8th March Return to School

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to you to confirm the arrangements for reopening school from 8th March 2021. Due to the high number of parents who have now given consent to test students in school, it will not be possible to allow all year groups to return to school from the 8th March 2021.  In order to facilitate the asymptomatic lateral flow tests that we have been asked to conduct by the government, we will be bringing students in by appointment to be tested prior to their full return to school from 15th March for most year groups (7-10). 

The table below explains our staggered approach to the school reopening plans.

Date Only Students Being Tested (by appointment)Year Group Returning OnsiteYear Groups Remote Learning
Monday 08 March Y11 from 8.30None.Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10, Y11
Tuesday 09 March Y7 from 8.30Y11Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10
Wednesday 10 March Y8 from 8.30Y9 from 12.30 Y11Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10
Thursday 11 March Y10 from 8.30Y11Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10
Friday 12 March Priority Students from 8.30 Y11 from 11.30 – Test 2Y11Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10

Students who have consent to be tested will be given a time slot to arrive – they must arrive at the correct time – you will receive a text message advising you of your child’s appointment time by the end of this week.  The process should take around an hour from start to finish, and students will return home after they receive their result, to resume their remote learning. Students coming into school to be tested do not need to wear school uniform. 

Staff undertaking the test have been fully trained. We will give a timeline for follow up tests in the coming days. Detailed guidance on the testing programme can be found here. 

Year 11 have been prioritised to be onsite from 9th March due to the upcoming mock examinations. These students are expected to attend school as normal from this date in full school uniform. 

Our provision for Priority Students (those deemed vulnerable or the children of Key Workers) will continue across the week, until full reopening on the 15th March. It is our expectation that these students wear full school uniform from 8th March 2021. 

Please note that school will fully re-open to students in Y7-10 on 15th March 2021. 

On the full reopening of the school, a full range of safety measures will continue to remain in their bubbles and stay in their designated zones, with movement between these groups minimised. Our enhanced cleaning and hygiene programmes will continue. 

We expect the following things from our returning students: 

  • Face masks are now mandatory (except for those with medical exemption) in all indoor areas – this includes all class rooms. Your child is likely to be sent home to get a mask if they do not bring one to school. We expect students to put on masks on their entry to school. 
  • All students should have their own supply of hand sanitiser. 
  • All students should be wearing full school uniform – this includes the AMSI sports kit on days when they have PE or Dance. Students dressed incorrectly are again likely to be sent home. 

If Students are unwell 

  • If a student is unwell in class they should report it to a member of staff.
  • If  the symptoms do not appear to be COVID-19 related, students will  be assessed by the medical team and the normal routine will apply.
  • If a student is unwell and appears to have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the student will be collected by an appropriate staff member who will wear full PPE. These students will be isolated in a ventilated room and parents will be asked to come and collect the student as soon as possible; parents are advised to take their child for a test and inform the school immediately when the results are known.
  • If the test is positive, the student will have to isolate for 10 days. They will have a work from home programme for the duration. 
  • The Welfare Team will keep in regular contact with families and the school will liaise with the Local Authority and Public Health for next steps.
  • If the test is negative, the student should return to school once they are well. 

Most importantly, if your child shows any of the symptoms below, please keep them at home, inform the school and arrange testing from the following website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

  • High temperature (above 37.8C)
  • Persistent cough
  • Loss of smell and/or taste.

The in-school testing is to try and pick up asymptomatic cases only. 

We look forward to welcoming the students back to school