We were delighted to welcome back our Year 7 and Year 11 tudents and staff today and can't wait until we have everyone back on site and working away in classrooms! Well done to everyone who had what might have been their first lateral flow test. Everything went very smoothly and we are grateful to you all for your responsible attitude and good behaviour.
The staggered start to the week has been planned to enable the school’s COVID-19 testing centre, which has been successfully providing lateral flow tests (LFTs) since January, to provide over 500 students and staff each day with the first of the three lateral flow tests as recommended by the government in its ‘return to school’ guidance.
“Once every child has had their first test we will be able to open school to everyone and our aim is that by the end of the second week of our return, all students will have completed the recommended three tests. After that, everyone will be provided with self-test kits to use twice a week at home with adult supervision,” advised Cath Clark, who has overseen the setting up and successful running of the school testing centre.
Teaching in year group ‘bubbles’ will continue to be the norm so that contact with others is minimised. Parents and school staff are being asked to encourage students to maintain good hygiene when they come to school and there will be plenty of hand sanitiser available in classrooms, communal areas and corridors and cleaning taking place continually throughout the day. In line with government guidance, Haygrove students are being asked to wear face coverings at all time when indoors, including during lessons, unless they are taking part in physical activity such as PE or Dance lessons or are exempt from doing so. Staff will also be required to wear face coverings and obey the hands, face, space motto and will maintain the 2m social distance from students and colleagues at all times. Classrooms and offices are all equipped with protective screens and floor markings to help with this.
“It will be great to see all our students back this week and believe our risk assessment and planning process will get everyone back into the classroom as quickly as possible in a safe and controlled manner that minimises risk. We hope that our students and their families will support a safe return to school by following the guidelines set by the government, including carrying out regular self-testing and wearing face coverings whilst indoors, unless they are exempt from doing so. I know from our experiences over the last year that our school community always do their best to support whatever measures we have had to introduce during the pandemic, so feel confident that our school will be a safe and enjoyable place to be over the coming months,” said Mr Reid, Headteacher.