Towers School and Sixth Form Centre

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Covid update 28/11

 

Dear Parent/ Carer

 

As ever, we are working to keep everyone in our community safe, whilst also ensuring that students’ learning is prioritised. 

 

Like all schools, we have been keeping an eye on local and national developments in terms of Covid. On Saturday 27th Nov, the Prime Minister announced new temporary national precautionary measures.

 

In response to this, the DfE have introduced new measures which we shall be adopting. These measures are being introduced as a precaution in order to mitigate against potential spread. Therefore, from Monday: 

  • Face coverings should be worn in communal areas by staff, visitors and students (unless they are exempt). Please ensure your child brings their face covering to school tomorrow. 
  • All Lead Lessons will be virtual.
  • Parents should minimise visits to the school and should only attend for pre arranged appointments. Meetings that are already scheduled for the coming week will be subject to change. The member of staff leading the meeting will be in touch directly with you to discuss options. 
  • Family lunch will be eaten in DR group classrooms; students will be able to buy food from the canteen but may find it easier to bring a packed lunch 

We would also remind parents that students are encouraged to bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser for their own use.

 

We hope that the continued use of regular LFT, the roll out of vaccinations and boosters and maintenance of good hygiene and ventilation should help to ensure we all stay safe. Therefore, we would encourage all students to continue to maintain regular Lateral Flow Testing – ideally twice a week, on a Sunday and Wednesday. More regular - even daily - testing would be encouraged and testing kits are now freely available at all local pharmacies. A reminder that Lateral Flow Tests should not be carried out on anyone who has tested positive for Covid in the previous 90 days as this is likely to present a false positive reading.

 

Another of the Prime Minister’s precautionary measures is related to face coverings on public transport. When this was previously implemented, we were so proud of the mature and sensible approach that students took and once again we are asking for them to lead by example. All students (apart from those who are exempt) will be required to wear a mask for the full duration of their journey. This measure will be in place for the rest of this term and we ask that the same guidelines are followed for those who share car journeys but live in different households.

 

The current guidance on self-isolation, whereby people who are under the age of 18 and/or double jabbed do not need to self-isolate if identified as a potential close contact to a positive case, remain in place. However, in addition, any suspected or confirmed close contact of the Omicron variant will be contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self isolate for ten days.  

 

Can we remind you that if your child displays symptoms - or has a positive Lateral Flow Test - they must book a PCR test and self isolate until they have received the results. As ever, if your child is self isolating, please let us know by calling 01233 634171 and choosing option 1 or by emailing Covid@towers.school

  

We hope that the steps we are taking, including to maintain the highest standards of hygiene, help to minimise any disruption to students’ learning. 

 

With thanks for your continued support