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Term 3 2022 Information for Students Return to School

3rd January 2022

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Happy New Year to all our KEVI families and community. As you will be aware, the Government have made some announcements regarding the start of term and the reopening of schools in relation to COVID. I wanted to update you all as soon as possible so that you had all the correct information.

 

As always, our priority will be to keep staff and students safe, and we will be following all guidance that has been issued by the DFE. We will review regularly, and I will continue to communicate with you should any guidance change.

 

The new term start date is Wednesday 5th January. As you are already aware, we have been asked to conduct one LFD test for all students upon their return to school for those of you who have provided consent for your child. In order to facilitate this mass testing, we are going to make the following changes to the start of term for students:

 

Wednesday 5th January: All Year 7, 8 ,11 & 13 students return to school

Thursday 6th January: All Year 9, 10 & 12 students return to school

 

Lateral Flow testing:

Testing in school helps to boost participation and will help reduce transmission after a period of mixing over the holidays. We also asked that all staff and students continue to test over the holidays in line with national guidance and before they return to school. We strongly recommend that all our students take a lateral flow test before they return to school either on the night before or morning of their return to school and report any positive results to us. In addition, we will then conduct one test at school on your child’s day of return to school, providing you have given consent as stated above.

 

Over the term to come, students should continue to test twice weekly at home, 3-4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged. We will continue to distribute these test kits regularly to those students for whom we have consent.

 

Positive Tests and Self Isolation:

If you have a positive Lateral Flow test result, you must self-isolate, book a PCR and inform us at school immediately.

Self-isolation for a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances. You may now take lateral flow tests on day 6 and day 7 of your self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results can return to school from day 8.

 

Absence Reporting:

From the start of term, we are asking that parents and carers follow the guidance set out below for

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reporting any absence for your child. This is very important to use this procedure as the DFE require us to report daily regarding absence. The procedure set out below is being used by all schools within our Trust. If you are leaving a message or sending an email, please give the specific reason for absence (see below) and make sure this is done as soon as you are aware of the absence.

 

Please use the following code to help us understand the absence and report accurately to the DFE:

Suspected case of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Required to remain at home or isolate in line with government guidance. This includes students required to isolate after returning from abroad

Absent due to isolation for other reasons

Absence not related to COVID.

 

When you contact us to report absence, either by phone or email, please provide us with:

your child’s name

their tutor group

the number from 1-5 that explains their absence (see above.)

 

Close Contacts:

As a reminder, the guidance now for close contacts is as follows:

Young people aged between 5 and 18.5 years, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms. This is the same for vaccinated adults. Therefore, close contacts must test daily but keep attending school.

 

Face coverings in school:

From the start of term, we will be following the updated DFE guidance that was issued on Sunday 2nd January, and we ask that you support us with this and in explaining to your child the importance of this guidance. it is recommended that face coverings are worn in classrooms where students in year 7 and above are educated. The advice is short term only and builds on existing guidance for communal areas of the school which was in place in December. This new guidance is in place until Wednesday 26th January at this stage.

 

In summary:

Students should wear masks in classrooms and communal areas unless they are exempt. This includes corridors, the Hall and canteen areas unless they are eating or drinking.

Any child who is exempt from wearing a face mask should wear an exemption lanyard so that staff do not need to question or challenge.

Parents and carers should provide their child with a mask; however, we will continue to have them available to support families.

This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. This will also be a temporary measure.

Students must also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and should wear it on dedicated transport to and from school.

 

It is important that our students are well prepared following a school holiday in making a successful

return to school and you are key to their success. We want our students to be ready to learn, making the most of the curriculum we offer and taking part in the many opportunities on offer at KEVI. Please support your child by ensuring they have the correct uniform and are equipped for school. I would also ask you to remind yourselves of the KEVI Way and our high expectations of behaviour and conduct which can be found on our website. It is so important for you to understand how we will support and reward your child as well as how we tackle issues. We have clear boundaries, rules and routines because students deserve to feel safe, secure and calm in school.

 

Many thanks for your continued support. I will continue to communicate with you should any guidance change.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr J Myhill-Johnson

Principal