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Posted on: September 1st 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We very much look forward to welcoming our pupils back in school next week.

We hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful summer holiday and that your children are looking forward to returning to school. We especially welcome our new Year 7 pupils.

After a difficult 18 months we are optimistically planning for a return to a more normal school life. Our school has undergone many changes throughout the summer holiday which will give your child access to the very best resources to support their learning. Teachers have been planning and preparing and are very motivated to be able to teach in their own classrooms and offer the full range of learning experiences once again.

Term resumes on Monday, 6th September. Registration begins at 8.55 am. Pupils need to be in school by 8.50 am. They will be met by senior staff and pastoral leaders and will be directed to their new registration classroom.

The operational guidance to schools on how to minimise covid-19 risk has changed. This letter outlines the measures we are taking to ensure the safety and well-being of all our pupils and staff.

Self-isolation and attendance at school

The guidance is as follows:

-  Any staff member or learner who has any of the 3 cardinal symptoms of COVID-19 (new persistent cough, fever and/or loss of taste or smell) must not attend the school setting but should self-isolate (see link below for guidance), arrange a COVID-19 test and notify the school of this.

- If you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, you do not need to self-isolate if you are fully vaccinated or are under 18. Therefore, such pupils may attend school

- Your child must not attend school if they:

  •   have tested positive for COVID-19
  •   have been contacted by the TTP service and told to self-isolate

-  Anyone developing COVID-19 symptoms during the school day will be sent home immediately

Lateral flow testing

Participation in the lateral flow testing process is strongly encouraged. This helps us detect asymptomatic adults and learners and ask them as individuals to self-isolate as soon as possible.

Test kits will continue to be available for all learners from Year 7 upwards. We ask that your child continues to do a lateral flow test each Sunday and Wednesday evening, and report the result to the school and the NHS via our website https://www.corpuschristihs.co.uk/1061/lateral-flow-test. Test kits will continue to be distributed as we receive them. You may also order additional kits for your household (see link below).

Anyone who tests positive using a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) must not attend a school / setting. They must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test

Covid control measures at Corpus Christi

Contact groups or ‘bubbles’ are no longer required. However, the measures below will remain in place to support the safety and well-being of all our pupils and staff.

Hand-hygiene: We will continue to promote good hand hygiene, with frequent hand-sanitation and the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it, wash your hands’ approach

Enhanced cleaning: We will retain our enhanced cleaning regime in September and review monthly

Face Masks: These will be worn by staff and pupils in corridors and communal areas. We encourage the use of recyclable high quality three layered multi-use face coverings. We will reinforce correct use i.e. covering the mouth and nose, ensuring hand hygiene before putting on and following removal. Please ensure your child brings a face-covering to school.

Toilets: We will retain designated toilets for each year group.

Classroom setting: Learners will be seated side-by-side and front-facing when appropriate; seating plans will be in place to support the track and trace process.

Ventilation: Enhanced ventilation will continue, including having classroom doors and a window open to promote air flow.

Avoid congestion: We will reinforce our “keep left” policy in corridors and stairwells to limit congestion. Access to the canteen will be staggered for each year group. Pupils will also be able to use our new outdoor courtyard space.

Recreational spaces: We will designate recreational yards or ‘areas’ outside, so that we can minimise contacts between year groups but also allow pupils freedom to be with friends.

Assemblies: We look forward to resuming assemblies and communal worship, but we will ensure spacing between different registration groups where possible.

Equipment: Pupils will be expected to bring their own equipment, including pens, pencils, ruler, calculator as a minimum. They should not share equipment with their classmates.

Contact tracing: We will continue to work with Track, Trace and Protect to identify the close contacts of positive cases of covid-19.

School transport: Face coverings should be worn by pupils when travelling on dedicated school transport.

We thank you for your continuing support as we seek to make our school a safe place for your children to learn and thrive.

Together we are the body of Christ.

Yours

 

Patrick Brunnock

Headteacher