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LIVE: Coronavirus Guidance for Parents/Guardians

  • Live update: 6th January 2021

Remote Learning Support for Families

  • Live update: 31st December 2020

January 2021 phased return and COVID-19 testing arrangements - Information letter for parents/guardians

  • Live update: 21st December 2020

Ferneley News - 21st December 2020 (sent via email to all parents/guardians)

  • Live update: 18th December 2020

Please be aware of the following information and relevant arrangements for reporting a positive case during the Christmas break:

Where a student or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents/guardians should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a student or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school. 

In this case, should you receive confirmation of a positive coronavirus case, please email the relevant on-call school contact during the following hours only, 9am - 12pm, using the details provided below:

School staff are not asked to remain on-call or conduct any contact tracing more than 6 days after the final day of teaching. Where a schools last teaching day is on Friday 18th December, there should be no staff/student contact tracing asks beyond Thursday 24th December.

Where students are required to self-isolate due to contact with a positive case after the first 6 days following the end of term, schools do not need to be informed about their absence until the first day of the new term.

covid response - key staff contact

For queries around our school COVID operation and procedures, please contact Mrs Bradley (Secondary Operations Lead) at [email protected].

Thank you for continuing to work with school in such a positive and supportive way throughout these difficult times. Considering the significant changes to routines and procedures in and around school since reopening in September, students and staff have responded very well, and we continue to support one another throughout these unprecedented times. 

Sadly, it would seem that our communities are facing a very challenging winter period of increasing Covid-19 positive cases. I can assure you that as a school we will continue to do our very best to minimise risk, continue to educate our children either at school or during isolation periods, and support all our families. 

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Mask policy in school

You will know that we now have a face mask policy in place at school. Students MUST wear a face mask when travelling to and from their lessons only. Our students have responded very sensibly and maturely to this request, this term. Please ensure that your child leaves home with a mask in their school bag and their equipment for learning each day. Those students caught without a face mask on will be sanctioned. 

Masks on school transport

By law all students must wear their mask on buses for the whole of their journey. See the latest guidance for parents/guardians from the DfE:

Extra-curricular activities

Please note all extra-curricular clubs have been suspended during the lockdown period, until Wednesday 2nd December, in line with government guidance.  

Visitors in school

Please note that visitors to John Ferneley are permitted strictly by appointment only, and only when your visit is essential.

If you are visiting, with an appointment, please make sure that:

  • You sign in on arrival using the track and trace form provided OR our NHS app QR code check-in.
  • You sanitise your hands when you arrive and as necessary during your visit.
  • You carry a mask or face covering and wear it as required when in the school building.
  • You maintain a safe distance (at least one metre, and ideally two meters) from other people at all times.

Family Well-being Support Lines

We have all had very different experiences during the coronavirus outbreak. Please find useful practical and emotional support below to help parents/guardians and students through the uncertainties and challenges of the pandemic:

  • Kooth / Online emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years and is available up to 10pm every day.

  • Childline

Helpline: 08001111 ( 7:30am-3:30pm) /
Childline provides support and a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online.

  • Young Minds

Crisis messenger: text YM to 85258 (24/7) /
Parents helpline: 08088025544 (9:30am-4pm Mon-Fri

  • Samaritans

116123 (24/7) /
Anyone can talk to the Samaritans, they are there to listen when you need someone to talk to.

  • Shout

Text SHOUT to 85258 (24/7) /
Anyone in the UK can use Shout. The trained volunteers are there for you 24/7 to listen and support you.

  • Mind

03001233393 (9am-6pm, Mon-Fri) /
This info line can provide information and signposting to local services. You can speak to them about mental health problems, where to get help near you and treatment options.

  • Early Help

Online referral:

Leicestershire County Council Early Help offers a range of universal and targeted support to help tackle problems for children, young people and their families.

  • C.A.P. (Central Access Point)

0116 2953060 24 hours a day

Mental Health support from the NHS. The service links callers with call handlers and clinicians who can assess their needs and advise, support, signpost or refer them directly to the appropriate service.

Send a positive message to all staff at John Ferneley

If you have further queries, comments or would like to send a positive message to all our staff during this outbreak, please use our NEW parental feedback form, found here. 

Risk Assessment

Please see our updated Risk Assessment below [last updated 6th January 2021):