Dear Year 11 parents/carers

 

Advice to self-isolate

 

We have had notification today of a single confirmed case of Covid-19 within St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in year 11. The student only had mild tummy upset symptoms followed by cold symptoms. They did not have any of the more classic symptoms of continuous cough, high fever or lack of taste or smell. Thankfully they took our advice to stay off school and get a test. We are very grateful to them for doing this as this has reduced the risk of ongoing transmission.

 

All students in year 11 may have been in close contact therefore all year 11 students need to stay away from school and self-isolate until Sunday 27th September which is 14 days after the student was last in school.

 

If your child becomes unwell with any of the symptoms we have listed in our guidance: Continuous cough, fever, lack of smell or taste, tummy upset, sore throat, runny nose please do get a test. The first three symptoms are the only ones that the website normally responds to. Symptoms are often milder in young people as was the case with this student. If you have difficulty getting a test please explain that your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Do let the school know the outcome of the test by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the isolation period. If you have children in other year groups they may attend school as long as they do not have any symptoms and are completely well.
If your child is well at the end of the 14 day period of self-isolation then they can return to usual activities and return to school on Monday 28th September.

 

I am waiting to liaise further with Public Health England and will send you any updates and further information when I can.

 

Learning from Home:
With Year 11 offsite for the next few days we want to maximise the opportunity for effective home learning. For Tuesday and Wednesday we will be using the same system as we operated in Term 6: Year 11 teachers have been asked to set tasks for students to complete for each lesson and to send them via the students’ school email address.


From Thursday are hoping to deliver ‘live’ teaching during lesson time using Microsoft Teams. This means that, except for those cases where the teacher is ill, we will be able to continue to deliver an interactive experience for students with face-to-face contact with staff during their normal lesson times.
We will email instructions for students on how to access these live lessons using Microsoft Teams on Wednesday morning. Where a teacher is unwell and unable to deliver a Microsoft Teams lesson, the Head of Subject will send an email to the students in that class with work for them to complete.

 

If you have any issues which might prevent you from being able to access Microsoft Teams please email the school via the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If for any reason you do not want your child to take part in live lessons via Microsoft Teams then please email the adminhub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the name and tutor group of the student.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Elisabeth Gilpin

Headteacher

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