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Whole School Letter – 01-10-2021

Friday 1st October 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Parental Forums

I am committed to working closely with our families in order to secure the vey best opportunities for our students. Over the last couple of weeks, I have had the privilege of meeting a number of our parents and carers at both our first coffee morning and through the parental forum. These meetings provide valuable insight and will enable me to ensure that our planned school improvements reflect your priorities. One of the concerns the parental forum raised was the standard of school uniform…

School uniform

This year, as a result of adjustments to PE changing, we no longer allow students to come into school in their PE kit. Last term, during the summer, we allowed students to wear shorts, however, we do not allow this in the Autumn term. This is important as if we did allow this relaxation of the policy, it would blur the line between acceptable uniform and those students who might continue coming in wearing PE kit. All students, therefore, need to wear either tailored trousers or a tailored skirt. Any student who comes into school in shorts or tracksuit bottoms or joggers will be taken out of circulation whilst we contact home to request correct school uniform to be brought in.

I agree with the concerns of a number of parents that some of the girls’ skirts are too short. We will be working closely with our students and families to resolve these issues and ensure that all our students, who choose to wear a skirt, wear a skirt of an appropriate length. We will continue this work over the next three weeks. After October half term ( i.e. from Monday 1st November ) anyone wearing a skirt which we consider to be too short, will be will be taken out of circulation whilst we contact home to request correct school uniform to be brought in. This gives all families four weeks to ensure that school skirts are of an appropriate length.

Mobile phones

I acknowledge that not all parents agree that our students should be allowed to use their mobile phones at break and lunchtime. This change has come about from student voice which was overwhelmingly in favour of this. We want to empower our students to make positive choices and take responsibility for their actions. One of our core values is integrity which we describe as ensuring that what we say is what we do, that we do the right things even when no-one is watching and we take responsibility for our actions and admit when we are wrong. It is really important that students are not using their phones in lessons and we have made this expectation very clear to all students. If we see any correlation between the relaxing of the rules around mobile phones at break and lunch and use of mobile phones in lessons, we will review our decision.

COVID-19

We have moved to alert level “moderate” across Newport and to strengthen our COVID-19 measures we are introducing a one-way system in school. This means students can only walk up the purple stairs and walk down the red and we have also introduced new one way systems in the corridors. It is important all staff and students follow this new system.

We are still asking students to wear masks in communal areas of the school but only in lessons where there is movement such as practical lessons in DT or Science. This does not apply to PE.

The most important safety measure is to ensure students are not coming into school if they have any symptoms.  They must remain at home, self-isolate and get a PCR test.

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.

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 info@newporthigh.co.uk to register and arrange to pick up your testing kits. We respectfully ask for testing to be done on a Wednesday and Sunday evening.

With kind regards

Mrs Lee