Important: Covid Update for Parents 12/10

Dear Parent/ Carers

We are experiencing a spike in cases and now have 34 positive cases across the school this has been deemed an outbreak by Public Health. Once again I am looking for your support in helping keep everyone safe and well and keep the school open for business as usual.

This may be due to a number of issues but masks being worn around corridors is not being done effectively. Due to rising cases, we are now going to have to move to a position of enforcing mask wearing in corridors and communal areas by both staff and students.

This means masks for students will become an expected part of school equipment and failure to wear a mask or not have one will result in a standards detention. Students who do not wish to wear a mask on school corridors or in communal areas will need to apply for an exemption pass this will begin from tomorrow morning. Could you please speak to your children and ask them to wear masks in corridors and communal areas, sanitise regularly and be aware of the need to support one another.

To support identification of cases there will be mass testing of students in Year 7, 8 and 11 conducted by public health with PCR tests on Thursday and Friday this week. If you have given consent previously for onsite testing with lateral flow tests and are happy for your children to take a PCR test you don’t need to do anything. If you wish to withdraw consent please contact school by email – covid@rainford.org.uk.

If you have not given consent previously, and wish to do so, please complete the google form by 8AM on Thursday 12th October by using the link below.

https://forms.gle/9W1omDZWvUTBYanZ6

Can I once again encourage you all to be testing on a twice weekly basis using lateral flow tests to help keep our community safe.

We will be cancelling 6th Form Open evening and arranging an alternative date for after half term please accept our apologies for the late notice.

I have attached a letter that I have been asked to send to you on the schools behalf by Public Health England that contains further information.

Covid-19-Outbreak-letter

Thank you for your support in advance.

Ian Young
Principal