Head's Bulletin October 2021
We are emailing to inform you that we have had a number of positive cases of Covid over the last few days amongst staff, pupils and their households. This means that we are asking everyone in the community to be on the look-out for symptoms. If your children have signs of a new cold, cough, temperature, upset tummy or sickness they should stay home. We have lots of home lateral flow test kits, which we can make available to all children and their families.
Staff, volunteers and children in years 7-11 are very much encouraged to do regular twice weekly lateral flow testing even if they have no symptoms, ideally every Sunday and Wednesday evening. If anyone tests positive on lateral flow, they are expected to book a PCR test to confirm this.
For Middle School and Upper School children who need to stay off, they will be set regular work through Google Classroom. Lower School children who are well enough to do school work will be sent a pack of work to do under parental supervision.
One of our current challenges at school is that we have a number of teachers and support staff who are not in school either because they are unwell with Covid or other illness. We have taken every measure so far to cover the classes effectively and ensure that the children and young people continue with their education though this has been a challenge. A number of staff and volunteers have stepped in, and we are very grateful to them and to all staff who have been extra flexible at this time. We have also made use of our bank of supply staff to cover some classes. However, we’d like to let you know that if more staff become unwell and are not able to be in school, it may become necessary for one or more year groups to stay at home because we may not be able to provide appropriate teachers or support staff for them to operate safely. At the moment our Lower School is under particular pressure.
Please do pray for us, for provision and health, and that we should all continue to know the Lord’s protection at this time. We continue to actively seek new teaching staff who may be able offer us some supply support.