Copy of message emailed to all parents:
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope this message finds you well and that you and your family have had a good break.
As you may be aware, further government announcements about schools reopening came through yesterday. I am writing to update you about the plans we have in place to support everyone in our community to keep safe.
We have asked for all students and staff to lateral flow test from home prior to returning to school. This twice-weekly home testing will continue to be important over the coming term. Tests will continue to be available to students via their tutors.
As you will be aware from the parental letter at the end of last term, we already have a staggered start in place for this week to allow for the in-school lateral flow Covid testing. Work will be set in core subjects for students to work on from home over these two days. Students should check their Google Classrooms.
|Tuesday 4 January||Y11 and Y10 only, both year groups tested|
|Wednesday 5 January||Y7 and Y8 tested (Y10 & Y11 attend as normal)|
|Thursday 6 January||Y9 tested (all other years attend as normal)|
The reasons for this are to minimise mixing in school until we have tested all of the students. Each day, one year group will be tested immediately, and the second year group will be kept in tutor groups with minimal mixing until they can be tested. Once negative results are confirmed, the students will then resume their normal timetables.
As per my communication before Christmas, the consents/no consents collected previously still stand. I thank you again for the high level of consent we do have for the testing as this is a measure that increases the safety of all of us in the community at this time.
I would ask that you are easily contactable, as any students who do test positive will need to be collected from school.
As you will be aware from the media, there are concerns about the current transmission rate nationally. The results of our in-school testing will allow us to further risk assess the situation in our community. All of our hygiene measures from last term will remain. These include additional classroom ventilation, desk sanitisation and hand washing, as well as one way systems to reduce congestion around the site. We will continue to closely monitor the situation over the week in light of the test results and further government updates.
In recent days, the government guidance for mask wearing has been updated for secondary schools to now include the wearing of masks in the classroom as well as other areas in the school and school transport. This is a measure that reduces potential transmission, illness and absence for everyone in school. We ask that parents continue to be proactive in providing their children with a mask to attend school during this period.
We remain hopeful that with the continued support and buy-in to these measures from everyone in our community, we will have a positive start to the spring term.
With best wishes,