We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to the academy on Monday 19th April and hope that you and your families have been able to enjoy the break over Easter, despite the rather changeable weather we have had.
As well as all the COVID-19 safety measures that we have had in place this year, there are two precautionary measures introduced since our return in March that the government is asking secondary schools to continue to have in place on our return next week. Namely, the wearing of face masks at all times inside the academy, including in classrooms and the continuation of home Lateral Flow COVID-19 testing (LFT) twice weekly.
Home COVID-19 LFT Testing
All students and staff should be carrying out home COVID-19 LFT tests twice a week, every Wednesday and Sunday. I would ask that all students take a test on Sunday 18th April. This will help to isolate cases, stop the spread and prevent any outbreaks as we return to the academy. Students and staff with negative results will return to the academy as usual on Monday 19th April. Anyone with a positive test result, must self-isolate, inform the academy and book a confirmatory PCR test. We will distribute more home testing kits to all students over the following weeks.
The government confirmed on Tuesday 6th April, that face coverings/masks should continue to be worn in secondary school and college classrooms as a precautionary measure when students return after the Easter break. Please make sure that your child brings at least one face mask to wear in the academy every day. Students may also like to bring a spare mask and many like to keep a small plastic (sandwich) bag in their pocket to keep the masks in when not in use, when eating, outside or doing PE.
Professor John Simpson, Head of Public Health Advice, Guidance and Expertise Pillar (PHAGE) at Public Health England, has said: “The return to school after Easter will allow us to continue monitoring the impacts of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, as we encourage families to test regularly. Wearing face coverings in secondary schools is an extra control measure to reduce the risk of transmission to support children continuing their education in the classroom.”
I would therefore ask for your support and that of your children in these measures which we have in place to keep all of our community as safe as possible.
Many thanks in advance for your help and support.