I hope that you have had a good Summer and that you are all well. I have delayed writing this letter as I wanted to see what changes would occur over the holiday period so I could give you the most up to date information regarding the plans for returning to school.
As it stands, we are intending for our Year 7 and 11 students to return to school on Friday the 3rd of September, with all other Year groups returning on Monday the 6th. We are expecting all students to be fully prepared for their learning and be in all of the correct uniforms; either the new style uniform or the old one. All year groups should go to their tutor rooms other than Year 7 who will meet in the school hall on their first day.
However, the government is urging schools to provide an Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS) for students who are returning to school to be tested using a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) under supervised conditions. These tests will be done twice with a three to five-day period between each one. Therefore, we are offering bookable appointments on Thursday the 2nd of September for Year 7 and 11 pupils and Friday the 3rd for other year groups. Obviously, this first appointment is before the students return to school and therefore, they will be required to make their own way to and from the appointment as the process will only take 30 minutes and then they are to return home. In addition, should the result be positive, they will be expected to be collected immediately and go straight into isolation for 10 days. Students should be dropped off and picked up at the school carpark.
Before we broke up for the holiday, all students who attended our school were offered additional LFT kits to go home with. I am sure that there will be many students and parents who would prefer to use this instead of booking one in school before returning to school. Again, should the test result be positive, they are expected to then book a PCR test and isolate for 10 days following a positive confirmation or return to school if negative.
I also need to reiterate that the Lateral Flow Tests are voluntary and we are not insisting that students have to have them.
If you do wish to book a test on-site, please find the permission form here which must be filled in along with a link to book your appointment, which can be found here. Should there be no appointments available, then we will endeavour to test your child on the first day they return to school.
Obviously, we are trying to help all students return to our school safely whilst minimising disruption as we are all very eager for our school community to get back to some form of normality.
I look forward to seeing you all over the next couple of weeks and hope that you have a great last part of the holidays.