Students Back in School!
It has been quite the busy week but it has been absolutely fantastic to see the students back in school and settling back into their normal(ish) routines.
I can’t tell you how wonderful it has been to see everyone engaging in lessons and demonstrating their enthusiasm to learn across all the year groups.
The testing programme has been running all week and we have now administered almost 2260 tests – quite the feat indeed considering we have also been running a School! The behaviour of the students has been exemplary and their maturity in handling what has been placed in front of them is second to none. We know that there was a lot of anxiety beforehand but they really have approached this with the right attitude which has really helped those of us running the facility to do so smoothly. I am proud of all the girls but a special mention has to go to Year 7 & 8, the youngest members of #teamchsg who were so incredibly brave throughout. Well done everyone…….we are very nearly there!
Your support in encouraging your daughter to wear a mask in classrooms is appreciated. We continue with our usual protocols as normal and the addition of masks means the girls feel much safer while they are sat beside each other. I have been asked why all staff are not wearing masks in every classroom in every lesson. The guidance recommends that ‘face coverings should be worn in classrooms or during activities unless social distancing can be maintained.’ All staff have a marked line in the classroom that is 2m away from students ie they are socially distanced. Also, like the students, some of our staff are exempt. The full guidance for schools can be found in this link (p11 onwards for face coverings) https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/968401/Schools_operational_guidance_-March-2021-update.pdf
The home testing kits have arrived and we will be distributing these starting next week. There is guidance on how to administer the tests and how to report the result to NHS. You will also be asked to report the result to the school regardless if positive or negative. We will be sending out details early next week on the method we are using across the Girls Learning Trust to report results.
The following is taken from an email that I received from Fiona Phelps (Assistant Director Education & SEND – London Borough of Sutton) that may be of use to some of our parents/carers.
Household testing arrangements (London Borough of Sutton)
As schools will be aware, the Government announced earlier in the week that there is a 'community collect' programme, which is the rollout of lateral flow tests to parents of school age children. The arrangements in Sutton are that three of our Local Test Sites (David Weir, the Phoenix and Civic Centre car park) are offering symptomatic COVID testing in the morning and collection of home test kits in the afternoon. Parents can collect packs of LFDs between 1.00-8.00pm at each site. More information on this can be found here.
Finally, I know the girls can’t go anywhere but it’s important that there is some rest and recuperation this weekend. It has been tiring (or so they tell me!) getting back into the swing of things here for all year groups. The week has gone incredibly well but there are busy weeks ahead too which we need to be prepared for as a community. Thank you as always for the large number of positive emails we have received and showing support for all that we are trying to achieve – they are greatly appreciated so please do keep them coming!