COVID-19 (January 2022 Reopening)
On 9 December 2021 the government published additional guidance for schools/academies outlining additional measures to be implemented as a result of Plan B. This includes providing the opportunity for all students to receive an on site test prior to returning for the new term in January 2022.
"We have recently asked all secondary schools to provide an on-site test for pupils on return in January. Testing in school helps to boost participation and will help reduce transmission after a period of mixing over the holidays.
For those in settings closing over Christmas, all staff and students should test over the holidays in line with national guidance. This means that they should test if they will be in a high-risk situation that day and before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19."
On-site testing will take place in the old gymnasium, which will be our temporary testing site in January 2022.
Students should arrive for their test between the times allocated below. Please follow the signs on arrival and enter via the gate at the far end of the car park leading towards the astro turf.
Students should leave the site on completion of their test and return on their designated start day which is detailed below.
|Friday 7th January||Monday 10th January|
|Year 7||9:00am – 10:00am||N/A|
|Year 8||10:00am – 11:00am||N/A|
|Year 9||11:00am – 12:00pm||N/A|
|Year 10||12:30pm – 1:30pm||N/A|
|Year 11||1:30pm – 2:30pm||N/A|
|Year 12||N/A||8:35am – 9:50am|
|Year 13||N/A||8:35am – 9:50am|
The Pingle Academy looks forward to welcoming back ALL students for the new academic term on Monday 10 January 2022 at 8.25am.
If you are unable to attend on your allocated day, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be allocated an alternative day/time.
If you do not wish your child to receive a test please email: email@example.com
Please note that students who have tested positive for Covid-19 through a PCR test within 90 days of Friday 7 January are not required to attend an on-site test.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s Progress Leader:
Year 7 Miss Sowter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 8 Miss Amos: email@example.com
Year 9 Mr Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 10 Mr Elks: email@example.com
Year 11 Mrs Benfield: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sixth Form Ms Wilson: email@example.com
We are all looking forward to seeing all the students back in the academy for the new academic year.
Our behaviour policy is below. This is our tool to ensure that everyone respects each other’s right to stay safe. More detailed guidance can be accessed using the red tabs below.
- Contingency framework: education and childcare settings
- Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Quality Standards for Students
- What parents & carers need to know about schools during the coronavirus outbreak
- Control of infections policy
- Children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- COVID-19: Pingle Risk Assessment for Reopening
Rapid COVID-19 Testing Information
- Risk Assessment
- Privacy Notice
- Mr Hall's letter to parents & carers - 19th July 2021
- Mr Hall's letter to year 6 parents & carers - 19th July 2021
- Mr Halls Letter to Parents & Carers RE. Testing in January
Please find contact information for any safeguarding questions below
- The Pingle Academy - Mr S Waller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The deFerrers Trust - Mrs K Priestnall (email@example.com)
Management and control through personal hygiene
Personal hygiene will be emphasised to all staff and students.
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (eg, when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here.
Hands should be cleaned on arrival, before and after eating and after sneezing or coughing.
Ensuring good respiratory hygiene
We promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
Students and staff are asked to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste.Lidded bins are in place in the academy.
Enhanced cleaning regimes
We have cleaners onsite during the day, toilets & touchpoints are cleaned every hour. Each classroom has a hygiene station & routines involving regular cleaning & sanitising of equipment. Equipment will be cleaned before use by another class.
For more information follow this link.
NHS TRACK & TRACE
Launch of the NHS Test and Trace service
The new NHS Test and Trace service will form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy.
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.
Further information on the NHS Test and Trace service can be found here.
Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers can be found here.
Guidance on how the NHS Test and Trace works can be found here.
Public Health England has published guidance that explains what you should do if the NHS Test and Trace service notifies you that you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for coronavirus and you do not live with that person.
The guidance can be found here.
Our privacy notice can be found here.
The government has confirmed that all students should now be in the academy from the start of term in September and normal attendance procedures will be followed.
If your child is absent from the academy for whatever reason, please ring reception by 9.30 and let us know the details.
If your child has Covid-19 symptoms or tests positive on a Lateral Flow Test please do not send them to the academy, book in a PCR test and let us know the outcome as soon as possible
If your child has come into contact with someone (including a family member) who has tested positive for COVID 19 or has been contacted by NHS Track and Trace, they do not need to self-isolate. They should get a PCR test, but do not need to self-isolate while they await results.
If your child is one of a very small number who has been advised by a doctor that they should be shielding, please contact the attendance team and provide evidence
Please be aware that holidays during term time have a considerable impact on your child’s education and will incur a fine for each parent. If you are returning from a country which requires a period of quarantine, please follow government guidance and get in touch with the academy as soon as possible
SUPPORTING STUDENTS & Staff WITH COMPLEX NEEDS
FIRST AID & SAFEGUARDING SUPPORT
Any student who becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), should remain at home and arrange test at the earliest possible opportunity.
If a student becomes unwell during the school day, they will be isolated within the academy and parents/carers will be contacted in order to collect their child. Siblings, and other member of the household, will also require collection. You should arrange a test at the earliest opportunity.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to advise us of the result of the test.
If the test result is negative, the student (and siblings) can return to the academy as normal. If the test result is positive then you should follow NHS guidelines regarding periods of self-isolation:
For the Academy’s safeguarding policy, including recent addendums, please follow this link
FURTHER USEFUL GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE CAN BE FOUND Here
Please use the following links
- Coronavirus: what you need to know
- Education and childcare (including student well being, examination, further education and vocational training)
- Find out what you can do if you are struggling because of Coronavirus
- Implementing protective measures in schools and childcare settings (including group sizes, infection control and the wearing of PPE/face masks)
- Living with a shielded or clinically vulnerable person
- NHS guidance
- Staying safe outside your home
- Support when someone dies
- Young people on shielding and protecting people most likely to become unwell if they catch coronavirus
- What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak