Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been wonderful to start our new term with all our year groups back. I would like to thank all parents and carers for their continued support in reinforcing our key Health and Safety messages.
This week we have been able to review our Risk Assessment in action with all our students on site. As a result, we are going to make some changes to how we manage the end of the school day. This is to reduce the risk of year groups mixing and to limit the number of students potentially having to self-isolate should we have a positive COVID-19 case.
Changes to the end of the school day
From Monday 19th April we are going to have a different approach to managing the end of the school day to ensure all students only leave the building though their designated year group door.
At the end of the day, all students in Key Stage 3 & 4 will be escorted by a member of staff to their designated door. To reduce congestion and potential mixing of year groups we are going to start to take KS3 students to their exit door at 2.50pm. This means, students in KS3, will be leaving site earlier than those in KS4/5. In reality, depending on which classroom students are in, they will be leaving the school on average 5 minutes early. This will vary depending on where in the school their last lesson has taken place.
Students in Key Stage 4/5 will continue to leave school at 3pm.
It is absolutely vital that we keep our year groups apart as much as possible. We have explained this new approach to the students today but please could you reinforce this and also emphasise that, at the start of the day, all students must enter the building through their designated door. Any students who are late will need to come into school through main reception and sign in. These students need to be vigilant about social distancing as they enter the building.
Health and Safety
Just a reminder of our key Health and Safety requirements:
- Students must not mix outside their contact groups.
- All students (except those who are medically exempt) will need to wear a mask at all times whilst on site.
- 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.
These measures 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
Lateral Flow Tests are to identify anyone who may be positive for Covid-19 but asymptomatic. If anyone in Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 would like to opt in please email Mr Bartley – AB@newporthigh.co.uk
Lateral Flow Tests must not be used if you are unwell or have any COVID symptoms. If you are unwell you must go for a PCR Covid test at a testing centre.
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 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.
These tests are a useful additional measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however, even in the event of a negative Lateral Flow Test, all other health and safety measures must be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Post Action Inspection Action Plan or PIAP
We have been working closely with Estyn on our PIAP. A full copy of our PIAP is on the website, under “About Us, PIAP”. The PIAP is a detailed document that identifies the work we are doing to improve the school. I thought it would also be useful to share with you the most important priorities from the PIAP which we call our “PIAP on a page”. Again, this can be found in our “About Us, PIAP” section on the website.
Changes to Free School Meals (FSM) in Year 7
We have had some good news for our families of Year 7 students in receipt of Free School Meals.
From Tuesday 4th May the Welsh Government will be increasing the value by £1 per student for students in Year 7. This is specifically to enable students to purchase ‘breakfast’ foods at break. I will send out further details next week about this.
Apologies for the amount of information this week but there is a lot I needed to share with you.
With many thanks for your continued support