Letter to parents – 22.10.21

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Dear Parents and Carers

As you will be aware from reports in the media, there has been an increase in cases and transmission of Covid-19, nationally and locally. To help mitigate against the spread of the virus, in line with Public Health guidance, we have decided to reintroduce a number of measures from 1 st November until 3$ November 2021. These mitigations will be reviewed regularly, and may be reduced/adjusted earlier, or extended further, depending on local data.

The school’s risk assessment will be adjusted from 1 st November and published on the school website. Please be aware of the following key adjustments and reminders, which will allow families to prepare for the return to school after half-term:

Existing arrangements will be refined to minimise unavoidable mixing between year groups. Collective events, such as assemblies, will take place in year group bubbles.

  • All pupils to weara face covering in all communal areas unless exempt. Areminder that all face coverings must be plain black or white and students should bring a small bag to store the mask when not in use. Face coverings should be worn in congested areas outside school, including public transport and dedicated school transport.

All adults to wear a face covering in all communal areas unless exempt, if a safe distance cannot be maintained.

  • Where possible, staff will teach from a 2-metre distance, in line with our policy on socially distanced teaching.
  • During practical lessons, staff will wear face coverings if a safe distance cannot be achieved. Parent events and visits from external visitors are extremely valuable. We will assess the risk and benefits of such visits and ensure suitable mitigations are in place. We will communicate arrangements for each event in a timely manner.
  • The staggered arrangements at break time and at the end of the day will remain in place, as will our one-way system.

We will ensure any trips and visits out of school are to Covid-secure premises and such events will have a detailed school risk assessment.

  • We will ensure windows are open in the classroom to facilitate good ventilation, as much as is practicable, and monitor air quality with the use of C02 monitors. As we enter the colder weather, students are encouraged to wear additional underlayers.

All members of the school community are reminded that they should test themselves for COVI D-19 twice a week, and more frequently if they are specifically asked to do so.

  • There will be further increases to the frequency of surface cleaning during the school day.
  • Students will be required to sanitise their hands more regularly throughout the school day, using the dispensers in classrooms, and follow Hands, Face, Space and Catch It, Kill It, Bin lt. Students are encouraged to come to school with their own supply of hand sanitiser and tissues. To help minimise contacts, students are reminded of the need to come to school fully prepared with all of their standard equipment
  • Household close contacts, who are exempt from isolation and are attending school, are encoura ged to carry out daily lateral flow testing for 10 days after the onset of symptoms (or positive test if asymptomatic) of the case in their household, and only attend school if their lateral flow test is negative. People who have tested positive with a PCR test within the last 90 days should not be encouraged to test unless they develop new symptoms.

All members of our school community are encouraged to follow national guidance for all contacts and access a PCR test: COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

While these are our current intentions, it may be the case that further changes are needed over the half-term break. If this is the case, we will inform you as soon as possible.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of the school and to commend our brilliant students. They have been outstanding in their approach to their studies and catch-up since September, after a very challenging 18 months.

Yours faithfully

Mr. B. Robson

Headteacher

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