Dear Parents/ Carers,
Thank you for all of your patience, speedy responses and messages of support that have come into college over the last couple of days.
I am delighted that staff have managed to train, set up and start the lateral flow testing today. The team were amazing in all respects and we have tested lots of staff, none of whom have tested positive. I also have to say that the NHS training was good and the delivery of equipment was on time: well done Royal Mail.
All families should have got an email today that had the consent forms for students to be tested attached. If you give consent for them to take part in the testing programme these must be emailed back (completed) to firstname.lastname@example.org . We will never make a student have the test if they are anxious even if you have given consent though we will work hard to reduce anxiety. We cannot accept verbal consent.
Thank you to those who have volunteered to help with the testing programme we will be in touch over the next couple of days to arrange enhanced disclosure checks for you and training.
The time I am writing this is 5 20pm and the plan at the moment is that children of key workers will be in tomorrow and Year 11 students based in Marvel will be in. I am aware that the Prime Minister is going to address the country at 8pm tonight, so I may be emailing you later on! However I am also aware that some schools are already having to move to key worker only provision. This will impact my staffing levels as will the fact that teaching unions and support staff unions are, rightly, very concerned about the health and safety of all staff, students and the wider community and may feel they need to take action. Alongside this the Head Teacher unions have started legal action against the Secretary of State for Education asking him to disclose medical advice in relation to the new strain of Covid 19 and its impact on risk assessments for schools. It is a most unsatisfactory state of affairs when the Department for Education is not working with all the stakeholders in the education sphere openly and effectively.
No doubt I will be in touch soon.
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation and please be assured that the health, safety and wellbeing of all the community is at the forefront of the decision we are making.