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Covid-19 Update

At Valentines High School we take the Health and Safety of our whole school community very seriously and are working very closely with both the Local Authority and Public Health England. We have made significant changes to how the school operates during the day, which includes:

  • Putting in place a range of infection control measures as follows:
    • Wearing face coverings in communal places.
    • Operating a one way system throughout the school which encourages social distancing.
    • Installing sanitising stations throughout the building.
  • Establishing extensive cleaning and hygiene regimes, particularly in practical subjects, which involve equipment. - We regularly have the premises cleaned throughout the course of the day, this includes regular sanitation of communal spaces such a toilets and break out area for the pupils.  We also ensure that touched surfaces are sanitised regularly.
  • Separate entrances and exits for different year groups.
  • Staggered lunch and break times for year group ‘bubbles’.
  • Set areas for year group ‘bubbles’ at break and lunch, with allocated indoor and outdoor areas.
  • Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the 'Catch it, Bin it, Kill it'.
  • Encouraging Students to clean/sanitise their hands thoroughly more often than usual.
  • Increased use of double periods to minimise movement.
  • Staggered end times for year group ‘bubbles’.

Where necessary, we will communicate with parents whose children will need to isolate because of them being in close proximity with a peer who has tested positive.

Confirmed Cases

Where there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 at the school, the school is following the advice of Public Health England and the Local Authority. 

What to do If you think your child has Covid-19

Please remember that although we do want all students to continue to attend school, we ask for your support in continuing to keep all our students and staff safe. Students must not come into school if they are exhibiting any of the three key symptoms:

  • a high temperature – this means your child feels hot to the touch on their chest or back or has a temperature above 38C;
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If they usually have a cough, it may be noticeably worse than usual; 
  • loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – this means they’ve noticed they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal. 

If a student displays these symptoms while in school, they will be isolated from others and parents/carers will be asked to collect them and arrange a test without delay. 


Parents must follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The student should self-isolate for 10 days and their siblings and other members of the household for 14 days, until there is either:

I.   a negative test result;
II.  a doctor’s note explaining that the symptom is not COVID-19 (e.g. the cough is not a “new” cough – i.e. is typical of the child’s pre-existing health condition).


Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Test results must be shared with the school as soon as the outcome is known. For further advice, please contact 111 coronavirus service at 111.nhs.uk. 

Track and Trace App

NHS Test and Trace has written fact sheet for parents, carers and young people 16 and over to explain how the Test and Trace app works. 

 Hands, Face, Space

We have introduced the wearing of face covering in communal area (corridors and toilets), where it may be difficult to stick to social distancing. We've recommend a reusable one so that they can use it more than once, as they’ll need to take it on and off several times during the school day. If this isn’t an option, they will need to bring in several single-use face coverings each day. Their face covering should be secured to your child’s head using ear loops only.

Face coverings worn on the school site must be plain and sensible and must not have inappropriate pictures or designs, such as skulls or skeletons, on them. They must cover the mouth and nose only and in no circumstances must the upper part of the face or eyes be covered.

Reusable face coverings will need to be washed at the end of each day, ready for your child to wear the next day.

If your child is exempt is from wearing a face covering, they will not be required to do so in school. Please let us know by contacting the school office on 020 8554 3608, if your child is exempt so that we don’t ask them to wear a face covering

Other  measures that have been put in place:


Further Advice

London Borough of Redbridge Coronavirus Information Hub: 


London Borough of Redbridge Wellbeing Service


The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19 relating to education and children's social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email:  DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 10am to 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


Guidance for educational settings: