Update for families Friday 14th May 2021
1. Rates of infection are still very much lower now and have stayed down. No cases in school for over 5 weeks. We are wary of a summer surge in cases and we know that a community in Redditch are being tested due to a small number of a variant being detected.
2. Our attendance is well above the national figure. We are currently still at 95.6% (2.3% above national).
3. The government has published updated guidance for schools in-line with the next phase of the road map on the 17th of May:
· Many restrictions remain, such as keeping year group bubbles apart, maintaining social distancing, testing twice a week, no year group assemblies, etc.
· Children are not required to wear masks in school in the class or in the corridors, etc. This is great news! If your child says they still want to wear one, please discourage them – it would be wrong for them to do so and could cause more anxiety. If you require your child to wear one because there is a health problem in the family, please email the school on [email protected] to explain.
· Staff will not have to wear masks when working with children. Some staff might require them to wear a mask if there are working in closer proximity (e.g. Teaching Assistants).
· Children should remember that they will need to still use masks, if they are over 11, in shops, etc.
· We are awaiting guidance on mixing bubbles in breakfast club.
4. Provisional plans for the end of the year: we are very excited and optimistic about the last part of the school year. We have been busily planning in no end of fun stuff (e.g. sports day and an amazing Y8 leavers’ experience). I’ve seen the calendar: sports days, theme days around science, off-site trips to the woods for some Y6s, Y8s taking part in a geography field trip off-site, overnight Y8 camping fun (details to be confirmed), bouncy castle day, European Champs fun activities, valedictory assembly/service, picnic fun, Y8 hoodies and transfer day. It looks even funkier than normal!
5. The twice-weekly rapid flow testing can be accessed:
• via employers if they offer testing to employees
• at a local test site - www.worcestershire.gov.uk/communitytesting
• by collecting a home test kit from a test site – check this online map
• by ordering a home test kit online Schools, nurseries and colleges testing: order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kits - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk )
6. Reminder about testing at home: Remember: if anyone in the household tests positive with the LFD tests, please immediately book a PCR/community test.
7. Tuck at break time is back and really popular. This week the rota for KS3 looks like 87878 across the 5 days.
8. Teams calls for more road map information: following on from the success of the Zoom calls last year, we will offer a series of calls with key staff to help you understand better the restrictions and plans for the next term. Thank you for the response from Y8 families: dates and times of Teams meetings will be sent out in the next few days. Watch out for a ParentMail about this soon for Y6 & Y7s. Y6/7: What will school like in the near future? Will we be back to normal in September?
9. It’s week 2 on the 17th. Remember, they’ll still be coming into school in PE kit on the days they have PE or sports clubs.
10. Dates for the online parent/carer evenings: 19th (next week) and 25th May from 1530 to 1900.
11. Cricket club with my Y6s was fab! So nice to get back to after-school clubs and that relaxed and fun way of spending time together.
12. Shorts for uniform: proper school uniform shorts (some of the boys still have them from first school) as perfectly acceptable uniform. I am surprised we don’t see more.
13. ePraise logins: to be able to access reports and other functions, please make sure you watch out for the letter this week. We will help you to access it if you have lost your password, etc.
14. I have been encouraged by the Head and Deputy Boys and Girls to adopt the “Head’s Charity” for this year. I will add the link for the JustGiving page next week.