Update 28.11.21
Following the Prime ministers announcement yesterday the DFE released new guidance to schools on 28.11.21.
(28 November – Coronavirus – Important update to all education and childcare settings and providers on the Omicron variant)

Face coverings 

Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all settings by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt.

Pupils or students (in year 7 or above) should continue to wear face coverings on public and dedicated school transport, unless they are exempt.

Testing 

All educational and childcare settings should continue to encourage staff and students to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests.

Mobile Phones

We have changed our mobile phone policy – a letter has been posted out to everyone and a copy can be found below

We ask for your support in this matter

Mobile phone letter 20.10.21

Vaccinations

Vaccination 

All eligible staff and students aged 12 and over are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters.

Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect young people and adults, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).

Information about Covid 19
The guidance is that testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools.
We are asking that all our secondary aged students have 2 lateral flow tests twice a week. We have plenty of tests in school if you would like your child to bring one home. We are no longer testing students on site.
Pupils with a positive lateral flow test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19 to confirm the result.

Whilst awaiting the PCR result you should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the lateral flow test result and you can return to school, so as long as they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

Those with a negative LFD test result can also continue to attend school.

The government guidance is that those students, who are able, wear a face covering on the school transport.

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this 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 (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please see attached the letter from the local authority, there is one for primary students and one for secondary students

If you have any questions please ring the school office.

Attendance

All pupils must attend school unless they are unwell.  If your child is unwell and unable to attend school you must inform us of the absence via the app or by contacting the school office.

Term times holidays in line with local and national guidance will be not be authorised and if you choose to take your child out of school in term time for a holiday it may lead to you being issued with a fine.

If your child has attendance below 90% they will be classed as a persistent absentee and we will engage the services of our education welfare officer to support you and your child improve their attendance.  If your child has any issues that affect their attendance then please give us a call as a matter of urgency and we will do all we can to help.

Leave of absence from school can only be granted by the head teacher in exceptional circumstances.

Pupils aged under 18 years and 6 months do not have to self-isolate if a member of their household tests positive for Covid.

Uniform

All pupils must wear full school uniform including having appropriate footwear (black shoes). A full list of uniform is on our school website. Pupils can wear the school PE kit to school on the day they have PE. However if they choose to wear their own sports gear they must wear their uniform and then change when they have their PE lesson. School uniform is available from Briendas on Muirhead Avenue – it can be ordered online.

Mobile Phones

We have changed our mobile phone policy – a letter has been posted out to everyone and a copy can be found below

We ask for your support in this matter

Mobile phone letter 20.10.21

Vaccinations

School health will be in school to complete any flu vaccinations and offer Covid 19 vaccinations to students aged 12-15.

If you wish your child please complete follow the links on the attached letters to give consent.

If you have any questions please contact school.

Information about Covid 19
The guidance is that testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools.
We are asking that all our secondary aged students have 2 lateral flow tests twice a week. We have plenty of tests in school if you would like your child to bring one home. We are no longer testing students on site.
Pupils with a positive lateral flow test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19 to confirm the result.

Whilst awaiting the PCR result you should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the lateral flow test result and you can return to school, so as long as they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

Those with a negative LFD test result can also continue to attend school.

The government guidance is that those students, who are able, wear a face covering on the school transport.

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this 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 (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please see attached the letter from the local authority, there is one for primary students and one for secondary students

If you have any questions please ring the school office.

Attendance

All pupils must attend school unless they are unwell.  If your child is unwell and unable to attend school you must inform us of the absence via the app or by contacting the school office.

Term times holidays in line with local and national guidance will be not be authorised and if you choose to take your child out of school in term time for a holiday it may lead to you being issued with a fine.

If your child has attendance below 90% they will be classed as a persistent absentee and we will engage the services of our education welfare officer to support you and your child improve their attendance.  If your child has any issues that affect their attendance then please give us a call as a matter of urgency and we will do all we can to help.

Leave of absence from school can only be granted by the head teacher in exceptional circumstances.

Pupils aged under 18 years and 6 months do not have to self-isolate if a member of their household tests positive for Covid.

Uniform

All pupils must wear full school uniform including having appropriate footwear (black shoes). A full list of uniform is on our school website. Pupils can wear the school PE kit to school on the day they have PE. However if they choose to wear their own sports gear they must wear their uniform and then change when they have their PE lesson. School uniform is available from Briendas on Muirhead Avenue – it can be ordered online.

Mobile Phones

We have changed our mobile phone policy – a letter has been posted out to everyone and a copy can be found below

We ask for your support in this matter

Mobile phone letter 20.10.21

Vaccinations

School health will be in school to complete any flu vaccinations and offer Covid 19 vaccinations to students aged 12-15.

If you wish your child please complete follow the links on the attached letters to give consent.

If you have any questions please contact school.

Information about Covid 19
The guidance is that testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools.
We are asking that all our secondary aged students have 2 lateral flow tests twice a week. We have plenty of tests in school if you would like your child to bring one home. We are no longer testing students on site.
Pupils with a positive lateral flow test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19 to confirm the result.

Whilst awaiting the PCR result you should continue to self-isolate.

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the lateral flow test result and you can return to school, so as long as they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

Those with a negative LFD test result can also continue to attend school.

The government guidance is that those students, who are able, wear a face covering on the school transport.

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this 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 (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please see attached the letter from the local authority, there is one for primary students and one for secondary students

If you have any questions please ring the school office.

Attendance

All pupils must attend school unless they are unwell.  If your child is unwell and unable to attend school you must inform us of the absence via the app or by contacting the school office.

Term times holidays in line with local and national guidance will be not be authorised and if you choose to take your child out of school in term time for a holiday it may lead to you being issued with a fine.

If your child has attendance below 90% they will be classed as a persistent absentee and we will engage the services of our education welfare officer to support you and your child improve their attendance.  If your child has any issues that affect their attendance then please give us a call as a matter of urgency and we will do all we can to help.

Leave of absence from school can only be granted by the head teacher in exceptional circumstances.

Pupils aged under 18 years and 6 months do not have to self-isolate if a member of their household tests positive for Covid.

Uniform

All pupils must wear full school uniform including having appropriate footwear (black shoes). A full list of uniform is on our school website. Pupils can wear the school PE kit to school on the day they have PE. However if they choose to wear their own sports gear they must wear their uniform and then change when they have their PE lesson. School uniform is available from Briendas on Muirhead Avenue – it can be ordered online.

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