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18/03/2021

Letter from Mr Mirams - 18th March 2021

Dear Parents

It is wonderful to be able to write to you all at a time when we have two schools full of children who appear to be excited about being back and mixing once again with their friends.  The staff and I have been overwhelmed with the support that we have been given by yourselves and the welcome the children have all given us on their return.  The enthusiasm for being back has been evident in every year group from Reception to the Sixth Form and it has been great to catch up with so many of them in the last week.

Unfortunately the Covid situation remains and we must remain vigilant as a school in the coming weeks, but for the first time in a while there is some hope that a return to normality could be possible in the coming months.  Therefore, I would like to clarify a number of points for you all in regard to both schools:

INFECTION PROTOCOLS:

We have now been given clear guidance in regard to Pupil and Staff Home Lateral Flow Tests.  Please inform us of a positive Lateral Flow Test immediately because from that point we have been asked to Track and Trace close contacts and inform the need to self isolate for 10 days.  The guidance to follow is shown below:

In the event of a positive home test:

  • Staff/pupils must not return to school.
  • Staff/pupils must go to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to book/order PCR test immediately after receiving a positive LFD result
  • Staff/pupils and their household and close contacts should self-isolate immediately.  They can leave their home for the follow-up test only.
  • If the follow-up test is negative, the staff/pupil and their household/close contacts can stop self-isolating.
  • If the follow-up test is positive, the staff/pupil and their household/close contacts will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the time of the positive test.
  • Once you receive your PCR test result please inform the school immediately either way at admin@st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk as this has an impact on our track and trace system for the identified close contacts.

At Primary we would ask that your child does take a PCR test if they have symptoms as we also have to make decisions over the class POD if a child is positive.  This has huge implications for people so we do need this to take place otherwise we are second guessing.  Please follow the guidance above.

A reminder the main symptoms of coronavirus 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 3 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

TEST KITS:

All Secondary pupils will be provided with two more test kits in the coming days which will take them through to next term.  Please ensure the twice a week testing continues throughout the Easter holiday on Wednesday and Sunday.

SCHOOL DATES:

We have amended dates for the following to ensure we have all the information that we need for you all:

  • ACADEMIC OVERVIEW – This will now come out to you on Friday 23rd April 2021
  • YEAR 8 PARENT EVENING – Will now take place on Monday 17th May 2021

SECONDARY EXAMINATIONS:

I would like to draw you attention to the letter from Mrs Jenkins in regard to Examination arrangements and grades.  I would also like to reiterate that all assessments from now on will be classroom based and we will not be putting pupils under pressure of Mock Examinations in the school halls.  However, pupils are now clear that what they do now is crucial to those final grades and they will get out what they put in.  They are all aware that they need to keep working hard in the next few weeks.  I have not yet decided on a date when Year 11 and 13 will complete their studies with us as I want to be certain that all of us have done the most we can to ensure the children get the grades they deserve.

YEAR 6 TRANSITION:

We are continuing to plan for a clear transition programme in Term 6 for all children joining the Secondary in September.  It is likely that we will be implementing a bespoke programme for all our children in the Year 6 class currently even if they are going to other schools next year.  Therefore, we are currently looking at the possibility of the Year 6 class coming across in Term 6 to join the Secondary.  This will enable them to get used to the school prior to September.  We will keep you informed of this in the coming weeks.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

We will continue to do what we can to ensure that school life remains as consistent as possible and that all children have opportunities to prepare for the next stages in their education.  It has already been a long year for many and it has been pleasing to see the return of the vast majority back into school.  One child turned to me the other day and said how much they had missed us.  A sentiment that is shared by all our staff and is definitely mutual.

God Bless You All.

Adam Mirams

Headteacher