Dear Parents/Carers

COVID-19 Cases within the Academy

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a small number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Academy over the past week.

We know that you may find this concerning, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Thistley Hough remains open, and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well. We encourage household members that are aged 11 and over to continue with twice weekly LFD testing, every Monday morning and Thursday morning, before school, to help identify cases promptly.  Please can you continue to register all results on TestRegister.co.uk so that we have an accurate record of cases.

In all confirmed cases going forwards, schools are to work alongside their Local Protection Team to ensure that appropriate steps have been taken to minimise the spread of the virus.  As a guide, schools are to use the following guidelines to establish whether they are experiencing an outbreak:

 

In the event we find ourselves in any of the above scenarios, we would contact the Local Protection Team to seek further support and respond accordingly. I want to be clear at this point, any actions we do take are in the interests of staff and student safety which is always our number one priority. In order to prevent the spread of the virus, any of the following actions might be implemented for a period of time:

When decisions are made to take the actions outlined above, these will be implemented for the shortest time possible. Face to face education is our priority and we will endeavour to ensure we achieve this for as many students as possible.

Remote Learning

In the event that your child is required to isolate, we will provide remote education for the period of isolation via Microsoft Teams.

All lessons, regardless of the need for remote learning, will be uploaded before the start of each school day, enabling all students to access learning as per their timetable.  All resources including revision materials will be available in this format and Teams will provide a platform for students to contact teaching staff for support via the chat function.

In addition, should the Local Protection Team advise we temporarily restrict face to face education for a period of time, we will also provide ‘live virtual’ remote education as previous lock-down situations; this may be through dual teaching of students within the classroom and virtually to those students working remotely, or indeed to an entire cohort virtually. If this was the case, lessons would be created for students to join ‘live’ following their timetable.

On a positive note, I would like to end by saying what a fantastic start to the new academic year all year groups have made, demonstrating outstanding pride, respect and commitment from the outset.  We cannot predict what the next few months will bring but we will endeavour to react with speed to any advice we are given to keep everyone safe and well.

Kindest regards

 

Jayne Schofield

Principal