Advice and information about Covid-19 for all our students, their families and our staff
13 October 2021
Please see below for a letter from the Secretaries of State for Education and for Health and Social Care sent to all parents and carers of secondary students - this letter encourages children to keep testing twice a week and to come forward for the COVID-19 vaccine. Further information about testing can be found in the leaflet below and please see here for FAQs about the vaccine.
Have a look at the latest government guidance for parents and carers about children and young people attending school. Key messages from the government are that:
- all schools and childcare settings are open and attendance is mandatory for all pupils at school
- continuing to take regular rapid tests will help you to identify infections early and reduce transmission
- there is some onsite testing at school, for example two tests at the beginning of term for secondary students and staff and students are encouraged to continue taking regular tests at home
- the school will no longer trace close contacts - close contacts will still be identified via NHS Test and Trace
- pupils who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal
- the government is removing the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet
- as always, you should not send your child to school if:
You should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.
Vaccination programme for young people aged 12 to 15
The government has announced that this autumn, all young people aged 12 to 15 are being offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. For information about this please see the government's information page. When it is available, we will pass on information from our local public health team about the vaccination offer to parents and carers, and pupils.
Information and updates for parents and carers about any specific arrangements that need to be made should there be any change to the guidance or a rise in cases will be shared with parents and carers via letters and our website. We will continue to follow government guidance and regularly review and update our academy's risk assessment if anything changes in our academy or public health advice changed.
Please contact any member of our academy staff if you have any questions.
Information about COVID-19
Cambridgeshire Council has the latest COVID-19 information on their website.
We can support you if you're feeling sad, anxious, unwell or finding life hard during the current pandemic. Know that you're not alone. Please talk to any member of our academy staff or our safeguarding team. We can support you.
Mental health support
Public Health England’s Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign has NHS-endorsed tips and advice for parents and carers to support children and young people’s mental wellbeing.
- Be there to listen - ask the children and young people you look after how they are doing regularly so they get used to speaking about their feelings.
- Stay involved in their life - show interest in their life and the things that are important to them.
- Support positive routines - be a positive role model and support positive behaviours including regular bedtime routines, healthy eating and getting active.
- Encourage their interests - being active, creative, learning things and being a part of a team are all good for mental health. Support children and young people to explore their interests.
- Take what they say seriously - help the children and young people you look after feel valued in what they say and help them work through difficult emotions.
There's lots more advice and support for young people in the health and wellbeing section of our website.
Support for families
Support for you and your family whenever you need it.
We want everyone in our academy community to feel safe, respected and able to talk about any concerns they may have.
Access remote learning
Information for parents and carers about what to expect from remote education if restrictions require students to remain at home.