Highfields COVID-19 / Coronavirus Action Plan - Sept 2020 Onwards
Highfields COVID-19 /
Coronavirus Action Plan
Quick Guide / FAQs
September 2020 Onwards
• Matt Grant, Headteacher and Action Plan Coordinator -
• Gary Howard, Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead -
• Tanya Carley, Director of Teaching & Learning - email@example.com
• Helen Hibbert, Pastoral Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead -
• Susan Ryan, Business Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Matt Kulik, Site Manager - email@example.com
What has happened so far?
Highfields is following government advice and responding to specific contextual
circumstances in its response to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic.
During the first few months of ‘lockdown’ Highfields was partially open, on request,
for young people designated as:
• Students of parents/carers who are designated 'Key Workers'.
• Students with an EHC Plan.
• Students with Looked After Child (LAC) status.
• Students with an allocated social worker.
From 15th June until the end of the 20-21, Highfields provided 1-to-1 sessions for all
students who need it and are willing to come into school. 72% of our students took
part in this.
We also continued to offer substantial care and alternative means of education.
From September 2020, Highfields has drawn up plans to open fully.
What will happen next?
We do have a ‘Routemap to Re-Opening’ which aims to re-open school in phases, as
the situation improves. These phases are as follows:
Phase 1 – Open only to designated students, on request.
Phase 2 – Open to staff involved in vital case work on a daily basis.
Phase 3 – Open to designated students on a daily basis.
Phase 4 – Open to all students but attending in small clusters for 2 x 2 hour
sessions per week at different times.
Phase 5 – Fully open but with infection control measures remaining.
We are planning to move to ‘Phase 5’ in September 2020. We have written to all
parents/carers about this - you can view the letter here.
What are the key dates
for fully re-opening?
• Tue 1st and Weds 2nd September – These days are INSET / teacher-training
days. We have booked in various training for our staff to refresh them ahead
of re-opening. These days will also help us put the finishing touches on our
preparation for the new year.
• Thursday 3rd September – school will be open as usual.
• Friday 4th September – school will open at the usual time but close at
12midday due to all staff being required to attend at Stockport Council
meeting in the afternoon.
• Monday 7th September onwards – school will be open as usual.
What if students struggle to cope with a
return to a full school day?
If you son / daughter has been on a personalised timetable, with reduced
hours, then this will continue as it was before ‘lockdown’. We will review
these within the first six weeks.
Please contact Ms Fletcher for Year 10 / Year 11 queries:
• 0161 406 7922
Please contact Mrs Lewis for Year 7 / 8 / 9 queries:
• 0161 406 7922
We understand some of our students may struggle after six months of no
structured school day – whereas others may view a return to school with
relish. We will work to ensure all students receive regular education and have
positive school days, even if it means some initially start on reduced hours.
We are here to help.
How will we make the school
safer after ‘lockdown’?
Schools are not subject to the same rules as shops, pubs and other public
places. However, we have thought carefully about how to make the school as
safe as possible.
We have two plans in place which set out how we will make the school safer
• We have a ‘General Infection Control Policy’ which looks at ways we will
try to prevent various infections spreading – click here to read it.
• We have a Risk Assessment for Coronavirus / COVID-19 which looks in
detail at how we work to stop the spread of this particular virus – click
here to read it.
The truth is we cannot make the school completely safe from infection. But
we can work together to reduce the risk.
What if someone has suspected
symptoms of Covid-19 / Coronavirus?
The first thing to do is seek advice from
From there, we ask everyone involved
with Highfields to inform us as soon as
possible so that we can ‘track and trace’
any contact that may have occurred
Our contact number is 0161 406 7922.
What about staff and students who are ‘clinically vulnerable’?
We already have a Medical Needs Register within school which is kept up to date by
our SENDCo Mrs McFadyen – firstname.lastname@example.org
This register helps us identify all students who are a concern. Please email Mrs
McFadyen if you wish to provide any new information.
We also have a tool for screening and supporting staff who are at a higher risk of
The NHS provides further information on what it means to be ‘clinically vulnerable’
Will we be operating ‘bubbles’?
The government has advised that schools should try to separate
their student population into ‘bubbles’ – so if infection occurs, it
does not spread across the whole school.
Government advice says smaller schools like Highfields can
operate as one single bubble if needs be.
However, we already keep our students separated / in smaller
• Offering different start times for different year groups
• Having separate sections of the school for different year groups
• Having different lunch sittings for different year groups
Please visit www.hip.stockport.sch.uk for more info.
What social distancing measures will be in place?
We have marked out all of our main corridors with 1 metre
guidelines. This will help staff and students be careful about
how close they get to one another.
In classrooms, we cannot provide these guidelines but we
have plans that allow groups to use larger spaces when
Will we be able to wear face masks?
There is no rule around face masks in schools. However, staff
and students can wear a face mask if they so wish. Students
wanting to wear a face mask must make sure it is appropriate
for school (plain, only covering mouth / nose) and must behave
sensibly with it. We reserve the right to ask students to remove
face masks if we feel it is contributing to poor behavior.
How can you stay connected to
Nothing can replace coming into Highfields.
To try keep students, parents/carers and staff connected with Highfields, we
have upped our social media presence. You can find us on social media using
the following links:
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