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Principal's Update 25th September

Dear Families,

 

We have enjoyed another really positive week at Derby Moor. It hasn’t been without challenges with the change in weather but, once again, our whole community have pulled together to make things work in a safe, sensible way.

 

Start and end of the day

The staggered end times have worked well this week and we will continue with this until further notice. Thank you to families who are helping us out with this – it is making the start and end of the day safe and is also easing the traffic around the site before and after school. May I remind those that are parking on Moorway Lane that they should use the turning circle instead as their actions are the main hold up of traffic flow at present.

 

Covid Alert Email

We have had no confirmed cases of Covid-19 since re-opening school in September. I know that there are cases across the city and the region and that schools are doing all they can to respond quickly when positive cases arise. Whilst we have measures in place to minimise the risk of transmission, we are also prepared to respond quickly as and when a positive case is confirmed. In such an instance we would work with Public Health England to trace the other students who had been in contact with the positive case for a prolonged period of time and ask them to self-isolate. We have mechanisms in school to help us to do this quickly although it will be vital that families check emails and the website regularly for information about our course of action.

 

With the winter cold season upon us we have had an increase in the number of students with colds and sniffles. At present the advice is that a runny nose or sniffle is most likely a cold and students can continue in school. The symptoms of coronavirus and stay at home guidance from the government can be found here. Any students with symptoms should self-isolate for 10 days and request a test. We have set up a new email for families to report the outcome of tests, this is covidalert@derbymoor.derby.sch.uk please use this email to send your test results in to school. If your child is isolating but receives a negative test results, please send the NHS email to covidalert@derbymoor.derby.sch.uk before sending them back to school. Likewise a positive result should also be sent to this email. Any student self-isolating because of symptoms or because they have been asked to isolate due to tracking and tracing, should not return to school until the end to their period of isolation or they have a negative test result.

 

Face coverings

Face coverings remain optional on school site at present. However, with the increasing number of cases locally and nationally we will now encourage our students to wear coverings whenever they are in larger groups. This means that they should wear them when moving between lessons indoors and when queuing up indoors. Students should have a separate covering for in school that is not used anywhere else. Face coverings must be worn by students in the following circumstances:

 

  • On public transport on the way to and from school;
  • In a shared vehicle on the way to and from school;
  • In any area where they cannot distance from students in other Year Groups and may be in closer (less than 1m) contact with them for 15 minutes or more.

 

We will continue to review and amend this advice as local conditions in Derby or in school change. In this instance, we will notify you through the website or email.

 

Final words

 

Our students have now been back at Derby Moor for 3 weeks and we are all beginning to find our feet with the rhythm of the school day and the new normal. It has been great to have them back. Our staff have been so positive about how focussed and committed our young people have been since returning and they are really enjoying being back in the classrooms, offices and corridors, doing what we do best – working with young people and striving for success. I will thank our staff again for their energy and commitment and also our families for supporting our students through what has been a key transitional period in their lives. Our motto in action – Together we Succeed.

 

 

Best wishes,

 

Scott Doyle

 

Principal