COVID Update – Year 10 03.12.2020

Posted on: 3rd December 2020

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Dear parents and carers,

Further to a letter that was given to all year 10 students earlier today, we need to issue an update. The incorrect details were published in that letter and all year 10 students DO NOT have to self isolate as a result of receiving it. If you have been contacted before today regarding self-isolation, please continue to follow those instructions. We sincerely apologise for this administrative error and would like to reissue this letter with clarification of the closure of year 10 and the impact this will have.

Due to the ongoing logistical challenges that we face in trying to staff the entire Academy population safely during the pandemic, we have decided to close year 10 from today, Thursday 3rd December; the year group will reopen on Monday 14th December. This is not due to a positive case but because of the amount of staff we have self-isolating. With an increasing amount of staff off, it is making it difficult to operate a full timetable effectively.

It is important to state that the increased number of students and staff self-isolating is not necessarily due to the individuals being tested positive. We are seeing more people being contact traced and having positive cases within their household which means they, in turn, need to self-isolate.

Our year 10 students are mature, self-starters who will have access to live lessons and we feel that with the correct support they will be able to continue their studies without too much interruption. Work will be set by staff on the VLE for the period of the closure. If you are unable to access the VLE, please contact us on [email protected]. The closure of year 10 will mean that staff are freed up, enabling us to keep the Academy open. There are a number of important points that we need to communicate:

* The year 11 taster day for sixth form WILL go ahead.
* Year 13 will be asked to return on Tuesday 8th December, this is one day later than we originally said.
* We will extend the closure of year 12 until Monday 14th December, this is due to the high number of year 12 students currently self-isolating.
* Year 10 mock examinations will be moved to the week commencing 14th December.
* A plan/timetable for live lessons will be posted on the Academy website shortly.
* If your child gets free school meals, you can now sign up to a free food parcel collection by emailing [email protected] before the end of the day on Friday 4th December. The food parcel collection will be available from the Academy on Monday 7th December.

Any form of closure is not a decision we have taken lightly and we are saddened to be in a position where we cannot provide physical learning for our entire student community. We continue to maintain the rigorous arrangements that we have in place across the site, our cleaning regimes will continue at pace and we will continue to ask students to wear masks and follow the guidance. Your support, as always, is appreciated with this.

It is important that students, staff and the wider school community remain vigilant and continue to uphold the various safety protocols in place both within the Academy but also when out in the wider community. Thank you for your continuing support and I’m sure that you will join me at this time wishing all families who are suffering from the impact of this virus, a speedy recovery.

Many thanks,

Craig Cooling
Principal
Ormiston NEW Academy


What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and 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’.

Further information is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

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, 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

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of:

*A new continuous cough
*A high temperature
*A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the NHS.uk website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ 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

Do

*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/

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