Pre-Term Mass-Testing and End of Summer Term Update

15th July 2021

RE: Pre-Term Mass-Testing and End of Summer Term Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

Further to the information included in last week’s bulletin and following the Government updates, I am now writing to you with further information on:

  1. What’s different for the end of term?
  2. What’s different for the summer holidays?
  3. Arrangements for September Mass-Testing 31st Aug – 6th Sept 2021
  4. Other information regarding the start of the September Term

The Government have also published DfE Guidance For Parents and Carers.

1. What’s different for the end of term?

As per the Parent Bulletin last Friday, we will be keeping the current protection measures in place with no changes for the final 2½ days of term . A reminder of these protection measures can be found in the Parent FAQs.

From Monday 19th July, it will no longer be the responsibility of schools to identify and notify close contacts. Instead this will be carried out by NHS Track and Trace. If your child or a member of your household develops symptoms or tests positive on a Lateral Flow Test you should still self-isolate, book a PCR Test. If the test returns as positive, you will be contacted by NHS Track and Trace who will advise you . We ask that you continue to keep us informed in the usual way until the end of term. Full details are outlined in our Parent FAQs.

From the 16th AUGUST this changes again. Please see below.

2. What’s different over the Summer Holidays?

Schools are no longer asked to provide students and staff with self-testing kits for use over the summer holidays, however the Government continue to advise everyone to self-test regularly to help reduce the risk of transmission. Kits can be ordered Order Self-Testing Kit GOV.UK or collected from your local pharmacy.

From the 16th August, close contacts who have been double vaccinated or who are Under 18 will no longer need to isolate but will be required to take a PCR test . The Government have not yet released full information about this but the following link may be of some help Government Press Release - Changes to Isolation.

If your child is due to collect results or attend the 6th Form enrolment day you will have received details in a separate letter.

3. Arrangements for September Mass-Testing 31st August – 6th September

The Government have said;

“Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools…. all secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term .

Pupils should then continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed.”

In order to ensure access to testing for all students whilst minimising disruption to their education, Bodmin College will offer all students their first test as a “drop-in and go” appointment starting from Tuesday 31st August whilst their second test will take place on their first school day . A schedule for each year group’s first test date is summarised below:

Round 1 (Pre-Term Drop Ins)
Tuesday 31st August Year 7 Summer School Students
Wednesday 1st September

Year 7 Non-Summer School Students

Greenfield Students

Degree Programme Students

Thursday 2nd September No Testing
Friday 3rd September

Year 11 Students

Year 12 Students

Year 13 Students

Saturday 4th September No Testing
Sunday 5th September No Testing
Monday 6th September

Year 8 Students

Year 9 Students

Year 10 Students

In mid-August, we will write again with a personalised letter stating your child’s allocated appointment time and further details including consent and drop off/collection zones . Appointments will be allocated due to logistics and you should allow 15-20 minutes for your child’s appointment.

Whilst we strongly encourage all students to attend the Pre-Term Drop In appointment as this will minimise the disruption to teaching and learning at the start of term, we will still have arrangements in place on the first days back for any child unable to make the allocated appointment time due to lack of transport, holiday or prior commitment. A reminder of the return dates for each year group is outlined in the next section.

Round 2 testing will take place as part of their normal school day once the term starts.

4. Other information regarding the start of the September Term

By offering Round 1 Pre-Term Drop-In Testing to all students, we are pleased to be able to maintain the term dates originally planned.

Monday 6th September Staff Training Day
Tuesday 7th September Year 7 & 12 Induction Day
Wednesday 8th September Year 7, 11, 12 & 13 Only
Thursday 9th September All Years

I am mindful that the Government Guidance may well change before September therefore, I will write to you again during the summer with more detailed arrangements for the first day back . Should you have any questions before reception closes at the end of term, please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the usual way.

In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your incredible support this year, your feedback and comments have been greatly appreciated by all the staff at Bodmin College. I would also like to congratulate our students, your children, on the positive, resilient and community-spirited approach that they have all shown to the numerous changes and challenges they have faced this year. We are incredibly proud of them and it has been an absolute pleasure to see them back in school.

I wish you all a truly wonderful summer and hope that you all stay safe, well and happy over the holidays.

Kindest regards

E Seward-Adams

Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams
Principal