The government no longer recommend keeping children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’). This means as a school we can return to a full curriculum offer for all pupils with no staggered start times and all pupils can now use the dining hall for lunch. School will start at 8:55am and end at 3:40pm (Year 8 will actually leave at 3:35; Year 7 at 3:38 and Year 6 at 3:40pm).
It is now a requirement to have an ‘Outbreak Management Plan’ in school so that as a school we will be prepared to return to more stringent measures should cases rise in our area. This is now complete alongside our comprehensive risk assessment.
If any pupil tests positive this will now be dealt with by the NHS Test and Trace. They will work with parents to identify close contacts. If any parent requires help with this please do not hesitate to contact us as we have seating plans for every lesson where we can help to identify close contacts of any pupil.
Current guidance now states that individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:
- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so. Children who have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal.
On return pupils do not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected that these are worn when travelling on public transport. If we had a substantial increase in cases then we will take advice from Public Health who may advise the reintroduction of face masks. If this happens we will contact all parents and pupils as soon as possible. This is all covered in our Outbreak Management Plan.
Although we are all looking forward to our return to the ‘normal’ running of school we still have the following control measures in place:
- Good hygiene for everyone, pupils and staff will be asked to use hand sanitiser on entry and exit to every classroom. We have sanitiser dispensers outside every room in school
- We will to continue to have enhanced cleaning regimes in school
- We will keep all occupied spaces in school well ventilated
- We will follow all Public Health advice
If a pupil has any Covid 19 symptoms however mild or has had a positive test result they must stay at home and follow all Public Health advice.
If anyone in school develops any symptom of Covid 19, however mild, we are required to send them home. We will contact parents immediately and whilst any pupil is awaiting collection, they will be isolated from other pupils in a well-ventilated room close to the main school office. Pupils must be collected by a parent or carer and cannot use public transport.
If we have any pupils who need to self-isolate because they have tested positive we will support all their learning at home. We are able to provide a laptop, stationery, ICT support and all lessons will be available via the school website so pupils can follow their usual timetable. Remote learning work will be available from Monday 13th September. Lessons this week will focus on settling in and therefore setting work will not be appropriate. Full details about accessing work will be emailed by Monday; timetables will be emailed out if pupils are isolating.
I would also like to thank all the staff that have returned to school early to carry out the testing and to our governor Dr Jane Turner-Brown for once again giving her time generously to test pupils.
- No trainers or pumps. Shoes should be leather or leatherette
- Skirts should be knee length and not tight or clingy. Please avoid stretch fabric/lycra/jersey skirts.
- Long tailored shorts are permitted all year round
- In PE, pupils must wear full kit but can wear base layer (dark blue) in cold weather
- Jewellery a watch (no smart watches, please) and one stud in each year. No other jewellery.
On Wednesday 8 September all Year 6 should wear their PE kit as they may have a taster lesson even if PE is not on their timetable that day.
For Year 7 and 8 the following classes will have PE on Thursday and Friday: