Update for families Friday 1st April 2021
1. Rates of infection are still very much lower now and have stayed down. There has been a slight national increase in infection levels of children (aged 5-15) since schools re-opened but that could be reversed over the Easter break.
2. Non-uniform today: a gesture to thank the children for their brilliant attitude since we returned.
3. Testing over the holiday: it’s recommended that any pupils or staff using the LFD tests, should take a test the night before returning or the morning of the first day back for the summer term.
4. LFD test kits for children: these are being sent home for the Easter holidays with the children involved with the Y7 & Y8 testing programme.
5. PCR tests if there is a positive LFD result: if anyone in the household tests positive with the LFD tests, pleas immediately book a PCR/community test.
6. Schools are asked to remain available to support test and trace activity up until Wednesday 7 April. To ensure all close contacts can be identified, it is really important that we are able to identify any person who has been in the schools setting in the period up to 2 days before the onset of symptoms or they completed a test which had a positive result.
7. Parents/Carers must inform the school of a positive test result up to and including 7 April ([email protected]). After this, there is no need to inform the school until the point that their child is due to return.
8. 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 )
9. Easter is a time of hope and renewal. In my Easter address later today, I will be reminding the children why we celebrate Easter. It will be a chance to reflect on the new life we see around us and our renewed hope for our future.
10. We are seeing the change to our lives with the relaxation in the national lockdown, allowing a bit more social mixing and, importantly for our very active children, a return to organised outdoor sport outside of school. We are waiting for changes to guidance (at some point over the Easter holidays, we hope) around face-coverings, seating plans, movement around school, more access to practical activities, larger events: these positive changes will be embraced as sensibly and practically when they are open to us.
11. A partial return to normality after Easter: we have been able to make some decisions already. Extra-curricular clubs can return after Easter if they are limited to a bubble (e.g. a year group) and take place outside. I’m looking forward to doing my Athletics club.
12. Avoiding the roller-coaster: school has tried to flatten out any of the ups and downs of the last year by responding and planning in a cautious manner. By taking time to make decisions and considering the longer-term effects of changes on the school community, we have tried not to pass on any more abrupt changes for the children than we can help. If we promised the usual full sports day experience in July (Prince of Wales stadium in Cheltenham, coaches, families invited) and then at the last minute cancelled it, we would be making things worse. We will plan events that can be put into the calendar at short notice.
13. It’s week 2 after Easter. Remember, they’ll still be coming into school in PE kit on the days they have PE.
14. Dates for the online parent/carer evenings: 19th and 25th May from 1530 to 1900. We will continue with the remote meetings. Booking will open soon after Easter.
15. 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.
16. This afternoon I will be hosting an Easter Egg Kahoot Quiz. It will be April the first! Expect foolish behaviour from the headteacher and others. Did you guess who will be the Easter Bunny delivering all those chocolatey prizes? Mr. Plane!
17. Free, new courses for families from the local council include: Health and Wellbeing Courses: Moodmaster, Positive Me, 5 Ways to Wellbeing, Mind Matters, Mindfulness & Meditation, Baked Bean Project. Art and Craft Courses: Funky Arts, Funky Watercolours, Creative Mindfulness, Easy Knits, Sew and Reap, Tantalising Textiles, Upcycled Jewellery. To find out more course information and to book a place, search the course title at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/courses or call 01905 728537.
18. Have a great Easter! Rest up and get ready for a much more normal term in the summer.
May the loving power of God,
which raised Jesus to new life,
strengthen you in hope,
enrich you with his love,
and fill you with joy in the faith;
and the blessing …