Headteacher’s Blog 13/11/2020

Hello and welcome to my blog.

We have had a very busy week here at Beckfoot Thornton!

Our Year 11 and Year 13 students have been carrying out their first set of mock examinations.

On Wednesday, the school fell silent for two minutes, as we marked Remembrance Day, remembering members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.

We have recently started a pilot scheme whereby Year 10 and 11 students that are having to self-isolate, are able to meet once a week, via Teams, with Mr Allsopp for Maths catch-up sessions. So far, this has proved to be really successful and students are finding it to be very helpful.

We have had a few queries recently where students think that they have been in close contact with someone that they believe has tested positive for COVID 19. More often than not, they have innocently identified the wrong person.

Please have a look at these common queries which should help:

How will I know if my child has to self isolate?

Your child is identified through track and trace at school (during school hours)

You will be contacted via myEd and asked that your child isolates to a given date. The message will go to the first contact that we hold for the student. You will also be asked if you are happy for your child to make their own way home or if you wish to come and collect them. Your child will be given an opportunity to phone you to also let you know – this will be either by their own phone if they have one with them or via a school phone.

Your child is identified through track and trace at school (out of school hours)

You will be contacted via myEd and asked that your child isolates to a given date. It is really important that you check these messages to prevent your child from being sent home again if they come into school before the end of the isolation date.

My child has a friend who has to isolate – do they?

Your child does not always need to isolate if their friends have to – it depends on where they sit in class, the people they spend time with at breaks and lunch, who they travel to school with and other ways we trace students in school. If you are in any doubt, please contact school.

My child has told me that they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive so they need to isolate

If we believe your child has come into close contact with someone who has tested positive, we will contact you. Sometimes students wrongly assume someone has tested positive and so they need to isolate – if you are in any doubt or you think your child has had close contact that we have not been made aware of, please contact school so that we can check – very often they have assumed its is the wrong person!

One of my children has been told to self isolate because of a close contact in school – do the rest of the family have to isolate?

So long as you are all well and have no symptoms, only the child identified has to isolate.

If you are in any doubt, or have any questions, please contact school via myEd or the school phone number and we will be happy to help.

Remember to download the myEd app onto your phone and make sure the notification settings are turned on!

https://www.myedschoolapp.com/

Finally, I hope that those celebrating Diwali this weekend have a great time!

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