Thank you for your understanding and support this week. It was a difficult decision to close the school and we are more than aware of the impact that has upon our families/ On reflection, it was the right thing to do and we have safeguarded everyone and have given time for the school to be thoroughly cleaned again.
We will re-open on Monday for students in the Year 12 Monday bubble, the Year 10 Monday bubble and the Critical Worker/Vulnerable bubble. Since closing, the entire school has undergone a deep clean. That means all surfaces have been scrubbed and disinfected and we have a ‘fogging’ machine (that sprays a disinfectant fog into each room) which has been used throughout the building. We have also asked for some children and staff to be tested, details as follows:
- Year 12 – no tests necessary unless they live with someone in the Critical worker bubble or the Year 10 Thursday D5 (SO8) bubble. In this case they will need a negative test before returning. All other Year 12s can return to school as per the new provision.
- Year 10 – Students in the Year 10 Thursday D5 bubble ( SO8) require a negative test result before returning to school. They have been emailed individually about this. All other Year 10 students can return to the provision unless they live with someone in the D5 bubble, in which case they will require a test before returning.
- Critical worker/vulnerable provision – students in this bubble must send in a negative test result to (email@example.com ) before returning to school. The 14 day isolation period from Friday 10th July means they will be unable to return to the provision before the summer without a negative test result. Please do not send them to school without confirming the result by email. The critical worker/vulnerable provision will come to a close on Friday 24th July after running for the last 17 weeks. There will not be any in-school provision until we re-open to students during the week commencing September 7th.
For families requiring a test, they can be booked here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
As we move toward the end of the term you will be eager to see our plans for September. We will share these with you next week, once finalised. The closure this week has slowed down our planning but you can rest assured that we have arrangements in place for September that will minimise the risks as far as is possible whilst working within the guidance the government has given us. I will provide a further update next week.
Finally, this episode has given us a potential snapshot into how we may need to respond in the Autumn Term should there be local spikes in cases. On this occasion everything has gone to plan and we appear to have minimised the spread effectively. That has only been achieved by working together – families being agile enough to adapt their routines around school has been critical and is much appreciated. Or motto of ‘Together We Succeed’ has been validated so many times over the last 4 months, I do hope that our community comes out the other side of this pandemic more connected, working together and striving for greatness for our young people.