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Published on 1st March 2021
I am writing to let you know about the arrangements in place for your children to return to school in the week beginning 8 March. You will be aware from previous communications that children are offered the lateral flow tests prior to them returning, hence the staggered start.
Lateral flow tests are not mandatory, but I would encourage as many pupils as possible to take up this offer. I have been in regular contact with senior Public Health Officials and am convinced that the evidence suggests it helps to mitigate the spread. It is important that social distancing, hand hygiene and the wearing of masks also help to prevent the spread. As I said in my earlier letter this week, I really do not want to be sending pupils home to self-isolate because of Covid.
Details of testing and subsequent return dates are as follows:
|Lateral Flow Test date||Return date|
|Year 10 & 11||Monday 8 March||Tuesday 9 March|
|Year 9||Tuesday 9 March||Wednesday 10 March|
|Year 7||Over 2 days: Tuesday 9th March & Wednesday 10th March||Thursday 11 March|
|Year 8||Wednesday 10 March||Thursday 11 March|
You will be notified of individual student times early next week and we will also send out consent forms. Once a child has taken the test they will return home.
Mr Crandley will be creating a video to demonstrate how to operate the lateral flow test and this will be shared via Tutors and Head of Year. All students on site that have taken the test have not had a problem administering it; it’s just a little uncomfortable. Pupils will essentially need to insert a small stick to the top of both nostrils. Staff will be on hand to support and guide.
In order to ensure a smooth transition in this week, there will be no live lessons but work will be set for students to complete via Google Classroom. The above model means that we will have the whole school back and in lessons by Thursday 11 March.
Clinically extremely vulnerable pupils
Some clinically extremely vulnerable pupils have been advised to shield until 31st March. These pupils should have an updated letter stating this from the NHS. Parents/carers of these pupils should contact the school so that we can support them over the coming weeks. A small number of our staff will also have been advised to shield and work from home. Appropriate cover for any teaching or pupil support duties will be arranged in this instance.
Systems and Routines
These will remain as the same before Christmas with the exception of face masks which must now be worn in classrooms in addition to in communal areas as they move around the building. I am in receipt of daily updates and will write again if there are any substantive changes. All staff are looking forward to seeing your children again. As parents and carers, it cannot have been easy supporting home learning. I am sure that you will also welcome your child’s return to school!