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Year 9 Options Evening (Cancelled)

Posted 20th January 2022

The Year 9 Options Evening scheduled for 6.30pm has been cancelled. All information and presentations can be viewed online.

Good afternoon, from LCS.

A reminder that the Year 9 Options Information Evening originally scheduled to take place in school from 6-30pm this evening has been cancelled and the relevant information moved to our school website.

This decision was made and communicated to parents and carers several weeks ago and is a result of ongoing Covid-19 safety guidance.

I apologise for any inconvenience the cancellation of this event has caused.

All relevant information related to the Year 9 Options Process is available under Parents > Year 9 Options.

Thank You

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr. Wilding - 19th January

Posted 19th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent an update to parents and carers regarding face coverings.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

There has been an announcement in Parliament this afternoon that face coverings will no longer be required for students in secondary school classrooms, from tomorrow.

Given the short notice of this announcement and lack of prior warning, it would be sensible for us to wait for the full DfE announcement and guidance before changing our current rules. Full DfE guidance is unlikely to be issued to schools before the end of the working day and will need to be reviewed in detail and our own situation evaluated, before our rules in school are changed.

We will, therefore, continue with our current rules on face masks until the end of this week and I will issue a further update to all students, parents and carers on Friday.

Thank you. 

Keep safe. 

J Wilding
Headteacher

DCHST Covid-19 Immunisations Letter

Posted 11th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent a information to parents regarding COVID-19 immunisations in school.

To all parents and carers.

Good morning, from LCS.

Please see the Letter from the DCHST Immunisation Team outlining how parents and carers can consent for their child(ren) to receive the Covid-19 vaccination at LCS on Friday 21st January.

Please read the information in the letter carefully and complete the e-consent form, if you wish to, at the link included in the letter. Any students receiving this round of vaccinations must have had consent from the parent/carer through this new consent form, as no consent obtained from previous forms will be considered.

Please remember that school are providing a site for the vaccinations and are not otherwise involved in, or responsible for, the delivery of the vaccination programme. Please direct any questions about the vaccination programme to the Immunisation Team, using the contact details provided in the letter, and not to the school.

Please also be aware that students will not be collected for their vaccination individually by school staff, so must be aware on the day whether consent has been provided by their parent/carer for the vaccination. Please have this discussion with your child(ren) to ensure they are aware whether or not you have consented.

Thank you.

J Wilding
Headteacher

 

A copy of the letter can be found under Parents > Communications > Letters Home

Update from Mr. Wilding - 10th January

Posted 10th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent a reminder to parents and carers regarding the start of term.

To all parents and carers.

Good evening, from LCS.

Welcome to the Spring Term. It has been good to see students back in school today, either for on-site Covid-19 testing or for exams. We will continue to follow the published remote learning timetable tomorrow and students will begin to return to face-to-face lessons from Wednesday, with all students back in school on Thursday.

Current Covid-19 guidance

I have summarised the Covid-19 guidance we are currently following in brief bullet points, below:

  • As students return to face-to-face lessons this week, face masks will continue to be worn throughout the building, including classrooms, as was the case last half-term. As we were already doing this at LCS, the change to national guidance on face coverings doesn't impact on us significantly.
  • Staff and students should continue to test twice each week, on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, using the LFD testing kits. Additional test kits are being given to students when they attend for on-site tests this week.
  • The need for a confirmatory PCR test for asymptomatic cases has been dropped, so anyone testing positive through an LFD test should automatically self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days, with the day the positive test result was received being 'Day Zero'.Our local CCT have confirmed that someone testing on the morning of Day 6 and Day 7 could return to school on Day 7, if they have received 2 consecutive negative results, 24 hours apart from each other. Anyone returning on this basis should still continue to test daily until the end of the 10 days. Our understanding is that the above also applies to symptomatic cases who have tested positive via PCR, but I have asked CCT for this to be confirmed.
  • Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should continue to book a PCR test and isolate until results are received. I have asked CCT to clarify whether the isolation period 're-sets' if someone develops symptoms and tests positive on a PCR, after initially self-isolating from an asymptomatic positive LFD result.
  • Close contacts of Covid-19 cases do not need to self-isolate, but should take LFD tests every day for 7 days and isolate immediately if they develop symptoms or test positive through an LFD test.
  • The '90 Day rule' doesn't really apply any more, but there is no need for a student to test again this week if they have had Covid-19 since mid December. For students who contracted Covid-19 prior to this time, however, it is worth them testing again, even if it is less than 90 days since they developed symptoms.

The above has been agreed with our local CCT and we will continue to take their lead and follow their guidance on issues related to Covid-19 in school.

Covid-19 vaccinations

We have been informed that, following national guidance, the School Age Immunisation Team will be offering the second dose of Covid-19 vaccination to young people aged 12 – 15 at LCS on Friday 21st January. They are also able to offer the first dose in school, if your child hasn’t yet received a vaccination.

Consent for this round of vaccinations is through a new Consent Form, a link to which will be emailed to all parents/carers via ParentPay tomorrow. The Immunisation Team will only use this new Consent Form, so any parent/carer wishing for their child to receive this Covid-19 vaccination in school must complete the new form. Details of any consent obtained through previous Consent Forms will not be used. Please check your emails tomorrow, when this information and link to the Consent Form will be forwarded to you.

On-site Covid-testing

We have completed all scheduled testing of students in Year 10 and 11 today. Please be aware that your child's result may not be sent to you until tomorrow, but that parents/carers of any positive cases have been informed. If you do not receive your child's test result today, but have not been contacted individually by school, please do not worry as the result will be negative.

Thank you, as always, for your on going support and I look forward to seeing all students back in school to resume lessons over the next few days.

Best wishes.

Keep safe.

J Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr. Wilding - 7th January

Posted 7th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent a reminder to parents and carers regarding the start of term arrangements.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon, from LCS.

I hope you have all had a peaceful new year and that this message finds you and your family in good health.

This is a very brief message to remind everyone of the arrangements for the start of term, on Monday 10th January. As previously stated, we are operating a phased return to school for students next week, following the plans issued before the holidays. Please familiarise yourselves with this information, which can be found on our website, at the following link:

https://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/covid_jan2022.php

Students should know the time and date of their on-site LFT test and arrive at the Testing Centre through the Fresco Drive entrance gate. Students do not need to wear school uniform when arriving for LFT tests and will return home as soon as their test is completed. Results will be communicated to parents/carers via email and text message, as in previous cases. Students must wear a face covering whilst in the Testing Centre, unless exempt.

Parents/carers wishing to consent to this latest round of testing can do so at the link below. Previous consent still applies, so parents/carers do not need to complete the form if they have already done so.

https://tinyurl.com/LCS-C19ConsentFormStudent

We continue to advise all students to test twice a week using the home testing kits previously issued and new kits will be provided to all students when they take their on-site LFT tests next week. Any students with symptoms of Covid-19 should not arrive in school for on-site testing and should book a PCR test, if they have not previously done so. If students have tested positive for Covid-19 during the holiday and are within their period of self-isolation at the start of term, we would ask parents/carers to call school on Monday 10th January to inform our Student Services office.

You will be aware that government guidance has changed nationally on testing and self-isolation since the end of last term. I will issue a further update as soon as we return to school on Monday, with any relevant issues related to this new guidance.

One of the main changes to national guidance is the recommending of face coverings to be worn by students in classrooms, as well as communal areas. As this was already in place at LCS at the end of last term, there is no change to our policy and students will be asked to wear face coverings throughout the building, including classrooms, at the start of term and until further notice.

Unless there are significant further changes to national or local guidance, my next update will be on Monday 10th January.

Best wishes.

Keep safe.

J Wilding
Headteacher

January 2022 - Start of Term Arrangements

Posted 20th December 2021

A timetable for on-site Covid-19 testing and associated remote learning/ return to on-site lessons for the first week of Spring Term 2022, has been published.

Students will take their on-site Covid-19 LFT test in our Testing Centre in Form Groups. Please note the time and date of your child(ren)'s test.

Students will follow a programme of remote learning and return to on-site lessons, as per the timetable shown.

This information can be accessed via Parents & Carers > January 2022 Arrangements.

If you have consented to on-site Covid-19 testing for your child(ren) in the past, you do not need to do this again. Parents/carers wishing to consent to testing where they have not done so previously can complete the required form at the link sent to them via email.

This plan is subject to change, if national guidance for schools does not remain as it currently is. Any changes to guidance will be communicated to parents and carers through our usual channels, including over the holiday, if needed.

Thank you.

Keep safe.

J Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr. Wilding - 17th December

Posted 17th December 2021

Mr Wilding has sent an update to parents and carers regarding COVID-19 and associated matters; end/beginning of term arrangements and a message from Derbyshire police.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon, from LCS.

As we approach the end of this Autumn Term, we are continuing to see rising cases of Covid-19 in the community and an increase in students returning positive PCR tests. We will continue to monitor case numbers very carefully and, as I have stated previously, a decision may have to be made at short notice to move to remote learning for some, or all students in the last few days of this term.

As things stand, however, we are still planning for all students to finish on Wednesday 22nd December, at the times shown in my last email update.

January 2022

We have now finalised our plan for students’ return to school from 10th January 2022, taking account of the DfE guidance on providing students with one on-site Covid-19 LFT at the start of the Spring Term.

Taking account of the DfE Covid-19 testing requirements, known staffing shortages, as well as a potential rise in staff and student absence due to rising Covid-19 cases over the holiday, it will not be possible for all students to return physically to school on January 10th 2022.

Remote learning will be in place for all students at the start of the week and students will receive their on-site Covid-19 tests before returning to on-site lessons.

On-site Covid-19 testing will take place in our Testing Centre, as previously, and students should arrive at their allocated time through the Fresco Drive entrance. Once each student has taken their Covid-19 test, they will return home and parents/carers will be informed of their result via email/text message.

Students do not need to wear school uniform when attending for a Covid-19 test, but face coverings must be worn by all students in the Testing Centre, unless exempt.

Our plan is to test students in Years 10 and 11 on Monday 10th January and students in Years 7 and 8 on Tuesday 11th January. Students in Year 12 will be contacted separately by Mr Archer with arrangements for their tests.

Students in Years 7,8, 10,11 and 12 will then return to on-site lessons on Wednesday 12th January, as long as they have returned negative LFT test results and are not displaying any symptoms of Covid-19.

Students in Year 9 will test on Wednesday 12th January and return to on-site lessons on Thursday 13th January.

Planned schedule of events for the start of term in January 2022
Year LFD Test Date In-school lessons resume on:
7 Tuesday 11th January Wednesday 12th January
8 Tuesday 11th January Wednesday 12th January
9 Wednesday 12th January Thursday 13th January
10 Monday 10th January Wednesday 12th January
11 Monday 10th January Wednesday 12th January
12 TBC by Mr. Archer Wednesday 12th January

Year 13 Mock Exams will take place on site as planned, but all other Year Groups will follow a programme of remote lessons, via Go4Schools and Microsoft Teams, whilst on-site Covid-19 tests are completed.

Days and times of on-site Covid-19 tests and return to on-site lessons will be confirmed from next Monday.

Parents/carers who have previously consented for on-site Covid-19 LFT testing for their child(ren) do not have to do this again, but anyone wishing to consent to these tests having not previously done so, should complete the form via the link which has been sent out via email.

Where consent has not been given by the parent/carer, students will not attend for a Covid-19 test on-site and should return to on-site lessons with the rest of their Year Group.

These plans are obviously subject to change, if local or national Covid-19 guidance does not remain as it currently is. Any changes will be communicated to parents, carers and students through our usual channels.

Other Covid-19 related updates

National guidance around contact tracing and self-isolation has changed this week. Updated guidance states:

From Tuesday 14 December, a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 is being introduced (including until the end of this term). All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating.

As a school, we will continue to follow this guidance and would ask students, parents and carers to do the same. We have adapted our text message to parents/carers of potential close contacts to include this new national guidance, but responsibility for formally informing close contacts of all Covid-19 cases continues to be with Test and Trace.

We would also continue to encourage students, parents and carers to follow the additional local guidance from Dr Robyn Dewis, for household close contacts to self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test result.

A link to the NHS portal for reporting LFT test results is below and we would encourage all students to continue with twice-weekly LFT testing at home throughout the holidays.
https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result?utm_source=13%20December%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19

It has now been confirmed that a second dose of Covid-19 vaccination will be offered to students in schools nationally from January and before the February half-term holiday. Latest national guidance states:

NHS England have now confirmed that, as with first doses, healthy school-aged children aged 12 to 15 will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination in their school next term, as well as having the option to receive the vaccine out of school, such as through vaccination centres. These offers will run in parallel.

We would continue to encourage parents/carers wishing to book a Covid-19 vaccination for their child(ren) to do so through a community vaccination centre, until dates of vaccinations in school have been confirmed.

s with the first Covid-19 vaccination earlier this term, school is providing the facility for the NHS to deliver these Covid-19 vaccinations and is not responsible for the vaccination programme itself. Any questions related to the Covid-19 vaccination should be directed to the NHS, through the available information portals.

A message from our partners at Derbyshire Police

I have been asked to share the following message regarding E-Scooters with students and parents/carers. Please be aware of current issues and the law around E-Scooters, particularly if you were planning to purchase one as a present for Christmas!

The simple message would be that no privately owned E-scooters are allowed to be used ANYWHERE other than on private land that has no general public access and with the landowners permission. We do not wish E scooters to be purchased in good faith by parents under the mistaken belief that they can be used as a road legal form of transport. We also want anyone who owns one to be aware of the rules and not use them outside of what the law allows. If they are caught riding one they risk having the e-scooter confiscated, getting a fine and points on their driving licence (possibly before they actually get it meaning they can’t start driving until the points have expired).

Below are useful questions and answers that may help explain our message.

Derbyshire Constabulary and e-scooters

Avoid getting confused about the use of e-scooters by staying legal and staying safe. Our officers are engaging with communities to ensure people don’t misuse them.
These questions and answers should help :

I’ve just bought an e-scooter. Can I use it during the Derby Trial E-Scooter Trial?

No. All e-scooters are classed as ‘motor vehicles’ under the Road Traffic Act regardless of whether or not they are part of the trial. All E-scooter riders are subject to traffic legislation, drink and drug drive laws etc.


The crucial difference is that the Government exempted certain legal restrictions to allow the use of hired e-scooters on roads. These e-scooters are provided solely as part of the trial and can only be obtained via the operator for Derby City, a company called WIND. Only e-scooters provided as part of the trial can be used on roads -on a par with pedal cycles. They should stand out as they are painted yellow. E-scooters used in the trial are programmed with both ‘no go’ and ‘go slow’ functionality to help safeguard proper use.

Privately owned e-scooters can only be used on private land where there is no public access and permission has been granted by the land owner to do so.


The law is clear in that retailers can sell e-scooters but they cannot be sold for use on the roads, only on private land.

What happens if I use my own e-scooter on the roads anyway?

Simple – the rider risks police action for no driving licence, insurance (£300 fine and 6 penalty points), vehicle not registered/no registration number, construction and use offences to name a few……. so please don’t risk breaking the law and getting points and a fine.

What about e-scooters being used for food deliveries around the City -is this allowed?

No. The same legal restrictions for private e- scooter use apply. The riders risk committing offences simply by using private scooters on roads.

What about buying my child  an e-scooter so they can travel to and from school?

Don’t. Not only is there the road safety risk, doing so could mean the rider is stopped by police and unknowingly commits offences and risks penalty points either on their current licence if they have one or future licence when they obtain one. The only way a privately e-scooter can be used is on private land and then no driving documents are required. Many e-scooters have a maximum speed of 15.5 mph or more in some cases which can put other road users at risk particularly pedestrians.

How will Derbyshire Constabulary deal with e-scooter riders?

Police officers will be engage in improving awareness but e-scooter riders who knowing or persistently break the law will be dealt with appropriately.

Where do I find out more information?

Check out the Derby City Council Website or the Gov.Uk Website. Know the law before purchasing or using one.

Thank you for taking time to read this latest update. Please continue to check your email inbox and social media platforms for messages from school over the next week and during the holidays.

A separate message will be sent from Mrs Bunting and Miss McSkimming, related to on-site Flu Vaccinations for students on Tuesday 21st December.

Best wishes.

Keep safe.

J Wilding
Headteacher

Year 13 Reunion Evening - Cancelled

Posted 16th December 2021

Year 13 Reunion Evening - Cancelled

The Year 13 The Reunion and certificate collection evening scheduled for Wednesday 21st December has been cancelled due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

We hope to be able to hold the evening in 2022, however if you would prefer to collect your certificates from us then please contact us via sixthform@littleover.derby.sch.uk and we will try and accommodate you based on numbers on any particular day.

The LCS Sixth Form Team