Released On 5th Jan 2022

Update on Covid-19 Measures

5 January 2022

Dear Parents

Update on Covid-19 Measures

This week, the Department for Education have issued new guidance to support schools in remaining open during the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face Coverings

Children will now need to wear their face-covering in classrooms as well as in corridors and shared spaces. This guidance will be reviewed on 26 January and we will notify you of any changes.

Please ensure that your child arrives to the academy with their own face-covering and remember the government guidance that a face-covering should:

  • cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably (a nose wire may help with fit)
  • fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
  • be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
  • be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
  • ideally include at least 2 layers of fabric (the World Health Organization recommends 3, depending on the fabric used)
  • unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged. Single-use disposable masks should not be washed and reused.

Self-Isolation

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education or childcare setting from day 7.

Remote Learning

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to result in high levels of absence for both teaching and support staff at school. As we did during the Autumn Term, we will continue to work hard to limit disruption to children’s education and we will strive to have all children on site for as long as it is safe and possible to do so.

In the event that we need to deliver online learning to some children while they remain at home, (e.g. a class or a year group) we will aim to give families 24 hours’ notice where possible.

Under such circumstances, where a partial closure of a school is implemented, teaching and support staff will be expected to work flexibly. The year group closest to public examinations will take priority to remain in school (Year 11). It is likely that a normal timetable will be suspended, and that teaching staff will be expected to teach in subjects/year groups which may be unfamiliar to them.

Students will need to access a device (mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or computer) to be able to learn remotely. Guidance about accessing the remote learning can be found on our website and if you require any technical support or your child does not have suitable access to a device, please contact the Stanchester Academy Office – office@stanchester-academy.co.uk.

Yours sincerely

Mr J Young

Deputy Headteacher

Jason.Young@stanchester.co.uk