Covid testing in preparation for spring term 2022 – published 3rd January 2022

Over the Christmas period we have been monitoring the latest information regarding the rate of Covid 19 infections in the local and national community.

As you will be aware from the extensive media reporting, COVID-19 infection rates are very high as a result of the Omicron variant proving to be highly transmissable. It is important that we all take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection in the Wilmslow community to minimise educational disruption.

As a result of this we are asking that you complete the following Covid testing actions.

Prior to your child returning to school on Wednesday 5 January

Please complete a lateral flow test from your existing supplies. We would advise doing this between Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 January. Record the result on both:

Students return to school on Wednesday 5th January

As you will be aware, the government has decided that all secondary school students should undertake an onsite lateral flow device test on their return from the Christmas Holiday.

As we explained in our letter of the 10th December, we plan to complete a further supervised Lateral Flow with all students who have provided consent in an Extended Form period on Wednesday 5 January.

For a copy of this letter, which contains full details of these arrangements, please click here.

Face coverings in classrooms during January

Students without an identified exemption have been wearing face coverings in corridors and communal areas since the beginning of the new academic year in September.

As the following extract from government guidance outlines, it has now been decided to reintroduce this expectation for classroom situations:

From 4 January 2022, we recommend that in those schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn in classrooms. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. This is a temporary measure.

Please click here for the full government guidance.

We look forward to welcoming our students back for the beginning of the Spring Term.

Yours sincerely

Mr D Jones,

Senior Leader Extended Student Services

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