Coronavirus updates

23rd September 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

We have been advised that we have a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the school community. Parents/carers of those who have been in close contact with the individual have been notified using our internal track and trace system. If you have not been contacted by us that means that your child did not come into close contact with the individual at school and therefore can attend as normal. The safety measures that we have in place are designed to ensure that we can keep as many students as possible in school, safe and learning, if there is a confirmed case at school.

Yours sincerely

Jo Hawkin

Headteacher

18th September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Having watched the flow of bubbles in and out of school, we feel that we can alter the start/end of
day times to give more time in school. Please see the new times for some year groups highlighted
below:

Year Group Start Time Entrance Route End Time
Year 7 8.30am Main Entrance Through Jubilee Hall, upstairs 2.55pm
Year 8 8.35am Student Entrance Turn left and into DT corridor 3:00pm
Year 9 8.30am Science Stairs from outside Upstairs and into Science 2.50pm
Year 10 8.35am Main Entrance Turn right into Hums 3.05pm
Year 11 8.30am Student Entrance or Bungalow Turn right into English 3.05pm
Year 12 8.30am 6th Form Main Entrance Follow one way system 3:05pm
Year 13 8.35am 6th Form Main Entrance Follow one way system 3:00pm

 

It is essential that students are on time to their waiting area in the morning to avoid bubbles crossing over as they come in. Many thanks.

 

Trinity School

15th September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We have had a number of questions from parents about illness. Cumbria County Council have provided a guide which you might find useful, which I have attached with this letter.  You can also access this by following this link:

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/535/17941/17942/4408812832.pdf

Children should not attend school if they have at least one of the coronavirus symptoms which are:

  • a high temperature (37.8°C or above. If you don’t have a thermometer, feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back is a good indicator of a high temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If your child has displayed at least one of these symptoms in school, they will be sent home, along with any siblings, and should not return until they have had a negative test result, even if the symptoms have started to get better.  The whole household should self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result and your child can only return when they have had a negative test result.  Please inform us immediately about test results as we may need to take action quickly if the result is positive.

Whilst we know that there are many other illnesses circulating, we must follow the guidance to keep the school and wider community safe.  If you are unsure, please speak to a medical professional.  At school our first aid team will look for the symptoms above in making decisions about sending students home.

Yours faithfully

Ms. Jo Hawkin

Headteacher

A simple guide for parents and carers
(pdf)

14th September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Now that the first full week of term is complete, I wanted to write to pass on our congratulations to all students for playing their part in helping to keep our school community safe.  With many new rules and routines to learn, students have lived up to our motto of Standards, Responsibility, Opportunity, for all.  Lessons have been focused and productive, with high standards of learning, students have shown responsibility by listening and following important safety messages and this has created new opportunities for year groups to be closer than ever in their bubbles.  We have had very few instances of students who are not following the Covid-19 behaviour rules.

It has been a positive start to the term and already 12,890 achievement logs have been awarded.  For those of you already signed up to ClassCharts, you should have received information about these for your child.  Please make sure you sign up if you haven’t already as this will be where work will be set in the event of any bubbles being sent home.  So far, we have not had any positive Covid-19 tests for any member of the school community attending school.  We are keeping watch of the Carlisle statistics and if numbers of confirmed cases begin to creep up, we may change our policy on wearing face coverings.  Some parents have asked about this and other aspects of our safety measures. I have prepared a FAQ sheet to cover some of the questions you have asked so far, which is attached with this letter.  We are appreciative of the many messages of support from parents and carers and are delighted to be back, teaching your children.

Please note that we have reviewed the start and end times of the school day and will be making some changes from next Monday, which we will confirm and send later this week.  This is largely due to the excellent way in which students are coming into school, sanitising hands quickly and making their way to class promptly.  We have designated five areas outside for students to wait in their bubbles and, although to an outsider it may look like a large group, on closer inspection, students are waiting with their friendship bubbles, as recommended.  We have asked students not to gather on Zero Path or Strand Road so that members of the public can pass through safely.  For students who cycle to school, there is area for each bubble in the bike sheds and students are respecting the need to avoid others from different year groups. There is now a seating plan in operation on the school bus.  We have had some complaints from members of the public about traffic around DFS as parents/carers drop off their children.  The same is true of Strand Road.  We know that this may be, in part, due to the early arrival of the school bus and we have raised this with the Local Authority. School transport is the responsibility of the Local Authority, but we try to work together to find solutions where we can.  We will be sending a survey to check whether Covid19 has changed travel routines, the local authority will use this to help plan transport needs in the city.

This term we have a number of parents’ evening and information evenings.  All of these will be online, and information will be sent about how they will operate.  We plan to use the same technology we used in the summer term for the pastoral and progress meetings before we broke up.  Please remember that all meetings will be virtual and parents/carers must not turn up at school without an appointment.  

The new lunch pre-ordering system is working well, and this has helped to prevent large queues from forming at lunchtime.  Unfortunately, it has meant that we have had to suspend food at break due to the large number of lunches that need to be made in advance each day.  We are hoping to start break time food again, starting with Year 7, 10 and 11 from Monday 14th September.  The service will operate like a ‘tuck shop’ and once food is sold the shop will close. This service will operate on a cashless basis.  Students in year 8 and 9 should continue to bring a snack if they want food at break.   

Please remember to check the website and Twitter regularly for information.  You can also see some of the great things our students are getting up to.  Thank you, once again, for your support during these challenging times.  

Yours faithfully,

Ms. Jo Hawkin 

Headteacher

14th September 2020

Return to Trinity School:  Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why are students sent outside at break?

In order to keep students separate in their bubbles we have split each yard in half, giving a space for four year groups (7-10) As there are 270 students in each year group, outside space, with fresh air and room to mix safely in a bubble, is safest.  Students should bring a

coat/waterproof to wear outside.  Two of the outside spaces have shelters for students to sit underneath.  Students in year 11 do not have an outside space at break but have a much larger indoor area than other year groups.  At lunchtime, all students have access to a dining area and an outside space, so they can spread out even further.  We have contingency plans for wet breaks, but these areas are smaller, so outside is safest, even in light drizzle!

  1. It is cold during some lessons, can my child keep their coat on?

We ask students to remove coats inside the building as it helps us to quickly identify students by the flash on their jumpers.  This is more important than ever when students have to stay apart from other bubbles.  We feel that students learn best when not wearing outdoor clothes, just as you would not expect them to wear a coat at home whilst doing homework.  If students are cold, then they should wear extra layers underneath, such as a plain white t-shirt under their shirt, or a light coloured sports ‘skin.’

  1. Why can’t students come into school before 8:30am?

We do not have the staff to supervise students who arrive early and we cannot therefore guarantee that students will stay in their areas whilst unsupervised.  

  1. What should my child do if they arrive late and their bubble have entered the school?

If students are late, they should go to the reception airlock closest to their entrance. (Year 8, 9, 11 should go to student entrance, Year 7 and 10 to main reception.  Sixth form have access with their cards.)  The external doors will open and students should report to reception staff who will contact the year team for collection.  Students who are regularly late may be held back at the end of the day.

  1. Why are face coverings not compulsory?

The government guidance is clear that students should not wear face coverings during lessons as it can get in the way of learning.  If there are students who need to wear a face covering in class due to members of their family who have been shielding, we can accommodate that.  We have recommended that Key Stage 4 and 5 students bring and wear a face covering for movement but this is not compulsory.  Only a handful of students have chosen to do this so far.  Some parents are worried that students may stand out if they wear a mask and others do not.  We have had no reports of unkindness and believe that students have been tolerant of others’ choices.   We may change our policy if the number of infections in Carlisle increase.  Students should wear face coverings if they use the school bus and they should also wear face coverings in the community where it is compulsory, in shops and when travelling through The Lanes on their way home.

  1. What will happen if a Covid behaviour rule is broken?

The majority of students have understood the need for new rules and are cooperating well.  Students are still getting used to routines and it is inevitable that students will forget and make mistakes at first.  We will contact you where mistakes are made and will follow up using our behaviour policy if we believe that students are putting others at risk deliberately. This could be in the form of a ‘hold back’ where students do a detention in their year area and have a conversation with pastoral staff about improving their behaviour.  This could be until 3:15pm each day, but we will contact you if it is a longer detention due to more problematic behaviour.  More serious sanctions may be implemented if students have acted in a way that poses a serious risk to staff and other students.

  1. When can my child go to the toilet?

Each year group has their own toilet for break and lunch.  Year 9 are using a set of staff toilets and we have created some new toilets in the year 10 area.  If toilets are used by more than one bubble over the lunch period, then they are cleaned between lunches.  In order to avoid students being out of lessons unsupervised, we ask that students go to the toilet at break and lunch.  We have been checking this and, although there is some queueing, there is ample time for students to access facilities.  If your child has a medical condition, and we do not know already, please contact the year team.

  1. My child has reported that they are uncomfortable in class, what can be done about this?

Some classrooms are in specialist rooms (Science, Art, DT.) We do not have the budget or storage space to swap the specialist furniture in these rooms.  We have asked staff to allow students a five minute stretch at lesson changeover and, if sensible, they can bring a small cushion for their seat in these rooms.  

  1. Why can’t I come into school?

Pastoral staff need to remain in the year group bubble to support students and to make sure that someone is on hand to supervise at all times.  These staff are also liaising with medical teams should a student fall ill and need to be checked.  Teaching staff are not in their typical areas but are moving across the school, travelling quite a distance each day.  We also need to limit the number of extra adults, that are not part of the school on a daily basis, in the building for their safety and the safety of staff and students.  Our cleaning staff are fully deployed, and we do not have the capacity at the present time for the extra cleaning needed after each parental meeting.  We will be using technology for meetings and will review this in due course. 10. Do the bubbles ever cross during the school day? Is this true?

At break and lunchtime students move back and forward to their areas and some classrooms are in the vicinity of students moving to break and lunch.  Movement is coordinated so that students do not meet.  There are some students returning from specialist lessons that may have to wait until a bubble has passed before moving back to their year group area.  Staff are directing traffic as required.

  1. Why must my child remain in the same seat for all lessons?

For safety reasons, students must not move around the room.  By keeping a constant seating plan, in the event of a case of Covid-19, only the students in closest contact would be sent home.  If we were to operate a more fluid seating plan, then more students would miss out on learning if they are required to self-isolate.  The seating plan, therefore, must remain fixed.  In lessons, students are learning, not socialising, so it should not matter who they are sitting with.  Both pastoral staff and teaching staff have been heavily involved in creating seating plans based on how well some students work together.  In year 7, we will review the plans at half term, when we know students better and when we have a 9 day window to change things.

  1. What happens if my child has Covid-19 symptoms?

If symptoms first appear whilst at school, they will be assessed by a member of our medical team who will be wearing PPE.  We will then isolate your child whilst we contact you for collection.  Any siblings will be sent home too.  You should then book a test and let us know the outcome as soon as possible.   If symptoms appear at home your child must not come to school.  Others in the household must also stay off and get tested.  Symptoms are: a temperature of 37.80 or above, a new continuous cough and a change to or loss of sense of taste and/or smell.  The self-isolation period is 10 days from when the symptoms started for the person with the positive test, or longer if their temperature is not back to normal.  Everyone else in the household must isolate for 14 days.  

26th August 2020

Face Coverings

Dear Parents/Carers

Following the change in government advice late yesterday, we are reviewing the school’s position on face coverings.  As the announcement was made in the media before letting schools know directly, we will need to review the detail of the updated government guidance before making a final decision on this issue.  Please note that it is likely that government guidance may change over the coming weeks as schools return and we will update the information sent yesterday on a regular basis and let you know each time this happens.  The guidance on the website (using the coronavirus updates tab) will always be the most up to date version and is dated in the bottom left hand corner for clarity.  Thank you for your patience.

Trinity School

25th August 2020

School Reopening Information

Dear Parents/Carers
I hope that you are well and have enjoyed the summer break. I wanted to write to remind you of the arrangements for the start of term and to send detailed guidance for reopening fully and safely next week.
As I said in my letter in July, the start of term will be a little different this year due to the need to explain to students how the school will operate. We will need students to practice their routes into school, get used to their areas, movement for break times and for Key Stage 4 and 5, practice movement between lessons with fewer students in school. This means that we will be having a staggered start with students coming to school on different days and times in the first week. Due to the bank holiday and the INSET day, the start of term is Wednesday 2nd September, and we will have all students in school by the afternoon of Friday 4th September. The details for each year group’s days are in the table below and their entrance routes are in the second table on page 2. Students in Year 7 and 12 will have their Trinity Induction Days on Wednesday 2nd September and will be the only students in school on that day. This is to help students new to the school to find their way around without worrying about other ‘bubbles.

Please read the letter, full guidance notes and travel advice below for more information:

Reopening letter 250820 (pdf)

Reopening-information-for-parents-240820(2) (1) (pdf)

School Transport Arrangements from September 2020 (pdf)

7th July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As you will have undoubtedly heard, the government advice about the reopening of schools from September was published late last week.  We are working through the advice to make sure that we have all safety measures in place and will update you with how this will operate at Trinity school next week. Our risk assessments will be published on the school website soon. It is clear that we will need to spend some time during the first few days of term explaining safety procedures to students.  We will therefore be staggering the start times of year groups and will confirm the start times and entry routes in the details we send next week.

Please read the full letter below for more information:

Covid 24 (pdf)

16 June 2020

USE OF FACE COVERINGS ON SCHOOL TRANSPORT SERVICES ADVICE FOR PARENTS, CARERS AND SCHOOLS

The Government announced on 04/06/2020 that face coverings will be required while using public transport services in England from 15/06/2020. Further information is available via the link below:

Face coverings – parents, carers and schools advice 150620 (pdf)

16 June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been excellent to see more students in school this week with the return of Year 12 to lessons.  A high number of students have returned, and subject teaching is underway in person.  Following the detailed nature of the risk assessments and what has been put in place in such a short time, we have been delighted to see students here, learning.  We have written to the parents of Year 10, to let them know what to expect when they return next week.  I know that many parents and students in other year groups will be wondering when it is their turn to come back to school.  As yet, I have no further information from the Department for Education, but we are hopeful that changes will be made so that we can safely see more children back in school. 

Please read the letter below for more information:

School Update Covid-19 (pdf)

15 June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer
Year 10 Partial reopening from Monday 22nd June 2020

We have now completed our risk assessments and are looking forward to inviting Year 10 back to school for some face to face provision starting on Monday 22nd June.  Students will be invited in for specific subjects from next week.  Our aim is to avoid students mixing as far as possible, to keep groups sizes manageable and to avoid movement around corridors.  We are able to split the year group into much lower numbers that will not mix on any one day.  Each student should receive some input from all core lessons and their option subjects before the summer break.  We are hoping to offer some one to one time with pastoral staff in the final week and to set some work for the summer holidays. 

Please read the letter below for more information:

Year 10 opening letter to parents 150620 (pdf)

4 June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back after the half term. We hope that you are well. 

Mr Armstrong, Chair of Governors, and I would like to offer an update regarding any further reopening of Trinity School.  As you are aware, the school is operating currently as a hub for our students whose parents/carers are essential workers and will continue to do so for the rest of the summer term.  We are also planning to offer some limited provision for students in our Home Groups, where it is safe to do so, starting next week.  We hope to provide a small number of places to some students to work in school, with the support of Mrs Blake and her team and will be in touch with parents/carers if your child qualifies for this.  All three hubs will operate separately in different areas of the school.  The government has made it clear that these groups of students are the priority in the first instance, and this is important to us, too.

Please read the full letter below for more information:

Covid School Update Letter (pdf)

COVID-19: Schools Update – 22 May

Dear Parent/Carer

I know that this is an uncertain time for everyone.  We are looking forward to welcoming students back to school as soon as it is safe to do so. 

I was hoping to be in a position by now to update you on the possibility of some face to face contact with teachers for students in Year 10 and 12.  Although we have been planning, checking staff availability and assessing risk, we have still not received the secondary school guidance promised by the government earlier this week.  This means that we are not able to check our risk assessments and plans against government advice and therefore cannot give a date for students to return just yet.  Teachers will continue to set work and deliver lessons until we know more.  As soon as we have more information, we will contact parents of children in Year 10 and 12 with the details of any return and how we plan to keep students and staff safe.

Please read the full letter below for more information:

Letter Covid 16 (pdf)

COVID-19: Schools Update – 20 May

A Message From Cumbria County Council

Plans to reopen schools
We are writing to you following the announcement on Sunday 10 May by the Prime Minister explaining plans begin to reopen schools from 1 June.

The Prime Minister said that children from Nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 6 could begin going back to school. This is in addition to children from vulnerable groups and children of essential workers. Secondary schools have also been asked to offer some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year.

We have been discussing and planning this with Headteachers, Early Years Settings, Academy Trusts, Trade Unions and other Local Authorities across the region how this could be achieved safely.

Please read the full letter below for more information:

Letter to Parents May 2020 (pdf)

COVID-19: Schools Update – 18 May

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope that everyone in the Trinity Community is well.  I am writing with some reminders and updates that I hope you find useful. 

We are using this week as a catch-up week for students to make sure that they have had the chance to complete their work and to submit it to their teachers.  This has been in response to several parents who have told us that their child has been finding the volume of work unmanageable at times, which has proved stressful for some.  We are aware that some students may have not had this difficulty and may still need new work this week.  Please contact your child’s Head of Year or individual subject teachers if you would like more work to be sent.  If your child is in the Home Group, Mr. Brentnall will clarify the expectations for your child.

Our approach remains largely the same for the majority of year groups and a reminder of this is in the letter below:

Covid-Update-Letter (pdf)

COVID-19: Schools Update – 12 May

Please view the message from the Local Authority following the government’s announcement on Sunday via the link below.

Trinity School

COVID-19: Schools Update – 12 May

ONGOING SETTING OF WORK

20 April 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Today marks a week since our ‘return’ from the Easter holidays. All students should have been set new work to cover the extension of the lockdown period. As we move to a longer time away from face to face lessons, we have developed a different approach for different Key Stages and Year Groups. This is to ensure that key groups keep up to date with learning at the same time as recognising the pressures that students and parents are under during the school closure……

Please the full letter below:

covid 9 190420 (pdf)

Please read our guidance sheet below:

Ongoing setting of work-home (pdf)

OFQUAL INFORMATION

6 April 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

On Friday 3rd April we received information from the Department for Education and Ofqual as to how GCSE and A levels will be awarded this Summer. You will find the statement in full at the bottom of this email.

As it states, Trinity school will be providing exam boards with teacher assessments for all our year 11 and 13 students. We will make our judgments using:

• classwork

• bookwork

• any participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama or PE

• any non-exam assessment – whether or not complete

• the results of any assignments or mock exams

• previous examination results – for example, for any re-sitting students or those with relevant AS qualifications

• any other records of student performance over the course of study

Please read the letter below for more information:

Letter re OFQUAL Information (06_04_20) (pdf)

 

Well-Being

02 April 2020

SUPPORTING WELLBEING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS

Caring for your son or daughter’s mental health and well-being over these coming months will be really important. With a greater emphasis on online learning and an inevitable increase in screen time, accompanied with daily routines that greatly differ from the norm, including social distancing measures, it is likely that some students will begin to feel isolated. 

On 30 March the Government issued comprehensive Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, covering the following

  • What you need to know (background)
  • Looking after your own mental health
  • Helping children and young people cope with stress
  • How children and young people of different ages may react
  • Children and young people who are accessing mental health services Children and young people with learning disabilities
  • Autistic children and young people
  • Children or young people with physical health issues Children and young people who care for others Bullying
  • Money worries
  • Where to get further support for support as a parent or carer

The guidance can be read in full, via the following link;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing

Please remember that staff remain in place and active and should be contacted for support.  Students can continue to email their Form Tutor; SEND Keyworker; Head of Year; Year group Tutors, as well as other key members of staff;

Safeguarding Lead: Paul Charnock pch@trinity.cumbria.sch.uk

Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Tracy Studholme tst@trinity.cumbria.sch.uk

Anne Ewing also available for Careers Advice aew@trinity.cumbria.sch.uk

There is a great deal of additional resource available to support us during these difficult times.  Please find below a list of Emotional Wellbeing (EWB) and Mental Health sources of advice, consultation and support for staff, students and their parents and carers.

Most of the general advice for professionals, parents, carers and young people can be found at:

Professionals: 
https://cumbriasafeguardingchildren.co.uk/LSCB/CSCP/covid19informationforprofessionals.asp

Parents: The following link offers comprehensive advice for supporting children and families through unexpected times of rapid and unpredictable change in the light of coronavirus
https://cumbriasafeguardingchildren.co.uk/LSCB/CSCP/covid19informationforfamiliesandparents.asp

Additional, targeted support for parents and students can be found here also;

Young Minds: The Young Minds Website has a parents and professionals section as well as advice and moderated blogs for young people and a free telephone.
Parents Helpline Tel: 0808 802 5544.
https://www.youngminds.org.uk

Rise Above: Health and wellbeing website by Public Health England that covers everything including emotional wellbeing, friendships, self-care; also has games, videos etc.
https://riseabove.org.uk/

Kooth.com online support for young people: Kooth is a web-based confidential support service available to young people aged 11 to 18yrs, providing a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.

Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. To find out more visit www.Kooth.com  where young people can register and others can find out more about the service.

Laura Berry, Kooth Integration and Participation Worker for Cumbria can be contacted at lberry@xenzone.com or by calling 07535 088117

5 – 19 School Age Public Health Nurse Practitioner Service: E-school Nurse it is now available for professionals AND parents across the age ranges – however it is about general health needs not just mental health.  See attached for details.

5-19 PH Website – the team are constantly updating with information and ideas on their website.  https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/ph5to19/

The link below takes you to a recently published guide for educational settings and schools on sudden traumatic death and bereavement prefaced by a COVID 19 section:
http://localoffer.cumbria.gov.uk/kb5/cumbria/fsd/advice.page?id=fLsuj6aGToc

My Time Cumbria (Barnardos) Primary Care Mental Health Service: Initial telephone advice can be obtained from the Primary Mental Health Workers who can be contacted as below:
Nikki.swan@barnardos.org.uk   (Tel 07510 586358)
Annabel.nicholls@barnardos.org.uk (Tel 01539 742626)

Referrals can be made directly by contacting My Time on the number below:
MyTime Cumbria Telephone: 01539 742626 (Working Days: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

CAMHS Support (North Cumbria): Where youngsters are experiencing serious mental health issues (currently as staffing allows).  The East Team (includes Carlisle) can be contacted on 01228 608870.

North Cumbria Crisis Assessment and Intervention Service (CAIS): Where young people feel they are in a mental health crisis, referrals can be made by any professional (with appropriate permissions) by ringing 01228 603964. Telephone assessment and support will be given initially.  Available 9am-8pm Monday-Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday and Sunday. (This service is now part of the Adult MH Crisis Service).

SAFA Self Harm Awareness for All Support Service: SAFA continues to work with self-harm clients and have moved from face to face counselling to virtual counselling. Office staff are working from home. All counsellors have been trained to deliver the service via on-line support. They are also able to support friends/family members that need support. Until June SAFA will be working across the whole of Cumbria, after then they will switch to working only across South Cumbria.
SAFA can be contacted on 01229 832269 during normal business hours.
Referrals are accepted via their website at https://safa-selfharm.com/referral-forms/

We Are With You (formerly Young Addaction) https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk

Eden Mind, for better mental Health – http://www.cemind.org/help-and-resources/mental-health-support.aspx

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide https://papyrus-uk.org

Anna Freud (National Centre for Children and Families), supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Youth Work Support, has a dedicated provision to support young people through COVID 19, providing useful links to professionals and key workers https://youthworksupport.co.uk/young-people/

Think You Know: Online Safety Home Activity Packs

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/

Support and activities for children with learning disabilities and their families.

https://www.carlislemencap.co.uk/how-we-can-help/

27 March 2020

PARENTS/CARERS OF KS3 STUDENTS – KEY WORKERS ONLY

Dear Parent/Carer

I wanted to let you now that from Monday 30th March, Trinity School will be a hub for the children of Key Workers.  What this means is that we will be collaborating with other schools (Caldew, William Howard, Morton and Newman) in providing childcare.  This will be based at Trinity School and hours have been extended from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  We will be looking to see if we can offer a breakfast club and earlier start time soon. 

Please read the full letter below:

Childcare letter (pdf)

27 March 2020

LETTER TO PARENTS

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe through these strange times. School has been open this week, with a safe skeleton staff, looking after the children of Key Workers. Whilst it has been good to be open after the closure the week before, we are missing the daily interaction with students in person.

We hope that you have been receiving plenty of work to support students with their studies.  I would like to say thank you to parents and carers for all that you have been doing to keep learning going during this time.  We know that everyone is doing their best; please do not worry if everything is not complete. ….

Please read the full letter below for more information:

Letter to Parents (pdf)

Carlisle Eden Mind have produced a Newsletter for parents to offer support and guidance through this:

Carlisle Eden Mind Newsletter

21 March 2020

CHILDCARE FOR KEYWORKERS

Childcare for Keyworkers – update

We have had technical difficulties with the survey for childcare.  This is now working again and will stay open until 11:30pm today.  If you have emailed school we will be able to access your replies but would be grateful, for ease of admin, if you could try to fill it in again now. 

Many thanks.

20 March 2020

PRIORITY CHILDCARE PROVISION TO KEY WORKERS

Dear Parents/Carers

By now you will have seen the letter from the local authority about priority provision for childcare for the children of those classed as key workers. I know that you were asked to reply to a survey from the local authority earlier this week so that they could check the demand for provision. The local authority has decided that schools should provide provision on a local basis. Schools in Carlisle will therefore be providing provision largely for their own children. What this means for students of Trinity School is that Trinity School will open on Monday for students in Years 7, 8 and 9, whose parents are key workers. You can find the list of those classed as key workers at the end of this letter. We will require confirmation from your employer that your specific role is ‘necessary for the continuation of a public service’ and students should only attend on the days where it is absolutely necessary.

For more information and a link to the Key Worker’s Survey please read the letter below:

Letter – Yr 7, 8 and 9 – 20 March 2020 (pdf)

20 March 2020

PRIORITY CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS

Dear Parent/Carer

Please find attached a letter from the local authority regarding priority childcare provision for key workers. A letter will follow later today from the school which explains the approach that Trinity School will take, which will involve Key Stage 3 students only.

Please read the full letter below for more information:

Cumbria County Council – Urgent Guidance Update 23 March 2020 (pdf)

Trinity School

19 March 2020

PROVISION OF CHILDCARE FOR KEY WORKERS

Dear Parent/Carer

Cumbria County Council are coordinating the provision of childcare for Key Workers in Cumbria.  They have asked us to send the letter below which asks you to respond to a survey about this.  Please could I ask that you complete the survey as soon as possible.  Many Thanks.

Jo Hawkin

Headteacher

Corona Letter Schools2 (pdf)

Direct link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BMQHDGY

18 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

You will have heard the announcement from the government this evening about school closures from Monday.  Schools have not, as yet, received any more information than the general public. We will be planning for what comes next over the next few days and will be in touch soon. 

We have sent a message to students in Year 11 and 13 to let them know that we will do all we can to support them through this difficult and uncertain time.  As soon as we know what will happen about exams, we will let you know.  I empathise with all of them and know how hard they have worked towards their exams so far….

For more information please read the letter below:

Parental letter 18 March 2020 (pdf)

18 March 2020

Dear Year 11 and Year 13 Students

I wanted to let you know that we will do everything we can to support you through this difficult and uncertain time. I know how worried you will be about the announcement just made about your exams, but please know that everyone at Trinity School will do their very best for you in the next few months. We know just how hard you have worked and we will not let that be lost in all that is happening. Look after yourselves. We will be in touch.

Ms Hawkin and all the staff at Trinity School

16 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Although school is not physically open this week, work has been set by teachers for all students to do at home. We have sent a message to students today, to let them know that work should be completed at home between 8:30am and 3:05pm each day. We are also providing some tips to students about home working which should be available soon. Please let us know if you are unable to access work electronically. We can put together packs of work for students that do not have IT facilities if we are made aware. …

Pleaseread the full letter below:

Parental letter 16 March 2020 (pdf)

16 March 2020

Support During the Closure

Please be aware that our pastoral and safeguarding teams are still available during the school closure. If there are any issues that you feel we should know about, or anything that you feel we can help with, please email or phone with your enquiry and we will endeavor to get back to you as soon as possible.

16 March 2020

Free School Meals

If your child would normally receive a free school meal, we will be able to provide a packed lunch for them during the school closure that can be collected from main reception, starting tomorrow. Please could you let us know by 2pm today, by emailing fsm@trinity.cumbria.sch.uk if you would like to use this service. If you are unable to email, please phone school to let us know. Please let us know if there are any special dietary requirements that we need to be aware of. If you decide to use this service, packed lunches will be available to collect between 12pm and 1pm each day, in the airlock at main reception.

Trinity School

13 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As you know we are closed until Monday 23rd March due to the two confirmed cases of COVID-19.  You will be pleased to hear that those affected are recovering well. 

We have asked teachers to set work for the week ahead.  It is important to note that, whilst students without symptoms need not self-isolate, they should be working at home.

Work will be set using our existing online systems (ClassCharts, email or website.) If you are unable to access work via these systems please let us know via your child’s Year Tutor and we will try to send suitable work home….

Please read the letter below for the full update:

Parental letter 13 March 2020 (pdf)

12 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As you are aware, we have been liaising with Public Health England about the additional confirmed case of Coronavirus at Trinity School. Following their investigations this morning, Public Health England have now advised that the school should close. We will begin releasing students from 12:30pm today, after making contact with parents.  Alternatively, if parents wish to collect their children, they will be able to do so from any point today.  We have been told that if you are unable to collect your child and you want them to stay at school that the risk to their health is low. 

The school will remain closed until 23rd March as the incubation period for the virus means people who do not have symptoms by 23rd March are very unlikely to have picked up the virus from this source. Anyone with symptoms when the school reopens should not return to school until well.

Please read the full letter below:

Parental letter 12 March 2020 (pdf)

11 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to let you know that I have been contacted by Public Health England (PHE) this evening to let me know that a second member of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19.  As before it is important to protect the privacy of this individual. PHE have told us that they will be investigating this new case tomorrow, to check whether there are other possible sources.  They will trace contacts as before and may ask us to help with providing information to anyone affected. 

We have been told by PHE there is no need to close the school.  However, we do understand that some parents are concerned and that this is causing anxiety for some students. 

Our plan is that school will be remain open tomorrow (12 March), but if you feel the need to keep your child off school until we are able to provide more information, after PHE have completed their investigation, we will be able to authorise absence in these extremely unusual circumstances.  We feel that it is important to follow the advice from Public Health England and to give the opportunity for students, particularly in Year 11 and 13, to continue with their studies.

Apologies for the lateness of this message, but we wanted to inform parents as soon as we could, following official confirmation of the situation from the authorities.  We will update parents again tomorrow.

Yours sincerely
Jo Hawkin
Headteacher

Message for parents 110320 (pdf)

Dear Parents/Carers

We have complied a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for parents to give you more information regarding the COVID-19 case. I hope that you find this useful.

Please note that our phone lines are extremely busy at the moment. We have increased the number of staff answering calls and will pass you on to the correct people depending on the nature of your call.

Please continue to monitor the website for updates.

Parental letter with Q and A 11 March 2020 (pdf)

Please read our information sheet above.

Trinity School Media Statement

Public Health England (PHE) has now confirmed that a member of staff from Trinity School in Carlisle has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Public Health England have assessed the risk and confirmed that there is no information to suggest there is any increased health risk to pupils or staff at the school and no public health reason for the school to close.

The individual had visited Milan on holiday and returned to work in line with national guidance, at the time as Milan was not identified as an area of high risk.

The school will continue to work closely with Public Health England and provide further updates if required.

The school is monitoring the coronavirus situation closely, and we are following advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education. The Department for Education’s advice page for schools can be found using the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about- covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

PHE_COVID-19 Information for Workplaces (pdf)

The most important advice is to limit the spread of the virus, in the same way that we would wish to limit the spread of any flu like virus. General high standards of hygiene and hand washing are important, and we are investing in more hand sanitisers to guard against the spread of respiratory illness. Health-care professionals stress the importance of hygiene and hand-washing. They recommend:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Catch it, Bin it, Kill it: Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin
  • People who feel unwell should stay at home

Students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

  • After using public transport
  • Before leaving home and on arrival at school
  • After using the toilet
  • After breaks and sporting activities
  • Before eating any food, including snacks

It would be sensible if all students brought in their own travel size hand gel to prevent the spread of further infection.

We will continue to highlight this important advice to students.

Trips and travel

Following the half term we have asked staff that travelled abroad to let us know their destinations and we believe that no staff have travelled to or have been in contact with anyone who has travelled from “Category 1” areas which are hotspots for the virus. A very small number of staff have travelled to “Category 2” areas (such as northern Italy outside the quarantined zones.) Advice for these areas is that travellers should only be concerned if they develop viral symptoms and we have asked these staff to let us know if they develop symptoms. If any students and families have been away in either category, please do let us know so that we can take precautions if needed.

We have contacted the parents of students who are involved in the ski trip due to leave for Italy on 3rd April and will work with them to ensure that students are safe. We are monitoring the situation regarding the Berlin trip, too, and will get in touch if we need to. It is important to stress that a decision may need to be made at short notice regarding these trips and any other issues that arise because of the coronavirus outbreak. Our aim is to avoid panic amongst the community and to operate as normal under the guidance of the appropriate government departments. If you have any concerns at all, please let your child’s tutor or year team know, in the first instance.

 

September 2020 Reopening Information

Reopening Information For Parents 14th Sept 2020

September 2020 Confirmed Case

Media statement 23rd September 2020
cumbriasafeguardingchildren.co.uk

Help raise money for the NHS - Act positively!

As a response to the pandemic some of our students have decided to raise money towards NHS workers to supply them essential equipment, through NHS Charities Together.

This is something close to everyone and has affected many within our society. Please donate and support the cause.
The JustGiving page is here:
Act Positively – Just Giving Page

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CORONAVIRUS HOMESCHOOLING

You might find some of the ideas here helpful.

Coronavirus homeschooling? Five ways to keep your kids learning, happy and healthy
http://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-homeschooling-five-ways-to-keep-your-kids-learning-happy-and-healthy-11959988

PARENTPAY

Dear Parent/Carer 

You may have seen the notification that ParentPay were to generate an automatic refund of all School Meal balances – this was to be done once they had received the funds from Schools/Catering Companies. However, they have now withdrawn this offer.

The school position is that all balances will remain on the student’s cards for them to use on their return to school.

Please read the full letter below which includes a link to the Refund Form:

Parentpay-School-Meals-Refunds-Form (pdf)

Refund Form direct link.

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Dear Parent/Carer

We have been asked to send this to all parents/carers by the local authority.  You will see that this is a generic letter to all schools in Cumbria and that the situation at Trinity School is different due to the closure advised by Public Health England last week.

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/536/6181/4390612267.pdf

General information about COVID-19 is available on the PHE website: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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