Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you all have had an enjoyable summer.
This is an update on the COVID guidance for The Oaks School.
We are going to continue to encourage staff and pupils to wear masks in the corridors and when moving around public areas. Can all parents and carers of all Year 7 and new starters please complete a COVID consent form. We will also provide Consent forms from Thursday.
All pupils will have 2 lateral flow tests when they return to school (3 to 5 days apart)
After this we will send you a supply of home testing kits. If you would like us to continue to support your child to undertake lateral flow tests in school during the Autumn term then please let us know.
Please continue to send your child to school in PE kit when PE lessons are timetabled.
The Oaks Letter to Parents re Covid testing
The Oaks Consent Form
Be Aware, Be Safe.
There has been a larger than expected increase in positive cases of Covid 19 in the Bishop Auckland and Coundon areas and it is important to follow the rules and remain vigilant. The control measures to stop transmission remain the same as always: Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air.
The main variant circulating national (Delta variant) is easily transmitted although measures to control it are the same. The more robust you are in following the control measures, the better protected you are. It is important to exercise caution when mixing indoors, where the virus can spread more easily. Socialising outside remains the safer option.
If you get any symptoms you must self-isolate and book a free test via the NHS website: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If you are identified as a contact of a case, you must also self-isolate and arrange to have a test as soon as you can.
Please continue to do your twice weekly Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests too. It is worth remembering that two doses of the coronavirus vaccination provide the best protection. Please attend both appointments and please continue following the latest guidance. This and information on how to access testing can be found at www.durham.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10 to 16 May 2021. This year, we’re inviting you to immerse yourself in the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’, while reconnecting with nature across the week. Click the banner below to learn more.
Durham Youth Council have teamed up with some of our partners to provide some free activities across the county during the school holidays. To make sure we’re spending the money for the right things, we’ve some questions for you! If you could take a few minutes to share your ideas, that would be great!
Durham Youth Council
Today or tomorrow your child will bring home a test kit. There are 3 tests in the box. The latest Government guidance is attached. Could you please spread the 3 tests across the Easter holidays so that your child has been tested just before their return on 12th April. School only needs to be informed if the test is POSITIVE. Thank you
Testing at home throughout the Easter holidays for schools and colleges.
Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme on the return to school and college, it is vital to keep testing at home throughout the Easter holidays and into the summer term. Please pass on this message to all of your staff, students and parents:
Test twice a week at home from now on (all those who are able to)
Report results online as positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping us to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country
Continue to test twice weekly over the Easter holidays
Test before returning to school or college for the summer term, either the night before, or morning of, the first day back, to find and isolate any positive cases
Dear Parents and Carers,
We will be continuing to provide COVID testing until Easter holidays for all pupils who have provided a signed consent form. The testing at school will continue until Easter. We will provide further information after Easter in regard to any changes to the testing procedures. If you do not wish for your child to be tested in school please contact the school. If you have not signed a consent form then this message does not apply to your child.
Executive Deputy Head Teacher
Unfortunately, the Government website to log tests has ‘crashed’ today. We have still supported the pupils to do a test but have not been able to register or log results. If your child was having a test today please assume that the result is negative. We will telephone if there is a positive result. Thank you