* Students, parents/carers or staff members displaying symptoms of coronavirus must not enter the school.
Updated January 2022
All Academy staff and students are advised to take twice weekly lateral flow tests (ideally on a Sunday and Wednesday evening). Please report your results to both school and the NHS. You can do this by clicking here.
From Tuesday 11 January, anyone with a positive LFD result - but with no symptoms - will no longer need to book a confirmatory PCR test. (This is a temporary suspension). They should self-isolate immediately and follow Government guidelines. Information on this new arrangement can be found here .
On Monday 17 January, a change was made to self -isolation rules. Now anyone self-isolating with Covid -19 has the option to reduce their isolation period after five full days. To end isolation you must test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and not have a temperature. (For example, if your child tests negative on the morning of day 5 and also on the morning of day 6, they can return to school immediately on day 6).
What if my child falls ill?
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 self-isolate for at least five 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 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 must keep self-isolating.
- If you have symptoms, self-isolate as per current Government guidance.
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 self-isolation guidance.
Does my child need to wear a face mask?
Updated: 20 January 2022
From 20 January face coverings are no longer required to be worn in classrooms.
Face coverings should continue to be worn by staff and students in communal areas (in corridors and when queueing in the canteen) until Thursday 27 January 2022.
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 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.