Reopening March 2021
From Wednesday 8 March 2021 the Academy will be fully reopened to students.
In the event of Covid related absences, students will be able to access lessons remotely.
Mass testing of students:
You will be aware that schools have been asked to assist in the government’s strategy of reopening society by implementing the mass Covid testing of students before they return to school, and by then supporting the roll out of home testing kits so that students can test themselves at home twice weekly.
This planned testing, designed to find asymptomatic individuals, (people who are positive but not displaying any symptoms) is, along with hand washing, face coverings and social distancing, one part of the strategy to reduce the presence of Covid in our community. The tests, whilst accurate, are not perfect, but their accuracy increases as the viral load builds in an infected person. A test may not spot an individual who has been recently infected, but it is more likely to do so as that infection develops within them; hence, regular testing as the strategy.
The aims and benefits of mass testing:
- To identify individuals who have Covid but who aren’t displaying symptoms (asymptomatic) so that they can self-isolate and help break the chain of transmission.
- To provide additional reassurance to those being tested about their own health.
- To provide reassurance to the family members and others of the health of those being tested.
Testing in school:
- Students will take three supervised tests in school (approximately 3-5 days apart). The schedule for the first test is detailed below.
- A negative first test is required before returning to normal lessons.
- There are three tests in school because research is indicating that this makes individuals more skilled at testing themselves at home and the results more reliable.
- After the third test, students will be skilled at the process and will be issued with test kits so that they can test themselves twice weekly at home.
The testing process itself:
- The tests themselves, Lateral Flow Device rapid tests, are very easy to administer and the results are available in 30 minutes. This leaflet explains how it works. The leaflet shows swabs being taken from the back of the throat as well as the nose but the tests we are conducting in school only require the nose to be swabbed. Most people find swabbing their nose more comfortable. Having done it many times myself now, it is tickly, but otherwise very simple. This video provides useful detail too.
- In school, students will swab themselves under supervision.
- Our key worker students who have been in school since January have been doing the tests each week with great success.
- Parents/carers will receive the test result via email/text message.
- Positive test result - in this instance we will contact you as your child will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
Mr D Kenrick
Remote Teaching Plan
Remote teaching is used in circumstances where teachers and/or students are having to spend extended periods of time at home. Current scenarios we are managing are:
- Teacher in school and whole class at home
- Teacher in school - some students in the classroom and some at home
- Teacher at home and whole class at home
- Teacher at home - some students in the classroom and some at home
In all of these above scenarios, the general principle is that teaching and learning will continue as usual, with lessons being delivered by teachers via Google Meets and the posting of tasks and resources in Google Classroom. Please see our Remote Teaching plan for further details.
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YEAR GROUP VIDEOS FOR REOPENING
We have also made a short video for each year group which shows the arrangements for arrival on site in the morning and has some points from me about the return. Please find a few minutes to watch it with your child.