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Campaign 2021-02-26

Dear Parent / Carer,

We are so delighted to be in a position to welcome all of our students back into school from the 8th March. Thank you for the incredible effort on you part in the support you provide to your children during this period of remote learning. We are all looking forward to getting back into a more normal pattern of working!

There is a significant amount of work going on to ensure that this happens as smoothly as possible. This document is intended to provide as much information as possible so that our procedures are clear to parents and students. Please read each section carefully and we thank you in advance for your full support in all the matters raised. We do apologise for the length of it but wanted to cover as much as possible in one communication.

  • Timetable for opening

Due to the amount of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing we are planning to carry out next week, we are expecting all students to be in school on Monday 8th March. This approach will enable us to get the students into full face-to-face lessons as quickly as possible.

We have communicated our plans to both Derbyshire and Staffordshire School Transport and all bus services will be running as per their September timetables. It is essential that students wear face masks on all forms of school transport and sit in their allocated seats/with students of their own year group.

Car sharing between members of different households should not happen at this stage.

  • LFD Testing next week

We intend to begin LFD testing for students during next week. Parents will have received a letter this week detailing when their scheduled testing appointment is for their child. Students do not need to be in uniform for their test next week. If you are bringing your child by car, please park down the right-hand side of the school site or wait on Dunstall Road.

Testing will be carried out by trained staff, including the Senior Leadership Team. As such, the SLT will not be delivering live teaching but will set non-live content for the lessons they teach. Year groups who have scheduled testing next week will also have non-live remote learning set through Go4Schools so that they can be flexible with managing their work during their testing day.

  • In School LFD Testing Procedure

Information about the in-school LFD testing has been provided in separate communications this week. It is a significant undertaking – nearly 5000 tests will be administered by our trained team of staff by the end of 12th March.

  • At home LFD testing procedure

Following the initial 3 LFD testing protocol, students will be provided with home testing kits to be carried out twice a week. Additional guidance will be provided to parents as soon as we have the kits in school. We believe this will be from Monday 15th March.

  • Face masks

On 22nd February, the Department for Education announce that they would be recommending that adults and students should wear face masks in all situations where social distancing cannot be maintained easily. As such, we will be asking students to wear face masks:

  • On designated school transport to and from the school
  • Upon arrival to school in the morning on their way to their form rooms
  • When moving in all corridors, canteens and in the 6th form room unless eating in these two areas.
  • In all lessons
  • When leaving the school site at the end of the day.

Students will not need to wear face masks outside or during PE lessons. Wearing of face masks in lessons will continue until the Easter holidays and will reviewed in line with Government guidance.

Due to the increased need for wearing of face masks, we are asking that parents plan for the students to have spare masks in their bags. These should be stored in a plastic bag prior to use. If students’ face masks become wet or soiled, their effectiveness is reduced and a spare masks will ensure as much protection as possible.

How to put on a face mask

  • Clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.
  • Hold the mask by the ear loops. Place a loop around each ear.
  • Mould or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose. Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.

How to remove a face mask

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask. Avoid touching the front of the mask. Only touch the ear loops/ties/band.
  • Hold both ear loops and gently lift and remove the mask.
  • Disposable masks should be thrown the mask in the bin. Re-useable masks should be placed into a plastic back and kept in a students’ bag until the end of the day. Clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.

  • Positive LFD COVID Result

If your child receives a positive result on an in-school LFD test we must send the student and close contacts home to self-isolate for 10 days.

School led ‘Track and trace ‘will recommence upon students’ return so please inform the school immediately via covidpositive@jths.co.uk if your child has a confirmed positive test result.

  • Reminder of school day

Upon the students return to school on the 8th March, we will be reverting to our COVID timetable of staggered breaks and lunchtimes and zoned areas for teaching and social time.

  • COVID Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, please do not send then into school but:

  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.

If your child is poorly and has symptoms, please contact the school absence line.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please direct these by email to the main school office, office@jths.co.uk, and this will be passed onto the relevant member of staff.

Attached is a letter from Cabinet Minister for Education, Jonathan Price, that we have been asked to share with you.

210226 Ltr to parents-carers from Jonathan Price

World Book Day

We will be celebrating World Book Day in a slightly different manner than usual. WBD is on the 4th March. We have a number of activities that we would like KS3 students to engage with which are common across our Trust of schools. Additional information about this will be communicated to the students next week. To facilitate these activities, each of the three subject lessons for KS3 will be reduced to 45 minutes. We would like the students to undertake an activity in the second 45 minutes of the lesson. If students wish to dress up for WBD, that would be lovely. Please send a picture to wbd2021@jths.co.uk.

Finally, a message to our students taken from Youth Sport’s Trust which sums up very nicely how we are feeling at the moment:

“You are the future and that future is not written. There are challenges but there always have been and always will be: we know we will get through this together. We have complete faith in you. We want you to know that; more than anything. Do not let us or anyone else tell you what you can or can’t be. We don’t know. We cannot imagine what you will achieve. But we are so excited to see and be a part of it.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back into school. Whatever happens next, it will just be another step in your journey.”                                                                                    

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team.

CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 22nd February, Secondary Schools will return to school for face-to-face teaching from Monday the 8th March 2021. Testing and the return of students can be phased to manage the number of students passing through the site at any one time. In the guidance provided to schools, students are being strongly advised to consent to rapid testing using lateral flow devices (LFD)s which will help to identify people who are infectious but do not have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. All students are to be offered three tests 3-5 days apart, with the first test taking place in the first week. As a school of 1650 students, this creates a challenge for us, having to deliver almost 5000 lateral flow tests in a two-week period.

Lateral Flow Devices (LFD)

Testing remains voluntary, but strongly encouraged. If consent is provided, pupils will be asked to self-swab in school and will be informed after 30 minutes.

Please see the attached NHS leaflet, which shows the process. How_to_do_your_test_COVID_19_instruction_leaflet_for_schools.pdf

Here is an NHS video demonstrating the process: NHS Self-swab instructions

After the third test in school, we have been told that students will be supplied with LFD test kits to self-swab and test themselves twice a week at home. We will share more detail regarding home testing when we receive it.

Testing will commence for Year 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13, the week commencing Monday 1st March 2021.

Parents of these students will receive a personalised letter by the end of the week, allocating a Test 1 date and time. Students will need to attend the time slot for their test only and then return home. Results of the test, will be communicated to the email address provided on the consent form. All students in these year groups, can return to school on Monday 8th March if they receive a negative test result.

Testing will commence for Year 8 and 9, the week commencing Monday 8th March 2021.

Parents of these students will receive a personalised letter by the end of the week.

Consent Form

The consent form MUST be completed for all students regardless of whether your child takes part in the testing process or not. As mentioned earlier, this is a significant challenge, and it is critical that the information provided on the form is accurate.

Please click here for the consent form: CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING

The deadline for the submission of this form is Friday 26th February 2021.

As always, we thank you for your continued support with this situation.

With very best wishes

 

Mrs. Cochrane

Head of School

Message to Parents 24.02.2021

Dear Parents and Carers

It is with great sadness that I bring the news that Mr Gourlay, one of our Science Technicians, passed away last weekend. Mr Gourlay, who was also a former JTHS student, joined the technician team in December 2016. His loss will be felt very keenly amongst the science staff, the students he worked closely with and the wider school community.

I hope you will join me in sending our deepest condolences to Mr Gourlay’s family.

With best wishes to you all.

Mrs K. Cochrane
Head of School

CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 22nd February, Secondary Schools will return to school for face-to-face teaching from Monday the 8th March 2021. Testing and the return of students can be phased during the first week to manage the number of students passing through the site at any one time. In the guidance provided to schools, students are being strongly advised to consent to rapid testing using lateral flow devices (LFD)s which will help to identify people who are infectious but do not have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. All students are to be offered three tests 3-5 days apart, with the first test taking place in the first week. As a school of 1650 students, this creates a challenge for us, having to deliver almost 5000 lateral flow tests in a two-week period.

Lateral Flow Devices (LFD)

Testing remains voluntary, but strongly encouraged. If consent is provided, pupils will be asked to self-swab in school and will be informed after 30 minutes.

Please see the attached NHS leaflet, which shows the process. How_to_do_your_test_COVID_19_instruction_leaflet_for_schools.pdf

Here is an NHS video demonstrating the process: NHS Self-swab instructions

After the third test in school, we have been told that students will be supplied with LFD test kits to self-swab and test themselves twice a week at home. We will share more detail regarding home testing when we receive it.

Consent Form

The consent form MUST be completed for all students regardless of whether your child takes part in the testing process or not. As mentioned earlier, this is a significant challenge, and it is critical that the information provided on the form is accurate.

Please click here for the consent form: CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING

The deadline for the submission of this form is Monday 1st March 2021 at 4pm.

Return to school (from Monday 8th March)

A personalised letter will be sent out over the next few days, to all parents re: return to school dates and instructions, but here is a brief overview:

Year Group Date Additional Information
7 Monday 8th March 2021

Will be allocated a time and remain on site

8 Wednesday 10th March 2021

Will be allocated a time and remain on site

9 Thursday 11th March 2021

Will be allocated a time and remain on site

10

Tuesday 9th March 2021

Will be allocated a time and remain on site

11 Tuesday 9th March 2021

Will be allocated a pm slot and return home. Back to school Wednesday 10th March 2021.

12 Monday 8th March 2021 Will be allocated a pm slot and return home. Back to school Tuesday 9th March 2021
13 Monday 8th March 2021 Will be allocated a pm slot and return home. Back to school Tuesday 9th March 2021.

As always, we thank you for your continued support with this situation.

With very best wishes

 

Mrs. Cochrane

Head of School

CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 22nd February, Secondary Schools will return to school for face-to-face teaching from Monday the 8th March 2021. Testing and the return of students can be phased during the first week to manage the number of students passing through the site at any one time. In the guidance provided to schools, students are being strongly advised to consent to rapid testing using lateral flow devices (LFD)s which will help to identify people who are infectious but do not have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. All students are to be offered three tests 3-5 days apart, with the first test taking place in the first week. As a school of 1650 students, this creates a challenge for us, having to deliver almost 5000 lateral flow tests in a two-week period.

Lateral Flow Devices (LFD)

Testing remains voluntary, but strongly encouraged. If consent is provided, pupils will be asked to self-swab in school and will be informed after 30 minutes.

Please see the attached NHS leaflet, which shows the process. How_to_do_your_test_COVID_19_instruction_leaflet_for_schools.pdf

Here is an NHS video demonstrating the process: NHS Self-swab instructions

After the third test in school, we have been told that students will be supplied with LFD test kits to self-swab and test themselves twice a week at home. We will share more detail regarding home testing when we receive it.

Consent Form

The consent form MUST be completed for all students regardless of whether your child takes part in the testing process or not. As mentioned earlier, this is a significant challenge, and it is critical that the information provided on the form is accurate.

Please click here for the consent form: CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING

The deadline for the submission of this form is Monday 1st March 2021 at 4pm.

Return to school (from Monday 8th March)

A personalised letter will be sent out over the next few days, to all parents re: return to school dates and instructions, but here is a brief overview:

RETURN TABLE.PNG

As always, we thank you for your continued support with this situation.

With very best wishes

 

Mrs. Cochrane

Head of School

CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 22nd February, Secondary Schools will return to school for face-to-face teaching from Monday the 8th March 2021. Testing and the return of students can be phased during the first week to manage the number of students passing through the site at any one time. In the guidance provided to schools, students are being strongly advised to consent to rapid testing using lateral flow devices (LFD)s which will help to identify people who are infectious but do not have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. All students are to be offered three tests 3-5 days apart, with the first test taking place in the first week. As a school of 1650 students, this creates a challenge for us, having to deliver almost 5000 lateral flow tests in a two-week period.

Lateral Flow Devices (LFD)

Testing remains voluntary, but strongly encouraged. If consent is provided, pupils will be asked to self-swab in school and will be informed after 30 minutes.

Please see the attached NHS leaflet, which shows the process. How_to_do_your_test_COVID_19_instruction_leaflet_for_schools.pdf

Here is an NHS video demonstrating the process: NHS Self-swab instructions

After the third test in school, we have been told that students will be supplied with LFD test kits to self-swab and test themselves twice a week at home. We will share more detail regarding home testing when we receive it.

Consent Form

The consent form MUST be completed for all students regardless of whether your child takes part in the testing process or not. As mentioned earlier, this is a significant challenge, and it is critical that the information provided on the form is accurate.

Please click here for the consent form: CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING

The deadline for the submission of this form is Monday 1st March 2021 at 4pm.

Return to school (from Monday 8th March)

A personalised letter will be sent out over the next few days, to all parents re: return to school dates and instructions, but here is a brief overview:

RETURN TABLE.PNG

As always, we thank you for your continued support with this situation.

With very best wishes

 

Mrs. Cochrane

Head of School

Return to School - Face Masks

Dear Parents and Carers

We hope that you have had a good half term. As you will be aware, the Government has indicated that students will be returning to school from the 8th of March. We are working through the implications of this and will provide details of how we will facilitate the return of our students later in the week.

We wanted to provide advanced notices of one change in the guidance. From March 8th, we will be expecting students to wear face masks in all classrooms as well as corridors. Face masks will not be required to be worn outside, except for when the students arrive in school and leave at the end of the day.

We would therefore ask that you use the intervening time to ensure that your child has sufficient number of face masks to last them through the day.

Further details of our plans will be issued in our weekly communications later this week.

We are really looking forward to welcoming the rest of our students back to face-to-face teaching in a couple of weeks.

With very best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

REMINDER Key Worker and Vulnerable student Booking Form - w/c 01.03.21

REMINDER Key Worker and Vulnerable student Booking Form - w/c 01.03.21 must be complete by 9AM tomorrow. 

If you are having any issues accessing the original form sent out yesterday it can be found here:

https://johntaylorhigh.schoolzineplus.co.uk/form/61

If you have any further queries please contact Claire Toy via email at c.toy@jths.co.uk

Key Worker and Vulnerable student Booking Form - w/c 01.03.21 - Please complete by 9am 24.02.21

Please complete by 9am Wednesday 24th February

https://johntaylorhigh.schoolzineplus.co.uk/form/61

Following the Prime Ministers Announcement on the 4th January, John Taylor High School will be providing supervised remote learning for Vulnerable children and the children of Key Workers.

Information regarding Key Workers can be found here:

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Attached is a form for you to inform us of your childcare requirements. You will also be asked to provide proof of your employment as a Key Worker, this can be a photo of your ID badge or a letter from your employer. Please email this to c.toy@jths.co.uk

If your child is classed as vulnerable you will have already been contacted by a member of the SEN or Safeguarding teams. If this is the case in the 'Key Work 1 Name' please enter your name, in the 'Key Worker Occupation and Place of Work' field please insert the name of the staff member you liaise with at school for example 'Mrs Turrell'.

Students are expected to wear full school uniform and arrive between 8.30am and 8.55am, if its is their normal PE day please send them in their PE kit. Students should go directly to the 6th Form Common Room to be registered. 

If students are arriving for a PM session only they should arrive at school for 12.50pm. They should inform reception that they have arrived on site before going directly to their classroom. 

We strongly encourage all parents to support the school in carrying out Lateral Flow Testing. If you have not completed the Lateral Flow Testing consent form it can be found here: https://johntaylorhigh.schoolzineplus.co.uk/form/53 this only needs completing once, we do not need a new consent each week. 

Children will be tested twice weekly, 3-5 days apart.

Please can you complete the booking form within the deadline outlined, this will allow us to ensure we can arrange appropriate staffing. If the form is not completed by the deadline we may not be able to provide you with a place. 

If your child will be using the school bus ensure that you include the bus number on the booking form. 

We appreciate that there may be last minute changes to your working arrangements. If you need to make changes please email Mrs Toy at the earliest opportunity c.toy@jths.co.uk.

If your child is absent from school due to illness or any other reason please let us know as soon as possible either by emailing Mrs Toy or contacting the absence line on 01283 247 858. If your child does not attend on a day they are booked in they will be marked as absent as this will affect their attendance percentage. 

If your child is displaying any of the precautionary symptoms of Covid-19 or any of the three main symptoms, please arrange for them to be tested as soon as possible and isolate as per government guidance.

Message to Parents 12.02.2021

Dear Parents/Carers

At the end of this half term we would like to pass on our sincere thanks for the support that you have provided to the school and your children. This support throughout the pandemic has been of great value to all the staff. The kind messages that we have received from you are really valued by the staff and each one is hugely uplifting. We have a few messages to share at the end of the week. We do apologise for the length of this communication.

Year 7 Parents Evening

Bookings are now open for the Year 7 parents evening on the 2nd March. Sometimes a member of staff will teach two or more groups in year 7. If you are unable to book an appointment, please add yourself to the waiting list. If you have been unable to see the teacher during the evening and still wish to receive some feedback on your child, please can we ask that you raise a request by email to office@jths.co.uk after the evening?

KS3 Homework

We have asked staff to reduce the amount of homework set for students in KS3 over the next couple of weeks. If students have had work set this week, we have asked the teachers to extend the submission date. Only core subjects will be setting homework during the fortnight after half term. We really want the students to take a break over the half term. Of course, there may be work that students in KS4 and 5 need to complete as part of their examination courses.

Students and Parent Feedback

We are seeking feedback from students and parents about the in-school organisation we have implemented since September. We would like to gather your opinion on the changes we have made in response to the COVID pandemic. Please use the links below to access these short surveys. Your opinion is very important to us. Please complete this form by Tuesday 23rd February.

Student survey

Parent Survey

Teaching School Hub

JTHS is delighted to announce that our application to become one of 81 nationally accredited Teaching School Hubs has been successful! Teaching School Hubs will replace the 800 teaching schools from September 2021.

This is a fantastic achievement for the school, the Trust and the individuals that have enabled us to put in a strong application to receive this status. So, a huge well done to everyone involved!

School Opening and Summer Examinations

You will be aware that the Department for Education intends to provide schools with details about the wider opening of schools and the process for the awarding of grades to students in years 11 and 13. This information is due to come out on the 22nd February. We will analyse this information and provide a detailed response for our school community in due course.

Finally, we hope that you all have a very pleasant half term. Take time to be away from computer screens. Enjoy the fresh air and, above all, stay safe.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team