COVID19 – Lockdown 2.0
Following on from the Government’s announcement that the country began a second period of lockdown yesterday, we would like to remind you that schools will not be taking part in this.
All students, unless ill or self-isolating because of contact with someone with COVID symptoms, should attend school every day.
We do not believe that we have any students who are currently identified as clinically extremely vulnerable but you should get in touch with your year team with evidence of this, if this does apply to your child.
COVID absence and test results can be reported here: Reporting Covid-19 absence
More COVID information is here: Coronavirus updates
As with last term, facemasks must be worn on the school site. You will need to have two masks with you, one to wear, and one for spare! Students should be following the national guidance and wearing these whenever they are around people with whom they do not live. This includes when travelling to school.
We would like to remind you that lockdown means that you should not be socialising or spending time with anyone who does not live in the same house as you, unless you have created a support bubble, with a lone adult from another household. This also includes travelling to school in cars with other families.
As stated in my end of term letter, we will be focusing on uniform this term. Students must arrive in the full correct uniform, including blazers and school shoes, unless they have PE in which case they should be wearing their school PE kit with their blazer over the top. This will be strictly enforced as wearing our uniform smartly and with pride upholds our school values and shows the respect we hold for our education. We also represent our community when wearing our uniform. In cold weather students can wear their full school uniform on top of their PE Kit including a plain black jumper. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are dressed correctly and looking smart at all times.
Hooded jumpers are not allowed on the school site and will be confiscated. This includes when they have PE. Full details of the school uniform can be found here; School Uniform
Sixth Form students must also follow their dress code when on side, Sixth Form Dress Code
Part of the school uniform is arriving with full equipment, including their planner, calculator and fully stocked pencil case. Guidance on what students need with them daily is included in the school handbook. Students should not be lending or borrowing equipment from each other. Student Handbook
Phones and Social Media
Following some concerns that have been raised about whether all students understand how to safely use their phones and social media we have put a programme in place to develop this understanding. This is being delivered through tutor time and personal development sessions with all students.
Please support us by discussing safe phone use with your children, there is some useful information here to help you to do this https://www.net-aware.org.uk/. Please note that any student phones that are seen out in school will be confiscated, checked for safeguarding and will need to be collected by a parent. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that phones are not used on site or seen by members of staff.
What if my child is unwell?
This winter will pose challenges for determining whether illness experienced is the symptoms of Covid-19, winter flu, or a general cold. Where a child has mild cold symptoms they should continue to attend school.
The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:
- 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.
If your child presents with one or more of these symptoms they must not attend school and should remain at home. We urge all parents to access a test as quickly as possible and to inform the school of the results.
In line with government guidance, a child presenting in school with symptoms will be isolated in a safe space away from other students while we contact family to get them collected from school.
We recommend that families then arrange for a test for a child with symptoms. Further details will be provided to families who are affected by this.
We are aware these are difficult times, and we hope we can all work together as a community to ensure that we keep each other and our families safe this winter.
Mr A Bate