Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents/carers.
To all parents and carers.
Good afternoon, from LCS.
We are in the last few days of what has been a very long and tiring term, both for our students and staff.
I have been delighted with how well students have returned to school over the last few weeks and hope we can now have a Summer Term without interruption, to allow us to further re-establish consistency and routine to our working lives.
Thank you, once again, for your support of the school throughout the last term. It has been another massive challenge for us and one we may not have been able to achieve without the support of parents, carers and the wider school community.
The government have recently re-stated their position that the current policy around face coverings in the classroom will be reviewed for the start of the Summer Term. If this policy does change, I will update you all further ahead of April 19th.
We have been more relaxed than we would normally be over school uniform in the last few weeks, to reflect the ongoing closure of retail outlets and the increasingly difficult financial situation many families find themselves in. We will be looking to return to our usual expectations around uniform at the start of next term, however, and I would ask parents and carers to address any issues, particularly over trousers and shoes, before students return to school after Easter.
Students have not required PE kit so far this year, as we have adapted our curriculum to reflect Covid-19 guidelines. We would like, if possible, to return to more 'normal' PE lessons at some point next term, which will involve a return to students wearing PE kit. If this happens, we will provide enough notice in advance as we possibly can. Any return to 'normality' in school, however, is clearly dependent on government guidelines.
Covid-19 Testing Over the Holidays
As I stated in a previous email, the DfE have asked that Covid-19 home testing continue over the Easter holiday for students and staff. Please continue to report negative cases to the NHS via the instructions in each home-testing kit. Also, please inform school through the link which has been emailed to parents and carers.
During the school holiday from Friday 2nd April to Sunday 18th April, any reporting of positive Covid-19 cases should follow the same procedure as during the Christmas and February half-term holidays.
If your child develops symptoms of Covid-19 within 48 hours of last being in school and ultimately receives a positive test result, please contact us using the school telephone or email system (admin@ address) between 10am and 11am from Friday 2nd April to Sunday 18th April.
Please remember that students testing positive from a home Covid-19 test must book a confirmatory PCR test immediately. There is no need to contact school unless the confirmatory PCR test is returned as positive.
When you call or email school, you will receive a message containing a dedicated telephone number for you to text a message including the following information:
- Your child's name and Year Group
- The date they first became symptomatic
- The date you received the positive test result (PCR)
- A contact number for a member of school staff to call you back
There is no need to contact us if your child develops symptoms more than 48 hours after last attending school.
This guidance applies to students attending school over the Easter holidays for our Easter Revision activities, as well as all students in school up to the end of term on April 1st.
As previously requested, students attending our Easter holiday sessions should conduct a home Covid-19 test the night before they are due to attend school and must not come in if the result of this home test is positive.
If your child(ren) or any member of your household has symptoms of Covid-19 or is awaiting a test result, please do not send your child into school for Easter sessions, if invited, or at the start of the Summer Term on April 19th.
INSET Day Cancellation
A reminder that the INSET Day originally planned for 19th April has been postponed to the start of June, so students should all return to school on Monday 19th April.
Mrs Bunting has recently emailed all students in Y7-13 with a Microsoft Forms survey, which should be completed and returned by tomorrow (Wednesday). Please encourage your child to complete and return this survey, so their views about current events in school can be taken into account.
Mrs Bunting has also emailed Y11 students with a second survey, asking about the revision sessions they would like to attend next half-term. Again, all Y11 students should complete and return this survey by tomorrow (Wednesday).
Easter Holiday Activities
We have now filled all available spaces for our Easter holiday activities and students attending will be contacted by Mrs Craig over the next few days. Derby City Council is running various events over the Easter break, details of which can be found at the link below:
I very much hope all staff, students, parents and carers can find the time for a well-deserved rest over the forthcoming holiday and that, hopefully, rules will allow us all to spend more time with our family and friends.
I wish you all a happy holiday and look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday 19th April.