Friday 10th September 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had a very positive start to the new academic year and have enjoyed welcoming our new Year 7 students along with our new Rugby Academy students, many of whom have chosen to come to us from other local schools.
Just a reminder that students need to be at school by 8.45sm latest and should enter the building through their own year group’s door:
- Year 7 – door 1
- Year 8 – main entrance
- Year 9 – door 3
- Year 10 – door 2 (purple entrance closest to main canteen)
- Year 11 & KS5– door 4 double doors by sports hall
Uniform and Equipment
A huge thank you to all our parents and carers for ensuring that our students have returned in full school uniform. Just a reminder that students must now change in school for PE lessons, and should not come into school in their PE kit.
All students need to attend school with their own basic equipment and a bag. This is vital as they will need to carry their books to and from home and between classrooms.
All students have been issued with two packs of re-useable masks which we expect them to wear as they enter and leave the building and whilst moving around the school. This is to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
I have emailed all parents with details of the new changes to the self-isolation rules in Wales around COVID-19.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) will contact you. They will ask questions designed to identify recent close contacts of your child, they will then get in touch with these close contacts to provide instructions or advice.
Those who are under 18 or fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts. They will be contacted to let them know that they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. They will also be offered two PCR tests and provided with information and advice on how to minimise the risks of onward spread. If your child is identified as a close contact, they can still attend school unless they develop symptoms or are advised otherwise by TTP. Please continue to let us know if your child tests positive.
If a child tests positive, only a minority of their classmates will be identified as close contacts. But, if there is a pattern of cases, TTP may ask us to update you on the situation and remind you of key steps, including advising you to keep an eye out for new symptoms your child may develop, and to stay away from vulnerable family and friends in the short-term.
We do expect that there will be cases of COVID-19 across our community over the coming weeks, but this does not mean that COVID-19 is spreading within the school. Please continue to be vigilant for symptoms. If you are in any doubt, order a PCR test for your child at www.gov.uk/get‑coronavirus‑test or by calling 119.
Anyone with symptoms – a new continuous cough, fever or high temperature or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should remain in self-isolation until the test result is known. You can find the latest information on self-isolation arrangements at www.gov.wales/self‑isolation.
The best way to avoid transmitting COVID-19 is that anyone who has one or more of the 3 main COVID19 symptoms does not attend school and has a PCR test.
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.
Lateral Flow Testing
We would encourage as many students as possible to routinely carry out LFD tests to pick up any students who may have COVID-19 but are asymptomatic. Any students who have not signed up for LFD testing but would like to take part please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and arrange to pick up your testing kits. We respectfully ask for testing to be done on a Wednesday and Sunday evening.
First Aid in school
We do have very limited First Aid facilities and these are to allow us to respond to emergencies that occur during the school day. We do not have the capacity to offer general healthcare and students who are genuinely unwell should not be coming into school. Any student who has been prescribed medicines (such as antibiotics) need to ensure these are given to reception with clear instructions about timings of doses. This allows us to store these securely which is important for the safety of all our students. Please note we are not allowed to provide students with any medicines ourselves which includes pain killers such as paracetamol and students should not be bringing these in. The parents or carers of any student who needs to take medication during the day, must ensure these are given to reception.
We have emailed all parents and carers this week to highlight the support that can be offered to any of our students who may be a young carer. A young carer is someone under 18 who is caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Research suggests there are at least 800,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer. We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. If anyone would like to discuss the support we can offer please contact us on email@example.com
If anyone would like to be part of either our on line Parental Forum or our new coffee and parental drop-in please contact CRE@newporthigh.co.uk
I would like to thank all of our families for their help and support in ensuring our students come to school, on time, in the correct uniform, with their equipment and are ready to learn.
With kind regards