Headteacher Update 7th January 2022

07/01/22

Dear Parent

By the time you receive this email we will have tested every child in school for Covid-19; we have picked up a handful of positive asymptomatic cases. This means that all students will have done 2 tests this week as they will also have carried out a test at home. Please continue to supervise your child in carrying out a test twice a week – preferably on Sunday evening and Wednesday evening. This is the best chance we have of reducing the potential impact on staff; it is high levels of staff absence that will force the temporary closure of year groups. Thank you so much for your understanding and support with this.

As a general reminder we have the following ongoing mitigations in place in school:

  • Enhanced cleaning regime
  • Students sanitising on entry to classrooms
  • Forward facing classrooms with exclusion zones for staff
  • Windows open to aid ventilation
  • One way systems in Caritas and Veritas
  • Split breaks and lunchtimes
  • Student zones in the yard before school
  • Face coverings worn in communal areas and classrooms

Ventilation has been a high profile topic over the past couple of weeks. The testing we have done in all of our teaching areas tells us that every teaching space in school has satisfactory ventilation when the windows are open. So again – a reminder to ensure your child has four layers: plain t-shirt under school shirt under school jumper under school blazer.

Isolation periods. This is the wording we have been sent by the CWAC Public Health Team:

Previous guidance from DFE had stated that following a negative test on day 6 & 7 of isolation the case could return to education setting on day 8. They have now issued the following clarification:

If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education or childcare setting from day 7.

The rules state that the first test must be no sooner than day 6 and the second should be 24hrs later - therefore if a test is taken at 8am on day 6 and the second test at 8am on day 7 – then isolation could end following the second test on day 7 and the pupil or staff member could return to the education setting on that day.  

 

And finally…Birthday Cards – it appears that some of the cards for Years 7 and 11 students with birthdays over the holiday period arrived late or are yet to arrive. This is down to the Christmas post and not my inefficiency! Please accept my apologies for the late arrival anyway.

Next week – less on Health and Safety and more on Christmas presents and football grounds!

In Caritas et Veritas,

Mike Holland