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Successful onsite testing programme for Year 8 on Wednesday 9th June

Feedback on successful onsite testing programme for Year 8

Thank you for your support today. The onsite self-administered lateral flow testing has gone very well with a high student turnout.

We are pleased to inform you that all Year 8 students can return to school tomorrow (Thursday 10th June) unless they are still required to isolate because they have been identified as close contacts.

All Year 8 students have been re-issued with a box containing seven lateral flow test kits and it is vitally important that regular twice weekly testing and reporting continues in the coming weeks. You will have seen the media reports that Covid-19 rates in Greater Manchester and its surrounding area in school age children have increased substantially.  We are sure that you will want to use these tests to minimise any further disruption to in-school learning.

On a separate note, we are looking into the issue that resulted in some parents / carers not receiving the test times email yesterday evening; thank you to those parents / carers who alerted us to this issue.

Kind regards,

Mr D Jones
Senior Leader, Extended Student Services

Year 8 Update – Arrangements for Onsite Lateral Flow Testing – Wednesday 9th June

Further to the Headteacher’s email of 7th June (see https://www.wilmslowhigh.com/noticeboard/important-update-on-year-8-bubble-closure-monday-7th-june/) I am now writing with details of the arrangements for onsite Lateral Flow Testing on Wednesday 9th June.

Date of Covid 19 Test – Wednesday 9th June

  • Only attend onsite testing if you are free from Covid-19 symptoms and have not been asked to self-isolate.
  • Please ensure you arrive (at the Olympic hall entrance) at your designated timeslot
  • You should attend wearing full school uniform (this is to aid with the identification of students on the site)
  • Please ensure you arrive with a face covering. This will need to be worn for the duration of the testing process.
  • At the end of your test please leave the site and return straight home.
  • Please continue to complete a regular lateral flow test at home (twice weekly) and report the results to the NHS and School.
Form GroupTime to be at Olympic Hall Gate
Y 8BGB9.00 Am
Y 8BCG9.20 Am
Y 8BAM9.40 Am
Y 8HRC10.20 Am
Y 8HJC10.40 Am
Y 8HPK11.40 Am
Y 8NHC12.00 Pm
Y 8NBH1.10 Pm
Y 8NAS1.30 Pm
Y 8TMH1.50 Pm
Y 8TDM2.10 Pm
Y 8TRA2.30 Pm

 

Date of return to school – Thursday 10th June

Additional information

Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in our school, through asymptomatic transmission. I am therefore strongly encouraging those returning to school to be tested.

I still need to provide Consent for the Covid 19 test

The consent form can be accessed on the school website or by clicking here.

What if my child tests positive?

Parents/carers will be informed immediately if their child has tested positive.

If a student tests positive on a lateral flow device, parents/carers will be informed immediately by Wilmslow High school and will need to isolate for 10 days.

What happens if the test is negative?

You will only be informed by school of a test result if it is positive or void. Your child will return home with the test card to enable you to log the result with the NHS. We maintain a full register of all results in school should you require confirmation.

While a small number of students may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, students who test negative will be able to return to school with their year group.

What if my child develops symptoms?

This testing programme at Wilmslow High School is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

We look forward to welcoming all Year 8 students back.

 

Kind regards

Mr Jones

Senior Leader Extended Student Services

Important Update on Year 8 Bubble Closure – Monday 7th June

Dear parents and carers,

Current context

Firstly, can I thank you for your understanding as we manage the significant challenge of Covid infection within Year 8 that we are currently facing.  The following data will perhaps help give you additional context of the picture that senior staff have been responding to on a case-by-case basis, and in regular contact with Cheshire East Public Health, as it has developed over the half-term break.

DateNumber of positive cases reported to school
Thursday 27th May1
Friday 28th May1
Saturday 29th May2
Sunday 30th May1
Tuesday 1st June2
Wednesday 2nd June2
Thursday 3rd June6
Saturday 5th June1
Sunday 6th June1
Monday 7th June1
TOTAL since 27th May18

Additionally, of our current cases, 2 have already been identified as being of the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Public Health advice – Sunday 6th June

Based on this data we were advised by Public Health on Sunday morning to close the Year 8 bubble for Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th June while further investigation of patterns could be conducted.  We were also advised to message to you the value of frequent lateral flow device testing as a means of helping to break chains of transmission. These tests assist in identifying individuals who, due to not showing any symptoms, were unaware that they were carrying the Covid-19 virus and were therefore infectious.

Current Lateral Flow Test reporting response rate

Over the last three days we have received 182 test results for Year 8 via our online test reporting form.  This represents a response rate of 52% for this year group.  In view the situation being reported in the North West, we were hoping to have been able to report a higher response rate to Public Health.

Onsite Lateral Flow Testing programme – Wednesday 9th June

Consequently, given the scale of the positive cases experienced by this year group over the last 10 days and the presence of the Delta variant, we have agreed with Cheshire East Public Health that the safest way to bring Year 8 back into school quickly and sustainably would be to run an onsite Lateral Flow testing programme for Year 8 students on Wednesday 9th June.  We will contact you again on Tuesday with full details of how this testing will operate but as you will remember from our March mass testing programme this will require students to attend at specified times and for only part of the day.

Continued need for home Lateral Flow Testing and reporting

Please note that Public Health are recommending that in addition your child continues to conduct home lateral flow tests at least twice a week, and report the results, since the greater the regularity the greater the likelihood of identifying a person who is infectious but asymptomatic.

Remote Learning

On Tuesday 8th June Year 8 students will continue to follow the remote learning programme that was sent out on Monday morning.  On Wednesday 9th June, as live remote lessons will be impractical due to the onsite testing programme, teachers will set tasks via FireFly or direct students to “Behind the Leaf” work.

I appreciate that bubble closures create challenges for families and, of course, we want to resolve these as quickly as possible.  We look forward to receiving the lateral flow test data over the next few days that will provide strong evidence for us all that this pattern of cases has now been broken.

Yours sincerely,

J. H. Pulle

Headteacher

Wilmslow High School

Covid-19 information and actions before Monday 7th June

Covid-19: reducing transmission rates – Lateral Flow Testing and Result Reporting: June 2021

All students should continue to do regular Lateral Flow Device Tests and report the results to school using the following link on the front page of the school website:

Wilmslow High School Lateral Flow Device – Test Result Submission Form

If the result is positive please also notify school immediately using the following email account:

CovidStudents@wilmslowhigh.com

Information about testing is on the following webpages

COVID-19 Testing | Wilmslow High School

Information about Covid-19 absences

Information about Face Coverings

Message to to Year 11 re change to AAT arrangements for Monday 7th – Wednesday 9th June

As you know, we have tried to plan your Additional Assessment Tasks carefully to provide all our students with the opportunity to demonstrate what you can do.

Fortunately, through the course of the assessments, we have had to make relatively few changes to take account of Covid-related disruption to learning.

We are however, modifying the assessments schedule slightly for the week beginning 7th June (see updated AAT timetable attached).  This moves the final Maths assessment to the morning of Tuesday 8th June and the German listening assessment to the morning of Wednesday 9th June.

We are also requesting that all Year 11 students study from home on Monday 7th June to prevent an in-school Year 11 track and trace impacting on the final assessments.

We recognise that this means that the Year 11 Leavers’ Assemblies will need to be postponed, and the disappointment that this will cause to you, and your form tutors and Heads of House.  However, we are also committed to doing what we can to limit further Covid transmission, particularly in light of headlines over the last week.  Therefore, your Heads of House are looking at how we can celebrate the last five years with you at a time that will not have any subsequent impact to the grading process.  Your Heads of House will be in touch with you about this after half term.

Could I take this opportunity to echo Mr Jones’ praise for your conduct during the Additional Assessment Tasks.  We have been very proud of you as a year group and are looking forward to welcoming back those of you wishing to continue your studies in our Sixth Form.

Mr Williams will be in touch with you the week of 14th June with further details of the transition packs for students wishing to return to the Sixth Form in September.

I hope that this email and the updated AAT Timetable provide all the information that you need before the start of term.

If not, please do get in touch with Mr Jones and I at the following e-mails so that one or other of us is able to respond to you:

RPowley@wilmslowhigh.com

DJones@wilmslowhigh.com

We will reply to any queries but please be aware that our response times may not be quite as quick as usual during the holidays.

Best wishes to all our Year 11 students.

Ms Powley

Deputy Headteacher