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Update from Mr Wilding - 30th April 2021

Posted 30th April 2021

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

To all parents and carers.

Greetings, from LCS.

With Monday 3rd May being a Bank Holiday, school will be closed and students will return on Tuesday 4th May.

We would ask all students currently home testing for Covid-19 to continue to test on Sunday evening as normal and for the result to be reported to school by 10am on Monday morning, at the latest.

The link for reporting of home Covid-19 testing has been emailed to parents and carers.

The number of home tests being reported to school is still relatively low and I would stress again the importance of reporting test results, both to school and to the NHS.

As always, if your child has tested positive for Covid-19, either through a home test or PCR, please also inform school by telephoning 01332 513219 as soon as you receive the positive result, or before the start of the school day if this result is received outside of school hours. If your child tests positive for Covid-19 over the Bank Holiday weekend, please call before the start of the school day on Tuesday morning.

If your child tests positive for Covid-19 through a home test, please remember to follow the current NHS guidance on immediate self-isolation and to book the confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible. Any student receiving a negative confirmatory PCR test result within 2 days can return to school, as can any identified close contacts.

I will be emailing all parents and carers within the next few weeks with an update on current developments in school. We are hoping to be able to 'unbubble' after the government announcement on 21st June, but this is clearly dependent on a number of factors, both locally and nationally. We will also be looking to consult all parents and carers on several issues ahead of the start of the new school year in September, more details of which I will be explaining in due course.

I hope you all enjoy your long weekend.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Home Covid Testing

Posted 23rd April 2021

In order to keep track of COVID-19 at LCS, home testing kits are available for students to test twice a week.

Regular testing and reporting will enable us to minimise the disruption caused by Coronavirus.

COVID Home Testing Campaign Poster

COVID Case in Year 7

Posted 22nd April 2021

An LCS Student in Year 7 has tested positive for COVID-19. Parents and carers of close contacts have been informed.

To all parents and carers.

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school. This single case is with a student in the Year 7 ‘bubble’.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have been quickly identified and parents contacted.

Please continue to follow local and national guidance on controls related to Covid-19.

More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Yours sincerely,

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Science (Chemistry)

Posted 22nd April 2021

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Science (Chemistry)

LCS has a vacancy for the position of Job Vacancy: Teacher of Science (Chemistry).

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Update from Mr Wilding - 21st April 2021

Posted 21st April 2021

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

To all parents and carers.

Greetings from LCS.

It has been good to see students back in school again and we have made a really positive start to the new term. As I said to students in an email I sent to them at the start of the week, we are hoping for a consistent term through to the summer holiday with minimum Covid-19 based disruption, but we will deal with issues and challenges if and when things happen, as we have been doing throughout the last 12 months.

Covid-19 Home Testing

Students were issued with a new box of 7 home-testing kits on Tuesday, which should see them through for the next 3 weeks. Home testing is to continue through to the end of the summer term and our understanding currently is that families will continue to be asked to test throughout the summer.

Students testing at home should continue to test on a Sunday and Wednesday evening and remember to report all results via Test and Trace, as well as to school through our on-line reporting form. Students with a positive LFD (home or school) test result must self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. They will also need to arrange a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, this now overrides the self-test LFD test and the student can return to school.

The latest government guidance on Covid-19 testing can be found on The NHS Coronavirus Page.

'The Big Ask'

'The Big Ask' is a national survey of adults and young people, which has been launched by the Children's Commissioner for England. 

The survey is open until 19th May and I have included a link below where you can complete the appropriate section of the survey, if you wish to.  There are different age group options when you click on the link and students have already been emailed this information separately.

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/thebigask/

 

Thank you for your support over school uniform and face masks, as we have had very few issues so far this week. As I have previously stated, current 'bubble' arrangements will continue until government guidelines change, which will likely be 21st June at the earliest.

I have received a few questions about PE, which will continue as it has been since September for the time being. Students do not need PE kit at this time and, as previously stated, we will look to give parents and carers enough notice before this changes and PE can return to 'normal' pre-Covid activities.

It promises to be another busy half-term, particularly for students in Year 11 and Year 13 who will be completing assessments and exams ahead of the awarding of their grades. I emailed all students in Year 11 and Year 13 earlier this week to wish them luck and to praise them for their resilience over the last 12 months. I hope all students can gain the grades their efforts deserve, but whatever happens they have already faced and overcome more challenges than most year groups before them.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 16th April 2021

Posted 16th April 2021

To all parents and carers.

Greetings from LCS.

I hope all students are enjoying their holiday and that parents and carers have also been able to rest and begin to see family again over the last few days.

This is a very brief update today, just to confirm that DfE guidelines on students wearing facemasks in schools have not changed, so students returning on Monday 19th April will continue to wear face masks inside the school building, including classrooms. Existing student exemptions will remain. The Secretary of State has given the date of 17th May for the next national review of the face mask guidelines, so the situation in school will continue as it is until this date, at the earliest.

A link to the latest DfE guidance for schools is below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-covid-19

In my email updates before the Easter holidays, I mentioned school uniform and asked whether parents and carers could please address any uniform issues over the holidays and before students return for the start of Summer Term. As previously stated, we were more lenient with uniform than we would normally be in the period before the Easter holiday, but we would now ask all students to be correctly dressed for school, including appropriate trousers and shoes, for the start of the new term. Your support and cooperation with this is greatly appreciated.

We are looking forward to seeing all students back again on Monday 19th April, but until then enjoy the sunshine.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Headteacher
Littleover Community School

COVID Case in Year 10

Posted 1st April 2021

An LCS Student in Year 10 has tested positive for COVID-19. Parents and carers of close contacts have been informed.

To all parents and carers.

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school. This single case is with a student in the Year 10 ‘bubble’.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have been quickly identified and parents contacted.

Please continue to follow local and national guidance on controls related to Covid-19.

More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Yours sincerely,

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 30th March 2021

Posted 30th March 2021

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.

Face Masks

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.

Uniform

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.

Student Surveys

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:

https://www.derby.gov.uk/education-and-learning/extra-curricular-activities/easter-family-activities-programme/#page-2

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.

Best wishes.
Keep safe.

J. Wilding

Headteacher

 

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