Due to the third national lockdown our school will only be open to students who are classed as vulnerable or children of critical/key workers.
Remote learning will take place using Google Classroom, if a student does not have the equipment to access Google Classroom please contact their Pastoral Manager, who will endeavour to provide equipment from school.
Information for Parents about Remote Learning Provision
Expectations for Remote Learning
A comprehensive guide to Remote Learning and associated policies can be found on elsewhere on this website.
- Access Google Classroom to retrieve resources for each lesson (note the resources provided may be allocated to a series of lessons)
- Access and remain in Google Meet for each lesson
- Ensure resources are uploaded in advance of a lesson/series of lessons
- Engage students in ‘live lessons’ where possible**
The School will:
- Provide a free school meal for all eligible students. Order forms can be completed online. Meals can also be picked up at reception
- Provide a tutor or teacher for each remote lesson to engage the students and answer queries. This may not be possible in extreme circumstances
- Complete a register of students accessing Google Classroom for each lesson
- Report any absences to parents
Free School Meals
If a student is entitled to Free School Meals, a voucher will be sent home every week.
Are face masks needed?
Because Blackburn Central High School is located in an area with increased lockdown restrictions, all students and staff must wear face masks whilst in communal areas and on the corridors, unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from doing so. Face masks must also be worn on public transport.
Washable facemasks are available to buy from the finance office for £1.40 each. It is important that they are washed daily after each use to avoid infection.
If a student is ill with coronavirus symptoms in school, anyone looking after them will use appropriate PPE until the student is able to return home.
Some individuals are exempt from wearing a face mask:
- If they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
- Speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate
Do students need to wear school uniform?
Students are expected to wear full school uniform, which parents should wash regularly. As the weather gets colder students will need to bring an outdoor coat. Due to increased ventilation in school students have permission to wear a plain black hoodie under their blazer.
Our home-school agreement has been updated to include COVID-Safe Guidance. If a student chooses to not follow this guidance the pros and cons will be explained to them, if they still refuse their parents will be contacted and if they cannot reason with their child, they will be sent home and their absence recorded as unauthorised.
We are working within very tight guidelines and have to keep the majority of our community safe.
Parent Visits, Pick Up and Drop Off
Parents must remain outside of the school building during pick up and drop off.
We are unable to have any face-to-face meetings or visits from parents without prior appointment. Please ensure you phone school for an appointment if you need to arrange a meeting.
What if someone in my household is clinically vulnerable?
People with pre-existing conditions might be especially at risk of catching COVID-19 and so the people living with them must take some additional precautions.
If your child is in the clinically vulnerable category, you should seek the advice of a doctor before deciding to send your child back to school or not. If your child is living with someone who’s clinically vulnerable, they’ll still be encouraged to attend school while adhering to strict social distancing.
What if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
If a student or staff member is unwell, they must not come to school and school MUST be informed as soon as possible.
When a student or staff member develops ANY coronavirus symptoms, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate and arrange to be tested, by visiting NHS.UK or phoning 119. If they test negative, they can return to school.
If the student tests positive their "bubble" may need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Our Local Health Protection Team is PHE Cumbria and Lancashire Health Protection Team,Lancashire County Council, Pitt Street Reception County Hall,Preston,PR1 8XB
Grab bags are available for students on free school meals who are isolating, please use this form to order their lunch, and collect from the community entrance of school between 12:00pm and 1:30pm each day.
The Blackburn with Darwen Help Hub has been set up to offer support with any issues that arise during the Coronavirus outbreak. You can phone 01254 588111 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday or 9:00am to 12:00pm Saturday and Sunday. You can also fill in the online form at www.blackburn.gov.uk
Other sources of support:
- Kooth - online support and counselling for young people
- Childline - counselling support for young people. Call 0800 1111
- Mind - mental health information and support
- Healthy Young Minds - mental health information and support
COVID-19 Response Documents & Policies
Government & Local Authority Guidance