COVID Update | Year 10

Posted on: 10th May 2021

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We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

Principal, Mr Cooling said: “We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. It is important to continue to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child.

“I would like to reiterate how important home testing for students is. We have been disappointed with the number of families who have home tested and we would urge more of you to start doing this. Covid remains in our community and testing protects and supports us all. The more cases that can be identified, especially when they are without symptoms, will stop the spread of this dreadful virus that has changed our lives over the last 15 months.

“Please, use the test kits. If you need more information or help using a test, email [email protected]. We are here to support you and creating a safer school means we can all get back to normal, much quicker.

“To the families using the home test kits, thank you. Please don’t forget to record results via the Test and Trace app or on the website using the code on your lateral flow test. If you get a positive test, please inform us too, immediately.”

The small number of children who have been in direct prolonged close contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 10 days.

*The case is in year 10.
*14 students have been asked to self-isolate from year 10. We have reached out to all of those families who are close contacts.
*The students who have been asked to self-isolate will return on Monday 17th May 2021.
*No members of staff have been asked to isolate.
*The child was last in on Wednesday 5th May 2021.
*The name of the student will not be released due to data privacy laws

We appreciate the swift actions of the family involved.

As a school, ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider school community has been our absolute priority. As a result, we are still operating under Covid guidance; students are still in their year group bubbles and following the one-way system around the site. Ventilation and hand washing/sanitising are still key. Students are still expected to sanitise their hands on arrival at the classroom, and windows and doors in classrooms remain open. Changing facilities are still limited so on the days that students have a PE lesson, they should still attend wearing their PE kit. The guidance also states that face coverings must be worn by all students when moving around the school and strongly recommends that they are worn in the classroom – unless two-metre social distancing can be maintained. These protocols ensure everyone’s safety and limit the transmission of any virus.

The guidance for this case is to ask any member of staff or students that have had close contact with the infected person, to isolate for 10 days from the last time they had contact with the child.

The DfE guidance states that close contact means:

*Direct close contacts – face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
*Proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
*Travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.

The students and families of those who are now self-isolating have already been informed and will be accessing remote learning from home to limit any disruption to their education.

We appreciate and understand that there are already some inevitable anxieties given the continuing circumstances we find ourselves in. However, we would like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to ensure everyone’s safety and will be continuing to closely follow and implement advice from the experts to maintain 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 we would like to wish all families who are suffering from the impact of this virus, a speedy recovery.

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