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End of Term Message

Dear Parents and Carers

We have finally made it to the end of a very long and challenging academic year. We would like to thank you for your support, the students for their resilience and the staff for their dedication. We hope that you enjoy the summer break.

With this being our last message of the year, there are obviously quite a number of key messages we need to share with you. To reduce the length of this communication, we have included a couple of attachments. Please read each part carefully.

The guidance for schools for the September 2021 opening, has been updated in July 2021, the link is here: Schools COVID-19 operational guidance (publishing.service.gov.uk)

We have produced a set of General Student COVID Protocols that we have written in response to this guidance is attached to this communication. We would encourage all our parents and students to read this information prior to the start of the new term in September. These protocols can be found here:

Student protocol September 2021

Start of Team

We will need to complete LFD tests students twice upon their return to school. Students are able to attend lessons following their first LFD test. In order to provide capacity for us to test the students, we are staggering the start of the school year as follows:

Friday 3rd September – Year 7s will arrive as normal for school, Year 12 will come in during period 2 in an allocated slot and stay for the rest of the day, and Year 13 will come in during period 3 in an allocated slot and then go home.

Monday 6th September -  Year 7, 12, 10, 13 in as normal. Year 10 will be tested during period 1.

Tuesday 7th September – Year 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 in as normal. Year 11 will be tested during period 1.

Wednesday 8th September – Year 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 as normal. Year 9 will be tested during period 1.

Thursday 9th September – All years. Year 8 will be tested during period 1.

Please see the attached document for more details about this:

Parents info and consent linkLFT September 2021v2

It just leaves us to say that we hope you stay safe over the summer period. We are looking forward to welcoming our new intake in September.

With very best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Positive COVID Case

Dear Parents and Carers

We have been informed that a student, who is in a class with your son/daughter has tested positive for COVID on an LFD test this afternoon. We have sent emails to those parents of students identified as being close contacts with detailed instructions about the self-isolation period.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

PCR Testing

Dear Parents and Carers

We have been asked by the Local Health and Protection Team at Staffordshire County Council to inform you that there are no PCR tests available today and maybe over weekend as the national system has run out of lab capacity to process them.  Concerns have been raised regionally and nationally on this point and the impact that this will have on the need for symptomatic pupils and staff to have access to testing, and for those with positive LFD test to get a confirmatory PCR test.

Their recommendation is that people keep trying to book through the system.  119 is very busy and struggling to cope also with current demands.

We will pass on further information as we receive it.

With very best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Year 10 COVID Update 13.07.21

Dear Parents and Carers

We have received information today that three of our Year 10 students have confirmed positive for COVID on a PCR test. Due to the number of students this directly impacts on, for operation reasons, we have made the decision to ask all Year 10 students to learn remotely from home for the remainder from the week.

Parents of children who have been identified as being a close contact of these COVID PCR positive cases will have received an email today confirming that their child will have to self-isolate until the date given on the letter.

Other close contacts of non-PCR confirmed cases must continue to self-isolate until parents receive an email to inform that that they can stop self-isolating or to continue to isolate until the date given on the letter. We will send this information as soon as we have it.

If you have not received a letter from school identifying your child as a close contact, they do not need to self-isolate but will continue to learn remotely at home.

Thank you for your patience with the messages that we are sending out. We want to ensure you are up to date with a rapidly changing situation.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

COVID Update - Year 10

Dear Parents and Carers

As you will be aware, there have been a number of positive COVID cases identified in Year 10. This has resulted in a large proportion of Year 10 students being required to self-isolate. Following advice from the Local Health and Protection Team at Staffordshire County Council we have made the decision to ask all Year 10 students to work from home, learning remotely, from tomorrow. Lessons will have an element of live delivery via TEAMS and staff will send invites for the students to join these lessons.

We are awaiting confirmation of the PCR tests. If these are negative, we would seek to bring the students back into school as soon as possible. We will confirm this with you by email correspondence as soon as we are able.

We apologise for the different messages being sent over the past few days. As you will appreciate, this is a rapidly changing situation.

Thank you in advance for your support with this.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

COVID Alert

We have been notified of positive cases for some students affecting different year groups. Please check emails for key information.

September in School COVID testing consent link

Dear Parent / Carer,

Attached is an important communication regarding the return to school in September and consent for the new Orient LFD Test.

Parents_info_and_consent_linkLFT_September_2021v2.pdf

Regards,
Mrs K. Cochrane
Head of School

September in School COVID testing consent link

Dear Parent / Carer,

Attached is an important communication regarding the return to school in September and consent for the new Orient LFD Test.

Parents_info_and_consent_linkLFT_September_2021v2.pdf

Regards,
Mrs K. Cochrane
Head of School

September in School COVID testing consent link

Dear Parent / Carer,

Attached is an important communication regarding the return to school in September and consent for the new Orient LFD Test.

Parents_info_and_consent_linkLFT_September_2021v2.pdf

Regards,
Mrs K. Cochrane
Head of School

September in school COVID Testing consent link

Dear Parent / Carer,

Following the release of the Schools COVID-19 operational guidance for September 2021, the government has stated that as pupils will potentially mix with lots of people during the summer holiday, all secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests (LFD)s, 3-5 days apart at the start of the Autumn term. 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. As a school of 1650 students, this creates a challenge for us, however we have a strong/experienced team of staff who managed this well earlier in the year.

Lateral Flow Devices (LFD)

The tests which are to be used in September are the Orient LFD, which are similar to the tests previously used apart from the fact that they are a double nasal swab only and not a throat swab.

A simple overview is below:

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Testing remains voluntary, but strongly encouraged. If consent is provided, pupils will be asked to self-swab in school and will be informed after 15 minutes.

Testing from September

Please note, the dates and timings of testing relate to your child’s new year group in September.

The guidance currently states that students will be advised to take two weekly LFD tests (after the 2 in school tests) which is up for review at the end of September by the DfE.

Testing will commence for Year 7, 12 and 13, on Friday 3rd September 2021.

Students in Year 7 arriving by bus, must report straight to the hall, test and they will be taken to their form room.

Please ask your child to wear a suitable waterproof jacket as they will be waiting outside.

Year 7 – Arrive at the hall at your allocated time slot, test, the students will be taken with their tutor to their form room and remain in school all day. Year 7 will also receive an additional personalised letter from Lower School regarding the first day.

Year 12 – Arrive at the hall during your allocated time slot (during period 2 11:30-13:30pm) take the test and go to your form room period 2. Remain in school during period 3. Students will be given their timetable when they register.

Year 13- Arrive at the hall during your allocated time slot (during period 3 2:00-3:40pm, test and return home). Students will be given their timetable when they register.

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Testing will commence for Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 the week commencing Monday 6th September 2021.

Students arriving by bus, must report straight to the hall, test and then go to their form room.

Students will be given their timetable when they register.

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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 THE NEW ORIENT LFD COVID TEST

The deadline for the submission of this form is 8th July 2021.

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

With very best wishes

Mrs K. Cochrane
Head of School