Released On 12th Nov 2021

COVID Update 12 November

12 November 2021

Dear Parents

COVID Update

Whilst infection rates are declining in some parts of the county overall, the rates in our area remain high and our local rates remain significantly higher than the England rate. Based on the risk assessment carried out by Somerset Council, they are advising all schools to keep in place the previously recommended measures until the end of November 2021.

In addition to the basic and additional measures, the recommended enhanced measures that we will adhere to are:

  • Continue to use face coverings in secondary schools in communal areas such as corridors, when movement occurs between lessons and on school transport (if used)
  • Reduce mixing between groups of students as much as possible. The pausing of ‘whole school’ assemblies and other “large gatherings” indoors
  • Reinforce social distancing and good infection prevention control amongst staff (ventilation and touchpoint cleaning especially in areas where staff gather)
  • Any close or household contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19 identified by NHS Test & Trace to book a PCR test and whilst awaiting test results, undertake a daily LFD test and only attend school if this is negative. The new LFD tests are nasal swabs only and much easier to use than previous stocks.

Specifically at Stanchester Academy we have also continued to use a number of control measures to help minimise the spread of COVID amongst staff and students. These have included:

  • The use of hand sanitiser on entry to classrooms
  • The use of antibacterial cleaning spray on surfaces such as tables and computers
  • A systematic cleaning of regular touch points around the academy such as door handles and toilet spaces
  • Exclusive toilets allocated to each year group
  • Year group bubbles during break and lunch times
  • Enforcement of mask wearing on bus routes
  • Provision of lateral flow tests for home testing

We are also actively encouraging students to take twice-weekly Lateral Flow Tests. These will be distributed through tutor groups but can also be collected should you run out. Please make sure that any test results are reported on the NSH Test and Trace website.

Current Advice:

If a student is identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace, they may be asked to take daily lateral flow device (LFD) tests, while they wait for their PCR test result. In this scenario, the student should continue to attend school as long as their LFD test results remain negative and they feel well.

If you get a positive LFD or have symptoms get a PCR test and use the supervised PCR testing route at a test centre to get the best quality test. If you think your child is a close contact but has not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace then they should take a PCR test via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) or by calling 119.

Covid-19 Vaccine Programme:

Stanchester Academy has received its visit from the vaccination programme. 12-15 year olds who have missed their school vaccination date (due to absence or illness) are advised to book their vaccination online. Book or manage your coronavirus vaccine here.

Walk in services for 12 -15-year-olds

You can find out which centres are offering walk in clinics for 12 – 15 year old’s on the “grab-a-jab” website.

Bookable slots for 12-15-year-olds

There are a significant number of bookable slots for 12 – 15 year-olds at vaccination centres at, Somerset Motor Museum in Sparkford and Firepool in Taunton. You can book through the National Booking Service online or by calling ‘119’.

We thank you for your ongoing support. If you have any questions, please contact Stanchester Academy.

Yours sincerely

Mr J Young

Deputy Headteacher