Please find below a letter with updated information regarding Covid-19.
All staff visitors and secondary students are required to wear face coverings at all times unless outdoors
Ark Victoria follows the DfE guidance on Covid-19 measures. Part of these measures is to encourage regular lateral flow testing to identify asymptomatic positive cases. Please support your child to continue to lateral flow test twice per week and report the results to NHS and school email@example.com
Students will continue to be encouraged to exercise good hand hygiene by washing/sanitising their hands regularly. They are also reminded to exercise good respiratory hygiene by coughing/sneezing into a tissue, disposing of the tissue hygienically and then washing their hands.
Enhanced cleaning remains in place and all rooms are well ventilated. As the weather becomes colder, please ensure your child wear appropriate plain under layers and a school jumper in order to stay warm. As social times remain outdoors, students should wear an appropriate coat.
How to take and report lateral flow tests
Updated information regarding Asymptomatic testing in Schools by the Department for Education
Updated information regarding Covid-19, following a recent announcement by the Department for Education
Please find our latest letter which contains updated information regarding Covid-19, following a recent announcement by the Department for Education: Updated Guidance to parents and carers 291121.pdf
Please can we remind parents that Secondary students should continue to take home tests twice per week and report the results to NHS Track and Trace and to school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please can parents be reminded that students should not attend school if they have Covid-19 symptoms https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ and should take a PCR test within 2 days. The PCR test result should also be shared with school immediately.
Children under 18 years and 6 months do not need to self-isolate if they are a close contact and should be sent to school as per the guidance https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/
Letter with updated information about Covid-19 from Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health Birmingham City Council.
Letter to parents of secondary students regarding home testing for Covid-19 over the half term break
Thank you for your continued support with Covid-19 home testing. We know how important it is for you to be able to send your children to school.
You should encourage your child/ren to continue testing at home and report the results twice a week throughout the October half-term school holiday, and take a test before returning to school/college. All results should be reported, even if your result is negative or void. Please also report all results to email@example.com
Your child/ren have been given home test kits to bring home with them. Please check if your child has received enough of these test kits to continue testing over the half term break. You can help them to take the test and report their results. Testing is free of charge. If you do still require more home testing kits to continue testing over half term, you can also order more online through gov.uk or collect them from your local pharmacy.
By testing your child twice a week over half term, you will help us to reduce transmission of Coronavirus, keep your child in school and Ark Victoria Academy open to minimise disruption to their education and to you and your household.
Please contact school at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.
Thank you for your support.
Letter to parents of secondary students from the Secretaries of State for Education and for Health and Social Care on Covid19 testing and vaccines
We have been contacted to roll out the Vaccine to 12-15’s and further information will be sent out with your child. Please click here
Covid 19 Flowcart
Lateral Flow Tests
Dear Parents/ carers,
Your child has now completed three lateral flow tests in line with the government mass testing programme. Your child is now required to conduct two tests weekly using the tests provided. One on a Monday and one on a Thursday every week until further notice (stipulated by the government). All students involved in the programme have received training and conducted tests themselves in school, so are comfortable with the process.
It is recommended that the test is taken in the morning before they attend school (so there is less chance of them getting infected between taking the test and attending school). However, you may choose to do the test the evening before, especially the first time, to give yourself more time to get accustomed to the test. If your child tests positive at home, they must complete a PCR Covid test and stay at home until they receive the results.
Within the packs there is also a leaflet with further guidance and details of how to register your tests. You must register your result to NHS using the link in the leaflet it can also be found here https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and to the academy using this link: Student results.
We continue to follow government guidance to ensure all our staff and students remain safe at school. The completion of these are an important part of maintaining a safe place to work and learn.
If you have any questions, please contact the academy via email@example.com.
New household account feature for parents reporting test results
NHS Test and Trace are continuing to develop and improve the process for self-test reporting. Currently, if a parent is submitting results through their account on behalf of a child, they have to enter the child’s details every time they report a result. As a result of feedback from parents, NHS Test and Trace have introduced household accounts. This allows parents to save their children’s details to their own user accounts so parents can report results for multiple members in the household more quickly and easily. When reporting self-test results parents will now be offered the opportunity to create a household account, which should take no more than 2 minutes. Parents can then add all household members to their account, enabling them to save time when reporting all future self-test results.
Letter to parents from the Secretary of State for Education
(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do
Government Guidance for Parents/Carers
Working together to keep our school community safe
Please do not send your children to school if anyone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 10 days or is showing symptoms of Covid-19 and awaiting a test/result. Please inform the school immediately so the attendance records can be updated.
Testing of family members: Adults without symptoms who want to access rapid Covid-19 testing at home who are in a household with school-age children (including childcare and support bubbles) can collect test kits from their local authority AST or can order them online.
COVID-19 News: Test & Trace Support Payments
Reproduced from DfE email to schools on 22 March:
Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.
Parents and carers should apply to their local authority to receive a payment. Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different.
To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria that:
- they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period
- they are employed or self-employed
- they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result
- they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment
That their child or young person:
- is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting
- has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Nurseries, schools, colleges and further education providers are required to provide a letter to all parents or carers of the children advised to self-isolate, to support their application to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. A template letter is available for early years and primary schools on the primary schools document sharing platform titled with the code RP81. A template letter is available for secondary schools and further education providers on the secondary schools and colleges document sharing platform titled with the code RP83. The letter must detail the child’s name and date of self-isolation. Parents or carers will then be able to provide this letter to their local authority as evidence that their child is required to self-isolate.
Once an application for a payment has been received, the local authority will be in touch with your setting to verify the details of the child provided on the application. This will include a check of the child’s name, age, address and days of self-isolation. This check is to minimise the event of fraudulent claims. It may be conducted before or after a payment is made, depending on the arrangements the individual local authority has chosen to put in place. The letter you give to parents and carers should explain to them that their local authority will conduct a check with their child’s setting if they apply for a payment.
Remote Learning Strategy and Policies
We want to support your child with their remote learning during their absence from school to ensure they can continue to access the curriculum whilst at home. This plan is dependent on your child being well enough to complete this work and we recognise that individual home circumstances vary.
Please do keep us informed of any issues with completing work by contacting your child’s head of year in the first instance. If your child is having an issue with technology, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Letters to parents