Welcome back to our KPHS Virtual School – I am sure you are awaiting the announcement about when schools can re-open with as much interest as I am! Both my daughters are desperate to go back to school and I so much want our children back here too, so I will be watching the news later on today to find out what is likely to be expected of us all.
As seems likely, schools are going to re-open more fully this half term and from March 8th – however, we do not yet have the full details of what the expectations of us will be around testing and I do want to just send a slight warning that KPHS is a big school, so if the expectations is that tests are to be offered to all in some form before they return, then it may be that we have to arrange some sort of stagger in order to do this properly. You will remember that in January we had planned a covid-induction to our new bubbles and timetable – so it is possible we will try to use this plan or a similar version of it to accommodate the return of the students to school safely when we have more information – but as always, you can be assured that whatever is asked of us we will ensure the safest return possible, in the shortest amount of time!
In terms of helping us do this, you can let us know via our website here if you give permission for your child to be tested – this allows us to better understand the logistics of any return and to speed things up. You can also help yourself and the community as a whole by making sure that you take up your vaccine invitation if and when it comes – and if you are over 80, or have a relative who is, and has not yet had it you can now contact your GP or the national booking service to secure yours. If you have had an invitation for a vaccine but could not take it up for any reason, I would also encourage you to contact your GP to rearrange your appointment. I am very aware that there is some misinformation about these vaccines circulating and that can be frightening – if you are worried you can view some information here https://youtu.be/wg00_7vSQis which might help, and if you feel you have questions and would like to talk to someone about them, please go to your GP, talk to your local community leaders and councillors or even get in touch with me and I will try to point you in the right direction if I can. All the evidence we have suggests vaccines are safe and carry very low risk indeed even from mild side effects – and especially when compared with the very high risks that covid represents. My mother, aunts and uncles, all aged over 75, have had the vaccine, my very good friends in one of the most vulnerable groups have had theirs and my husband will be in one of the next groups to be offered one – he too will have it gladly and without fear, as will I when it is my turn and my children when the time comes for them.
I hope that the students have all found their way back online this morning for their lessons – they are doing brilliantly as always and we are so proud of them. I will be in touch again later in the week when we have some more details for you about how and when students will return. In the meantime, stay safe as always, look after each other and enjoy your week.