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Consent forms for COVID-19 Testing in School

Posted 20th January 2021

Further to the information sent last Friday regarding Covid-19 testing in school, please return your Consent Forms as soon as possible if you are consenting to your child being tested in school.

Students aged 16 and above can consent themselves, after discussion with their parent/carer. We are planning to begin testing of students on Monday 25th January and I will be sending a further update confirming times and dates of testing for each Year Group on Friday.

The Secretary of State has this morning officially instructed schools to pause testing of close contacts. As a school, we had already decided we would not be offering daily tests to close contacts, so our position has not changed. Asymptomatic testing of students attending school will continue as planned, every 3-5 days where consent has been provided.

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Positive COVID-19 Test

Posted 20th January 2021

An LCS Student in Year 8 has tested positive for COVID-19. Parents and close contacts of the students have been contacted as per Public Health England procedure.

 

To all Year 8 Parents/Carers,

Positive COVID-19 Cases - Advice from Public Health England

We have been made aware of 1 member of our school community who have tested positive for COVID 19. The student is in Year 8. We have already contacted parents/carers of all close contacts of the students.

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 10 days.

The school remains open for critical worker and vulnerable students only 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 10 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 10-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 10 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/

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 18th January

Posted 18th January 2021

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

To all parents and carers.

Greetings, from LCS. Welcome to another working week.

A very brief update from me today, to clarify a couple of issues around Covid-19 testing in school and to make you all aware of the Ofqual Consultation on the awarding of GCSE and A level grades for summer 2021.

On Friday, you should have received an email containing information about the Covid-19 testing programme, as well as a copy of our Privacy Notice and a Consent Form. The Consent Form is a standard form which can be found on the government information portal. There is no option on the form for anyone not giving their consent, so anyone not consenting to the testing programme simply doesn't return it.

We became aware towards the middle of last week that there was considerable debate around the use of the Lateral Flow tests for close contacts. The DfE plan is for schools to test close contacts once a day for 7 days, to avoid the need for individuals to self-isolate. There is controversy around this aspect of testing, however, and some Local Authorities as well as teaching Unions are advising against schools using on-site testing for this purpose; the number of false-negatives the test could create has raised concern over it being used for testing of close contacts.

At LCS, we will be offering tests to staff once a week and to students currently attending once every 3-5 days, but we will not be offering daily tests to close contacts. As we were aware of this issue, there is no mention of close contact testing in the letter from Friday and we have removed reference to it from the Consent Form. In the event of positive Covid-19 cases, close contacts will be asked to self-isolate, as was the case last term.

You will be aware that Ofqual have launched a consultation around the awarding of GCSE and A level grades this summer. They want to hear from schools, students and parents/carers, before final decisions are made on this. If you would like to read, or contribute to, the consultation, Please use the link, below:

OFQUAL A-Level and GCSE Consultation

I will be in touch again in a few days with further updates. Please also continue to check our social media sites.

Have a good week.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Ask for Ani - Domestic Abuse Codeword Scheme

Posted 18th January 2021

The LCS Safeguarding and Wellbeing department would like to make people aware of a new government scheme for those experiencing domestic abuse.

As part of the scheme, anyone can go into a pharmacy and ask for ‘Ani’ and will then be supported by trained staff.

Ask for ANI scheme - Information

Don't forget, the LCS website has links to many other support organisations on our Safeguarding and Wellbeing pages.

Year 9 Virtual Options Evening

Posted 8th January 2021

Due to the Coronavirus situation, this year's LCS Year 9 Options Evening is a virtual event. The event comprises of several presentations and can be viewed online.

You can find the information under Parents > Year 9 Options.

Summer GCSE/A-level Exam Timetables

Posted 23rd November 2020

Summer GCSE/A-level Exam Timetables

The timetables for the GCSE and A-level exams in Summer 2021 are now available to download.

You can download a copy from the Exams page.