Update from Head of Service - SEND Support
Due to the current COVID context, and pending any further announcements from the government, there will be a change for at least the next two weeks in working practices for SEND Staff (in particular Specialist Teachers, Assistant and Educational Psychologists).
During this time staff will normally be expected to work remotely. They will only complete face to face work in schools if this is required and agreed with their respective line manager. Work undertaken with children in the family home is currently not being undertaken in line with the current public health guidance for Leicester in Tier4.
This change is due to the requirement for staff to move between schools and settings and the nature of their work with SEND pupils often requiring close contact working. This means they are at a greater risk to both being exposed to the virus and of transmitting it across bubbles. Staff will work with you to ensure that this does not impact on the statutory provision to be made for children with a EHCP.
When staff are in school, they will have team protocols in place and PPE provided and they will follow your schools’ Risk Assessment. However, if they are participating in ‘close contact’ work they will require a room which is suitably ventilated to carry out this work and be unable to complete this work if this is not available. Finally, could I reiterate the importance of notifying SEND staff if a child they have been working with has returned a positive test? Previously there have been several occasions of this not happening and obviously this presents a significant risk of SEND staff acting as transmission bridges, which we need to mitigate against.
As you know, throughout this pandemic, we have always striven to support you with as much normality as possible and hope that you appreciate that this change in practice has not been a decision taken lightly. Please do not hesitate to contact either email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mo.Bham@leicester.gov.uk if you wish to discuss this further.
The Disabled Children’s Service will continue with home visits and the direct support they provide as normal, they will also continue with completing enquires over the phone.
Barnes Heath House have a COVID outbreak and so all service here will be on hold for a period of 14 days. The Disabled Children’s Service will notify any parents this affects.
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