Testing, Isolation and Face Covering Information
Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19
It is important that you inform the school immediately if your child is showing any of the following symptoms:
- high temperature
- new and continuous cough
- loss or change to their sense of smell or taste
In these instances your child should self-isolate and our absence procedures should be followed.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days.
Students with symptoms of a respiratory infection and a high temperature are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature and are well enough to attend.
All close contacts, including those who are not fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate.
If you are quarantining or self-isolating as per government advise then your child will be expected to attend their lessons virtually. Your child will be able to access all their lessons live via the DPR portal, see below for more information.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school. Additionally, if you are experiencing any challenges due to COVID-19, please get in touch with your child’s Head of Learning or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our very best to support you.
In accordance with government guidelines, the wearing of face coverings in classrooms and communal spaces is no longer compulsory, however, students and staff may continue to wear a face covering should they choose to.
They should follow wider advice on face coverings outside of school.
Due to Covid-19 and the effect that it is having on children’s education, we want to assure you that the education and welfare of our students is our priority and we have put in place plans to cover every eventuality to ensure your child can still access lessons, delivered by their teachers, even when they are having to isolate at home.
In the event that your son/daughter is absent from school because they have to self-isolate; a blended model of education has been implemented. This model combines in-school learning and remote learning at home.
From their home, your child will be able to access their timetabled lessons via DPR where their teacher will issue them a google meet link. This will enable them to be part of the lesson as it is taught in real-time alongside their classmates.
Students who are absent and not ill will be expected to follow their lesson timetable from home and log in to lessons as they are broadcast. Lessons will not be recorded and so will not be accessible later. It is vitally important that your child is organised and following their normal school timetable from home. Attendance and engagement will be monitored as if they are in school. The exception to this will be practical PE, Drama, Food, DT, and Music lessons which will not be broadcast live. Tasks for KS4 lessons will instead be set on DPR to be completed at home whilst the lesson is taking place in school. However, please note that Year 10 and 11 PE, Drama, Food, DT, and Music theory lessons will be broadcast live.
As you are aware Dynamic Programme Progress Reporting (DPR) is our online learning provision through which students can access and submit class and homework. Students not in school should complete the work set by the teacher during the lesson on the DPR Assignment Portal according to their timetable. The work should then be submitted to staff for feedback as it would be if they were physically attending school.
In order for a blended learning environment to be successful, there are four major necessities:
Students must have good regular attendance whether they are attending school or accessing lessons online.
- Students must have access to a computer with the internet.
- Students must work to the best of their abilities, both in class and at home.
- Students must be punctual to their lessons whether in school/logging in from home.
To access the online lesson students must follow the steps set out:
- Log on to DPR
- Click on your class
- Open your class chat
- Turn off your microphone and camera
- Follow teacher instruction and engage in the lesson
- Complete the work and submit via the assignment portal
If you do not have a computer and internet access at home. please contact your child’s Head of Learning at the school. We have limited resources but may be able to support by loaning a device for the period of time your child is required to self-isolate.
When logging in for home learning, your child must use their usual log in details to log into RM Unify following the link below. This will be the same login they use at school.