Lateral Flow Testing
Schools have been asked to complete two Lateral Flow Tests with students in Years 7-11, at the beginning or before the start of the Autumn Term 2021. There is no expectation for students of Primary age to be tested at school and students of Sixth Form age are asked to continue self testing and will be expected to conduct their own tests on site.
For your son / daughter to be included in the testing, parents must give consent by completing the Consent Form that can be accessed in EduLink.
The programme for testing will be as follows:
- Friday 3rd September 2021 (INSET Day): Year 7 by Tutor Group
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- Monday 6th September 2021: Years 8 and 11
- Tuesday 7th September 2021: Years 9 and 10
- Wednesday 8th September 2021: Year 7
- Thursday 9th September 2021: Years 8 and 11
- Friday 10th September 2021: Years 9 and 10
Testing kits are being delivered to schools for the start of term. These will be issued to Secondary and Sixth Form students to continue testing at home until further notice. Test kits are also available from your local pharmacy or available to order online if students require a test before the start of term.
There is currently no requirement for staff or students to wear face masks at school. However, face masks may still be worn if an individual chooses to do so.
Restrictions due to Class and Year Group bubbles have been removed, but remain as a contingency measure should there be a need to do so.
Students in the Secondary phase of the school will now return to lessons in specialist classrooms.
Staggered Entry and Exit
Whilst there are currently no restrictions imposed, we must still consider the logistics of having 14 Year Groups entering and exiting the same site through one entrance. Students must continue to adhere to the staggered start and finish times as advised on The School Day webpage. Departure times have been amended slightly to ensure that Primary and Secondary students are not departing school at exactly the same time each day.
The Plaza gates will be opened at 8.20am by a member of the Primary staff team to allow Primary students to be dropped off at school. Kiss and Drop arrangements for Primary students will continue as previously. Parents of students in Reception and Year 1 may continue to park in the school car park at the beginning of the day.
At the end of the school day, parents may collect their Primary aged child at the designated time. Once the child has been collected from a member of staff, parents must leave the plaza quickly to avoid congestion.
COVID-19 Risk Assessment
The school has assessed the risks and implemented proportionate control measures to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Please refer to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment [PDF] for details of the current measures in place.
The flow diagram in the Covid-19 Symptoms and Negative or Positive Test Results [PDF] details the actions that must be taken if:
- a student or member of staff develops symptoms of COVID-19;
- a student or member of staff tests positive (+ve) for COVID-19; or
- a family member tests positive (+ve) for COVID-19 / is symptomatic awaiting a result / is pinged by the NHS app.
Please refer to the Gildredge House Remote Learning Policy [PDF] for further information.