It’s hard to believe we are already at the end of the Spring Term! It has been delightful having all our students back in school for face to face teaching during the last three weeks. Seeing our students once again working with each other and with their teachers has been a real joy. Students have embraced the opportunity to be back in school and have been really positive about their return.
Many thanks for your support in helping us to ensure our students return to school was positive.
As we move into the Easter break, I wanted to remind you of some important information in relation to the following:-
- COVID 19 protocols over the Easter holiday
- Lateral Flow tests during the holidays
- Reminders for next term
- Message for 6th Form students
COVID 19 protocols over the holiday
- If your child has coronavirus symptoms (or similar) you should book a test immediately (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test) or by calling 119.
- If symptoms began within 48 hours of 4pm on Friday 26th March and a positive test result is received then you MUST contact us on this specific email address email@example.com to alert us quickly. This is because your child may have been infectious whilst in school.
- Members of our Leadership Team will then track and trace close contacts from lessons and inform you by text if your child needs to self-isolate.
- Parents must inform NHS Track and Trace of social contacts.
- Parents DO NOT need to inform us of any cases of COVID where symptoms begin after 4pm on Sunday 28th March.
- If your child tests positive for COVID during the Easter break and symptoms developed after 4pm on Sunday 28th March please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lateral Flow tests during the holidays
Your child has been issued with an further supply of Lateral Flow Tests. They should continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the Easter school holidays. Lateral Flow tests should be conducted at home on Wednesdays and Sundays, with the results of these being registered on the NHS website (https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result) and also on our test result form (https://bit.ly/3bYMjfD).
- Anyone with symptoms must book a PCR test. Lateral Flow tests should not be used if your child is symptomatic. A standard PCR test should be booked online (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test) or by calling 119.
- A positive Lateral Flow Test carried out at home MUST be followed up with a standard PCR test. These should be booked online or by calling 119. You must also inform us immediately via https://bit.ly/3bYMjfD or by alerting us through email at email@example.com so that we can quickly identify close contacts.
- Close contacts of positive cases are still required to be identified and these students will be required to self isolate for 10 days. Negative lateral flow tests DO NOT override this requirement.
- Where there is a positive result from a Lateral Flow Test taken at home, we are required to identify close contacts and inform them to self-isolate until the student who tested positive has had a PCR test and the result has been received. This means if the PCR test returns a negative result, your child may return to school immediately. However, if the PCR test confirms the positive Lateral Flow test result, the 10 day period of self isolation must be carried out.
Reminders for next term
At Countesthorpe Academy our core values are Respect, Resilience and Success and we want these values to sit at the heart of all we do.
During the summer term we will be shining a light on ‘Respect’. This will be a focus both in and out of lessons. Through our raising the BAR (Behaviour, Attendance and Rewards) programme we hope to see all our students taking on the challenge of being the best they can be. We will write to you after the break with more details of this.
Can I also please remind you of our uniform policy which we expect all students to comply with and can be found at https://www.clcc.college/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Uniform-Policy-2021.pdf
Message for 6th Form Students
From 12/04/2021, all Sixth Form students must attend each day from 8.45-2.50. Students will no longer be expected to leave site for study periods.
Finally, I would like to wish you all a very peaceful Easter break. With at least some of the lockdown restrictions lifting, there will be opportunities to perhaps see family and friends you have not seen for a very long time. I hope you are all able to make the most of this whilst continuing to stay safe.
Mrs C. Aitcheson