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Tuesday 4th January

ALL students should have been online attending classes as per their normal timetable. Some students did not attend classes please can you ensure your child is attending as directed.

Only those students who had a booked appointment in Years 7, 11,12 and 13 should have been at school being tested today.

Wednesday 5th January

ONLY Years 7, 11, 12 and 13 can return to school on Wednesday 5th January as per their normal timetable after completing one negative LFT test result. If you tested on-site and we haven’t contacted you, then you can assume the test is negative.

The remaining Year groups 8, 9 and 10 continue at home on Wednesday for online learning, please ensure they login in for tutorial at 08.35am. They then follow their normal timetable for lessons. Those years will need to test either at home or as part of the pre-booked test slots at school. Only those with an appointment should attend school on Wednesday for their test.

Thursday 6th January

ALL Year Groups return. Once all year groups have completed at least one negative LFT then they can return to school for normal lessons on Thursday.


Masks

Please note all students will be expected to wear a mask indoors and during lessons in class, unless exempt. It is important that you send your child to school with a mask. This will be reviewed as part of the Government Plan B on the 26th January.

Ventilation and cold weather

We will be opening windows to ensure increased ventilation in all classes, please ensure that your child arrives in their school uniform but with appropriate warm layers, their school jumpers and their coats. We were still seeing students arriving in short sleeves in December. They may be able to wear coats during class on days when it is particularly cold and windows are open. Please ensure they have a suitable coat with them.

Testing positive and Isolation

Periods of isolation have changed.

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. 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 setting from day 7. However, if any are positive then you must isolate until the end of your 10 days. Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10day period of self-isolation.

COVID symptoms are still the same three;

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Close Contact rules

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 you are at significantly higher risk of becoming infected yourself. If you have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine, you are less likely to become severely ill if you catch COVID-19. You are also less likely to spread COVID-19 to other people, but it is still possible for this to happen. Therefore:

  • if you are aged 18 years 6 months or over and you are not fully vaccinated*, and you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate
  • if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months, and you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are not legally required to self-isolate. However, you are strongly advised to take an LFD test every day for 7 days, and to self-isolate if any of these test results is positive

*You are fully vaccinated 14 days after having received 2 doses of an approved vaccine (such as Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Moderna/Spikevax) or one dose of the single-dose Janssen vaccine.

Guidance is being updated regularly stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection

Thank you for your continued support, by working together we can continue to keep all our students and staff as safe as possible.