Once again I write to thank you for your efforts this week in helping us to prepare for re-opening! We have done many hundreds of tests (staff and students!) and you can be so proud of the children, who have been exceptional in their resilience and optimism this week.
We have one more round of testing to do, on Monday and Tuesday – and then ALL students (other than those isolating or with covid symptoms) should return to school on Wednesday 10th March.
Finally, if you are a parent of a child in Y11, I have emailed them directly this week to try to reassure them that we want them back in school again before we start the process of assessing for their final grades. We hold a lot of information already – and we have time to teach more aspects of the courses as well as make sure they have had the chance to show what they can do – but the first thing to do now is to get them back and settled so they can thrive.If you have any questions or are missing any key items of uniform or equipment, please contact your child’s Year Manager before Wednesday so we can try to help. I do need to warn you that where positive cases are identified we will still likely have to close bubbles or contact trace in line with guidelines still in place (and despite the testing) – however, we have the students all in much smaller bubbles now and we will be reminding them about the need for social distancing to try to reduce the risk of this, as well as the numbers affected when it does happen. We will also use online teaching wherever possible should it occur. You can all help to reduce this risk by not sending your child in if they show any covid symptoms (persistent cough, high temperature, shortness of breath) – this is really important still. Give us a call if you are not sure and we will advise.
We can’t wait to see them all again – you can help us to get them ready for a calm start by reminding them that everyone has been at home for some time now (teachers too!) – so we all feel a little bit of anxiety as well as excitement, but we will be fine if we all follow the guidelines, are respectful of each other and take things carefully! In the meantime – stay safe, follow the guidelines – get that vaccine when your turn comes up! – and have a lovely weekend,