24 February 2021 – Message from the Headmaster regarding the March re-start
Letter from the Headmaster regarding March 2021 re-start plans – including the timetable for pupil Covid testing
The above letter from the Headmaster was sent to all parents/carers via ParentMail. A summary of the plans are detailed below.
The plan now, then, is to test all 1400 members of the school in the first week (w/c 8th March) as follows:
- all staff on Monday 8th March (when the school will be closed to pupils except children of key workers and vulnerable children); we also need time on this day to train the staff volunteers to carry out the mass testing of children later in the week
- Year 11 and 13 on Tuesday 9th (who will then attend normal lessons provided they have tested negative). They will then attend normal lessons for the rest of the week.
- then the other year groups in batches of c.320 per day on Wednesday to Friday. Year 7-10 pupils and Year 12 students except Hub pupils must only attend to be tested, as per the timings given in the letter above. There will be no provision for them at school outside these times. These children will be taught remotely, at home, as has happened in the past but may receive a reduced diet because many teaching staff will be involved in delivering the mass testing programme.
From Monday 15th March, ALL pupils will then be able to attend school, as normal.
Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation during these difficult times – and for your patience.
Mr DS Northwood
Consent Form for Lateral Flow Testing
Pupils who have previously tested positive for Covid-19 Guidance
Lateral Flow Test Information Diagram
Privacy Notice – Pupils testing at school
Privacy Notice – Pupils testing at home
Privacy Notice – Staff testing at home
Transitioning back to school after lockdown PowerPoint – Managing children’s worries
Guidance relating to face coverings
Please be aware that we will be following the latest guidance issued by the Department for Education relating to face coverings:
“We recommend that in those settings where pupils and students in Year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn in classrooms and during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons.”
Please, therefore, ensure that your child brings their face mask with them when they attend school.