Dear parents/carers of Years 6, 7 and 8,
as we break up for the Festive holidays, I would like to send the very best regards from all the staff at St. Egwin's CE Middle School to you and your families. We hope you all get the chance to share some quality time with your loved ones.
It was lovely to see so many of Y8 back today - school isn't the same without them.
Please follow government guidance if your child develops symptoms.
If they test positive for Covid-19 over the next couple of days, we need to know so that school staff can manage test and trace.
In fact, if your child has symptoms starting tomorrow (Saturday 19th) or Sunday 20th, and then tests positive after that, please let us know via [email protected]
If the symptoms start after 00.01hrs Monday 21st, the school does not have to be informed. Please be very wary of the 3 mains symptoms and use your judgement when children have other symptoms.
Stopping the spread this Christmas will save lives.
There will be staggered return to school after Christmas.
Y6 will all return on Tuesday 5th January (We have a TED on Monday).
Y7&8 will return on Monday 11th January. Some Y7&8 pupils will be invited into school from the Tuesday 5th based on the government guidance around key workers and other criteria. Some families will be informed tonight. Families responding to our key worker survey may have to wait until Monday 4th January for the notification from us about if their child can attend in that first week. The reason for the wait is to allow staff to have a proper break; I'm sure you will be patient and support us.
The staggered return is part of government plans to roll-out testing of pupils and staff in schools using a voluntary, rapid, mass-testing scheme. We fully support this idea as it will make school safer and allow more children to get continuous education without having to self-isolate.
The government has yet to release the full details of how schools are to manage the testing and we foresee many issues.
I appeal to our community to support our endeavours: do you have time to support the school? Do you have a DBS to work with children? Could you support a back office to help us manage the testing process? Would you be willing to be trained? Volunteers would make the delivery of this programme possible. We may even have the ability to pay adults to support us.
Email [email protected] if you think you might be able to join this community effort to make us all safer.
Please show real caution in January when your child returns to school. Monitoring your child's symptoms from home and/or getting tested will help us to minimise the spike that is expected. Although we are an area of lower prevalence of cases, we have to do whatever we can to protect vulnerable people and support the work of the NHS through the winter.
Remember: middle school-aged pupils are very, very unlikely to suffer serious illness from Covid-19; however, the time out of school for children can have a really detrimental effect.
Please have a lovely holiday. I send my personal wishes that you rest, enjoy good food with loved ones, open your presents with a smile, snuggle up for a feast of the telly. I am, in this very difficult time, so grateful for the people I have around me and the precious opportunities we have to share this special time. I hope we can all stay safe and look forwards to the light at the end of the tunnel that I honestly believe is insight.