Dear Parents and Carers,
Return to school dates + times for the new academic year:
Friday 3rd Sept 2021 – Line Up 8.20am – Year 7 + 11 + ASCEND return only
Monday 6th Sept 2021 – Line Up 8.20am – Year 8 + 9 + 10 return (as well as Year 7 + 11 + ASCEND)
As you will be aware, the Government, via the Department for Education issued updated COVID19 guidance for schools that came into effect from Monday 19th July 2021, in line with the wider removal of COVID19 restrictions throughout the country from that same date. Further relaxation of COVID19 restrictions occurred from Monday 19th August as the country entered Step 4 on the COVID19 roadmap.
I wanted to write to you today as we draw to the end of the summer break to provide you with a further update on what this means for your child/children when they return to Ormiston Park Academy in September and commence the new academic year.
From September 2021, the following changes will be in place, in line with the new guidance.
Asymptomatic Lateral Flow Device Testing update:
As student have potentially mixed with lots of other people during the summer holidays, the government guidance advises that all secondary school students should receive two on-site lateral flow device tests, 3-5 days apart, on their return in September. We will conduct these LFD tests on the following dates:
Friday 3rd September – Lateral Flow Device Test 1 – Year 11 + Year 7 + ASCEND
Monday 6th September – Lateral Flow Device Test 1 – Year 10 + Year Y9 + Year 8
Wednesday 8th September – Lateral Flow Device Test 2 – Year 11 + Year 7 + ASCEND
Thursday 9th September – Lateral Flow Device Test 2 – Year 10 + Year 9 + Year 8
Students should then continue to test twice weekly at home for the remainder of Autumn Term 1, when this will be reviewed.
We do not need consent to LFD test if we have previously received consent to undertake testing in March 2021 (eg for our students who are in Y8-11s from Sept). Attached is a consent form that we are obliged to provide to parents / carers of our new Year 7s who received this form via a communication sent in July, and for any other parents / carers who now would like their child LFD tested on return. Please can you send this back to the academy by 1st September 2021 preferably via email [email protected] or by post or your child will need to bring it with them on the first day that they return to the academy. Testing is highly recommended but voluntary and therefore you can withdraw consent at any time so please notify the academy as appropriate. The privacy notice can be found on our website.
Although there will be changes as part of the easing of restrictions, as an academy we will have outbreak management plans in place, as required by the Government, to ensure we are prepared to continue to operate if there is transmission of the virus in our school or the local community. These will mean that if the situation requires it, a bubble system or other measures may need to be temporarily reinstated in the future, and we must stress that the safety measures in place will be continually reviewed and assessed in accordance with Government and local guidance.
As has been the case throughout the pandemic, ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. As such, we will be continuing to encourage good hygiene including regular handwashing, maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes, keeping occupied spaces well ventilated and following public health advise on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As was the case at the start of the pandemic when we had to adjust to a new way of life, this new change again may inevitably create some uncertainty as we all adapt. However, we will continue to work closely together as a academy community to ensure the best outcomes for students, staff and our wider community.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do all we can to support you [email protected] .
Ormiston Park Academy