Update from Mr Wilding - 5th March 2021
Posted 5th March 2021
Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents/carers.
To all parents and carers.
Thank you for the messages of support since my appointment as permanent Headteacher was announced this morning. My promise to all parents and carers and to the wider school community is that I will always do everything I can to make LCS the best school it can possibly be and that my most important priority at all times will be the safety and wellbeing of our young people.
Now, back to business!
Covid-19 testing in school begins of Monday 8th March and all consenting students will be tested the day before their Year Group returns for face-to-face lessons. Please double-check the time and date of your child's test by referring to the information on our website at https://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/covid.php
As previously stated, there will be no access for parents and carers onto school premises during Covid-19 testing and anyone bringing students by car should park on Pastures Hill or Fresco Drive and allow students to walk onto site. We would encourage as many students as possible to walk to school for their test, especially students in Year 10 upwards. If parking on Fresco Drive, please respect local residents and do not park on verges or block drives.
For the parents and carers enquiring about home-testing kits for students, these will begin to arrive in school next week and will be given to students once they have been tested in school 3 times. Students who have been attending since January in the vulnerable/critical workers groups will receive their home-testing kits first and, as they have already had more than 3 tests in school, can begin home-testing immediately. For all other students, home-testing kits will be issued after their 3rd school test, which will be after 15th March at the earliest.
To assist students in preparing for school-based testing, I have re-attached a link to a short film by the University of Durham, which shows how to conduct a LFT Covid-19 test.
Schools have been advised not to order additional home-testing kits for wider use by families of school-age children. This most recent government announcement is separate to our school-based testing and kits will be available from numerous sources. Additional information on this is contained in the document below:
A couple of additional reminders for parents, carers and students ahead of return to lessons next week:
- Students are now required to wear face coverings in lessons, after changes to national guidance. Our rules on acceptable face masks are as they were before the Christmas holiday and can be found on our website. Face masks should be a plain colour, fabric or disposable, and fit behind the ear. Students who need to wear a different style of mask for medical reasons are permitted to do so.
- Any money on student food accounts on Wisepay will still be there from last term. Please check your child's Wisepay account before they return to school and ensure there are sufficient funds available, as we still cannot accept cash due to Covid-19 restrictions.
- As previously stated, when students return to face-to-face lessons they should wear full school uniform and arrive at the same gate and at the same time as they did before Christmas. All of this information can be found on our website.
Finally, I need to alert all parents, carers and students to a change in the school Diary for the start of the Summer Term. We have a staff INSET Day scheduled for Monday 19th April which we now need to move to later in the year, with the recent announcement from Ofqual on how GCSE and A Level assessments will be carried out. The date of 19th April was decided on the basis of existing GCSE and A level examination schedules, which have now been cancelled. The scheduled INSET Day on 19th April will now, therefore, be moved to later in the Summer Term and a date will be confirmed as soon as possible. Monday 19th April will revert to being a normal teaching day.
I apologise for any inconvenience this will cause, as I clearly did not want to have to change school calendars which were agreed and published some time ago. As a school, we have not taken additional INSET Days through the Covid-19 pandemic, which schools have been offered the chance to take and some have done, but the date of this final INSET Day of the academic year was no longer viable for us given changes to the GCSE and A Level assessment schedule. As soon as we have a new date for the INSET Day, I will let you know, but it is likely to be at the beginning of the final half-term of this year, after the May holiday.
We now rest over the weekend and prepare for what promises to be a challenging few weeks ahead. Over the next 3 weeks we will be conducting thousands of Covid-19 tests for students and staff and there will inevitably be issues with this. We are doing what we can and trying our best in very difficult circumstances and I apologise in advance if things don't go quite to plan; we have foreseen most of the problems we may face, but the last 12 months has shown us that nothing is ever certain!
Enjoy your weekend.