Parent Bulletin: 17.09.2021
17th September 2021
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Dear Parents and Carers
We have some particularly important messages for you this week.
Covid Cases in School
At the end of this week, we have 23 cases of coronavirus among the pupil body, confirmed by PCR tests. We have spoken with Public Health England about this and are informed that no further measures above those outlined in our current risk assessment are necessary at present. Thank you to everyone who has been testing their children and reporting the results. Last week this only represented 58% of our pupils. Home testing and identification of asymptomatic cases is our main defence for our pupils against the virus.
Test at home - LFD testing
Please continue to test on WEDNESDAY and SUNDAY evening
Please log results on TestRegister- we will be notified. Please book a PCR immediately if you get a positive result.
Get a PCR test if your child/ someone in the household displays Covid-19 symptoms
If your child or anyone in your household has: loss of taste/smell, a high temperature or a new continuous cough, isolate and book a PCR test ASAP.
Please let us know by completing this form: Covid 19 Information
We will support any family who choose to keep their child off while someone else in the household undertakes a PCR test and awaits the results. We will confirm this with you on a case-by-case basis.
Your child should have brought home a letter about the FLU vaccination that will be offered in the College to all year groups in the coming weeks. The Government recommends that all pupils have this vaccination. Please read the information and return your completed consent forms as soon as possible.
The Government has announced that Covid vaccinations will be offered to all young people aged 12 to 15 this autumn. We do not have any dates for this at present. NHS leaflets are available to provide more information to parents, carers and eligible young people on the vaccine, including how it works and what to expect after having the vaccine. We will let you know more information on this process as soon as we receive it.
Save Travel to and from School
We are receiving daily reports of our pupils cycling/scooting dangerously and inconsiderately on their journeys to and from school. If your child cycles or scoots to school, please discuss with them the importance of safe and careful cycling: drivers are reporting near-misses with alarming frequency.
At present, cyclists have to use the congested and dangerous road along Swansley Lane, or push their bikes on the footpath. A parent has started this online petition to have the cycle-path extended from the cricket pitch, along Swansley Lane to the school gates. This is something the school has been pursuing ever since opening and your support for this would be very welcome.
Pupils’ exit from school along Swansley Lane is made much more hazardous by parents continuing to use it when picking up children. Please use the main car park if your child is unable to make the journey to and from school independently.
On a much more positive note, pupils have returned with very positive attitudes to learning and many are staying for after-school activities. Thank you for all your support in sending them in with such smart uniform.
We wish you all a very pleasant weekend,