Spring Term Arrangements
Happy New Year! I hope you have had a relaxing break and I wish you all the very best for 2022!
We look forward to welcoming all our students back over the next 2 days. We have reinstated our testing facility and will be LFD testing over 1100 students today (Tuesday); a huge task indeed! We return to normal timetabled lessons tomorrow and the school gate will open at 8.10am as per usual. I’m incredibly optimistic about 2022 and I’m really looking forward to the opportunities the next year will bring for us as a school! I hope you are too #teamchsg!
You will no doubt have seen on Sunday morning the change in Government guidance on face coverings in classrooms. With that in mind and the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant we will now move to it being an expectation for students to wear masks in classrooms and communal areas (unless they are unable to do so). Our aim is to continue to offer face-to-face education as much as we can, and we must take this precautionary step to maintain this. We do have a spare supply of masks here in school in case a student forgets or loses their mask on their way to school. Heads of Year will be providing tutors with masks daily. We expect the guidance to be reviewed again on 26th January when we will update you again on our next steps.
Should there be an increase in cases in the coming weeks amongst staff, this will unfortunately impact on the quality of provision here at Carshalton High School for Girls. This will be the case across the entire education sector, but luckily for us we have invested a lot of time, effort, foresight and thought into the production of our booklets. These will ensure there are still high quality resources for students and that their education can still move forward productively. We will, however, need to prioritise Year 11 and 13 students as they head for their important Summer examinations, but we will continue to keep a monitoring eye on the students who have not had their usual teacher. The options available will range from a cover teacher (usually one of our own staff) covering a lesson, to large numbers of students supervised in the Main Hall and in the worst-case scenario, the need to move a year group(s) to remote learning. Whilst we are now very much prepared and have the capacity to deliver online lessons fully, I want to avoid the last option as much as I possibly can.
Therefore, I need your support in reminding your daughter of our Covid-19 protocols:
Public Health England Guidance
- Continue regular twice-weekly testing using LFD and reporting results through Test Register. https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
- Do not come to school if you have C-19 symptoms or you have tested positive using an LFD. Following PHE advice on isolation and LFD testing if you test positive, have symptoms or are identified as a close contact.
- Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- If you test positive or have C-19 symptoms you must isolate and book a PCR https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
- ventilation - doors and windows will remain open. Students will continue to be allowed to wear their coats in lessons.
- wear masks in classrooms and communal areas
- ‘catch it bin it kill it’ and
- hand sanitisation when students enter and leave school and when returning from break and lunchtime.
As I write this I have genuinely no idea of what the next term will hold. Whilst it was a difficult end to last term I am proud to say that we continue to be in a much stronger position to maintain education as we have ever been and have the resources to be able to meet the potential challenges. Our motto of Excellence: everywhere, every day is still the standard that I expect from staff and students regardless, and we will work hard to maintain that over the forthcoming period. I look forward to us continuing to work together in 2022!
Mr M M J Devenney