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Update from Mr Wilding - 23rd October

Posted 23rd October 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

I would like to thank you all for your support through what has been a very challenging half-term. Overall, our plans for re-opening of school have been very successful, with excellent levels of student attendance and engagement. Students across the school have settled back into a routine very well and are making excellent progress, both academically and socially. The ‘bubbles’ system has been a difficult one to adapt to and there have been some side-effects, as mentioned in my previous updates, but overall the system has worked well and has allowed us to keep the school open for all students for the vast majority of the time. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of school staff or the support of yourselves as parents and carers.

Unfortunately, our experiences of the last 48 hours have somewhat cast a shadow over the progress we have made in the last seven weeks and I want to be honest about our current situation, as well as asking for your support to make sure this does not happen again.

Up until Wednesday morning this week we had been made aware of three students testing positive for Covid-19 since the start of term. All of these students and families had followed the correct procedure and self-isolated immediately after the student became symptomatic, as well as booking an immediate Covid-19 test. As the students in these three cases had been absent from school since the onset of their symptoms, when they did ultimately test positive it was a relatively straight forward process to identify their ‘close contacts’, which were somewhere between twenty and forty students in each case. Although, regrettably, students were asked to self-isolate for a period of time in each of these cases, the potential impact on students was kept to a minimum, because the families concerned followed the rules.

Unfortunately, since Wednesday morning, we have been made aware of three further cases of Covid-19 amongst students in school, one each in Years 8, 9 and 10; these students are linked. As the published guidance on testing and self-isolation was not followed in at least one of these cases, there is the potential that one or more of these students has been in school whilst symptomatic. We were made aware of one of the students concerned returning a positive Covid-19 test result on Wednesday and the remaining two have subsequently also tested positive within the last 24 hours. This is the reason for my decision to send Year 8, 9 and 10 home yesterday as a precaution, as at the time this decision was made we only had confirmation of one confirmed positive test result, but we highly suspected the other two would follow. If that was to happen, which ultimately it has, I was not prepared to risk the potential further spread of Covid-19 infections amongst students. With these Year Groups being away from school yesterday and the INSET day today, the affected Year Groups will now have been away from school for 11 days before the start of next half-term on November 2nd.

The information we have sent out as a school since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak back in March has consistently reminded parents and carers of the guidelines related to Covid-19 and self-isolation. As well as our school website, which is regularly updated, information has been sent via our social media sites on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. My regular email updates have also reminded parents and carers of these guidelines numerous times.

It is absolutely vital for the safe running of the school that students displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 stay at home and do not attend. It is also vital that students are tested in this circumstance and that they remain absent from school until they receive a negative test result, or their period of self-isolation is completed.

I would like to thank the parents and carers who have followed these guidelines to the letter, as they have helped keep the numbers of Covid-19 related issues in school to a minimum.

I would like to remind some parents and carers of the guidelines, however, and point out the potential damage that can be caused when these guidelines are not followed.

As school will be closed now until Monday 2nd November, it is vital any positive cases of Covid-19 amongst students are reported to us, so any potential decision on students or Year Groups needing to self-isolate can be made ahead of the new half-term starting. If your child receives a positive Covid-19 test result during the school holidays, please email the school at admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk . You will receive an out of office reply to your message, which will contain a number to text the name of your child and their Form Group. Please text your child’s details to this number, together with the date they were tested. Please do not call this number or use it for any other purpose. Please only inform us of positive test results, not symptoms.
If parents and carers of student ‘close contacts’ need to be contacted over the holiday we will endeavour to do this by email to the individuals concerned and we will also post general updates to all parents and carers via the usual channels.

Please check your emails next week, together with the school social media accounts, in case there is any information we need to inform you of.

Finally, a couple of unrelated issues. Hopefully, all parents, carers and students will have recently received email links to a survey we are asking you to complete. Results will help us assess our performance as a school over the last half-term and will also enable us to prioritise areas for improvement. Please complete this survey by Monday 2nd November. Your support is very much appreciated.

Our Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening will be available on our website from the end of school today, for all parents, carers and students looking to apply to LCS Sixth Form for September 2021.

I hope you all enjoy the holiday next week, especially our students who have worked so hard over the last half-term. You deserve a break.

Thank you. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

LCS Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening

Posted 23rd October 2020

LCS Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening

The LCS Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening is now online.

You can find it under Sixth Form > Virtual Open Evening.

Positive COVID-19 Test - Year 9

Posted 23rd October 2020

An LCS student in Year 9 has tested positive for COVID-19. Relevant parents and carers of students in close contact are being informed, as per Public Health England prodecure.

To all parents and carers.

Positive COVID-19 Case - Advice from Public Health England


We have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19. The case is a student in Year 9.

After contacting the relevant agencies, we are in the process of contacting the parents/carers of students we have identified as ‘close contacts’ of the students concerned. Parents/carers of these students should receive an email (please check your spam folder), following standard Public Health England procedure, and will be given advice on subsequent action they will need to take.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/  or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you are a parent/carer of a child in Year 9 and are not contacted to inform you that your child has been a close contact with one of the students who have tested positive, your child can return to school as normal on Monday 2nd November.

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Positive COVID-19 Test - Year 8

Posted 23rd October 2020

An LCS student in Year 8 has tested positive for COVID-19. Relevant parents and carers of students in close contact have been informed, as per Public Health England prodecure.

To all parents and carers.

Positive COVID-19 Case - Advice from Public Health England


We have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19. The case is a student in Year 8.

After contacting the relevant agencies, we have now contacted the parents/carers of students we have identified as ‘close contacts’ of the students concerned. Parents/carers of these students have been contacted personally by email, following standard Public Health England procedure, and will be given advice on subsequent action they will need to take.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/  or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you are a parent/carer of a child in Year 8 and are not contacted to inform you that your child has been a close contact with one of the students who have tested positive, your child can return to school as normal on Monday 2nd November.

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Letter to Parents from Wisepay

Posted 22nd October 2020

Letter to Parents from Wisepay

Wisepay have issued a letter to parents regarding the recent security incident.

You can view it at Parents > Communications > Letters Home.

2 Positive COVID-19 Tests - Years 8,9,10 to Stay Home Thursday 22nd Oct

Posted 21st October 2020

Two LCS students in Year 10 have tested positive for COVID-19. We are working as quickly as possible to inform any close contacts of the affected students.

To all parents and carers.

We have been made aware today of 2 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with students in Year 10. We have immediately been in contact with Public Health England and have been working as quickly as possible to identify the close contacts of the first of these cases.

Thank you to those who were able to come in to take your child home so quickly earlier today for those we identified from the first case.

We will be in touch as soon as possible with the parents of those students identified as close contacts of the second case. If you do not receive any direct communication from us by the end of school tomorrow then your child will not have been identified and can return to school on Monday 2nd November. It would be advisable for your child to stay indoors tomorrow until we have had time to contact you if necessary.

We have further concern over possible further close contacts between students in Year 8, 9 and the 2nd case in Year 10. Because of this we are asking all of Year 8, 9 and 10 students to stay at home tomorrow (Thursday) as a precaution whilst we work on identifying these possible contacts. Work will be set via Go4Schools for your child.

I apologise for the disruption this will cause to your child’s education. With school closed to students on Friday and next week being half term holiday, I have taken this decision as a precaution and to prevent further potential Covid-19 infections.

I hope you understand the reason for this decision.

Please note that Year 7, 11, 12 and 13 should come to school as normal tomorrow.

Thank you for your continued support.

Advice from Public Health England

We have been made aware of two members of our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19. Both cases are with students in Year 10. 

After contacting the relevant agencies, we are now in the process of contacting parents/carers of students we have identified as ‘close contacts’ of the students concerned. Parents/carers of these students will all be contacted personally by telephone and then by letter, following standard Public Health England procedure, and will be given advice on subsequent action they will need to take.

With there being two cases in the same year group, we have made the decision to ask all Year 10 students to remain at home tomorrow. As one of the students concerned has links to other Year Groups, we have also asked students in Year 8 and Year 9 to remain at home tomorrow.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.


All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19


Do:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you are a parent/carer of a child in Year 8,9 or 10 and are not contacted to inform you that your child has been a close contact with one of the students who have tested positive, your child can return to school as normal on Monday 2nd November.

We have no information at this stage of any potential links to students in Year 7, 11 or Sixth Form. Students in these Year Groups should attend school tomorrow, as normal.

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 16th October

Posted 16th October 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

We have had another busy, but very successful week in school. I would like to take this opportunity to update all parents and carers on a few current issues.

Year 11 students have now completed their first week of Mock Exams. Their attitude, organisation and behaviour has been second to none and I would like to thank them and their parents and carers for how well the exams have gone so far. Mocks continue through next week, until Thursday 22nd October.

Our 'catch up' sessions have continued this week and additional students have been invited to our extra holiday sessions on Monday 26th October. We have had a very pleasing response to the offer of this additional support and I am sure those students who attend will benefit greatly from it.

We are in the process of contacting parents and carers of students in Year 7 and 8, with regard to the upcoming Parents' Evenings. Plans for these will be shared with Parents and Carers and there will be an option for your preferred form of communication from school regarding your child's progress. We are currently looking at several options for Parents' Evenings in Year 9 onwards and will be communicating this information to relevant parents and carers soon. Our aim is to ensure any system we use for Parents' Evenings is accessible to as many parents and carers as possible, whilst also providing the detail of information required on student progress and future targets. We are looking into a number of possibilities for this and will confirm plans as soon as they are finalised.

Our plans and resources for Remote Learning are developing at pace and we are now far better equipped as a school to set work for students to complete at home, if and when we experience positive Covid-19 cases. We are investing significantly in additional and improved technology to offer the best package of remote learning as possible, when required. This is a big challenge for teachers, particularly where classes will have students present in school, as well as some self-isolating and working from home at the same time. We are continuing to improve our remote learning provision and this work will be ongoing throughout the year.

I have spoken to all students this week about the sending of emails to teaching staff. All teachers at LCS are more than happy to receive and reply to emails sent by students, but these must be appropriately worded and sent at a reasonable time. I have reminded students to use correct language when emailing into school and that there is no obligation on teachers to reply to messages sent out of school hours. Teachers will reply to messages as soon as they can, but most teach several classes across the school and will not be able to reply immediately. Teachers also deserve a break when at home with their families, so will not reply to messages out of normal school hours. I would respectfully ask for your support with this as parents and carers.

Very shortly we will be sending out a survey for both parents/carers and students to complete. We are interested in your experiences and thoughts about our return to school this half-term and all feedback will be greatly received. This survey will be sent out via email either next week, or in the first week of next half-term.

Finally, a reminder that next Friday 23rd October is a staff INSET Day and school will be closed to students. The half-term holiday starts on Monday 26th October and students return on Monday 2nd November.

Have a good weekend.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Wisepay - Data Breach - Affected Parents

Posted 9th October 2020

Wisepay - Data Breach - Affected Parents

Littleover Community School has been informed by WisePay that WisePay have had a data security incident which adversely affected their website from 2nd to 5th  October 2020.

If you have, as a carer/parent, been affected by the WisePay data security incident you will have now been notified by the school.

Uganda Appeal - Thank You!

Posted 9th October 2020

Uganda Appeal - Thank You!

The LCS Uganda team would like to thank anyone who donated towards the money raised for the Child Africa school in Uganda.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who generously donated to our Uganda Covid 19 and Flood Damage Appeal before the Summer. Both Covid-19 and the monsoon season had a devastating impact on the lives of the families of Kabale and Equator, the Child Africa Schools in those towns and the staff who teach there. We were overwhelmed with the incredible kindness of all those who gave money to support everyone affected. We raised nearly £3000 in total which was used for different purposes as shown in the pictures below. 

Anticlockwise from the bottom: 

  • Repairs begun on CA Junior School, Kabale's retaining walls which were damaged in the flood
  • CA Centre, Kabale Coordinator Michael Kyarikunda purchasing beans and preparing them for distribution to local families
  • Head Teacher of CA Junior School, Kabale Muwanika Augustine (in red shirt) and teachers thanking Littleover Community School for their support in helping staff pay their rent. Teachers have not been paid in Uganda for many months and are at risk of eviction
  • Families in Kabale at the CA Centre (yellow wall behind) receiving essential supplies of maize flour, beans, oil, salt and soap paid for by LCS
  • Families in Equator at the Equator CA School (tree behind) receiving essential supplies of maize flour, beans, oil, salt and soap paid for by LCS
  • CA Centre Equator Coordinator Willy Muwanga and CA Junior School, Equator Coordinator Wilber Byamugisha

 

LCS Donations were used in a variety of ways to support the school.
LCS Donations were used in a variety of ways to support the school.
(Click to enlarge)

Once again, thank you for your generosity. 

Mrs Bush, Mr Pestell, Mr Moses and Mrs Chawner