Covid-19 - Latest Updates From The Academy
On this page we will update you with key information relating to the school and Covid-19. Previous updates and letters home can all be found on our Letters Home page.
Update: 3rd January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
Mass Testing (Secondary Phase) – January 2022
I would like to remind you of some important information for the re-opening of the secondary phase of the Academy in January 2022.
Before students can return to school for lessons, they will be invited in to be tested for Covid-19 – see below for your child’s time slot. This will apply to everyone, even if they have no symptoms, as the aim is to pick up any asymptomatic cases and prevent any potential school closures.
To ensure the smooth running of these tests, it is vital that you complete the consent form if you have not done so already.
Click HERE to see and complete the consent form.
We know that for some students, the prospect of taking a coronavirus tests can be quite daunting and may cause some anxiety or distress. If your child has additional needs or requires a more detailed explanation about the testing process, please do contact us.
Once their first test comes back negative, students will return to school and then be tested again, before moving back to home testing using the Lateral Flow Device Tests, provided by the Academy.
When to arrive for testing...
The students in the tutor groups below should arrive at the time specified, in order to be tested. Once the test is complete students will return home to await their results.
Following testing students will return a day later after receiving their first results, when students will return to their face to face learning. Student should arrive to the Academy at the normal time in full uniform with complete equipment, ready to learn.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the academy on 0208 320 4800 or by email on email@example.com
Steve West, Head of Academy
In January 2022, the Department for Education issued guidance that face masks/coverings should now be worn by all students who are in Year 7 or above in both communal areas (as before the Christmas break) and classrooms unless there is a recognised exemption. Students should come to the Academy with their own face mask/covering. We unfortunately only have a very limited number at the Academy for emergency provision only.
It is also important to remember that students in the secondary phase should also be wearing a face mask/covering when using Transport for London services such as buses and trains etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often will my child/ward be tested?
To make everybody safer when schools physically return, the government has asked that students are tested once before they return to school. If the test is negative, they will be able to continue coming to school as normal as long as they do not have any coronavirus symptoms. If the result is positive, they would need to self-isolate at home and book a PCR test via the NHS.
What will happen if my child/ward’s test result is positive?
In the event of a positive result, the student would need to self-isolate at home and book a PCR test via the NHS. If that test is also positive, they would need to continue self-isolating at home and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
What type of tests are being used and how will they be conducted?
The tests are called Lateral Flow Tests (LFT). Students will be asked to do a nasal swab, which they will complete themselves, supported and supervised by a trained staff member. The tests are very straightforward, with the results available within 20 minutes.
How reliable are these tests?
There is a low chance of ‘false positive’ tests – that is why the second, lab-based PCR test is necessary. There is also a low chance that lateral flow tests don’t pick up positive cases because they aren’t as sensitive as lab-based tests. That is why there will be daily tests for close contacts of positive cases – they will be tested repeatedly over a number of days to ensure they are not positive.
Will I be informed of my child/ward’s result(s)?
Yes, if the student tests positive.
Are the tests compulsory?
No. However, if a student is a close contact of a confirmed case and opts-out of daily testing they will be required to self-isolate at home for ten days whether they have symptoms or not.