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Covid 19 Information Summary
This page is designated to all Covid 19 letters and documents we have sent home to parents/carers. Please see the summaries below of information contained in each letter for your reference.
01/04/22- Next Steps for Living with Covid-19
Dear parents / carers,
You may be aware that the government have issued a document named next steps for living with Covid-19 which includes the removal of lateral flow testing for the majority of the population, which will come into effect on the 1stof April 2022.
Further changes will also include :
- adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
- children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
- adults with a positive Covid-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.
- young people and children under the age of 18 with a positive Covid-19 test should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 3 days.
In line with the above guidance, we ask that you do not send your child into school with a temperature or showing any respiratory symptoms such as new and persistent cough. If your child comes to the medical room and is found to have any of the above symptoms then we will contact you and ask you to collect your child and keep them at home until their symptoms have passed.
If you have any covid-19 related question or you are unsure whether or not to send your child into school then please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org . In addition, if your child does test positive on a lateral flow or PCR then please do continue to inform us by emailing email@example.com.
Mrs S Jones
- Face Coverings
- Lateral Flow Testing
20/01/2022- Changes to Face Coverings in Classrooms
You will have heard yesterday that parliament outlined that they are removing the recommendation of wearing face coverings in classrooms (from today 20 January) and communal areas (from 27th January).
We were alerted to this guidance change at the same time as the UK. We have not unfortunately had a chance to review the guidance, our risk assessments, make decisions and communicate these to our staff, students and parent/carers.
For this reason, we are expecting students to continue to wear masks (unless exempt) until we can communicate our expectations. Students will be given the same message in tutor time this morning.
Thank you in anticipation for your support and understanding. We will be in contact shortly with an update.
18/01/2022- Self Isolation Changes
From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will be able to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature.
For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6. Day 0 is the day that that the positive lateral flow was taken or when symptoms started.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self- isolation period, and the second must be taken 24 hours later. All test results must be reported to NHS Test and Trace.
If the result of either test is positive, self-isolation should continue until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
If you stop self-isolating on or after day 6, it's important that you take steps to reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 to others. This means you should:
- Wear a face covering in all indoor spaces
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
- Reduce social interactions where possible
In addition, in the event of receiving a positive lateral flow test result, please ensure you inform firstname.lastname@example.org and include the date the test was taken and when any symptoms started.
We thank you for your continued support in reducing the transmission and spread of Covid-19 within the school community.
- Tuesday 4th January Lateral Flow Testing
- Face Coverings
- Changes to Self Isolation Period
- Daily Testing for Close Contacts
- January Exams/Assessments
- Staff Absence and Remote Learning
14/12/2021- New Covid Guidance- Daily Testing for Contacts of Covid 19
We received an update from the DfE last night about daily testing for contacts of Covid 19.
The guidance reads:
From Tuesday 14 December, a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 is being introduced (including until the end of this term). All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. Daily testing by close contacts will help to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 will help protect education settings by reducing transmission and will also help keep pupils in face-to-face education.
Once notified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, all eligible staff, pupils and students should take an LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the Online Reporting System and to their setting. If they test negative, they can continue to attend their education setting. Outside of the education setting, they should continue to follow the advice set out in the Sunday 12 December press release. This approach should also be adopted over the winter break and on return in January.
If they test positive, they should self-isolate and order a PCR test to confirm the result and notify us on email@example.com. If the PCR is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days. If the PCR test is negative, they no longer need to self-isolate but should continue to carry out the remainder of the daily tests, and only need to isolate if it is positive.
All staff and secondary aged pupils and students have access to a box of 7 LFD tests from their education setting.
Anyone over the age of 18 years and 6 months who is not vaccinated, must isolate in line with government guidelines if they are a close contact of a positive case.
Finally, it is important to continue regular twice weekly, at-home testing for all education and childcare workforce and all students of secondary age and above.
Encouraging regular testing and reporting and vaccine uptake: translated resources to engage with the school community – DfE Update
It is important to ensure that families have information that is accessible to them with regards to regular testing and vaccinations.
On GOV.UK there is information and guidance on how to take and report lateral flow tests at home translated in Polish, Chinese, Punjabi, Romanian, Arabic, Gujarati, Persian, Urdu, Slovakian, Turkish, Welsh, Somalian, Bengali, Hindi, Dari and Pashto.
Doctors of the world have also translated information on vaccines, how to register with a GP and COVID-19 topics which you may find useful.
30/11/2021- Year 7 Covid Update: Meeting a Threshold
Following on from my letter to you on Friday, we have had further positive cases in Year 7 reported to us over the weekend and yesterday. The cases span over different classes/tutor groups and therefore we have sought advice from the LEA who have asked us to implement the following intervention:
- All Year 7 students to conduct a daily lateral flow test for 7 days before arriving to school starting Wednesday 1st December and ending 7th December
- All Year 7 students to have a PCR test this Friday 3rd or Saturday 4th December. In order to allow this to happen, all Year 7 students should stay at home and lessons will be taught remotely on Teams on Friday 3rd December. Further instructions about accessing remote learning will be sent separately by Miss Crang.
Year 7 students who have tested positive within the last 90 days should not participate in the testing however they will still need to remain at home on Friday 3rd December.
Please report the PCR test result here before Monday: https://forms.office.com/r/EJEqYYQb7s
If a student tests positive on a lateral flow test or PCR test, please inform firstname.lastname@example.org and please do not send your child to school. Further advice and guidance will be given at that time.
If you have any questions, please contact this same email address.
When advised by the LEA to do something similar in Year 11 before the half-term, the intervention was highly successful in identifying asymptomatic cases and stopped the spread of the virus within the year group.
Thank you in anticipation for your support
Thank you for your continued support in keeping Waingels as Covid safe as possible. Your support with encouraging your children to wear masks in school and regularly lateral flow testing are really making a difference in limiting onward transmission and ensuring that interruption to young people’s learning and education is minimised.
Local case rates are steady post half term but the LEA are expecting them to rise across the autumn term. The Berkshire West Health Protection Board have recently reviewed their advice to ensure that we are doing everything possible to reduce the transmission within educational settings in the borough.
Wokingham Borough Council’s guidance, in line with the Berkshire West Health protection Board’s advice is that schools implement the following measures for the remainder of the Autumn term:
- Use of face coverings in communal areas (unless exempt) for staff, students and visitor. Face coverings should continue to be used on public transport and dedicated transport to school.
- Continued 2-3 times weekly lateral flow testing and reporting of the here for all staff and students.
In addition, any student or member of staff who has a household member test positive or has been identified as a close contact of a positive case via NHS Test and Trace or via other means should be advised as follows:
- To take a daily lateral flow test for 7 days, in addition to taking a one-off PCR test on day 3
- Whilst engaging in daily LFD testing, anyone who tests negative can continue to attend school provided they are not displaying any symptoms.
- Anyone who has tested positive via PCR in the last 90 days should not carry out either LFD or PCR testing.
- Pandemic Response Update
- Welcome Back
- Covid Update
- New Intake
- Parent Forum
- Open Evening & Morning
- Timings for Monday 7th
- 50th Anniversary
- Summer Closure
- Emergency Safeguarding Contact
- Start Days/ Times for September
- Covid-19 Testing in September
- Risk Assessments & Policies
- Changes to Contact Tracing
- September Lateral Flow Tests
- Number of Covid cases
- Self Isolation
- Working at home
- Suspension of the lifting of restrictions and the impact on planned events
- Teenage mental health
- Grading 2021
- Confirmed Covid case
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
What to do if your child / family member tests LFD positive
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
- COVID-19 variant
- COVID-19 Variant
- How you can help
- Lateral Flow Tests
- Parent & Student Surveys
- Kitchen staff isolating
- Inset Day 7th June
- Waingels Unplugged
- Parents Survey
- 50th Anniversary Celebrations
- Changes to staggered starts
- Changes to Lunch time
- Changes to end of day
- Wearing of face coverings in lessons
- Home Testing
- Covid Update
- Year 11 and 13 Awarding of Grades
- Additional Inset Day
- End of Year Assessments
- Waingels Awarded Funding
- Start of term
- Lateral Flow Tests
- Face Coverings
19/04/2021- Face Coverings to Remain in Place after Easter Break
On Tuesday 6 April, the government confirmed that face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary school and college classrooms as a precautionary measure when students return after the Easter holiday. Further information can be found here.
- LFD Testing
- Close Contact
- LFD v PCR
- Remote Learning
- Home Testing
15/03/2021- Message from Department for Education re. Lateral Flow Tests
About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading and protect your loved ones. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease we all need to play our part to help protect each other.
The following people in England will have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing made available to them:
- secondary school pupils and college students
- staff of primary and secondary schools, nurseries and colleges
- households, childcare and support bubbles of nursery children, primary and secondary-age pupils and college students
- households, childcare and support bubbles of staff of nurseries, primary and secondary schools, and colleges
Children of primary school age or younger will not be asked to test at this time.
If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble of a pupil, student or staff of a school, nursery or college, you can get a twice-weekly test:
- through your employer if they offer testing to employees
- at a local test site
- by collecting a home test kit from a test site
- by ordering a home test kit online
Get a test through your employer
Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.
Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site
You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.
You may need to book an appointment.
Collect test kits
You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests.
Anyone 18 or over can collect.
Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.
Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.
Order home test kits online
If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.
Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.
For more information, please visit:
- Lateral Flow Testing
Updated Testing Announcement- 09/03/2021
Lateral Flow Test Results
We are really pleased with how well the lateral flow tests have been going and especially the way the students have conducted themselves.
We wanted to give you an update about the results of the tests. We will know within 30-35 minutes whether your child has had a positive test result. If that is the case, we will contact you and your child as soon as possible. Therefore, if you are not contacted by us please assume your child’s result is negative. Uploading the results onto the Track and Trace software is time consuming as it is a large administrative task. For this reason, there will be a delay from when your child takes a test to you receiving the result of that test. Students should continue to attend school unless we have contacted you to inform you of a positive result.
Testing Announcement- 05/03/2021
The Department for Education (DfE) has asked us to share the following information with our Parent/Carers. If you have any queries please use the phone numbers in the DfE message below – unfortunately we do not have any additional information and therefore we will not be able to answer any queries about this.
Asymptomatic testing information for parents and adults in households with children at school or college
NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.
Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below. Schools should not give test kits to parents, carers or household members and should not order more test kits for this purpose. Secondary school and college students will continue to access testing through their school or college.
Please share the information below with your parent networks to help answer any questions they may have.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
- through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
- by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
- by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
- Covid-19 Testing
- Consent- By Wednesday 3rd March deadline (3pm)
- First Test Year Group Dates (before school re-opens)
- Second Test Year Group Dates
- Third Test Year Group Dates
- Risk Assessments and Policies
- Covid-19 Cases
- 8th March- Inset Day
- Lateral Flow Covid Tests
- Staggered Starting and Ending Times
- 11th March- Year 9 Parents Consultations
- Wearing of Masks
- Welcome Back
- GCSEs cancelled
- 2pm Meeting for all Year 11 students on Teams with Mr Bartlett on 07/01/2021
- Parents Consultations postponed until 28th January
A detailed page of our Home Learning FAQs can be found here. If your question has not been answered, please fill in the form below where we will get back to you as soon as we can.
- Lateral Flow Testing
- Schedule for Return Dates and Times
- Covid 19 Pandemic Response
- Mental Health
- Contact Tracing during Christmas Break
- Christmas Dinner
- Jerusalema Dance
- Corona Virus updates and thank you's
- Student Mental Health and Well-being
- End of Term Jerusalema Dance
- Christmas Dinner
- Food Bank & IT Recycling
- Year group working from home schedule
- Wednesday 11th Nov: Year 9 working at home
- Thursday 12th Nov: Year 8 working at home
- Friday 13th Nov: Year 12 working at home
- Monday 16th Nov: Year 10 working at home
- School closed to students in Year 10 on 10/11/2020
- Ventilation & winter clothing
- Covid related staff absence
- Covid related student absence
- Face coverings, Extra Curricular and other measures
- School opening times
- Travel to and from school
- Drop off and pick up
- Parent Consultations
- Children in Need
- Link to live Microsoft Teams consent form
- From 12/10/2020 Year 7 & 8 students will move for all lessons
- From 12/10/2020 the wearing of face masks when students are moving between lessons and when using the toilets or buying food will be mandatory.
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department have asked us to share and circulate this letter amongst parents at our school.
The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions you may have around testing.
- 9am start time for Year 11, 12 & 13
- Accessing lessons from home when self-isolating
- Published GCSE & A Level grades
- Regular hand washing
- Wearing of face coverings when travelling to lessons
- One way system
- Year group bubbles
- Waingels code of conduct
- Limiting visitors into school
- Minimising contact between students
- Borrowing of PE kit
- Changing facilities
- Extra-curricular activities
- Face coverings in education setting
- Code of Conduct
- Attendance Policy
- Parents & Carers on site meetings and visiting
- Hand sanitiser
- Timings of the day
- Break/lunch time arrangements
- Risk assessments & hygiene
- Mobile phones
- Returning from countries outside the UK
- Tutor Interviews
- Testing/ test results/ track & trace
- Confirmed cases in school
- Students being sent home
- School outbreak
- Clinicially vulnerable and shielding
- Returning to school