Thank you for your support this week as we have moved to remote teaching and learning for Years 10,12 and 13. Please can I reiterate that this decision was not taken lightly and a thorough risk assessment took place with Public Health which resulted in the final decision. One of the main considerations in this was that our Year groups have been treated as groups to enable us to continue to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, keep our year groups as supportive communities and also to ensure that we continue to provide hot food to as many young people each day as possible within the constraints of our buildings and site. Please also be assured that we continue to follow all Covid secure measures in school and these cases are isolated and do not result from in school transmission. It is unfortunate that isolated cases in some year groups have led to entire year groups having to stay at home, but during the course of the pandemic so far we have had pupil and staff cases in single figures when anecdotally we are aware of schools where very large numbers of children and staff have been infected.
Please can I make you aware of the arrangements regarding reporting Covid cases once we have broken up for the Christmas break:
- Please contact email@example.com should you have any Covid specific concerns. The email address will be monitored throughout the break.
- Parents must continue to inform the school of confirmed cases if symptoms developed within 48 hours of last being in school.
- Parents of young people who were not symptomatic but tested positive within 48 hours of last being in school also need to let the school know.
- Where a young person tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since last being in school, the school does not need to be contacted. Parents and staff should then follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
I have attached a checklist HERE from the LA which outlines the details that we will require to inform our risk assessment should your young person test positive for Covid-19.
Further to my Schoolcomms message yesterday, I confirm that we will be finishing Term 2 as we had originally planned on Friday 18 December at 12.30pm. The Government has provided schools with the possibility of swapping a TD day from later in the year, but we felt this would be disruptive at such short notice and equally wanted to finish the term and the year with the planned Tutor Group festive celebrations.
I am looking forward to our various socially distanced festive celebrations next week. Have a restful last weekend of term and thank you again for your ongoing support.
Drum Exam Result
Year 9 pupil Hannah Johnson received a merit in her grade 3 drum exam having learnt the pieces with her tutor almost entirely via Skype during lockdown. Congratulations Hannah.