As you will be aware the government announced plans to continue the roadmap plans on Monday. Therefore with effect from Monday 17 May 2021 face coverings will no longer be required for students in classrooms or communal areas in all schools, and for staff in classrooms.
Thank you for supporting the academy on our return, over the last few weeks. Students are punctual, dressed smartly in appropriate uniform, arriving well equipped and the majority are very focused and ready for learning. Students are appreciating being back in the academy with their peers and respecting the Covid requirements.
I hope you have had a restful two weeks and are looking forward to our return on Monday 12th April. This communication is to clarify the expectation for all students and staff to continue to wear face masks in lessons and all communal spaces as we were at the academy prior to the Easter break.
Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you, to you all, for your support over the challenging past few months. Parents, carers and students alike have all adapted and taken on board the changes that we have had to make and supported the academy so much during an incredibly tough time.
Another wonderful week of having students back in the academy and learning in a calm and positive environment with minimum fuss about the increased Covid requirements and expectations. This week all students have received a virtual welcome back assembly from me and thanked for their positive return.
As promised, today’s communication is in relation to the delivery, distribution and completion of lateral flow home testing. Students will receive their third supervised test this week and therefore the distribution of home testing kits will begin to be rolled out for each year group as tested. Please can I advise that all students bring a bag to the academy this week, if they do not already, as advised, to be able to transport their test kits and guidance home safely without it falling out of blazer or coat pocket.
Thank you for supporting us in such a smooth transition back to the academy over the last week. Students have arrived ready for study and completed lateral flow testing calmly and efficiently by carefully following instructions and listening to staff.
We have a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in the academy this morning identified through a Lateral Flow Test. We have followed PHE and DfE National Guidance, which we must adhere to and is in line with the Academy Risk Assessment to identify a small number of students who have been in close contact with the confirmed case. These students will need to stay at home to self-isolate for 10 days until Thursday 18 March 2021 inclusive and return to the academy on Friday 19 March 2021.
I hope you are all well and your children are as excited about returning to the academy as we are to have them back. I am very much looking forward to us re-establishing our academy relationships and community and moving forward.
I am writing to update you as promised regarding the full return to the academy week commencing Monday 8 March 2021.