Pupil absence from school:
If your child is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms you should ensure they are tested for Coronavirus by contacting the NHS/Government website. If the test reveals that they are negative they can return to school. We ask all parents to report any absence from school by contacting the office before 9am on the first morning of the absence.
If a child becomes unwell at school:
Should a pupil become unwell in school, they will be immediately sent to our trained First Aid Staff who will isolate them and check for their symptoms. It is more likely that children will be suffering general bugs as opposed to COVID-19. But if the symptoms may be related to coronavirus then the child will be sent home and parents must then follow the government guidance for testing and isolation.
School car park, pick-ups and drop-offs:
Parents must not drive into the school grounds to drop their children off, or wait in the car park for children to finish school without prior arrangement. The drive into Risedale School’s car park will be closed to all vehicles between 08:15 and 08:40 in the morning, and from 14:50 until 15:15 in the afternoon. This is to avoid overcrowding and ensure a safe start to the staggered day. We are recommending that as many students as possible walk or cycle to school. If your child is travelling to school by public transport, they must wear a mask.
Visiting the school and making appointments:
We always welcome parents to come and talk to us when there is a concern. However, to keep potential mixing to a minimum and in accordance with government guidelines, parents must not arrive at school without a pre-arranged appointment to meet an identified member of staff. We know how important it is for parents to see staff quickly and we will do our very best to see you as soon as possible. Appointments will be available from 09:00 until 14:30 and again between 15:15 and 16:00 and only when the member of staff is available.
Helping us to do our best for your child:
Whilst we will continually have to adapt to a fast-changing set of guidelines to keep everyone safe, it is essential that you work with us so that we can react and do the right thing. As we find our feet again on our return to full-time school, it may be that unforeseen issues occur either at home or at school. Please do what you are all great at and work with us to get things right. Your suggestions, as ever, are always welcome. As a parent if you think you need to speak with a teacher or member of staff about your child’s learning, please email teachers directly. For all other enquiries please ring the school directly 01748 833501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Risedale has joined the COVID Symptom Study for School Communities :
Risedale has partnered with the COVID Symptom Study to help make sure our pupils are as safe as possible in the classroom, whilst doing our part in creating the world’s largest scientific dataset of COVID-19 in children.
We are asking parents to join the COVID Symptom Study now, by downloading the free app and taking less than 1minute a day to report how your child is/children are feeling each day. With parents reporting daily via the app, the app will provide a powerful tool for helping the school and parents understand COVID in the community and help keep our pupils safe. Importantly, the information you report will be invaluable to critical scientific research into COVID in children and for public health purposes - the Study will share any findings from their research with you.
The app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Simply create a profile for yourself and for your child/children. To join our school network in the app and receive personalised COVID insights about our school, go to Edit Profile for your child’s profile > School Network > enter Risedale’s Unique School Network Code: A21Q36L > select the Bubble that your child belongs to.
To avoid outsiders joining, please do not share this code with anyone who is not a parent of Risedale. For more information including full instructions on how to join and use the COVID Symptom Study app please head to: COVID Symptom Study for School Communities - Guide for Parents of Children