom can be found here:

How to log into Google Classroom for the first time

Help with Google Classroom – FAQ

Guidance and Activities for you and your Child on maintaining Internet Saftey can be found here:

E-Safety Advice for Parents

How do I help my child during this time? What can I do to explain the situation?

The following document provides specific advice on speaking to your child at this time. It has useful help and tips on how to respond to worries and concerns in relation to COVID -19 and Coronavirus.

Click on this link: Responding to worries about Covid-19, advice for Parents and Carers

Where can I find support for my Mental Health and Isolation?

The NHS is offering Tips and guidance on Mental Health and Wellbeing here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

 

I require extra support during this period, or I have a Safeguarding Concern?

For Safeguarding concerns, please email: dsl@dentoncommunitycollege.org.uk
Other useful numbers include:
Tameside Children’s Social Care – 0161 342 4101 Out of hours: 0342 4444
Childline – 0800 1111
Tameside Housing Advice – 0161 330 2032
Domestic Violence National Helpline – 08082000247
Police (Non urgent) – 101
Samaritans (Emotional Support/Distress) – 116 123
St Mary’s Food Bank (Haughton Green) opening times: 
Tuesday – 4pm-5pm
Wednesday – 3pm-4pm
Friday – 11.30am-12.15pm

What can I do?

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

If you are concerned that any members of your family have symptoms linked to the Coronavirus, follow Public Health England guidance.

Keep the school informed if there is anything that you think we should know about.

Reassure your child and encourage them to keep working hard and do what they can to support others, especially those in vulnerable groups.