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Important COVID-19 Update – 12th July 2021

Decision to move Year 10 and Year 9 to remote education.

Over the weekend we received an additional 8 cases of COVID-19 with the majority affecting Years 9 and 10. Since the start of July we have experienced almost the same number of cases as the total cases reported in the first half of Autumn term. Our expectation is that the number of cases is going to continue to rise during this week with the inevitable need for students to be sent home to self-isolate. Currently we have some year groups with more students at home than in school; we also have a large number of staff who are now self-isolating. As a result of these very difficult circumstances, managing the school and providing a high quality experience for all our students has become very challenging.

We have decided that Year 10 and Year 9 will switch to remote learning for the remainder of term. This has been a very difficult decision to make but it will mean that we are able to provide a better quality of education with greater consistency of learning for our students and also it will also reduce the risk of your child needing to self isolate during the summer holidays, should they be identified as a close contact.

From tomorrow morning live form time will start promptly at 8.30am for all Year 9 and 10 students. Students will then follow their usual timetable for a red week, until the school closes on Friday. Friday will have a slightly altered timing due to the celebration assembly and end of term arrangements. Form time will be extended, periods 1 and 2 as normal and then a shortened period 3 for form time goodbyes.

All lessons, including form time, will be accessed via Google Meet in Google Classroom. Resources will be uploaded by the teachers and students will be directed to these either in the classroom or by the teacher. Any student who does not attend the lesson will be sent a ‘non attendance’ notification via Class Charts. It is expected that all students will attend all lessons and participate fully. 

For those students who are unable to access remote learning we will provide a suitable facility to support them. In the first instance, please contact your Raising Standards Leader for details.

Unless they are isolating or unwell, students in Years 7 and 8 will continue to attend school as normal. Their curriculum is different to the other Year groups and the majority of their timetable is spent only with their own tutor group. It is hoped that the remote learning provided at the end of last week, along with the weekend, will provide a potential brake on the rate of transmission in these Year groups. We are also aware that these students will often require more child care arrangements when at home. 

Students who are currently in self-isolation will still need to complete their period of isolation according to the government guidelines. However, those who are studying from home as a result of our decision to switch to remote learning, and are not an identified close contact, will not need to self-isolate.

The end of this term has been unprecedented, with the number of positive cases reaching levels not previously seen without the government closing schools. Due to the current rules concerning close contacts a significant number of students are now in self-isolation and studying from home. There is now a considerable impact on large numbers of families having to self-isolate at the beginning of the summer holidays, and the subsequent effect on family plans and wellbeing. It is reasonable that we try to mitigate these negative effects on our families after such a difficult year.

Please accept our appreciation for your continued support in these extremely trying times. This decision has not been taken lightly, but it is felt to be in the best interests of our students and families for the remainder of term.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Important COVID-19 Update – 7th July 2021

Further advice following the text message to Year 7 & 8 parents:

Due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and isolation of close contacts, we have taken the difficult decision to close the school to Year 7 and 8 pupils tomorrow and Friday. School will remain open for Year 9 and 10 as normal. For Year 7 and 8 live lessons, including tutor time, will be available from 8:30am.

If a member of staff is unable to live stream they will signpost you to the work on Class Charts/Google Classroom. If you have any specific concerns please raise with your tutor in the first instance.

We will provide further information with regards to next week as soon as possible.
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COVID-19 Update – 6th July 2021

Dear parent/carer,

I am writing to provide you with an update on the COVID situation at The Kingsway School.

As many of you will be aware, over the past two weeks, we have seen a spike in reported positive tests (LFD and/or PCR) for COVID-19 among our student and staff population.

This may be down to more rigorous testing, cases of the new Delta variant, increasing cases within our community and Greater Manchester region. In school, we are continuing to follow the advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England in managing our response. With a recent flurry of isolating students, I thought it would be helpful to remind parents of the latest guidance and actions the school will take and how you can help us get to the summer as simply and safely as possible. 

My child is unwell

As a school we had previously taken the approach ‘unless it’s broken, send them in’ with regards to attendance to school. However, we are in a different landscape now. If your child feels unwell, and their symptoms are COVID related (e.g. cough/cold/flu/fever etc.), please DO NOT send them into school. This saves a lot of trouble and strife for staff and families when these symptoms turn out to be COVID.

My child’s LFD test is positive

If a student’s LFD test result is positive this should be reported to the school via covid@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk and recorded on the child’s NHS Track and Trace App. Parents should immediately book a follow up PCR test. Whilst we await the result of the PCR test, the whole household must self isolate. In school, we will liaise with the family to identify close contacts in the 48 hours prior to testing. All close contacts are withdrawn from lessons with immediate effect and allowed to call their parents or carers to advise that they have been identified as a close contact and need to go home. We will always safely supervise any students until they are able to contact a family member.

My child’s PCR test is positive

If your child receives a positive PCR test result, you should email a screenshot of the result to covid@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk and record on the child’s NHS Track and Trace App. If close contacts have not already been identified (i.e. where the PCR is not a follow up to the LFD), school will begin the process of identifying close contacts as detailed above. Where the positive PCR follows a positive LFD, we will confirm with isolating close contacts the dates for the period of isolation and the child’s return date to school. Please note that the dates for self isolation are not determined by the school, but are from Public Health England; we cannot adjust or amend these dates. A confirmation letter will be sent home confirming the isolation period. A PCR test currently takes precedence over an LFD test. Any subsequent negative LFD results will not alter the period of isolation for a positive PCR test.

My child’s follow-up PCR test is negative

If a child’s follow-up PCR test is negative, they and all close contacts can return to school. The PCR results can often be reported to school in the morning, so it is important that parents check their emails/texts each morning to know if students can return to school. 

Close contacts

Close contacts are those students and staff who have been within 1 metre for 1 minute or more, or within 2 metres of the positive case for 15 minutes or more (cumulative through the day). We also ask for the names of close social contacts (i.e. friends at break or on the way to/from school). Parents can help by reporting these names to the covid@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk email address.

LFD testing

The school continues to receive supplies of LFD testing kits for students and staff. We distribute these on a regular basis, however the number of recorded results falls significantly short of the number of test kits distributed. Regular testing is a key component of our response to the COVID pandemic and helps to keep our school and local community safe. Please ensure your child takes their test twice a week. 

In September, we may be required by the Government to return to mass testing i.e. where tests are carried out on all consenting students in school by trained staff. This will ensure that we have minimised the risk of transmission of COVID in school on return from the summer holiday.

The school has stocks of LFD test kits and PHE leaflets (including information about recording test results). Please ask your child to speak to their form tutor if they would like any of these.

The summer holiday

Before we reach September, staff, students and parents/carers have a well deserved summer holiday to look forward to. We do not want to be reporting positive COVID cases and periods of isolation to anyone during our last week of term. Please help us to help you, by following the guidance, communicating with the school and being careful out there!

September 2021

There is currently speculation about the next academic year, and further announcements are imminent. When it is released, we will communicate our plans as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and incredible support over the past 18 months.

Wishing you a lovely, special summer break.

Mrs J Lowe
Headteacher

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COVID-19 Update – 14th June 2021

We have had two cases of COVID-19 today. One in Year 8 and one in Year 9. Close contacts of these two cases have been asked to self-isolate for 10 days. 

We are witnessing a surge of cases in the local area. To minimise the impact on our community please can you ensure that your child is completing the Lateral Flow Tests twice a week. It is important that you do not send your child to school if they display any COVID-19 symptoms.

The wearing of masks has been re-introduced in classrooms and around the school to help reduce the transmission of the virus between students and staff. Please ensure your child brings a mask to school everyday.

Your cooperation is vital and please accept my thanks in anticipation of your support.

Senior Deputy Headteacher
Mr Knott

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COVID-19 Update – 9th June 2021

We have had a positive case of COVID-19 in Year 10 reported today. The close contacts of this person are being informed of their period of isolation. There were also a number of cases reported during the half term holiday.

It is crucial that students do not attend school if they are symptomatic. A reminder that everyone should be testing twice weekly with LFD tests, and these must be reported using the NHS app, with positive cases also reported to school.

Please ensure your child has a face mask which needs to be worn in school at ALL times.

These measures are important in preventing an outbreak in school and affecting our community.

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