COVID-19 Protocols: September 2021
Our new risk assessment for September 2021 has been published and can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
LFD testing prior to return to site
As so many of us travel from such a wide area, and on school buses and public transport, it seems wise to ask that all students LFD test prior to return to site. We ask that all students who consent to do so take an LFD test on Thursday 2nd September, and again on the morning of Sunday 5th September. This measure will enable us to keep ourselves, our colleagues and the wider public as safe as possible as we return to school.
If you do not have a test kit, these are readily available from pharmacies.
Please log your result with test and trace as normal. We do not require proof of negative result for you to return to site, but of course would wish to know if the test is positive.
In case of positive result, please self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR. Please inform the school using the usual absence procedures.
Testing on return to site
Government guidance asks that all students who consent are tested twice on their return to school, and continue to test twice weekly at home for the remainder of September, when the situation will be reviewed. We have made provision that during the first week and into the second week all students who consent will undertake two tests. In case of positive result, parents/carers will be asked to collect their child who will be required to obtain a confirmatory PCR and isolate until results are received.
Where a positive PCR is received, the student will be required to self-isolate in accordance with government guidance.
There is no longer a requirement for close contacts under the age of 18 years and 6 months to isolate, nor those who are immune or have received both vaccinations. Consequently, close contacts will remain in school. As students and staff who consent will be testing twice weekly, any subsequent cases should be easily identified.
Twice weekly testing at home throughout September
We will send reminders to students to test on Sunday and Thursday each week until the end of September.
Kits may be collected from school if you have run out, or are readily available from pharmacies.
If you are unable to test at home, facility will be provided in school to do so, please email email@example.com to arrange this.
Students who receive a positive PCR test will be expected to engage with NHS Test and Trace to identify close contacts.
Masks and Social distancing
In terms of masks and social distancing, neither are now required, however guidance does state you should wear a mask in large gatherings or crowded areas with people you would not normally mix with. The school's interpretation of this is that masks are recommended whilst in corridors as staff and students move about the site, and in the dining hall whilst not eating. Masks would also be recommended for staff and students in sixth form common areas. You may decide to wear a mask at any other time as is your preference.
Staff and students using the school minibuses, or coaches on school trips, are also recommended to wear masks.
Uniform will return to the normal Autumn/Winter uniform including ties and blazers.
Throughout September, we will keep the provision that students who have PE should wear their kit to school that day (rather than change on site). We will review this and inform you should our guidance change.
We understand due to the pandemic there are some uniform shortages and therefore ask if you have issues getting uniform you follow the uniform as closely as possible. Issues are most present with PE kit - if not able to source please wear white or navy t-shirt, navy or black leggings and navy or black hoody.
All areas will be kept ventilated. Hands should still be regularly washed and sanitised. With the relaxation of social distancing guidelines in the workplace staff will be able to move more freely around the classroom as appropriate.
Classroom layout will no longer be required to be in rows, but we will have set seating charts for each lesson.
One way system, bubbles and school day
The one-way system for movement around the school and main building will remain in place and details can be seen here.
There are no more year group bubbles and there will be a return to the usual school day without split lunches or lessons.
The school day will be as follows:
8.40 - Lesson 1
9.40 - Lesson 2
10.40 - Break
11.00 - Tutorial
11.30 - Lesson 3
12.30 - Lesson 4
13.30 - Lunch
14.30 - Lesson 5
15.30 - End of school
Remember: Don't come to school with symptoms
The main symptoms of coronavirus (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
However, the new delta variant has also been associated with other symptoms such as headaches and cold like feelings including runny nose and sore throat. Even though we are all keen to return to school you should not come to school if you feel unwell or have any of these symptoms.
Students displaying symptoms in school will be asked to be collected and requested to get a PCR test.