We hope that you and your family had an enjoyable and safe break. We would like to offer a massive thank you for your support in taking up the onsite LFD testing offer. The school ‘on-site’ test centre was observed in action by an official from the UK Health & Security Agency who was very impressed with our processes and protocols.
We can confirm approximately 80% of our students completed tests onsite over the past 2 days and that we identified 10 asymptomatic positive cases. Identifying these cases at this early stage will undoubtedly contribute to lowering transmission risks for others in our school community so thank you for the part you all played in making this happen.
We continue to strongly encourage all students and staff to participate in regular COVID-19 testing.
Students are asked to continue testing twice weekly at home and to report all results to the school and NHS Test and Trace using the Test Register link sent by email twice weekly.
We continue to make LFD tests available to students who need them. Even if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they are now strongly encouraged to take part in LFD testing once they have completed their isolation period for a prior infection.
The DfE have updated national guidance on face coverings in school.
From Wednesday 5th January, face coverings should be worn by students in classrooms and communal areas.
This is a temporary measure aimed to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant within schools and is due to be reviewed at the end of January. We would be grateful if you could ensure your child bringing an appropriate face covering to school to wear every day.
Some people may be exempt from wearing a face covering; if your child is exempt and you have not already informed the school, please do contact [email protected] as soon as you can. We would like to stress the importance of students being sensitive towards individual circumstances, particularly in instances in which their peers may not be wearing a face covering.
Students, staff and visitors should continue to wear face coverings in all communal areas within the school, unless they are exempt. Students will also be asked to wear face coverings when queuing at breaktimes etc. Face coverings may be removed when sitting down to eat or drink. Similarly, students should continue to wear face coverings on public transport, again, unless they are exempt.
We will of course, do all we can to keep our school open for face-to-face learning. However, if we are impacted by rising case numbers within year groups or large staff absences, we may need to move some year groups to remote learning. We can all play our part in preventing this by following the safety measures in place such as wearing face coverings and continued testing.
In school we will continue to:
• sanitise students’ hands throughout the school day.
• maximise the use of outdoor corridors for lesson changeovers and transitions.
• consider how we plan events in school to manage transmission risks.
• use Carbon dioxide monitors to detect areas of the school which might be considered higher risk and take actions to help with their ventilation.
• monitor the COVID case level daily in readiness to rapidly reintroduce control measures if there is a rise in cases linked to ‘in school’ transmission.
Your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well. However, if your child develops Covid-19 symptoms, please let the school know. Your child should not come into school, and they should get tested as soon as possible by booking a test on-line or by calling 119. Further information is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-COVID-19/
We would like to thank you again for your ongoing support with these matters and hope we are all able to enjoy a safe start to the New Year.