Returning to School & Covid Information

Updates from Dr. Stone

 

26th March - Lateral Flow Home Testing Kits

Dear Parent / Carer,

Holy Family Catholic School has now carried out up to three Lateral Flow Tests on students, where consent has been provided. This has been a mammoth task for us, however I can report that it has been a successful three weeks.

As you are aware, the next part of this journey is for the testing to continue at home.

We will be giving your child a box which contains the LFD tests and an instructional blue booklet. We have been advised to inform you that the instructional leaflet inside the box should not be used.  It is important to note that the test kits need to be stored in temperatures between 2 and 30 degrees.

Students should take two tests per week ideally Monday and Thursday morning before coming into school.  Instructions on how to take the test are contained in the blue booklet and there is a useful video showing you how to do it too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XR8RZxKNo&list=PLvaBZskxS7tzQYlVg7lwH5uxAD9UrSzGJ&index=2

There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).

What should you do after the test?

The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result 

You will also need to tell the school the result of each test by reporting it via the following google form: https://forms.gle/Yc3KaJm4aDXZoBi89

If the test is positive the student, their household and any support bubbles they are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.  You should also order a confirmatory PCR test for them: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Suggested Timetable

 

Test Number

Day

Action

Test 1

Sunday evening or early Monday morning

Take the LFD test

Wait 30 minutes until the results appear

Log results onto https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result 

Log results with the school on https://forms.gle/Yc3KaJm4aDXZoBi89

Test 2

Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning

Take the LFD test

Wait 30 minutes until the results appear

Log results onto https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result 

Log results with the school on https://forms.gle/Yc3KaJm4aDXZoBi89

More test kits will be issued to pupils after the Easter holidays

Why take part

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms.

I am strongly encouraging all students to take part in home testing. Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend school as safely as possible.

Other family members, as well as those in their childcare or support bubble, can get twice-weekly testing in the following ways:

Please contact the school office if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.

Thank you for your support.

Dr A. Stone
Headteacher

 

Letter to Parents/Carers: 4th March - measures to ensure a safe return to school
2nd March 2021 - Returning to School

Dear parents/carers,

I’m now in a position to write to you with more details about the phased re-opening of the school and about Lateral Flow Testing (LFT). The government has instructed secondary schools to make available LFTs to all students on their return to school and to test them in total three times. The reason for this is that LFTs can identify the small number of asymptomatic cases of covid19 that might be circulating in members of the school community. We have been carrying out LFTs since early January for the staff and students who have been attending school over the past few weeks and are therefore very experienced in supervising and carrying out these tests. Students must carry out the test (by swabbing their throat and nostril) following guidance from staff. The results are then processed in school and a result is produced within 30 minutes of taking the test. Should a student test positive they will have to go home to self-isolate. Identifying any such cases means that the rest of the school community will be protected from being infected by the person who tested positive.

Tests are not mandatory and they require parental consent (unless a student is 16 years old or more). This means that all our sixth form students will be old enough to provide consent for themselves and some of our Yr 11 students will be too. Alongside this letter I am therefore including an electronic consent form. I would encourage you to give consent for your son/daughter to be tested as it will potentially identify asymptomatic cases and keep everyone in the school safer from the virus.

Carrying out the LFTs on such a large school community is a major undertaking. Therefore we are having to stagger the return of students into school following their testing. This means that from Monday 8th March students will experience some days of remote learning and some days of face to face learning according to the schedule below. By the end of the week every student will be back for face to face lessons. After the three opportunities to test students in school parents will be provided with testing kits to carry out these tests at home.

The schedule for returning to school

Students will be tested and then return to lessons the following day.

Date

Being tested

First day in school for lessons

Monday 8th March

Yr 12/Yr 13

Yr 12/13 Tuesday 9th March

Tuesday 9th March

Yr 11

Yr 11 Wednesday 10th March

Wednesday 10th March

Yr 10

Yr 10 Thursday 11th March

Thursday 11th March

Yr 9

Yr 9 Friday 12th March

Friday 12th March

Yr 7/Yr 8*

Yr 7/8 Friday 12th March

*Yr 7 and 8 students will be tested in school on Friday 12th March and return to lessons on the same day.

Students will receive a specific time to attend school for their test and we shall write to you again with your child’s individual time to be tested. On the day that students are tested they will take the test, receive their result and then return home again. The only exception to this is Yr 7 and 8 students who will attend school on Friday 12th March, be given their test and remain at school for the day (unless they happen to test positive).

I realise this may appear complicated so please get in touch with us if you are at all unsure about what will be happening with your child.

We are very much looking forward to having the students back in school soon. In order to keep everyone safe the government guidance on the wearing of face coverings now recommends that they are worn at all times in the school buildings including lessons except when students are eating/drinking or when they are taking part in PE lessons. We shall be following this recommendation ourselves which will be reviewed again by the government at Easter. Please ensure that your son/daughter returns to school with two face masks each day unless they are exempt from wearing a face covering.

Students will continue to be work in yeargroup bubbles and the same control measures of regular hand sanitisation, social distancing where possible and good ventilation will pertain as previously. Staggered finish times will continue to operate so that students are less likely to find themselves in large groups at the end of the day and students will continue to attend school in their PE kit on the days that they have PE lessons. 

Thank you for reading this information and thank you for supporting your son/daughter over recent weeks in what has been a very challenging period for education. Please complete the consent form below and look out for a further email with the time at which your son/daughter should arrive for their Lateral Flow Test next week.

Yours sincerely

Dr Andy Stone

Headteacher

Link to consent form - please complete this form before returning to school

Privacy Notice - Covid19 Testing 

Letter from Waltham Forest regarding the return to school March 2021

Behaviour Policy (COVID-19) Addendum

WF Return to School Booklet

 

5th January 2021 

Please read the letter below from Dr. Stone outlining details on the current school closure and home learning arrangements.

Letter to Parents 5th Jan 2021

Remote Learning Statement 

Remote learning

In terms of remote learning during this second national lockdown you can expect that there will be a high proportion of ‘live’ lessons and we are following the school timetable as best we can. We have circulated a code of conduct (below) to everyone setting out the ground rules and expectations for taking part in lessons. We record everyone’s attendance at each lesson and follow up if students are absent or appear to not be participating well. Please try to help us in this - one thing we can try to do as parents/carers is to encourage our children to get up, get dressed, eat breakfast and treat the school day as a working day.

You can read the results of our student and parental questionnaires below Issue 19 of Family Matters.

Pastoral support

Pastoral support continues and your son/daughter’s year team will be communicating with you and following up any issues that arise. We are calling home where we have concerns or to offer support and we will be expanding our KIT (Keeping in Touch) calls as we did during the summer lockdown so that we try to personally contact everyone fortnightly if possible.

Digital devices

We have supplied quite a number of devices to families recently and are looking at what we can do to help with broadband issues and with data for mobile phones. This issue has moved up the national agenda recently too which is good to see. If you have any issues with digital access to remote learning please let us know - you can contact me or any other member of staff about this. 

Exams GCSEs and A levels update

The Secretary of State for Education announced that GCSE and A level exams are cancelled this summer and that grades will be awarded based on teacher assessment of the progress and performance of students in Yrs 11 and 13. This is likely to be a similar process to that used last summer and we are told there will be support and training for teachers. We are awaiting this and as soon as I know more I shall let you know. For the moment it is vitally important that every student continues to engage with their lessons, completes any assignments set and completes all tasks as their teachers require them to. We will be making assessment decisions based on all the evidence and data at our disposal.

Amended Risk Assessment

The Borough has asked us to make some further amendments to the school’s risk assessment. This includes requiring everyone attending school at present to wear a face mask at all times except when eating or drinking. In addition, everyone is asked to bring at least two masks per day because there is evidence that the effectiveness of  face covering diminishes over time and an individual mask should not be worn all day. The amended risk assessment can be seen below.

 

The School’s Approach to Parents’ Evenings

The parental survey about remote learning raised issues about how parents will be kept informed about their children’s progress. We had a number of parents’ evenings scheduled for this spring term which it has not been possible to hold. We provided feedback this month to parents of Yr 11 students about their mock exam results and for students in other year groups we will be contacting parents where we have concerns about a student’s progress. We intend rescheduling parents’ evenings for the summer term when we hope we will, once again, be able to hold face to face meetings. We considered whether to invest in software that can schedule remote meetings for parents but we are not convinced that this works effectively - meetings have to be very short and, even then, there is a limit to how many parents can be assigned a meeting with a particular teacher. 

Where we have concerns about your son/daughter’s progress we will contact you and, if you have concerns yourself, then please do make contact with us. The easiest route for this is to contact your child’s Head of Year. You can find the email addresses of key teachers on our website and by clicking here.

Code of Conduct Remote Learning Rules

 

Risk Assessment

Please click the link below to view our risk assessment on preventing Covid-19 spread in a school environment.

Risk Assessment

NHS Test and Trace Information 

Please see an important letter attached from NHS Test and Trace which advises about when children need a Covid-19 test.

Unless a child has one of the three Covid-19 symptoms described in the letter (high temperature, continuous cough, loss of sense of taste or smell) then they do not need a test.

Letter to Families - NHS

 

A message from all of us, to all of you!

AllStaff

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wP4ifswQJ1gMLgLcyndlyi8cKRIPHrgF

You will need to be signed into your Google account to view the video!

Thank you to Mr Heelan for creating this video.

How we are minimising the risk at Holy Family

Social Distancing at Holy Family Image

 

 

In this time of school closures students should be checking Show My Homework and their Google Classroom accounts daily. Most work is being set on GoogleClassroom and can be completed using this platform from home. 

This page will be updated regularly with useful links and notices. Click here for some home educating tips.

Don't forget to check out the latest issue of Family Matters each week, here you will find even more tips and examples of students' work and the great things they are achieving at home. 

Please see the attachment below 'Home Learning Tips Guide' as a starting point for logging in to GoogleDrive and Show My Homework.  

If students have any problems with their login information for GoogleDrive please email Mrs Farrugia, l.gaynor@holyfamily.waltham.sch.uk

To view our School Closure Safeguarding Policy please click here.

Department for Education Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home can be found here: DfE Online Resources

Click here to find 50 free revision materials for GCSE and A-Level.

Help Guide for Parents & Carers - GoogleClassroom

We have created a dedicated site to help parents and carers use GoogleClassroom. On this site you will find comprehensive guides on using all of the features of GoogleClassroom, including how to upload and submit work as well as how to ask the teacher questions. We hope this helps during this time of home learning. 

Click here to access the guides 

 

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Wider Curricular Opportunities 

It is important that while you are studying from home you also do some wider curricular activities as well as your subject work. 

You could start off by trying this 60 day well-being challenge - it could be something fun to do with your family! 

60 Day Wellbeing Challenge 160 Day Wellbeing Challenge 2

 

Free Resources & Activities 

At Holy Family we are very lucky to have lots of wider curricular opportunities. We don't want you to miss out on these opportunities at home. Each week we will be sharing some resources that we think will develop your wider knowledge and skills. These resources will also be fun to do with your family. Mental health and well-being are especially important during this time, so try not to get overly stressed trying to complete set work. Using the links below develop your cultural capital and wider skills sets - these is just as valuable as academic knowledge. 

Topic Link  Details 
The Economist  Free Resources The Economist has free resources for parents, teachers and children and they have some great resources on the pandemic itself for 9-14 years olds. 
Virtual Museum Tours Tours Tour your favourite London Museums in the comfort of your own home. With 112 collections from London's top museums you are spoilt for choice! 
Kindness Activities British Red Cross The British Red Cross have some great resources about kindness activities and a kindness calendar/diary. 
Careers  National Careers Service Support packs from the National Careers Service
Classic Boxsets to Free Language Classes plus much more! Money Saving Expert  Boxsets, audio books, fitness classes, well-being apps and much more
Life Skills  Life Skills A range of Life Skills activities to help students develop their resilience and emotional well-being
Money Skills Young Enterprise Toolkit This Parent Toolkit is designed to give you access to a range of Young Enterprise and Young Money resources suitable for use with children and young people as part of their home-learning 
Tate  Inspiring Resources & Ideas Be inspired and create with ideas and resources from the Tate
BBC Bitesize Free Resources BBC Bitesize are offering some fantastic online resources - click above to access them. They provide support to students and their parents with a series of special daily broadcasts for both primary and secondary students, complementing a whole host of extra resources online. From Monday to Friday, you’ll be able to watch Bitesize Daily on BBC Red Button from 9am to 11am, and again on BBC iPlayer.Each 20-minute lesson will cover a different age group from ages five to 14, and will be brought to you by experts, teachers and some very familiar faces from the world of TV, sport and beyond.As well as dedicated programmes covering Maths, Science and English, there will also be lessons featuring other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and Art.
Oak National Academy Free Lessons With the support of the government, the Oak National Academy launched has launched some great free resources to support online learning. These can be used by teachers and parents and can access 180 lessons a week from reception through to year 10.
Home Grown Skills Yes! Futures Resources  Learning doesn't only happen in the classroom. We learn some of the most important life skills at home and from other experiences. In order to be happy, successful and fulfil their personal potential, children need confidence, resilience, communication and self-awareness. Yes Futures! resources will support your child to develop these key skills, improving their overall wellbeing. 

 

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