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Whole School Letter – 19-03-2021

Friday 19th March 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is a very sad day today for our whole school community as the funeral of Ross Mohring takes place this afternoon. It will be particularly difficult for Ross’ teachers and friends and I would like to praise our students and staff in the sixth form for conducting themselves with resilience, grace and kindness during such a difficult time. Our thoughts go out to Ross’ family.

It has been wonderful to welcome back our students in years 10-13 this week and, today, they were joined by Year 7.

The rest of Key Stage 3 will have their sessions in school with us as follows:

  • Year 7 –Monday 22nd March
  • Year 8 – Tuesday 23rd March & Wednesday 24th March
  • Year 9 – Thursday 25th March & Friday 26th March

We are still hoping that schools will fully re-open after Easter and will share more details of this next week.

Just a reminder that on-line lessons may be late starting due to our staff having to travel to a different part of the school to deliver these lessons. We apologise for this in advance, however, it is unavoidable due to the zoning of students in school.

Please can you reinforce these important H&S messages with your children:

  1. Students must not mix outside their contact groups.
  2. All students (except those who are medically exempt) will need to wear a mask at all times whilst on site.
  3. All students need to wash or sanitise their hands frequently. This includes on entering and leaving the school building, on entering and leaving a classroom, before and after break and lunch and before and after going to the toilet.

I would like to thank all parents and carers for their support with ensuring your children have returned to school looking so smart and showing real maturity in complying with our health and safety measures. These are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our whole school community and to try and keep as many students with us in school and learning.

Lateral Flow Testing – Years 10-13

Thanks to all students in Years 10-13 who have opted to take part in Lateral Flow testing. We have been distributing the testing kits today and these students will be taking their first test on Sunday 21st March. They will need to complete a further two tests on Wednesday 24th March and Sunday 9th April (which is the last Sunday of the Easter holidays).

We will issue additional test kits to those students taking part in the programme when they return to school on the 12th April ready for their first summer term Lateral Flow Test on Wednesday 14th April.

This is an optional programme and if there are other students in Years 10-13 who would now like to opt in please email Mr Bartley – AB@newporthigh.co.uk

If anyone does test positive for COVID-19 with the Lateral Flow Test they need to inform both NHS Wales and let us know at school by following the link they have been individually sent. Anyone who tests positively for COVID-19 with a Lateral Flow test must not attend school, should self-isolate and arrange for a PCR test to confirm if they have COVID-19. The PCR test must be done within 24 hours of the positive Lateral Flow Test.

Testing is designed to identify anyone who is asymptomatic i.e. has COVID-19 but is showing no symptoms.

These tests are a useful additional measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however, a negative Lateral Flow Test should not be mean that the other crucial health and safety measures are maintained.

It is absolutely crucial that anyone who is unwell or living with someone with symptoms does not attend school. This is to protect the health of everyone. I really appreciate your support with this to reduce the risks of transmission.

If anyone is feeling unwell, or has any of the three identified symptoms, they must self-isolate and get a COVID test and not attend school.  The symptoms are:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • loss of taste and smell

If anyone has tested positively for COVID-19 within the last 10 days, or is living with someone in the same household who has tested positively or has symptoms, they must self-isolate for 10 days.

Please keep us informed if your child is unwell by contacting school in the usual way. During this period of remote learning we have a reduced number of staff on site so if you need to contact us please do so either by emailing on info@newporthigh.co.uk or telephoning on 01633 820100.

Please continue to use the Newport High School out of hours COVID-19 line to report if your child has had a positive test. Please only leave a message on this service if your child has had a positive test result. The number for this is: 01633 820 101

As this is a dedicated service for confirmation of positive COVID-19 test results, please do not use this service to report any other information as these messages will not be checked or responded to.

Kind regards

Mrs Lee