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COVID-19 Update 22nd September

Posted 22nd September 2020

Mr Wilding has issued an update: Parents/carers of year 10 students who were in close contact with the student that tested Positive for COVID-19 have now been contacted and these students should now self-isolate as per Public Health England guidance. Other year 10 students should attend school as normal.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

Thank you to all Year 10 parents and carers for your support today. I can confirm that all students identified as 'close contacts' of the student testing positive for Covid-19 have now been informed by school. Parents and carers have been called individually and a follow up email has also been sent, containing information and advice from Public Health England. These 'close contacts' will now self-isolate as per Public Health England guidance. I would like to thank all parents and carers of these students for their understanding and support. Work for students will be set using the Go4Schools system during their self-isolation period.

If you have a child in Year 10 and have not received this telephone call and email from school today, your child can return to school tomorrow. Other Year Groups should continue to attend school, as normal.

A reminder to all parents, carers and students that face masks will now be mandatory inside the school building from tomorrow, apart from during lessons. Students should wear a face covering when moving between lessons, at break and lunchtime inside the building and whilst queuing for food and toilets. Face coverings are not mandatory when students are outside of the school building. Details of acceptable face masks are shown on our website.

This decision is not one we have taken lightly and is a result of several factors. As I stated yesterday, if you wish your child to be exempt from wearing a face covering please contact us via email at admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk and mark your email for attention of Ms C Barrows, School Medical Officer. We will continue to keep our policy on face coverings under constant review and may change our position at any time, if circumstances change.

Finally, I have attached two useful links for parents and carers from the NHS and DfE. The first link, below, is to a useful website summarising guidance for parents and carers if their child is unwell and cannot attend school.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

This second link is to government guidance for parents, translated into several languages.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term-translations-for-parents-and-carers

Thank you again for your continued support. It was inevitable we would be faced with this situation at some point, with rising infection rates nationally. It is something we were ready for and will no doubt have to deal with again. Your support as parents and carers is vital for us and is something we will need to maintain.

Best wishes.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

COVID-19 Update 21st September

Posted 21st September 2020

Year 10 students should remain at home on Tuesday 22nd September, after a Year 10 student tested positive for COVID-19.

To all parents and carers.

Good evening from LCS.

We have been informed this afternoon of a positive Covid-19 test for a single student in Year 10. This student was not in school today, but was in school without displaying symptoms last Friday.

Public Health England advice is to trace back 48 hours from the student becoming symptomatic and to identify their 'close contacts' from this time; in this case, we are tracing back to last Thursday 17th September. As we were not informed of this positive test result until after the end of the school day today, we are currently working to identify who these students are, using student timetables and staff seating plans. The default position from Public Health England is not to advise all student 'bubbles' to stay at home, but given the time scale we are working to we cannot guarantee that all potential contacts will be identified before the start of school tomorrow. 

We are therefore asking all Year 10 students to remain at home and not attend school tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd September. Year 10 students should remain in the home, although there is no need for other family members to self-isolate unless they are displaying symptoms. This is a precautionary measure, but will allow us time to inform all contacts of the student concerned, without the need for students to be sent home during the school day. Staff will identify those student 'contacts' throughout tomorrow morning and parents/carers will be sent a copy of a letter via email advising them of action they need to take. Parents/Carers who have not received this 'close contact' letter by the end of school tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd September, can send their child(ren) back to school on Wednesday 23rd September, unless additional announcements are made.

Students in all years other than Year 10 should attend school as normal tomorrow. Staff will be asked to set work for Year 10 students tomorrow using the Go4Schools system.

Below is a letter from Public Health England to all students, parents and carers. This is a general letter we have been asked to share to all students and parents. A further letter will be sent tomorrow to all 'close contacts'.

Prior to receiving the information regarding this positive Covid-19 case, we had made the decision as a school to enforce the wearing of face masks in the school building from Wednesday 23rd September. Face masks will be compulsory from Wednesday in all indoor areas and food/toilet queues, including break and lunch times and lesson changeovers. Students are not required to wear face masks in lessons or when outside of the building. This decision has been made with thought to a changing weather forecast later this week, meaning that more students may be in the building at break and lunch times. It is also a response to this morning's government briefing and concern over rising Covid -19 cases nationally. 

If your child is exempt from wearing a face mask for medical reasons, please email us at  admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk  and address your email to Ms C Barrows, Medical Officer.

Please refer to our website for photographs of acceptable face masks, which must be of plain colour and of the elastic ear-fitting style; bandanas and scarves are not allowed.

Further updates will be issued tomorrow.

Thank you.




Advice to All Parents - Single case

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

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 to provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

he small number of children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will receive an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days; this will be done duirng the school day tomorrow. All students in the relevant Year 10 'bubble' have been asked to remain at home tomorrow and not to attend school as a precautionary measure.

The school remains open to all other Year Groups and your child should continue to attend 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 communityIf 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/

Yours sincerely

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 17th September

Posted 17th September 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Greetings from LCS.

We are almost at the end of the second week of term and students are now beginning to fully settle into the routine of school. We are already seeing progress being made with 'catch up' and we will be informing you of our formal plans for this very soon; we are hoping to begin formal 'catch-up' sessions with Year 11 within the next few weeks. Our main focus continues to be student welfare and seeing students happy and enjoying school again is the most important thing at this time.

Attendance continues to be very good and has been around 93% so far this week. Some students continue to be absent due to quarantine after returning to the UK from abroad at the end of the summer holiday; most of these students should return to school by Monday. Other students are self-isolating due to family members exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms, although they are not themselves symptomatic. A very small number of students are currently absent with potential Covid-19 symptoms and are awaiting test results. All other student absence is non Covid-19 related. As I am writing this email to you, we continue to have no positive cases of Covid-19 amongst students or staff. As I have said before, however, this situation could change at any time.

The best current source of information related to Covid-19 can be found at the link below. This web page includes several sub-sections of information and covers most of the questions people have about the virus and how to register for a test.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

From our perspective as a school, it remains vital that parents and carers communicate regularly with us and that students displaying Covid-19 symptoms do not attend. Thank you all for your cooperation with this so far.

To ensure we have up to date contact details for all parents and carers, we would be grateful if you could contact us if you have recently changed address, telephone number or email address. If you have changed any of your details recently, please email us at admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk and mark your email for the attention of Ms K Wilson, Student Services Manager.

Finally, I have been asked to remind students that face masks are currently compulsory when entering shops throughout the country. Although face masks are strongly advised in school, students cannot enter shops on the way home from school if they are not wearing a face mask. I would be grateful if you could remind your child(ren) of this, to avoid issues in our local community.

Thank you all for your ongoing support.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 11th September

Posted 11th September 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out a message to parents and carers with an update after the first week back at school.

To all parents and carers.

Greetings, from all at LCS.

We have had a tremendously successful first week back at school and as staff we have been delighted to see students again. The atmosphere around school has been happy and positive and students have settled back well into their new working routines. Attendance this week has been above 98% across the school, which is testament to our students' enthusiasm and desire to return to work. It really has been a pleasure to be around them this week.

We have found some issues with our plans, which we expected when students returned, and have made adjustments as the week has gone on. We will continue to make required changes when necessary and would thank students for their patience and understanding.

The situation with students arriving and leaving the school site has improved each day, but there are still too many students arriving to school early in the morning. I have received several emails from members of the local community concerned about this, as students are blocking the pavement particularly at the Pastures Hill entrance. School staff are now at each gate from 8-15am, but I would once again ask students and parents not to arrive at school until their designated start time, as students cannot be allowed on to site before this time in order to maintain 'bubbles'.

The roadworks on Pastures Hill, we believe, will move along the road at some point next week and will further effect parking and movement of traffic outside the school site. Once again, we ask parents not to park directly outside school, in the interests of student safety.

As I have previously stated, our policy on the wearing of face masks is under constant review. As yet, we have had no confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst students or staff and next week's weather forecast again looks promising, which will allow students to be outside as much as possible when not in lessons.

We have made an adjustment to our face mask policy for students in the Sixth Form, who will now be required to wear a face mask when in the common room during social times; this has been communicated to all Sixth Form students, parents and carers by Mr Archer.

With news of rising Covid-19 cases nationally, it may be a matter of time before LCS has our first confirmed case. The government guidance on face masks in schools may change soon, or it may become clear that we will need to change our guidance to make face masks compulsory at LCS. I would reiterate that face masks are strongly advised in communal areas around school and remind students, parents and carers that this guidance could change at short notice.

Thank you all for your support in making this week such a positive experience.

Best wishes. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Sixth Form Rules Adjustment from Monday 14th September

Posted 11th September 2020

Sixth Form Rules Adjustment from Monday 14th September

In response to the current rise in Covid 19 cases among young adults and our observations of student movements in the first few days of term, we have decided to make 2 changes to our Covid rules relating to the 6th Form to try and ensure we can keep our students and staff safe.  These changes will take effect from Monday 14th September.

You can find out more about the new rules under Sixth Form > September Reopening > COVID-19 - Sixth Form Information

 

Job Vacancy: Part-time Teacher of Science (Chemistry) - MPS

Posted 11th September 2020

Job Vacancy: Part-time Teacher of Science (Chemistry) - MPS

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Part-time Teacher of Science (Chemistry) - MPS.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Finance and Administration Assistant

Posted 9th September 2020

Job Vacancy: Finance and Administration Assistant

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Finance and Administration Assistant.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Update from Mr Wilding - 8th September

Posted 8th September 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out a message to parents and carers with an update after the first day back at school.

To all parents and carers.

Good evening from LCS.

I would like to thank and congratulate all students for their outstanding conduct on their return to school today. It has been a pleasure to work with them and they deserve great credit for the way they have approached their return to school. We hope they will now settle back into the required routine which, in itself, will enable them to catch-up on any gaps in their work from last term. Attendance has been extremely high, with very few students absent.
There have been some issues with the organisation of today, most of which could not have been foreseen until students returned to school. With several of these issues, your support as parents and carers can make a big difference for us and would be appreciated.

Arrival times

A number of students arrived before their stated start time this morning, causing groups to form at the gates. Although students maintained social distancing and behaved well, this is something our planning is designed to avoid. Please discuss this with your child(ren) and encourage them to arrive at their stated time, rather than before. Start times and correct entrances are all stated in our information on the website.

School meals and food accounts

Unlike some schools, we are aiming to continue a school food service at both break and lunchtime for all students. We have constructed several new serving areas for this purpose, which are open at both break and lunchtimes. Please remind your child(ren) that food is available at both times and that they can buy food at break time if they wish, to avoid the longer lunch time queues. As stated in our previous communications, we are asking parents and carers to use Wisepay when adding money to student food accounts. A number of students arrived today with no money on their accounts and have been provided with temporary overdrafts. We would be grateful if all parents and carers could check their child(ren)'s Wisepay accounts this evening, as we have a very restricted capacity for accepting cash with the current restrictions. We would not want students to have issues purchasing food in school, at any time.

Face masks

As previously stated, face masks remain strongly advised in communal areas around school. If students choose to wear a face mask they must follow the safe-use guidelines, as shown in the WHO guidance. Our policy on face masks is under constant review and may change at any time.

Leaving the school site

Our biggest issue today has been with students leaving school at the end of the day. Our staggered finish times and designated entrance planning is designed to ease the potential for conjestion as students arrive at and leave school. The situation has been complicated by the ongoing roadworks, which will remain until at least September 16th. The situation is also not helped by the number of parents and carers parking outside school at the end of the day, despite my previous requests not to do so. I would once again respectfully ask all parents and carers to think about whether it is necessary to park outside school and to consider the potential impact this is having on student safety. Cars parked on already narrow pavements are a safety issue and with current roadworks there is the potential for long traffic delays if cars are parked outside the school site. Ultimitely, I am asking for the support of all parents and carers for the sake of all students in the school.

We are aware of the congestion as students left school today, much of which was caused by the sheer number of students leaving school for the first time since March. We are aware, however, that our plan of staggerered finish times may need to be changed to address this issue and we will continue to review the situation over the next few days. Staggered finish times will need to remain, but if there continues to be an issue with numbers of students leaving school via Pastures Hill, we will need to change these plans to reduce the problem.

If and when changes are made to these arrangements, I will let you know in sufficient time.

Thank you for your continued support. I will issue further updates before the end of the week.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

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