Wednesday, 30 September 2020
As promised this week’s update is more concise, and I will be focussing on Covid-19 related information only.
Should my child be in school?
Unfortunately, we have had students sent into school when they should have been isolating at home. I appeal to all parents/carers and students to ensure they have a good understanding of public health guidance regarding Covid-19 symptoms, test results, and if other members of your household are affected.
Very clear guidance can be found here: https://kingswaypark.org/additional/letters-covid-19-advice-for-parents/ and if you have any questions, please contact school before sending your son/daughter in.
Please remember if any member of your household has tested positive or has any of the symptoms, the household should isolate, and you need to contact the school to arrange the date for your child to return to school. The symptoms 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 three 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.
Positive Covid-19 Case Updates
As is the case with many schools in the North West, we have also had a number of positive Covid-19 cases. We inform parents/carers whose children are directly affected by text at the first opportunity and we will inform the rest of our whole school community in these weekly updates. The summary of current cases is:
> Y11: 1 case – the whole of Y11 are isolating and will return Friday 9th October
> Y10: 2 cases – the whole of Y10 are isolating and will return Wednesday 7th
> Y8: 1 case – Y8 H Band ONLY are isolating and will return Friday 2nd October
> Y7: 1 case – Y7 H Band ONLY are isolating and will return Monday 5th October
Please note: return dates of individual students may be slightly different, and you will be informed. For example, if they have socialised with the positive case student outside of school.
Our new Covid-19 webpage is now live for parents/carers: https://kingswaypark.org/parents__students/covid-alerts/
We follow all public health guidance before sending students home for periods of isolation and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents/carers who have shown their understanding and quickly responded to ensure their child observes the isolation rules very closely. We ask our students to consider the impact on the whole community if isolation rules are broken and implore students to stay inside the family home for the entire duration of their isolation.
Students isolating at home are provided with carefully designed learning activities to ensure progress from each lesson is maintained and teachers expect this work is completed to a high standard to allow the class to continue their learning as soon as they return to school. We appreciate the support from all parents/carers who are checking their child is keeping up to date with their remote learning.
All isolating students will receive a weekly ‘Keeping in Touch’ phone call (usually on a Wednesday afternoon) from their personal tutor. As always, please do keep school updated if you make any changes to your contact details; now more than ever, it is essential that school can contact parents/carers as quickly as possible.
I do hope you find these weekly updates helpful and thank you again for your continued support as we work hard to maintain the balance of high-quality education and outstanding pastoral care at Kingsway Park High School.
Mr I. Carey