Important update for parents of year 10, 11 and 12
DfE advice for parents on testing for coronavirus – click here
Years 9 and 13, please scroll down for the latest information for your year groups
Year 10, 11 and 12 Parents – Single confirmed case in non-teaching team
Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 14 Days
We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.
We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has potentially been in contact with the non-teaching member of staff.
The confirmed case is not a member of our teaching team. It is therefore very unlikely that any children will have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case.
However, the confirmed case works in an area of the school that is used by your child’s year group bubble.
In line with the national guidance we therefore recommend that your child now stay at home and self-isolate until 30th September 2020.
We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.
If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation (30th September 2020), then they can return to usual activities.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14-day self-isolation period. It is not necessary for the whole family to self isolate.
Continued education provision
Although our building will be closed to your child’s year group, this is very much still a period of education.
All timetabled lessons will run online in accordance with your son or daughter’s timetable. Staff will be marking work and giving feedback as usual.
We will be continuing to monitor attendance in all lessons and will inform you if your child is not participating or meeting deadlines.
We have a very strong remote learning provision and all staff are now experienced in delivering lessons in this way.
All subject areas use google classroom and new students have had support in understanding and navigating this way of working during their induction programme. Students can also reach out to staff by email if they need support in completing their work online.
It is vitally important that you let us know if there are any barriers to online learning for your child. If you do not have internet connection or access to a smart telephone, tablet or computer please let us know so we can provide the necessary support.
We ask for your commitment and support in ensuring your young people treat this time as if they were in school and are ready to learn at the start of each lesson. Maintaining a healthy routine will be key to this.
Students will receive links to access their lessons by email. Please ensure your child is able to access their school email account and contact us if there are any problems.
If your child is entitled to free school meals, please do get in touch and we will do our best to supply you with this change in circumstance.
I have included additional information below from Public Health England which will remind you of what to do should you suspect your child or a family member is displaying symptoms.
We appreciate how disappointing this is for students who were settling well and making new friends. We also appreciate how worrying this will be for parents of students in Year 11 and Year 13. We are committed to delivering a full timetable and ensuring every student can learn effectively during this time. If you have any specific concerns regarding this, please contact us by email and we will do our best to resolve them quickly.
I’m sure two weeks will fly by and we will be back together before we know it. In the meantime, please do stay safe and work hard.
This is not a holiday.
Year 11 and 13s, I fully expect you to be utilising the extra time you have from not travelling to the building in preparation for your mock exams. I expect to see outstanding results from strong preparation.
Year 10s and 12s, this is a great chance to get stuck into an independent work ethic which will see you through to university. Keep your motivation up, stay connected and keep talking to your teachers.
No excuses, we can crack this together.
Jill Davies, Principal
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What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 .
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Year 9 students
Our Year 9 Ignite hub remains open – your child does not need to isolate at this time. Please click here to read the information in full…
Year 13 students
We hope to keep our Year 13 hub open. We are working hard to ensure our plan for PPE (mock) exams can proceed for year 13 students next week. Your child does not need to isolate at this time.
The guidance is now available in the following languages: