14 May 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021

Face coverings and testing

Dear Pupil and Parent,

I hope you are all well and safe. 

 

Face coverings

Earlier this week, the government announced that from Monday 17th May 2021 face coverings would no longer be compulsory for pupils in classrooms or communal areas, unless there was a localised outbreak. 

 

In light of the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Sefton, especially in the Formby area, we are going to ask our pupils and staff to continue wearing their face coverings when indoors, unless they are exempt.  We will review this again in two weeks’ time at half-term.

 

We are doing this to minimise the risk of having to ask pupils and staff to isolate. 

 

We have enjoyed a period of ‘normality’ were all the children have been in school, but as you know, earlier this week we had to ask a group of Year 10 pupils to isolate for 10 days due to close contact with a positive case.  If the children had not been wearing face coverings, more children would have had to isolate.  We want to do everything we can to keep our children in school.

I hope you understand my reasons for continuing with our existing measures and why it is important that we all continue to play a part in helping to keep each other safe.

 

Update on twice weekly COVID-19 testing at home for students

Your child should have received a number of home lateral flow testing kits that should be used twice weekly up until the half term break at the end of May.  

 

It is hoped we will receive further kits so that you can continue through the half term break and ensure your child is testing prior to re-starting school on Monday 7th June. 

 

This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

 

Reporting results

We have been requested by the DfE to remind parents of the importance that results of home tests are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. It’s easy to do at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. You do not need to report a negative home test result to school.

 

Results can also be reported via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.  It is important to keep a note of your child’s results and share with school if they are positive. If your child is positive, please arrange for a PCR confirmatory test https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test . Please share EVERY PCR result with school. 

 

Testing for parents, households and bubbles twice a week

A reminder that regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread. Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:

  • Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests
  • Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
  • Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.

We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing.

 

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

 

Mr Symes

Posted by Jenny Leonowicz

Category: Headteacher's Letter