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Bishopswood School

COVID-19 (coronavirus) ADVICE

Please see below the latest advice regarding COVID-19 (coronovirus). 

The advice schools receive from OCC and the Department of Education is updated and issued frequently so our advice is to look on the government website for the latest detailed information.
Covid-19 guidance re schools for parents

Please see below for our full risk assessment, which details what we are doing across all our sites to mitigate the COVID-19 risk to our pupils and our staff.
BW COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Action Plan (Jan 2022)

The Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi, has written an open letter to parents, carers and guardians about the importance of children aged 12 to 15 getting their COVID-19 vaccine either at school, or at a local vaccination centre.  A second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is now recommended for all children aged 12 to 15 years. Parents/carers can choose for their child to receive this important second vaccination either in school or at a community clinic. If you have already booked an appointment at a community clinic and are able to attend, please consider keeping the appointment that you have already booked. However, if you would like your child to be vaccinated in school the School-aged immunisation team will be visiting all secondary schools across Oxfordshire in the Spring term to offer all students in years 8-11 the second dose of the vaccine. 

Secondary pupils are encouraged to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test at home and report the result before returning to school, and then to test twice-weekly after that. This is a key part of reducing transmission and case rates in secondary schools and colleges, and keeping children and young people in face-to-face education.

You may also find this link to OCC useful: Oxfordshire County Council COVID-19 advice

See below for the Bishopswood flowchart showing you how the school act if there is a case in school.

Parents might also like to look at the letter from Oxfordshire Community Paediatrics Dept, which gives some useful advice and resources for parents of special school pupils.

The letter from Public Health England gives parents guidance about when to take their child for COVID-19 testing.

There is a poster for parents and carers to tell you what to do if your child has symptoms or has been in contact with someone with symptoms and helps you decide if they can attend school or not.