New Forest School Opening Status: Positive COVID-19 Cases




LATEST UPDATE: 22/06/2021 11:00am

New Forest School: Update 22/06/2021

We are currently dealing with a number of positive COVID-19 cases (staff and students) which has affected our Totton Site and required a full closure.

At present students are due to return on Monday 28th June however we may need to revise this date if we continue to be informed of positive COVID-19 cases.

All teaching and learning has reverted to Remote Learning via Microsoft Teams, our VLE and email delivered tasks as per previous periods of closure.

We are currently revising our risk assessment and operating procedures for the final 4 weeks of term – currently we plan to operate the following:

We will revert to more stringent precautionary measures:

  1. We will operate site ‘bubbles’:
    1. Students will be classroom based with a dedicated staff team, accessing staggered breaktimes and lunch times.
    2. No teaching staff will cross between sites – where students are taught by a teacher who cannot attend the site, the teacher will deliver the lessons live into the classroom via Microsoft Teams.
  2. Students should continue with Lateral Flow tested twice a week: Sunday evening & Wednesday Morning.
  3. All education staff will Lateral Flow twice a week.
  4. All education staff will wear Type IIR face masks at all times – students can choose to wear face masks if desired.
  5. Enhanced cleaning (daily, bi-weekly and additional whole school anti-bacterial fogging) will remain in place.
  6. Social distancing will be adhered to wherever practical and possible.

Current Step


New Forest School (All Sites) are subject to the Step 3 Restrictions

Details of what restrictions are in place for Step 3 can be found on the government website:

NB: The rigid social distancing rules put in place are obviously impacting on students, parents/carers and staff.

We would ask all parents/carers of students attending school to ensure they implement social distancing rules for students outside of school hours.

This is vital to ensure we do all we can to reduce risk of infection within school.

Lateral Flow Testing

The government have announced that schools will provide Lateral Flow Testing in all schools.

Please see our dedicated COVID-19 Testing web page for more information

Lateral Flow Testing Information


We will continue to make use of the following methods to communicate any updates and/or changes to students/parents/carers:

  1. Text Message Service
  2. Email
  3. School Website – specifically this webpage

NB: The email address will continue to be monitored daily even if the school closes.

Symptoms & Self Isolation

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

Tests can be booked online:

NB: Again, we are asking all students, parents/carers and staff to adhere to this advice to help prevent any possible spread of the virus within school.