I hope you all managed to have an enjoyable break and to spend time with your friends and family. It has been lovely to welcome all our pupils and students back to school this week.
Absence Reporting Line
In the event that you do need to report your child absent from school, whether due to COVID-19 or otherwise, we now have a new, dedicated, phone line for reporting absence – 01268 780293. Please contact us, as early as possible on each day of the period of absence, to leave a short message stating:
Your child’s name
Their tutor group
The reason for their absence (please provide specific symptoms, rather than just reporting that your child is “feeling unwell”.
Having a dedicated absence line, allows us to ensure that our main line (01268 784721) is less busy first thing in the morning. Consequently, this means that our excellent reception staff will be available to help you with any other non-absence related enquiries. If you do wish to speak to a member of the Attendance Team, please call the main school line, which is open from every day, from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm (Monday to Thursday) and 7.30 am to 4.00 pm (Friday), and you will be put through as soon as possible.
Living with COVID-19
As I am sure you will have seen in the media, the Prime Minister has now set out the next phase of the Government’s COVID-19 response “Living with COVID-19”. As I set out in my email earlier in the week, I wanted to confirm how these changes will impact on life at Sweyne Park.
As of Monday 21st February, the guidance for pupils and staff to take twice-weekly Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) was removed. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support with the testing programme over the last 18 months, which I firmly believe has helped to mitigate the spread of the virus.
As of yesterday, there is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test result. However, if your child does have symptoms and/or returns a positive test result, the advice from Public Health and the Local Authority remains that they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days. They should only return to school once they have received a negative test result on two consecutive days. In essence, the advice remains as it has been for some time, albeit that it is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate. However, in order to help manage the spread of the virus, and the impact that both staff and pupil absence has on the day-to-day operation of our school, we are asking that you continue to follow the guidance. Please do not send your child into school until they have received a negative test result on days 5 and 6, or they have self-isolated for a period of 10 days, whichever is sooner.
I will, of course, write to you with an update as soon as we receive further information about how things will work after 1st April, when free LFT are no longer available.
In the meantime, thank you, in advance, for your support with this. Although we do now have to learn to live with COVID-19, it is still vitally important that we all take responsibility to mitigate against the spread of the virus to keep one another safe. This will ensure that we can continue to provide the very best opportunities to allow all of our pupils to enjoy face-to-face learning and, ultimately, achieve the best possible outcomes.
And Finally …
Have a nice weekend.
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