School Operation During COVID Pandemic

LATERAL FLOW TESTING (LFT) AT HOME
 

Dear Parents/Carers of all Students at Kendrick School

All Kendrick School students will be given home test kits after they have taken their third test in school.  

We would like them to take their tests on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. The first test should be on Sunday 21st March 2021 and will continue on Wednesdays and Sundays until further notice, including throughout the Easter holidays.  

I do not expect any students to be self-isolating from overseas trips after the Easter holidays unless there are exceptional circumstances. These circumstances should be explained to me in writing in advance.

Tests are free of charge. In the first instance, students will receive 2 boxed of tests each containing 3 tests kits and a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results. Both positive and negative results must be reported to both NHS Test and Trace and Kendrick School. Please click on this  link for instructions on how to report the results to Kendrick School.

Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not. However, I am strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend school as safely as possible.

Please contact Mrs Gill Brunsdon (gbrunsdon@kendrick.reading.sch.uk) our COVID Testing Coordinator, or admin@kendrick.reading.sch.uk if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.

Thank you for your support.

Ms Christine Kattirtzi
Headteacher


COVID TESTING AT HOME

TAKING THE TEST
Students should take the test, twice a week, on a Wednesday and Sunday. We will give students a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit and we recommend watching this very useful video.

There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).

This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.   

There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).

This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.   

AFTER THE TEST

POSITIVE RESULT

If your child tests positive you, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.

You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and Kendrick School,

You then need to order a confirmatory PCR test.

NEGATIVE RESULT

Negative results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and Kendrick School.

A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, your child should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing their hands and observing social distancing.

VOID RESULT

If the result of the test is unclear (void) your child should do another test.

YOU NEED TO REPORT EACH TEST RESULT 

The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.  

You will also need to tell Kendrick School the result of each test via this link.

If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (FAQS) PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION VIA THIS  LINK

RETURN TO SCHOOL WEEK BEGINNING 8TH MARCH 2021 

The COVID arrangements within school are the same as before lock-down, however, students must now wear masks in lessons and when moving around the school. We are not aware of any students who are medically exempt from wearing masks, but please contact admin@kendrick.reading.sch.uk if you believe your child fits into this category.

The arrival times are as follows:

Year 7              Wednesday 10th March         between 8am and 8.20am
Year 8              Monday 8th March                between 8am and 8.20am
Year 9              Thursday 11th March             between 8am and 8.20am
Year 10            Wednesday 10th March         between 12.15pm and 12.30pm
Year 11            Monday 8th March                 between 12.15pm and 12.30pm
Year 12            Tuesday 9th March                 see email for time of arrival
Year 13            Tuesday 9th March                 see email for time of arrival

The canteen will be open as normal unless stated in the email sent to you.

Please click on this link for a presentation about Lateral Flow Testing at Kendrick School.  

UPDATE ON REMOTE LEARNING 20TH JANUARY 2021 

Dear Parents/Carers of all Students at Kendrick School

I am writing to you with an update on the arrangements we currently have in place for the remote teaching of students at the start of the year 2021.

As you know, schools were issued with government guidance on 4th January 2021 to not open to students until further notice. We have some staff in school each day keeping our systems running and a small number of students in school who have taken up the offer to be here in line with the guidance on who is allowed to study in school.

Our LFD rapid testing centre is now fully up and running and ready for when students do return to school. Staff and students who are in school are having weekly tests.

This week our remote learning plan has been updated and is available on the website. There are no major changes and the additions that have been made are there to add clarity to existing practice. Students are using the daily register to tell us that they are well and able to work and to flag up if they have any issues with access to work or need to request contact with their tutor. We are using the daily register to occasionally seek feedback and give information to students. This week we surveyed students on how much of their time is spent working with a computer and how often they are receiving live remote lessons and this information helps us to fine-tune our delivery and variety of teaching.

For the parents of students in exam years we now have Ofqual’s proposals for how GCSE, AS and A level grades will be awarded this year. I have contacted you separately about this and will continue to keep you updated throughput the process. We are currently in a consultation period until 29th January 2021.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support during these difficult times. I look forward to welcoming back all our students into school in due course.

Mr Nick Simmonds
Acting Headteacher
 

20th January 2021

INFORMATION SENT TO PARENTS 18TH JANUARY 2021 (OFQUAL CONSULTATION)
 

Dear Parents and Students of Years 11, 12 and 13

I am sending you the link to the consultation that has now been launched by Ofqual on how to award GCSE, AS and A level grades this summer. The consultation is open until 29/1/21 and I encourage you all to respond to this consultation to help give Ofqual the fullest possible range of views to work from. We will be reading and discussing these proposals in school and making our own responses. Please remember that these are proposals at this stage and until final decisions are made and published after the consultation period is over both I and your teachers cannot offer any further information on how assessments will be made this year.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-how-gcse-as-and-a-level-grades-should-be-awarded-in-summer-2021

I notice that the exams boards OCR and AQA have posted summaries of these proposals and reading these may help you to digest the information.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/news/dfe-and-ofqual-summer-2021-consultation

https://www.ocr.org.uk/news/consultations-begin-on-giving-students-grades-in-summer-2021/

Yours sincerely

Mr Nick Simmonds
Acting Headteacher

18th January 2021

INFORMATION SENT TO PARENTS 5TH JANUARY 2021 - LOCKDOWN 3
 

I will be writing a weekly letter as usual on Friday but I thought that you would appreciate a brief update on how the school is running this term in the light of last night’s news and the school’s closure to students.

On Monday we had our Inset Day as planned and it went really well with an excellent spirit in amongst the staff and some very high quality CPD input as well. We have made strong progress on setting up a LFD rapid testing centre and we will continue with this so that staff on site can be regularly tested and we are ready for when students do return to school; we have registered team leaders and some staff are completing the necessary training to administer the tests.

Today we have gone straight into using our remote learning plan that follows the existing school timetable and we have an online registration system that worked perfectly this morning with only a handful of students needing to be chased to complete it. Students can use the register to flag up if they have any issues with access to work and to request contact with their tutor.

All students will soon be given the opportunity to collect any essential books and items from their lockers.

For the parents of students in exam years I am afraid that I know no more than you do at this time about what will replace the summer examinations. I understand the anxiety that this will be causing and as soon as there is firm news on this I will be in contact with you and all the students.

I will of course keep you updated of all developments in school in my weekly update.

Mr Nick Simmonds
Acting Headteacher

5th January 2021 

INFORMATION SENT TO PARENTS IN NOVEMBER 2020 - LOCKDOWN 2
 

Yesterday afternoon the government issued further guidance for schools in lockdown.

Face Coverings

From Monday 9th November, face coverings are mandatory in communal areas of secondary schools and colleges. Therefore your child MUST have a face covering to wear in school and a suitable bag to store it in when it is not being worn.

Please see the video below regarding the correct way to wear a mask. This video will be shown to students on Monday morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tv2BVN_WTk

We will also be reminding them of the handwashing video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ij1I0OB2hk

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) Staff and Students

  • Both staff and students who have been identified by their doctor as still considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), will be advised not to come into school or college. The government guidance on shielding and CEV people has been updated to reflect this position. Schools will be expected to provide remote learning for any students in this category. We do not believe we have any students at Kendrick School that are in this category, but please contact us urgently if you believe this impacts your child.
  • Students and staff who live with people who are CEV, but are not CEV themselves, are still expected to come into school or college.

Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities

  • During school time only, PE, sport, music, dance and drama lessons will continue in line with the current guidance.
  • Schools must only provide team sports listed on the return to recreational team sport framework. Competition between different schools or colleges cannot take place.
  • Schools are able to work with external coaches, clubs and organisations for curricular activities where they are satisfied that it is safe to do so.
  • After-school clubs can only continue if their primary purpose is childcare. Our Library will continue to remain open for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 until 4.00pm.

The current series of exam re-sits will continue

Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times.

Mr Nick Simmonds
Acting Headteacher

5th November 2020 

INFORMATION SENT TO PARENTS IN JULY 202O 

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to you to inform you of the arrangements we will have in place for the reopening of Kendrick School in September 2020.

As you know, schools were issued with government guidance to help them reopen their schools with all the appropriate safety measures in place to keep students and staff safe. At Kendrick we have read the guidance carefully and produced an executive summary which summarises how we intend to welcome back our students and staff in September and how we will organise the school and the learning of our students in school. Please read the document below carefully.

You will see from the summary that we have outlined five key principles which will guide us in our plans. These are:

  1. Everyone returns in September; staff and students
  2. Safety for all is the top priority
  3. Focus on best quality learning and teaching
  4. Mental health and well-being of all are considered and supported
  5. Contingency planning and quickly becoming lock down ready

Supporting these key principles, we have identified eight key points outlining how we will manage and organise the school in September. These key points cover the areas of:

  1. Attendance
  2. Arrival and Departure
  3. Timing of the school day
  4. Movement, Accommodation and Resources
  5. Lessons and Registration
  6. Lunch and Breaks
  7. Extracurricular and events
  8. Contingency planning 

You will see when you have read the document that all students are expected to be in school by 8.25am and will leave school at 3.15pm. During the school day they will have their lessons in their Tutor Base and their subject teachers will come to them. Students will remain in their cohort bubble for most of the school day moving to other teaching spaces only when required for a particular specialised subject. Practical subjects will be limited in scope and a lot of theory work will be covered in the first two terms. The lunch hour has been extended to 1hour and 5mins in order to manage students through the canteen. There will be hygiene boxes in all rooms which will include hand sanitiser and other cleaning items so that desks and surfaces can be wiped down and cleaned as appropriate. There will also be guidance on COVID safe protocols. We will enhance the cleaning regimes across the school. There will be one way systems which will be strictly enforced when moving around the school, except when there is an evacuation when people need to leave buildings by the nearest exit point. Face masks/face shields will be permitted for students and staff but people who come to school on public transport must remove their mask carefully and put it away in a bag and then put on another clean face mask/covering for the school day. All students and staff are asked to bring in their own equipment and their own sanitiser as sharing of equipment is not advised and regular cleaning/washing hands is essential.

We will be providing more detail to the eight points above, as well as updating our risk assessments. This information will be on our website for September 2020.

As you know, with the agreement of the governors, we have delayed the start of next term by two days. Students will return to school on Monday 7th September 2020. This will enable staff to prepare the school and themselves for the return of the students.

I know that there is some anxiety being felt by parents as they prepare for the return of their children to school; I completely understand these feelings. However, I want to assure everyone, staff, students and parents, that we will endeavour to do everything we can to make sure our school is as safe and comfortable for everyone’s return in September. We are fortunate that our new building, Horizons, with an extra nine classrooms and dining space will be finished by September and this additional accommodation gives us more space to be able to keep students and staff separate and safe. We have created an email address for you to use if you have any queries, but we ask that you read the advice carefully before contacting us with any questions. The email address is covidsafe@kendrick.reading.sch.uk

Thank you to everyone for your support during these difficult times. I look forward to welcoming back all our students in September and starting the new academic year together.

Ms Christine Kattirtzi, Headteacher

16th July 2020