7th September 2021
Letter to Families September 2021
7th September 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
We are delighted that the start of term is here and we will all be together again in our school.
We look forward to our staff and students working together in ways that have been missed for so long.
Whilst removal of restrictions is now in place, Covid 19 remains with us across our community. It is important that the remaining guidelines are followed by us all to protect those most vulnerable and to minimise disruption to face to face learning in school for our children.
The information below will help us to achieve this.
The aim this year is to maximise the number of children and young people in face to face education and minimise disruption. We want our children to be able to have as near-normal an experience at school as possible and are excited about seeing them all again.
Isolation is no longer required for those who have been double vaccinated (14 days after 2nd dose) or those aged under 18 in the following circumstances:
- If identified as a close contact
- If in a household where another householder has tested positive or is symptomatic
However, test and trace may recommend that contacts as described above have a PCR test.
Isolation is required:
- For all individuals who are symptomatic (they should get a PCR test as soon as possible)
- In the case of a positive LFD test while you await a PCR result
- Those with a positive PCR result (for ten days following 1st positive test or for ten days from onset of symptoms)
- Those who have not been double vaccinated, are over 18 and have been identified as a close contact
Home learning will be provided for pupils who are at home but well enough to study
Control measures and risk assessments
To support high levels of attendance, we retain the control measures recommended by the Department for Education to reduce the risk of spread of Covid-19. These are enhanced levels of cleaning, increased ventilation, promoting hand and respiratory hygiene, testing (where appropriate and advised) and the management of positive cases.
A robust risk assessment remains in place, please see it here [website link]
For secondary schools only
LFD Testing for students in School
In order to get as many students tested as possible, on-site testing will be offered, and details have been shared with you. Whilst this means a phased return to lessons, this should ensure we identify any positive cases before mixing of students takes place. It also allows year 7s and any who have not previously participated in testing to familiarise themselves with the process.
Home testing for students will resume after the first 2 in school tests. Tests will be provided by school.
All test results should be reported (positive, negative or void) to school at [link] and to via the Government portal at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
LFD Testing for all staff in school
All staff are requested to test twice weekly including prior to the start of term. All test results should be reported (positive, negative or void) to school at [link] and to via the Government portal at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
Further Covid 19 information on schools can be found here, What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If you need assistance with any of the above or any other kind of support please get in touch.