* Students, parents/carers or staff members displaying symptoms of coronavirus must not enter the school.
The Academy is not open to visitors unless by prior arrangement.
Onsite testing - September 2021
Current Government guidance asks schools to test all students on their return to school in September 2021. They may return to school after their first negative test. A second test will be carried out at school three days later.
How will testing take place?
Testing will take place at East. Students will administer their own test, while trained staff oversee the process.
Lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake. Results take around half an hour from testing.This lateral flow test is a nasal swab only.
When will my child be tested?
Students will be tested in form groups with different years allocated to different days.
Friday 3 September 8.30am - 12.30pm Year 7 and 11
12.30pm - 3.00pm Year 10
Monday 6 September 8.30am - 10.30am Year 8
10.50am - 12.30pm Year 9
1.00pm - 3.00pm Sixth form
Second tests will take place (in year groups) during the school day on Wednesday 8 September and Thursday 9 September.
You will have received a letter with your child's test time.
What if my child tests positive?
If your child tests positive they need to get a confirmatory PCR test.
Your child, your household and support bubbles should also self isolate immediately for 10 days in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance.
If your child takes the PCR test within two days of the lateral flow test and receives a negative result, your child and your household can stop self isolating. However, they should continue to self isolate if:
* The PCR test is positive
* They choose not to take a follow-up PCR test
* They receive a negative PCR test result but the test was taken more than 2 days after the lateral flow test.
What if my child falls ill?
The testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
Students displaying symptoms of coronavirus must not come to school.
Anyone with the following symptoms must stay at home for 10 days. Other members of the household must stay at home for 10 days:
- 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)
- loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
All students attending school can access a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus. They are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.
A negative result means you did not have coronavirus when the test was done.
You can stop self-isolating if you test negative, as long as:
- everyone you live with who has coronavirus symptoms also tests negative – keep self-isolating if someone in your home tests positive, or has symptoms and has not been tested
- you feel well – if you still feel unwell, you may have a different illness that could spread to other people, so stay at home until you’re feeling better
A positive result means you had coronavirus when the test was done and you and anyone you live with must keep self-isolating.
- If you have symptoms, self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days.
Where a pupil tests positive, school will take advice from the local health protection team about who else may also need to self isolate for 10 days.
Other household members of that wider group do not need to self-isolate unless the child they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
Parents/carers should notify the attendance team when their child is due to return to school following receipt of a negative test or after a period of self isolation.
If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature whilst at school, they will be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance
What will the school day look like September 2021?
From September 2021 we will return to the usual start time of 8.30am and finish time of 3pm for all year groups.
A ‘two-week’ timetable will remain, which will include three double lessons each day, minimising movement for staff and students. For more details on this please visit the School Day page of our website.
Does my child need to wear a face mask?
From Monday 19 July, as the country moves to Step 4 of the roadmap, use of face coverings is no longer recommended for students in classrooms or communal areas.
Can I bring my child to school?
Parents dropping off students by car should use the bus bay on Burton Road, not the Wood Lane entrance. This can be accessed from Shearing Hill.
Parents/carers are asked to keep contact with others to a minimum at drop off and pick up.
If your child needs accompanying on to the school site, only one parent/carer can attend.
What equipment do students need?
Students need to bring the essential equipment needed for lessons: black pens, a pencil and ruler. In addition students are required to have a scientific calculator for maths.
This is to ensure that where possible, the sharing of equipment does not take place.
Students should also attend school with full water bottle as usage of the water fountains will be restricted.
School bags are allowed, but students should try and limit the amount of equipment brought to school each day, to essentials such as lunch boxes, coats, books and stationery.
What should I do if I am in a BAME group?
Public Health England published its report into disparities in risk and outcomes of Covid 19. One of its key findings related to the impact of Covid 19 on Black, Asian and Minority groups although, as yet, there has been no Government guidance in this regard. If you are a parent/carer of a child who identifies as BAME and have concerns regarding the school’s provision please do not hesitate to contact Mr Fryer via email@example.com.