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Covid

Please find on this page, information about our safe return to school.

We will update you on changes, as we feel we need to make them, on this page of our website. We will separately notify you of more significant changes in approach should they arise.

At the foot of this page, you will also find useful pdf documents detailing our approach to remote learning.

Below you will find the standard letter information you have previously received either in the event of a positive case in the school, or one which has required your child to self-isolate. To avoid repetition, these are now linked in future such emails.

Start of Term Covid Plans - September 2021 

Dear Parents and Students,

We very much look forward to returning to what we hope will be, for the most part, a normal school year.

Clearly, however, COVID remains with us. In this message, there are two important strands to communicate how we will endeavour to maintain that normality, whilst also maintaining a safe environment.

Firstly, please find below a new document in response to the Government Guidance for schools. Here we detail the control measures that will remain in place, together with those that remain a contingency method of control in the event of widespread infection. The priority, both for the Government and ourselves, is to return to the rich and varied experience of normal school life as far as possible, so any additional measures will be proportionate and in place for a limited period of time, likely for smaller groups of students.

Secondly, asymptomatic testing will resume in the autumn term for all students with consent to participate. 

Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school through asymptomatic transmission. I am strongly encouraging everyone to participate in testing, both in school and at home.

Plan for testing

I would like to suggest that all students who are able, take a test at home this weekend, prior to coming in to school next week. In this way, we will hopefully catch some asymptomatic cases before the chance for transmission to others. If your child has never tested before, or you do not have access to LFD tests, then please do not worry, they can test for the first time in school.

We are offering students to take two LFD tests at school 3-5 days apart, in order to encourage widespread participation. The first test will be on their first day in school: Monday for Years 7, 11 and 12, and Tuesday for all other year groups. The second test will be on Friday for all students.

Year 7 will be supported in taking the test, for many it may be their first, at the test site in school – M14 the large music room. Following the two initial on-site tests, students will be able to collect their home test kits and continue twice weekly testing at home until guidance is reviewed, at the end of September. Results from these tests should be recorded online, both at the Government site and for the school’s own records.

If a child has tested positive on a PCR in the last 90 days they should not participate in the return to school testing, as there is a risk it could display a false positive result. Please inform us of such cases by emailing absence@judd.kent.sch.uk with details about the date of the positive test, child’s name and form group.

As a parent of a new student in Year 7 please consent to the testing described above by completing this form. You can also declare that you do not wish to participate in testing on the same form, so we do not send chasing requests.

We look forward to the start of term, as August closes, with enthusiasm and anticipation for the new year.

Best wishes,

Jon Wood
Headteacher

Student Remote Learning until the end of Autumn term 2020 

9/12/20

Dear Parents,

I have been reflecting on the proposal I sent you a fortnight ago, watching the increasing coverage in the media of the pressure schools are under, the Government’s inability to accept that school leaders are capable of managing the situation without Secretary of State intervention, and our own community seeing increasing cases week on week.

In the maelstrom of communications to individual year groups since the proposal was launched, it occurs to me that I have not been keeping the wider community abreast of cases elsewhere within the school. As such, let me provide below a brief summary of the cases reported to me since the proposal was withdrawn:

Week Commencing

7

8

9

10

12

13

Grand Total

30/11

1

3

3

6

2

1

16

7/12

   

1

   

3

4

Grand Total

1

3

4

6

2

4

20

Whilst some of these cases have not impacted on the wider school community, as they have been wholly contained within the household, others clearly have with 865 students experiencing remote learning at some point since the proposal was withdrawn, collectively more than 3500 days of remote schooling.

Therefore, I have decided to carry through the spirit of the original proposal, if not the detail. From Thursday 10th December, we will offer all parents the opportunity to decide whether their children attend school, until the end of this term. This will drastically reduce the risk to all members of the community, whether choosing to attend school, or not, including to the staff on site.

The school will remain open; no child will be refused access to the school to learn, meet with peers, or gain access to their teachers, unless they are part of a school group that has been required to either self-isolate or remote learn, as a result of existing or future cases within the school. Clearly, the existing arrangements for remote learning for Year 13 remain in place.

Here you will find a brief guide to parents and students on remote learning, which will hopefully help those who have had little experience of it to date.

To be clear, from January, attendance will be expected once more, the decision to offer blended learning (the combination of in school attendance with remote learning) is neither preferable in the long term, as effective in delivering certain aspects of the curriculum, nor sustainable for colleagues in school. The decision is being taken for the safety of students and staff in school, and the safety of family groups that are trying to meet at Christmas as safely as they are able.

I am so very grateful to the words of support that we have received for all the staff at the school, for the efforts we have made to continue to provide an excellent education through unusual circumstances. I sincerely hope that this suggestion strikes the right balance between those on either side of the original debate. Given that the choice rests with yourselves, I did not see a need to canvass your opinion further before reaching this decision. I would, however, like a response from as many as possible to indicate people’s intentions around attendance, in an effort to make our Attendance Officer’s job more achievable through that period.

I do hope that you all manage to have a restful and enjoyable Christmas Holiday. We look forward to welcoming all back to school in the New Year.

With best wishes,

Jon Wood
Headteacher

Parents of Students asked to Self-isolate 

If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities. 

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period. 

Please see the link to: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 .  

People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance.

Symptoms of COVID 19 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading 

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.

Do:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Information to all parents in the event of a positive case in school 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 .  

People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Please see the link to the PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance.

Symptoms of COVID 19 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading 

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.

Do:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Changes made:

4/3/21: Updated Risk Assessment in line with new Government guidance and Lateral Flow Testing of Students.

12/11/20: Adjustments to Lockdown are clarified by the DfE - clubs able to return, subject to continued bubble approach. CCF, sports, music etc to continue with single year groups.

4/11/20: Letter to Parents - New measures in response to Lockdown 

Dear Parents,

As we move into a second national lockdown, let me update you on measures we are taking to adapt to this situation.

Firstly, and perhaps most significantly in terms of change, we are requiring that face masks are worn by all students, when entering a building, until they take their seat (either in a classroom, or when dining). When outside, students may remove their face covering if they wish, however, at lesson change over it would seem sensible to keep their mask on for their entire journey. This is consistent with the guidance of 16th October: “Schools and colleges will have the discretion to require face coverings in indoor communal areas where social distancing cannot be safely managed” and of the rules for areas at higher risk.

It is important that students understand how to wear, remove and store their mask safely, I recommend this video as a helpful explanation. Parents of students who would consider themselves exempt from wearing a face mask should send a short email to pastoral@judd.kent.sch.uk briefly explaining their circumstances to make us aware.

We will seek to naturally ventilate classrooms irrespective of weather – either continuously or periodically – so please ensure as the weather gets colder that students prepare for that eventuality; school jumpers are recommended.

Students should continue to adhere to the one-way system that is in place around the school. In particular, when circling (clockwise) the buildings beside the pool pitch, they should not take shortcuts that require them to pass through the narrow corridors between science and the Cohen and Library buildings against the flow.

It will be increasingly important that staff maintain their distance from students; so, I remind students that should they require support from their teacher, and it cannot be achieved from the front of the class, then students should bring their work to the teacher – maintaining their distance and avoiding face to face conversation – rather than the teacher coming to them.

PSHE Day will continue to run, but outside speakers are limited to video conferencing and will not attend in person. Visitors to the site in general are only permitted where remote meetings are not practical.

As a crucial aspect of the curriculum, we will endeavour to undertake planned fieldwork activities (Y8 Geography) as long as we are allowed under the guidance (we expect updated guidance from Government soon).

We will continue to operate extra-curricular activities that we have assessed thus far to be safe, in individual year groups, until further restrictions do not allow them to take place. Unfortunately, we have decided that Games activities can only take place on the school sites and travel between – this affects our cross-country provision most significantly.

There are a number of school events that are impacted by the lockdown:

  • This weekend’s DofE Expedition (Y11) has been postponed. (Letter sent with more details)
  • CCF Recruit Ex (14th Nov) has been cancelled.
  • School Christmas Lunches cannot take place safely in the current situation so are cancelled.

We do hope to have other activities taking place to celebrate the festive season, more information on that to follow, but we will not be decorating classrooms this year.

Sixth Form

In an effort to avoid public transport at busy times wherever possible, students may now attend school for their first taught session, meaning they are required at registration only when they have a lesson Period 1. Their study spaces remain open, should they wish to arrive at the normal time.

Additionally, whilst in lockdown, we do not feel it appropriate that we hold Form Period on Friday mornings, so they may arrive for Period 2 on the appropriate week.

Students are NOT allowed to leave the school site at lunchtime, or between lessons, unless they are leaving to go home. The rule of six no longer applies, so we do not want students seen in town together, shopping for their lunch or socialising. There is ample space and opportunity on the school site, while we operate split lunch and break times.

Sixth Form students should sign in and out using the online form on their personal device, whenever deviating from the full school day.

I know that we would all rather the virus was not requiring us to move back into lockdown, but we will continue to try and provide an education to all students as best we can under all circumstances.

I know that I said in August, that I will seek your views in a short survey of your (and your child’s) experience to date. I still intend to do that very soon, where I will also ask for information from all parents about how they would expect their child to return home in the event of the need to isolate children during the school day.

With very best wishes as we again brace ourselves for what is ahead.

Jon Wood
Headteacher

02/09: The Mabledon Road exit is NOT yet ready for use.


05/10: New Staff measures to minimise transmission (staff-staff and staff-student) in place (attached below).