Head Teacher Update
You will know from local media that Cheshire West and Chester has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. This week, it has been confirmed that the area will become part of an Enhanced Support Package.
At a school level this means that the local authority reccomend the wearing of face coverings for all staff and pupils in Year 7 and above. This includes in the classroom settings. We also continue with the asymptomatic testing routes; in Cheshire West and Chester, residents are being asked to take part in routine PCR testing, as well as twice weekly testing through the Lateral Flow Devices. As always with this guidance, we continue to read and reflect on any updates and communicate with you at the earliest opportunity.
Unfortunately, the ongoing restrictions nationally and locally means that a number of key events have had to be changed. The Year 11 Prom, due to take place on Friday 2nd July, will no longer take place as planned. The team are working hard to confirm an alternative arrangement. Likewise, the planned transition events for students and families of future Year 7 children will now take place virtually. We continue to be guided by the Director of Public Health on such situations. Be assured, we will work to ensure that the experience of students will not be severely affected.
Positively, we do continue to adjust some plans for activities such as Sports Day. Such activity can still take place under the guidelines of COVID-19 advice. Mr Russell will provide an update in due course to students.
Finally, you will note from the last newsletter that we had a fantastic opportunity for Year 8 and Year 9 students to take part in a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) taster session. I am delighted to say that there will be another taster session taking place very soon. If your son/daughter has any questions, please speak to me or their Form Tutor.
Local COVID-19 Guidance
You may be aware that Cheshire West and Chester Council have seen a large increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 resulting in a number of outbreaks in businesses and schools. The current increase in the number of new cases are more likely to belong to the Variant B.1.671.2 ( Delta variant) which is more transmissible than other previous variants. To reduce the spread of the virus, and understand the extent of spread, Cheshire West and Chester Council Public Health Team are now advising all residents in Northwich and Winsford to book a PCR test regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
To book a test you should visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and select ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms‘ or call 119. Lateral Flow Device home tests should not be used instead of a PCR test in this situation. We would advise everyone who lives in a household to go along to get a test together, pupils who are under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer to access a test. Please notify the school if you or anyone in your household tests positive.
While waiting for your test result you do not need to self-isolate unless:
- You develop symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, or a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- Someone you live with develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19
- You are contacted by the school or NHS Test and Trace and advised to self-isolate
Does my child have to wear a face covering?
In response to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 the Director of Public Health is advising the re-introduction of face coverings for all staff and pupils in year 7 and above indoors while in school and college in the affected areas of Northwich and Winsford, including in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained, with the exception of certain lessons such as PE.
The Local Authority will continue to monitor the need for face coverings to be in place on a weekly basis and issue further guidance once we have assessed that cases of the virus have reduced enough to no longer require face coverings.