Pre Opening Update
Sunday 07 March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Monday the 8th March is an important day for all of us - all 597 registered pupils will be expected to be onsite.
We have sent you the logistics and guidance for making this safe and the systems we will employ, and the lessons we learnt in our successful Autumn term provision.
However, our priority is not merely the school's running safely. But it is that we greet and reintegrate your children appropriately back from an immensely challenging period. We will be taking good care of them an make sure that we ensure a focus on helping them readjust sensitively and careful to make sure that all pupils are ready for the academic challenges that lie ahead.
Below are the latest Department for Education instructions.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 0820 - 0840.
Department for Education - Update
From tomorrow all children and students should return to school or college, and attendance will be mandatory once again from this date.
Mandatory attendance means that it is your legal duty as a parent to send your child (if they are of compulsory school age) to school regularly if they are registered at one.
Local authorities and schools have a range of legal powers to enforce attendance if a child or young person misses school without a valid reason.
We know some parents will be feeling anxious about their children returning to school or college. If you have concerns about your child attending, you should discuss these with your school or college. They should be able to explain ways they are changing things to reduce risks.
Self-isolation and shielding
A small number of children and young people may be unable to attend in line with public health advice to self-isolate. You should not send your child to school or college if they:
- have symptoms or live in a household with someone who has symptoms
- have tested positive themselves, even if they do not have symptoms
- live in a home with someone who has tested positive, even if that person does not have symptoms
- are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
- are required to self-isolate for travel-related reasons
We know from growing evidence that many children identified at the start of the pandemic as clinically extremely vulnerable are not at increased risk of severe outcomes from coronavirus (COVID-19). Children are gradually being removed from the shielding patient list as appropriate, following a review with a clinician. If your child is confirmed as clinically extremely vulnerable, they are advised not to attend school or college until further notice. Find out more on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Your child's school may check that your child is advised not to attend school or college by asking to see a copy of the shielding letter sent to you.
Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable should still attend school or college. Information for parents is available from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
If your child is unable to attend school or college for these reasons, your school or college will provide support with remote education and pastoral support. If your child is within our definition of vulnerable and unable to attend, it is important that their school or college put systems in place to keep in contact with them. The education setting should notify their social worker (if they have one) and agree with the social worker on the best way to maintain contact and offer support to your child. They should also have in place procedures to check that your child is able to access remote education support, to support them to access it (as far as possible) and to regularly check if they are doing so.
If your child is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and is asked to self-isolate, you do not need to self-isolate unless your child develops symptoms. This also applies to other members of your household (including any other children in the same school or college).
If your child has been close contact with someone who has tested positive and then develops symptoms but has a negative test result, they will still need to self-isolate for the full 10 days from the day after contact with the person who tested positive.