Summer Term – Update 20th April 2022

We are hugely grateful to all parents and guardians across the Foundation for their support in helping us to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on school life this year.

You may be aware that the Health Security Agency has updated the guidance with relation to Covid 19 which you can find here.

Covid Testing

Regular testing, which has been a feature of school life so far this year is now at an end, and we will implement the new guidance as follows.

If your son or daughter has a high temperature and is unwell, please keep them at home until this particular symptom has passed. They should also avoid contact with others during this period. Work will be set for them by their teachers online. Pupils with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend school.

Positive Test

If your son or daughter has a positive Covid-19 test result, please keep them at home for three days after the test is taken. At the end of this period, pupils can return to school if they are well enough to do so, and they no longer have a high temperature.

Hybrid Lessons

As we transition to a new normality, it is timely to reflect upon our educational online provision. Our offer of hybrid lessons with pupils at home and at school, or with a teacher at home isolating, has enabled us to maintain continuity in teaching and learning, but we know that pupils learn best when interacting directly with their teachers. In addition, it is important that we do not normalise an expectation that pupils should be studying when they are in fact ill. To this end, there will be a change at half-term to our offer of online learning – with the caveat that any changes to the national or local situation with regard to Covid-19 may dictate otherwise – and, though we will continue to offer online lessons only in cases where a pupil is absent for medical reasons until the end of May, thereafter online lessons will cease.

Although the principal restrictions relating to Covid-19 are no longer in place, please do remain vigilant.

The symptoms of COVID-19 in children can include:

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • an aching body
  • a headache
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick

The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.

Questions about Returning to School

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