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Covid-19 - info for parents

All of our schools have a wide mix of measures in place to keep pupils and staff safe. These range from ‘bubbles’ to reduce mixing and social distancing to the use of PPE, changed procedures and stringent hand-hygiene measures. You can see guidance that staff must adhere to at Whitefield Schools here and Joseph Clarke School  here.

If there is ever any concern about your child’s health, or those that they have been in contact with we will always contact you immediately. 

We are committed to supporting home learning for any pupil who cannot attend school, through Google Classroom, personal contact and online lessons. You can read our policy on this here

We have included answers to some general questions below.

A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who have worked with to  keeping our attendance figures so high during this difficult time


General questions and answers


Q. My child has mild symptoms that could be Covid-19, what should I do?
If your child has recently developed any of the following symptoms below, keep them at home and arrange to have a test (we may be able to – see below)
•    a new continuous cough
•    a high temperature (37.8C or higher)
•    a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

You should contact the school to let us know. Your entire household should also self-isolate See this government page for full details.  

Q. I, or someone in our house has symptoms what should I do?
Every member of your household, including your child needs to self-isolate and stay at home and you should arrange a test for the person with symptoms. The same  government page has full information.

Please call the school to let us know.

Q. What are the schools doing to keep everyone safe?
All of our schools have a wide mix of measures in place to keep pupils and staff safe. These range from ‘bubbles’ to reduce mixing and social distancing to the use of PPE, changed procedures and stringent hand-hygiene measures. You can see guidance that staff must adhere to at Whitefield Schools [here] and Joseph Clarke [here]

Q. What will happen if my child develops symptoms at school?
If your child starts showing any of  the Covid-19 symptoms above while at school we will follow the recommended guidelines and contact you immediately. They will need to come home and  you will need to arrange a test for them (see below)

Q. Where can I book a test for my child?
The easiest way to book a test is online. Please follow this link. If you are having difficulty booking a test please let the school know.

Q. If my child is home what happens about their education?
Our first concern will be for your child’s health. But if they are well and able to do school work it is important that they don't miss out on their education. Their teacher will be in touch to discuss the ways in which the school can work with you. We use Google Classrooms to allow class teachers to share work and communicate.

Q. where can I find more information about keeping my family safe?

  • The government has a single page that gathers all the latest advice here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus 
  • Waltham Forest Council has compiled information from the NHS and Mencap designed to help discuss the current situation with people who have learning difficulties. You can find it here

Q. If I am concerned or want further advice, who should I talk to?
Call Family Support at your school who will be able to help you

At Whitefield Schools Stephanie Earle or Lesley Middleton on 
•    0208 498 4230 - direct office line
•    or 07874 635 725, or 07874 635728

At Joseph Clarke School call Sarah Bent on
•    07871 778 470