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Parent Bulletin No. 27

Dear Parent/Carer

Welcome back to a new term. There is much to be positive about: all our pupils are now able to attend school, Covid cases continue to reduce, many restrictions are easing and the sun is shining. I am very much looking forward to working with our pupils again this term. Below are a few notices and updates for your attention.

Lateral Flow Self-Test Kits (LFTs)

Welsh Government have announced this week that these will now be made available to pupils in Years 7-9 as well as Years 10 and 11. Below is a summary from Welsh Government’s communication regarding LFTs:

“I would like to reassure you that this expansion is not prompted by any new concern or issue from public health evidence around pupils. The overall public health position is improving significantly and the vaccine programme is progressing at some pace. We know there is benefit in offering routine testing to help identify further asymptomatic cases and better understand infection rates. We also believe extending this offer will provide greater confidence and reassurance to everyone at a time when many will feel anxious about the return to school and the easing of other restrictions within our communities.

There are a number of important messages that I would like to emphasise and ask that you continue to remind those taking part in the testing to be conscious of:

· This remains a voluntary offer and should in no way be seen as a ‘test to enable’ or a ‘test to access’ face-to-face learning.

· All LFT results (negative, void or positive) should be reported to NHS Test Trace Protect (TTP) via the website each time a test is taken. There is no need to report test results to the school or setting unless it is a positive result.

· Take care when entering results on the website, double check to ensure the correct result is submitted. Incorrectly entering a test result can result in individuals having to isolate and take further tests or in TTP failing to reach the correct people when they need to.

· Tests should only be used by the individual that is supplied with the LFTs and only when the individual is not showing any symptoms.”

Tests are to be completed every Sunday and Wednesday and results reported via the Government portal. In the case of a positive text please contact school urgently and your household will need to self-isolate and book in a PCR test. A consent form is attached to this letter. Please could parents complete and return the consent form should you wish to take up the offer. Test kits will be distributed next week in readiness for testing to commence on Wednesday 21 April

Uniform

As we are now returning to more normal operations we have reinstated our school uniform, including ties. If this is a problem please contact your child’s form tutor or Progress Leader.

Catering

We are expanding our offer to include snacks at break times. These will be available from the Snack Shed on the yard from Monday. Water fountains remain unavailable so I recommend all pupils bring a bottle of water with them every day. Packed lunches are welcome.

Laptops/Tablets/Computers

Could I ask that any devices that were borrowed from school during the lockdown are returned to Mr Morton next week please.

Start and End of the School Day

We are still operating a staggered start and end of the school day. Can I please ask everyone to stick to their allocated time (not more than 10 minutes before they start) to avoid congestion and any possible mixing with other year groups.

Centre Determined Grades and Processes for Assessment of GCSE Students

Year 11 pupils have commenced their assessments that will support their CDGs. Whilst these are not in the form of traditional examinations they must still be completed in a very controlled manner. Attached to this letter is the guidance that we must follow as outlined by JCQ. Please check and ensure your child understands the consequences of any misconduct.

I hope you all are able to enjoy the sunshine this weekend.

Take care and best wishes.

Mr P Smith

Headteacher