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Return to school

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our students back into school from 8 March 2021. Below is information which has also been sent direct to parents, carers and students, about our arrangements.

 

Video about returning to school

Please watch the whole-school assembly video below from Mr Clayton, which includes important information about returnign to school:

 

 

 

LFD (Lateral Flow Device) Covid testing

Consent form: thank you to parents/carers for completing the consent form for the LFD testing. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the online form urgently at: https://tinyurl.com/ktenkv7k

Students, parents and carers have been sent a message with the date and time of their first test.

Please wear school uniform for your test and follow the signs past the PE slopes to enter the sports hall via the fire exit (next to the basketball hoops at the back of school). 

After the test please leave school and go home immediately.

If you are working in school as part of our key worker and vulnerable student cohort, then you will need to leave your lesson to go for your test at the correct time. You will then return to your lesson after you have had the test.

Parents/carers will be notified of the test results by the NHS via the contact details they supplied in the consent form.

Watch this video from Mrs Moore, so you can see what the testing involves:

 

 

The grid below shows the day of your first test:

 

remote learning in the first week (8 March)

You should continue remote learning until your face-to-face lessons begin on the day after your LFD test.  Your teachers will either continue to deliver live lessons or set work on Google classroom.  You will have work set on Google classroom on the day your year group is being tested.  It is important that you continue to work hard at home until you return fully to school. 

Return to face-to-face teaching

Face-to-face teaching will resume on the following days.  Students should arrive at school between 9.15 and 9.30am:

Year group First day of face-to-face teaching
Year 7 Thursday 11 March
Year 8 Thursday 11 March
Year 9 Friday 12 March
Year 10 Wednesday 10 March
Year 11 Tuesday 9 March
Year 12 Wednesday 10 March
Year 13 Tuesday 9 March

 

Changes to lunchtime arrangements

If you would like to buy a school meal or you are eligible for free school meals, then you will need to order a grab bag when you arrive at school in the morning by 9.45am. Staff will be by the student entrance with the order forms. You then need to go to the dining room to complete your form and post it in the year group box.  We will not be providing hot food in the dining room. 

The year group locations for lunchtimes are altered:

Year

Time

Location

Y7

12.15-12.45

Dining hall and paddock

Y8

11.45-12.15 

Dining hall and paddock

Y9

12.45-1.15

Dining hall and paddock

Y10

11.45-12.15

Assembly hall and area under basketball hoops

Y11

12.45-1.15

Assembly hall and area under basketball hoops

Y12

11.45-12.15

Common room and front of school

Y13

12.45-1.15

Common room and front of school

 

Face coverings

Following changes to government guidance, you will be required to wear face coverings in most lessons.  Please see the latest information about face coverings on our face coverings webpage.

 

Uniform and equipment

It is important that you return to school wearing the correct uniform and are equipped for learning.  Please see our uniform wepage to remind you of our expectations.  You will also need to bring, a face mask (and a spare), a bottle of sanitiser and enough water for the day.

 

 

 

 

What to do if your child is ill

Lots of parents have contacted us asking what to do in different situations. Below is a basic guide to follow. However, please also check out the latest NHS advice if you are unsure.

You can contact the NHS by calling 111 or going to their website at: https://111.nhs.uk/

 

WHAT TO DO IF... ACTION NEEDED

RETURN TO SCHOOL WHEN...

My child has coronavirus symptoms:

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back.
  • A NEW CONTINOUS COUGH – this means coughing for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • A LOSS OR CHANGE TO THEIR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE – this means they have noticed they cannot smell or taste anything.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Get a test.
Contact school daily until test outcome is known.
Household to self-isolate until child receives test result.
INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE TEST RESULT.
DO NOT SEND ANY SIBLINGS TO SCHOOL.
IF NO TESTS AVAILABLE CONTINUE TO ISOLATE FOR 10 DAYS OR UNTIL NEGATIVE TEST RESULT.

...Test is returned negative.

My child tests positive for Covid-19.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Inform school immediately about test result. Agree earliest date for possible return - minimum of 10 days.
Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

.....They feel better. They can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell. These symptoms can last for several weeks.

My child tests negative.

CONTACT THE SCHOOL. Discuss when your child can come back to school (same day/next day). FORWARD EMAIL OF TEST RESULT OR SCREEN SHOT TO SCHOOL.

.....The test comes back negative.

Somebody in my household has Covid-19 symptoms.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. Contact school daily.
Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days (or until test comes back negative).
Household member and anyone else in household who is showing symptoms to get a test.
INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULTS

...The household member test comes back negative.

Somebody in my household has tested positive for Covid-19.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Agree earliest date for possible return - minimum of 14 days.

...The young person has completed 14 days of self-isolation.

NHS Test and Trace has identified my child was in ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or a confirmed case of Covid-19.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Agree earliest date for possible return - minimum of 14 days.

...The young person has completed 14 days of self-isolation.

We/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine.

Do not take unauthorised leave in term time.
Consider quarantine requirement and FCO advice when booking travel.
Provide information to school as per attendance policy.
Returning from a destination where quarantine needed:
DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days from return date. Self-isolate the whole household.

...The quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.

We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Contact the pastoral team in school as soon as possible.
Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

….School inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school.

My child’s bubble is closed due to Covid-19 outbreak in school.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. At home support your child with remote learning provided by school.
Your child will need to isolate for 14 days AND NOT GO OUT AT ALL. Others in the household can go to work/school as usual.

…..School will inform you when the bubble will be reopened.
My child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19. FOLLOW USUAL SCHOOL ABSENCE POLICY PROCEDURE.

…..After 48 hours following the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea if this is the cause of absence.

You can download an A4 sheet which contains this useful guide at the bottom of this page.

Please be assured that in all of these matters we will be closely adhering to the DFE guidance.

 

Symptoms Guide

The infographic below shows how to recognise symptoms for Coronavirus, cold and flu: