Covid Mass Testing
Throughout the period of the pandemic, our aim has been to place the safety and well being of our students as the highest priority while minimising, as far as possible, the disruption to their education. Now that students have returned to school, key Covid protection measures remain in place and we would ask all students and parents to abide by the rules and regulations. The school has carefully followed all of the advice, guidelines and statutory measures that the Government and the Department for Education have put in place. The school's risk assessment can be viewed by following the link below:
Risk assessment link needed here
Key Covid protection measures currently in place (March 2021):
- All Year group bubbles will remain in place – staff will move to classrooms to teach.
- Staggered breaks will remain in place until further notice.
- All COVID systems, restrictions, and controls will remain in place until further notice with enhanced hygiene regimes including regular hand cleaning, rooms, and surface cleaning. Hand cleaning should be on arrival, at breaks, when moving rooms and before and after eating. Windows and doors will be open for ventilation Masks are to be worn by both staff and students in all areas of the school including classrooms. This does not apply to specific subjects such as PE.
- Students who are exempt can carry a card to show to staff if requested.
- Coats and jackets may be worn in class while windows are opened.
- Students are protected within bubbles, but they should still be as socially distanced as possible (even with masks).
- Assemblies in the theatre will not take place until further notice.
- Students and staff in ‘close contact’ with an identified positive case must still self-isolate for 10 days.
- Resources can be shared in the classroom, but students should have their own equipment.
- Before and after school activities can take place providing that they are part of the school curriculum.
- PE and other practical subjects can still take place.
- Students should remain in their seats during lessons and should not be moving around the classroom.
- Home testing kits for those students who have already had in school tests will be given out in the week commencing Monday 15th March.
- Any staff or students who inform us that they have tested positive will be sent home or told to stay at home and, in line with the Government regulations told to self-isolate for 10 full days.
- The regulations are also that, if it is reported a student has come into contact with someone who has tested positive – they will be required to isolate for 10 days.
- After the third ‘in school tests’ were completed no further offer of in school testing for students is required by the Government. From Friday 19th March all students who wish to have one will be given a home testing kit to test twice weekly at home.
- The school has maintained a very limited capacity, in line with Government requirements, to administer tests on an individual basis for any student whose parents would like them to have a test but are unable to administer the tests at home. This is anticipated to be only in exceptional circumstances and after individual parent/carer discussion with the school.