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COVID-19 Self-Test Results Reporting (Updated September 2021)

Student self-test kits will once again be made available to all students by issuing them regularly in mentor groups. Current kits contain 7 tests, allowing students to self-test for three and a half weeks (ideally every Wednesday and Sunday). We are encouraged to continue to do this until further notice. However, if you do not want your child to self-test, please simply tell them not to collect a kit from their mentor each time they are offered. 

Should any student have missed out on the issuing of kits or find that they need a replacement kit earlier than expected, they should speak to their mentor or pass by the Exams Office (A block) to pick up a replacement kit.

Parents/carers should report each test result in both of the following ways:

  1. https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result  (no later than 24 hours after the test)
  2. https://forms.gle/CjDKowyzXz2iH9ox7 

Please note that if the self-test result is positive, you should also email the school immediately on man-info@cset.co.uk to inform us. This email address is checked regularly, including out of school hours.

If you have any queries regarding COVID-19 self-testing, please do not hesitate to contact us at: alastair.whitehead@cset.co.uk

 If my child has to self-isolate, how will he/she acccess learning?

Home-based learning activities which follow the in-school learning will be provided to those students who are advised not to attend school based on public health or clinical advice. This will be co-ordinated by the Head of House and department leads. 

What are the government's expectations regarding attendance?

Pupil attendance is mandatory and the usual rules on attendance will apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age attends regularly at the school where the child is a registered pupil
  • schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

However, there are circumstances in which pupils are unable to attend school related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), which are:

  • Pupils who are required to self-isolate as they, or a member of their household, has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus
  • Pupils who are required to self-isolate because they are a close contact of someone who has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus
  • Pupils who are required by legislation to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine

 My child is anxious about returning, who should I contact?

We will send a questionnaire to parents and students to assess student well-being prior to return. Heads of House or a member of the inclusion team will contact parents of students who have raised a concern via the Google form. 

Mentors will use the feedback they receive from students to support them in their mentor group and address issues via mentoring sessions and one to ones. This will be passed on to the Head of House if Mentors feel students need additional support.

My child is vulnerable, how is the school supporting his/her return?

We are introducing a number of interventions to support the transition back into education for our most vulnerable students. We are achieving this by offering  visits into school for a number of students prior to the September return to ease their level of anxiety; providing parents with a social story related to COVID 19 for them to share with their child over the holiday period; additional pastoral mentoring and welfare checks upon their return; bespoke provision through our nurture groups in Key Stage 3 and whole-school staff training on trauma during Inset day to upskill teaching and support staff.

How will the school support the well-being of students on return?

The PSHE/Mentoring programme has been created to address the well-being of students and to support their mental health and understanding of the wider world.

Should my child wear a face mask in school?

The advice regarding wearing face coverings within a school setting is in a state of flux and open to significant debate.  The current official guidance states that face coverings are not required in schools as the health and safety measures we have in place should negate the need to wear a face covering.  Our current position on wearing face masks is that they are optional for staff and students but, if they are chosen to be worn, then the wearer must ensure they are wearing and storing the covering appropriately.  The mask should be plain in design if worn so that it is appropriate for a school setting.  Advice on how to wear a face covering can be found on numerous reputable websites including the NHS, an example of such is here:

Wearing a face mask or face covering during COVID-19   

There is a chance that wearing a face mask in school in communal areas may become mandatory and so we feel it is prudent for parents to prepare for this potential change.  Therefore, we ask that you be prepared to provide your child with a plain face mask that is suitable for school and a plastic bag to store it in.  

Will school trips be running?

It is unlikely that school trips will run in the autumn term.

Will peripatetic music lessons be running?

One to one music lessons can happen over Zoom but will not take place in school until after Christmas.

Will there be an increase in on-site cleaning?

We now have two on-site janitors. They will continually clean areas which are frequently touched such as door handles. Each break and lunch zone will also be cleaned thoroughly before the next year group use it. Each classroom will have the desks and any shared equipment wiped clean at the end of every lesson.


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