Updated Information and 15th March Arrangements

3rd March 2021

RE: Updated Information and 15th March Arrangements

Dear Parent/Carer,

Having written last week with details regarding the staggered return of all students from the week commencing 8th March, I am now pleased to be able to confirm with you, the arrangements for the week commencing 15th March.

Firstly, here is a reminder of the dates sent last week with some additional information later in the letter that you may find useful. These dates have NOT changed; this is just a reminder for your convenience.

You will also by now have received notification regarding uniform.

Monday 8th March Year 11 In School Welcome Back and Test 1 8:50-3:30
Year 12 In School Welcome Back and Test 1 1:30-3:30
Year 13 In School Welcome Back and Test 1 11:30-1:30
Years 7-10 Home Remote Learning
Tuesday 9th March Years 7 & 10 In School Welcome Back and Test 1 8:50-3:30
Years 8 , 9, 11, 12 & 13 Home Remote Learning
Wednesday 10th March Year 9 & 8 In School Welcome Back and Test 1 8:50-3:30
Years 7, 10, 11 12 & 13 Home Remote Learning
Thursday 11th March Year 9 ,11, 12 & 13 In School (Round 2 Tests for Y11, 12 & 13) 8:50-3:15-30*
Years 7, 8 & 10 Home Remote Learning
Friday 12th March Year 7, 8 & 10 In School (Round 2 Tests for Y7 & 10) 8:50-3:15-30*
Years 9, 11, 12 & 13 Home Remote Learning

* Staggered departure times (as per the autumn term) recommence. (Y7 = 3:15, Y8 = 3.20, Y9 = 3.25, all others = 3.30)

Here are the dates for staggered testing and returns to college for week commencing 15th March, with all students returning by Thursday 18th March. You will notice, that in order to ensure safe and effective testing, attendance each day is limited to those involved in (or having received) their round 3 test.

Monday 15th March Year 8 & 9 Round 2 Testing & Normal Timetable 8:50-3:15-30*
Years 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 Home Remote Learning
Tuesday 16th March Years 11, 12 & 13 Round 3 Testing (Y11, 12 & 13) 8:50-3:15-30*
Normal Timetable
Years 7-10 Home Remote Learning
Wednesday 17th March Year 7, 10, 11, 12 & 13 Round 3 Testing (Y7 & 10) 8:50-3:15-30*
Testing now completed for Y11,12 & 13
Normal Timetable
Years 8 & 9 Home Remote Learning
Thursday 18th March All Years Round 3 Testing (Y8 & 9) 8:50-3:15-30*
Testing now completed for Y7 & Y10-13
Normal Timetable
Friday 19th March All Years Normal timetable 8:50-3:15-30*
(Mop-up testing where required)

Additional Information For Round 1 Testing

If you have not yet completed the consent form please click here and complete by Friday 5th March.

As you know, safety is our number one priority. This is why we have carefully staggered the return to College to balance the need to get students back quickly in a really welcoming environment whilst keeping safety paramount.

This is also why students will be kept in separate mini-bubbles until they have completed the round 1 testing and a negative result has been returned. In addition to TG-mini-bubbles, students will also be wearing face-coverings and will be kept separate through the use of seating plans. Their tutors will go through the seating plan arrangements in Thursday’s Live MSTeams Tutorial. Of course, all the protection measures from the Autumn term will also still be in place, including; well-ventilated classrooms, hand-sanitising and additional cleaning.

If you have specific family circumstances or are worried about your child returning to College and the implications of them joining their TG we also are offering a ‘drop in & go’ test service for the first round of testing. To find out more about this option, please contact reception or your child’s Head of Year. Please note this option involves an allocated time slot and MUST be pre-booked by 12noon Friday 5th March. We regret that ‘drop-in & go’ testing will only be available for the first round of testing and due to the large scale logistics of whole school testing, we are unable to offer alternatives to the allocated time slot.

Additional Information For Round 2 & 3 Testing:

The reliability of lateral flow testing increases after the 2nd test. For this reason and to ensure the smooth running of the testing, attendance will continue to be staggered (as outlined above) until all students have been offered the 3 tests. Once a year group has received their Round 3 test, their testing is completed and they will be able to return to college fully.

It remains very important that students avoid mixing bubbles outside of college and continue to adhere to the current government restrictions.

Students eligible for Free-School Meals will receive vouchers for the days that they are remote learning. For the in-college days, normal canteen allowance will be provided.

Home-Testing Information:

When all students have been offered the 3 on-site tests, they will then be able to collect a home-testing kit. By this point they will have plenty of opportunity to practice in college for supervision. Further information for parents & students will accompany these testing kits. Parents will be required to report home-test results to NHS Test and Trace as will be outlined in the guidance . We will retain a small testing facility to support SEND students that are unable to self-test at home.

In addition, the DFE has announced that free home-testing kits will also be made available to families and bubbles of school students . From 1st March, you can get a twice-weekly test kit:

  • Through your employer if they are offering testing to employees
  • At a local authority test site
  • By collecting a home test kit from a local PCR test site during specific collection times
  • By ordering a home test kit from the government portal

We highly recommend that students take the opportunity to practise the testing process with trained staff in college, even if this is in addition to any home-testing kits you may have ordered.

I hope this letter now provides you with all the essential information that you need to support your child in a safe and successful return to college. As always please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions, queries or concerns.

We look forward to welcoming your child back to school.

Kindest regards

E Seward-Adams

Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams
Principal


IMPORTANT NOTE

The lateral flow testing programme does not replace current guidance for those with symptoms or those identified as a close contact of a positive case.

Anyone with symptoms, even if they have received a negative Lateral Flow Test, should book a free NHS test and follow government self-isolation guidance until the results of their test are known. Testing also does not replace basic preventative measures such as Hands-Face-Space.