From tomorrow (Friday 8th July), through until the end of next week, we are set to experience very high temperatures and minimal cloud coverage.
Therefore we will be relaxing our uniform policy and if students prefer to wear PE kit (trainers, black shorts and white t-shirts) rather than school uniform they can do so in order to be more comfortable whilst at school. With only two weeks remaining, we will keep this in place until the end of the summer term.
We will be reminding students to drink regularly, providing access to sun cream if they are on outside lessons/trips and suggest they bring hats to wear for outside lessons – Outdoor Education, PE, Farm and any school trips planned. Students will be expected to remove hats indoors.
If you have any queries regarding this, please speak to your child’s tutor in the first instance.
As part of upgrading our outside play space at the Totton Site, we have had a set of multi-sport goals installed. These will allow students and staff to take part in a wider range of sport activities at break times as well as enhance our PE lesson delivery when classes are not accessing the Leisure Centre.
Over the half-term holiday our amazing maintenance team managed to build a new office and entrance area in our upstairs pastoral space. The office was created to provide our school counsellor with a dedicated space to work from and we are sure you will agree it is already looking fantastic and a welcoming space for students who spend time with the school counsellor.
I am writing to make you aware that we are currently experiencing a swift rise in positive COVID-19 cases amongst staff and students at our Totton Site since the weekend.
This is now beginning to impact on staffing levels.
We have put in place ‘step up measures’ in the form of:
Staff wearing Type IIR Face Masks at all times
Students being encouraged to wear face masks where they are able to.
Daily LFT testing for all staff
Students encouraged to complete daily LFT tests where they are able to.
Use of classroom ventilation
Clean down of all shared resources and work areas between lessons.
Enhanced cleaning at the end of the school day including anti-bacterial fogging of the Totton Site
Maintaining as much social distancing as possible
Stopping all non-essential visits to the school site.
We have reported the outbreak to the Department for Education and are now working with Public Health England to ensure we take any action required.
Based on the current numbers of positive cases we have had to reduce the number of students attending the site today and switched to online learning for those impacted.
It is likely that we will need to switch to a part time timetable at Totton for the remainder of the week. Senior Leaders are looking at this now and will make contact with parents/carers directly via phone where this may be required.
We will obviously keep any disruption to the absolute minimum and prioritise attendance for Year 11 Students at all times in the lead up to their exams.
We will also look to rotate any remote learning to ensure students have the maximum face to face teaching.
Fawley & Dibden Sites
We also have a small number of positive cases within the staff teams at Dibden and Fawley Sites however this is not impacting on staffing levels at this time.
Increased LFT Testing for All Students
We will be sending additional LFT test kits home with all students today and would appreciate your support in testing your child daily for the remainder of this week if they you are able to.
Can I thank you all in advance for your support of the school at this time.