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Headteacher's Bulletin - 29 November 2021

Year 12 test week

Assemblies this week - Bucks Mind Mental Health Awareness

Last week we received our Jubilee Oak tree to be planted in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The sapling is being lovingly cared for until the weather is right for the school to hold a small planting ceremony. Our tree is a part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (https://queensgreencanopy.org/map-education-hub/qgc-map/#/) an initiative to see more trees planted across the UK. 

As part of Improving Biodiversity in school we are applying for some more free trees from the woodland trust to improve our biodiversity through this scheme Woodland trust free trees for schools. The school has placed a hedgehog box in the hedge along the school field boundary and we have ordered some bird box kits that will be built and painted by students in collaboration with the Design Dept.

The Eco Ambassadors recently met with Aspens, our canteen contractor, to discuss ideas about how we can improve the sustainability of the canteen.

The students are linking their ideas to this  Horizon Documentary  which they are using to highlight the impact of our food choices on the planet and to see if the school can make some changes to the menu to support these aims at reducing carbon.  This meets Action 2 on the Eco-Schools Greenflag application for the Healthy Living theme.  

Thank you for your careful attention to this bulletin and have a safe week.

Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

Appendix A – Covid-19 Related Information

Please report absences by email (not telephone message where possible) to - absence@sirhenryfloyd.co.uk

Self-isolation

Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible, if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Individuals are not required to self-isolate, if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

·         they are fully vaccinated

·         they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months

·         they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial

·         they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They will not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.

18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.

Settings will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in a setting (see Stepping measures up and down section for more information) or if central government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise a setting to temporarily reintroduce some control measures.

Contact tracing

Schools will no longer routinely be involved in track and trace of close contacts.  If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.

You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice.

We will continue to inform the relevant members of the school community of a positive case so that vigilance for symptoms can be increased. 

Control measures

We will do everything we can to continue to:

·         Ensure good hygiene for everyone.

·         Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.

·         Keep occupied spaces well ventilated, open classroom doors and window(s).

·         Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

SHFGS has a Covid-19 Outbreak Risk Management Plan.

Headteacher's Bulletin - 6 December 2021

Dear Parent or Carer,

We are very excited to be able to run our production of  ‘Annie’ this week.  Tickets have sold out so apologies if you have not been lucky enough... Congratulations to all the fantastic cast, the PA and supporting staff who have made this production possible against the odds.  SHFGS Resilience strikes again!  This will be Mr Langley’s last production with the school as he moves on to take up an Assistant Headteacher role elsewhere.  We thank him for all his hard work here and wish him every success in the future.

 

On Friday, this week, as part of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion provision our 6th formers and several staff will be joining an online conference addressing uncomfortable conversations around gender equality.  I’m sure it will be a thought provoking experience for all attendees.

 

The DfE have updated us with the plans for COVID-19 testing in education and childcare settings over the holidays and on return in January.  They recommend that all staff and students should test over the holidays in line with national guidance. This means that staff/students 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.  All secondary schools are to prepare to test their students once on-site on return in January.  This means that we will have a staggered start to the term in January so that our staff can run the testing centre in house.  A schedule of testing dates and times by year group and class will be issued this week.  Please look out for that information.  After this test on return, students should continue to test in line with government guidelines.

I mentioned last week the serious difficulties that we have been experiencing due to staff illness and a lack of supply teachers.  In conversations with Heads in various parts of the country (and according to some news reporting), this is a widespread issue.  Our science faculty has been particularly badly hit and the Senior Leadership Team have been covering many lessons. We haven’t yet had to move to remote learning and we are doing our best to keep as many students in school as possible.  I do thank you for your patience and understanding as we know this situation is not ideal and are doing our best to mitigate it.

 

Finally, I include the latest Classroom to Careers newsletter attached here: Newsletter, for your information.

 

Thank you for your careful attention to this bulletin and have a safe week.

 

Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

Appendix A – Covid-19 Related Information

Please report absences by email (not telephone message where possible) to - absence@sirhenryfloyd.co.uk

Vaccination Up-date from NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Due to some recent changes in the eligibility for COVID vaccines, we wanted to outline the current national position to support you in any ongoing conversations you may be having with young people and parents. This advice may be subject to change in future – a summary of up to date information can be found at:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

12 – 17 year olds

The majority of 12-15 year olds are currently recommended to receive one dose of vaccine. The decision on whether a second dose will be recommended to this group has not yet been announced.

The majority of 16 and 17 year olds are now recommended to receive two doses of vaccine at least 12 weeks apart.

If a young person aged 12-17 has recently tested positive for COVID it is now recommended that they wait 12 weeks from the date of their first positive PCR or LFD result before they receive their COVID vaccine. This delay has recently been increased from 4 weeks due to emerging evidence suggesting that it will reduce the (already extremely small) risk of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) in younger age groups and because they are likely to be protected by natural immunity for these 12 weeks anyway.

12-17 year olds who are in a recognised clinical risk group should receive two doses of vaccine at least 8 weeks apart. Those aged 12 years and over who live with someone of any age who is immunosuppressed should also be offered two doses of vaccine at least 8 weeks apart. Young people in these groups should still take up their vaccine offer if they are at least 4 weeks after COVID infection and do not need to wait 12 weeks. This is because their individual risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is higher and so outweighs any benefit of delaying to 12 weeks.

Aged 18 and over

Adults aged 18 and over are recommended to receive two doses of vaccine at least 8 weeks apart.

If an adult (aged 18+) has recently tested positive for COVID it is recommended that they wait 4 weeks from the date of their first positive PCR or LFD result before they receive their COVID vaccine.

Accessing vaccination

The initial offer of COVID vaccinations in schools has now completed. However, there continue to be many opportunities to access vaccinations across the county:

·         Anyone aged 12 and over can book an appointment through the National Booking Service.

Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

·         Walk-in clinics are also available and details can be found here:

Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

12-15 year olds in a clinical risk group should receive a letter to inform them of their eligibility for a second dose, and should take this letter with them to any walk-in vaccination site. If they do not receive this letter but their parent/guardian thinks that they are eligible, or if they live with someone who is immunosuppressed, their GP surgery should be contacted.

Vaccination against COVID-19 remains the best way to protect ourselves and those around us from becoming unwell.

It is also important that people who are eligible, including children aged 2-15 years old and anyone between the ages of 6 months and 50 years old who are clinically vulnerable take up the offer of a free NHS flu vaccine this year as the best way of protecting ourselves and those around us from seasonal influenza.

Self-isolation

Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible, if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

 

Individuals are not required to self-isolate, if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

·         they are fully vaccinated

·         they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months

·         they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial

·         they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They will not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.

18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.

Settings will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in a setting (see Stepping measures up and down section for more information) or if central government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise a setting to temporarily reintroduce some control measures.

Contact tracing

Schools will no longer routinely be involved in track and trace of close contacts.  If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.

You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice.

We will continue to inform the relevant members of the school community of a positive case so that vigilance for symptoms can be increased. 

Control measures

We will do everything we can to continue to:

·         Ensure good hygiene for everyone.

·         Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.

·         Keep occupied spaces well ventilated, open classroom doors and window(s).

·         Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

SHFGS has a Covid-19 Outbreak Risk Management Plan.

Headteacher's Bulletin - 13 December 2021

Dear Parent or Carer,

This week:

Tues - Sadler’s Wells - Nutcracker trip

Weds - Christmas Carol concert - St Mary’s Church, 7pm

Thurs - last day of school

 

We shall be hosting a non-uniform day for students’ last day in school on Thursday 16th December.  We hope students will take the opportunity to wear festive attire (a Christmas jumper certainly wouldn’t look out of place), but please consider the seasonal climate! We would like to invite staff and students to support a worthy cause - WaterAid. A suggested donation of £2.00 will be collected in a Covid safe manner by staff during registration time. A box will be used for students to place  EXACT MONEY ONLY as we will not be able to handle/offer change.

 

N.B. Can we please remind you of the following requirements:

  • no hair dyed in unnatural colours (wigs are permitted)

  • no revealing clothing such as low cut, strappy tops or ones that show any  tummy

  • no micro-shorts

  • no footwear that is deemed to be unsafe.

Students may be sent home to change if they are dressed inappropriately.

Thank you in advance for supporting such a worthwhile charity. WaterAid was nominated by many of our students to be one of three charities that the school will donate to through fundraising events this year. WaterAid work with partners in some of the toughest places in the world, reaching millions of people to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, enabling entire communities to unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. 

 

LFT Covid home-testing kits - are being sent home today (13th December) to enable your child to test during the Christmas break.  The testing schedule and resultant staggered start to term was sent out on Friday but is here again (Appendix A) for your convenience.

 

Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

Appendix B – Covid-19 Related Information

Please report absences by email (not telephone message where possible) to - absence@sirhenryfloyd.co.uk

Vaccination Up-date from NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Due to some recent changes in the eligibility for COVID vaccines, we wanted to outline the current national position to support you in any ongoing conversations you may be having with young people and parents. This advice may be subject to change in future – a summary of up to date information can be found at:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

12 – 17 year olds

The majority of 12-15 year olds are currently recommended to receive one dose of vaccine. The decision on whether a second dose will be recommended to this group has not yet been announced.

The majority of 16 and 17 year olds are now recommended to receive two doses of vaccine at least 12 weeks apart.

If a young person aged 12-17 has recently tested positive for COVID it is now recommended that they wait 12 weeks from the date of their first positive PCR or LFD result before they receive their COVID vaccine. This delay has recently been increased from 4 weeks due to emerging evidence suggesting that it will reduce the (already extremely small) risk of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) in younger age groups and because they are likely to be protected by natural immunity for these 12 weeks anyway.

12-17 year olds who are in a recognised clinical risk group should receive two doses of vaccine at least 8 weeks apart. Those aged 12 years and over who live with someone of any age who is immunosuppressed should also be offered two doses of vaccine at least 8 weeks apart. Young people in these groups should still take up their vaccine offer if they are at least 4 weeks after COVID infection and do not need to wait 12 weeks. This is because their individual risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is higher and so outweighs any benefit of delaying to 12 weeks.

Aged 18 and over

Adults aged 18 and over are recommended to receive two doses of vaccine at least 8 weeks apart.

If an adult (aged 18+) has recently tested positive for COVID it is recommended that they wait 4 weeks from the date of their first positive PCR or LFD result before they receive their COVID vaccine.

Accessing vaccination

The initial offer of COVID vaccinations in schools has now completed. However, there continue to be many opportunities to access vaccinations across the county:

·         Anyone aged 12 and over can book an appointment through the National Booking Service.

Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

·         Walk-in clinics are also available and details can be found here:

Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

12-15 year olds in a clinical risk group should receive a letter to inform them of their eligibility for a second dose, and should take this letter with them to any walk-in vaccination site. If they do not receive this letter but their parent/guardian thinks that they are eligible, or if they live with someone who is immunosuppressed, their GP surgery should be contacted.

Vaccination against COVID-19 remains the best way to protect ourselves and those around us from becoming unwell.

It is also important that people who are eligible, including children aged 2-15 years old and anyone between the ages of 6 months and 50 years old who are clinically vulnerable take up the offer of a free NHS flu vaccine this year as the best way of protecting ourselves and those around us from seasonal influenza.

Self-isolation

Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible, if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

 

Individuals are not required to self-isolate, if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

·         they are fully vaccinated

·         they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months

·         they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial

·         they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Staff who do not need to isolate, and children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend school as normal. They will not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.

18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 6 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.

Settings will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in a setting (see Stepping measures up and down section for more information) or if central government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise a setting to temporarily reintroduce some control measures.

Contact tracing

Schools will no longer routinely be involved in track and trace of close contacts.  If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with. Being in an education or childcare setting with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not necessarily mean a person is identified as a close contact.

You will be asked to provide the contact details, if you know them, of any of the individuals – or their parents or guardians – who have been identified as close contacts. NHS Test and Trace will then get in touch with these close contacts and provide appropriate instructions or advice.

We will continue to inform the relevant members of the school community of a positive case so that vigilance for symptoms can be increased. 

Control measures

We will do everything we can to continue to:

·         Ensure good hygiene for everyone.

·         Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.

·         Keep occupied spaces well ventilated, open classroom doors and window(s).

·         Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.

SHFGS has a Covid-19 Outbreak Risk Management Plan.

Headteacher's Bulletin - 4 January 2022

Dear Parent or Carer

I hope that you and your family are refreshed following the holiday and wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

We have a staggered return to school this week (please see the testing schedule and return to on-site lessons below). Online learning will be taking place for those who are due to be tested on Wednesday and Thursday this week, and we welcome all students back into school from Friday 7th January.

New government guidance says that ‘even if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they are strongly encouraged to take part in LFD testing on-site through ATS or at home once they have completed their isolation period for their prior infection.’   With regards to positive test results or other absence due to illness, please report absences by email (not voicemail where possible) to  absence@sirhenryfloyd.co.uk

It has also been recommended that face coverings are worn in classrooms where pupils in year 7 and above are educated. Please do provide your child with a mask for their return to lessons. The advice is short term only, to support pupils and teachers as they return to school this term and builds on the existing proportionate guidance that recommends face coverings for all adults in communal areas of all settings. The advice on face coverings in classrooms will be in place until Wednesday 26 January, when Plan B regulations are currently scheduled to expire, at which point it will be reviewed and updated by the government.

Testing Schedule and Return to on-site lessons:

Testing date & time

Year & Form Group

Date of return to lessons*

4th Jan

13,11,7

Wed 5th Jan

5th Jan 09.00

10A

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 09.30

10C

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 10.00

10H

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 10.30

10M

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 11.00

10S

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 11.30

10W

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 12.00

12A

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 12.30

12C

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 13.00

12H

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 13.30

12M

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 14.00

12S

Thurs 6th Jan

5th Jan 14.30

12W

Thurs 6th Jan

6th Jan 09.00

8A

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 09.30

8C

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 10.00

8H

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 10.30

8M

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 11.00

8S

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 11.30

8W

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 12.00

9A

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 12.30

9C

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 13.00

9H

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 13.30

9M

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 14.00

9S

Friday 7th Jan

6th Jan 14.30

9W

Friday 7th Jan

 

Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19:

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

The DfE recognises that the high rates of COVID-19 may cause difficulties with the availability of staff and supply staff, as we experienced last term. Our shared priority is to keep school open and for our students to continue with face-to-face education. However, I am letting you know that there may be times when remote learning is required.  I thank you for your patience, forbearance and understanding in this as we continue through the winter months.  

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice on COVID-19 vaccination for at-risk 5 to 11 year olds, and booster doses for at-risk 12 to 15 year olds and all 16 to 17 year olds:

On Wednesday 22 December, the government accepted advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that a primary course of vaccination should be offered to children aged 5 to 11 years old who are in a clinical risk group, or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed. The NHS is working through updated guidance and will set out how this is going to be operationalised shortly.

In response to the threat from the Omicron variant, the JCVI advised that a Pfizer booster vaccine should be offered to:

  • children aged 12 to 15 years old who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of immunosuppressed individuals, and those who are severely immunosuppressed and have had a third primary dose

  • all young people aged 16 to 17 years old

The NHS will communicate how eligible children and young people can get their boosters shortly.

Government advice regarding examinations and assessments in January is that they should proceed.  We are following that advice with regards to curriculum delivery including planned assessments and will endeavour to accommodate any isolating or ill students as we normally would. 

Thank you for your attention to this detailed bulletin.  I look forward to welcoming your child back to school from tomorrow.

Yours faithfully,

Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

Headteacher's Bulletin - 10 January 2022

Dear Parent or Carer

 

We begin our first full week with all year groups back in school so it is reality from today.  Immediately art students are aware of that as their examinations have begun, GCSE last week and A level from today.  Year 12 are also preparing for tests so we are all definitely getting on with our core business!

 

Further to the email sent on Friday by Mrs Bragg, I’d like to draw your attention to this opportunity:

Secondary Parents' Online Safety Seminar

With the ever growing challenge of keeping our young people safe in the digital world, Aylesbury High School has kindly offered SHFGS parents and carers the opportunity to join a free virtual session about 'Online Safety for Parents and Carers', run by Education Child Protection Ltd. The session will take place on Wednesday 12th January, 7-8pm and will provide parents and carers with an insight into the wide array of apps, games and websites that young people are using. The session aims to empower parents to keep their children safe when using technology and it will look at the issues and dangers young people face online and how we can make young people safer online.  To join the session, please register on the link below:

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7145352655176073743   The joining instructions for the GoToWebinar platform are here here .  To see further information about the session: click here

 

We strongly advise all participants to register in advance to ensure there are no technical issues. We hope you find it useful.

 

Covid testing kits have been distributed to form tutors this morning. Please ensure that your child continues to test twice a week and that positive lateral flow tests are reported to school.   It is also very important that test results are recorded via the government website:

https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result as it has been reported to me that our testing numbers dipped towards the end of last term.  I am sure that it is more the reporting dipped so please do ask your child to report all home test results(or do it for them).


 

Yours faithfully,

Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher

Appendix A:

Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19:

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

The DfE recognises that the high rates of COVID-19 may cause difficulties with the availability of staff and supply staff, as we experienced last term. Our shared priority is to keep school open and for our students to continue with face-to-face education. However, I am letting you know that there may be times when remote learning is required.  I thank you for your patience, forbearance and understanding in this as we continue through the winter months.  

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice on COVID-19 vaccination for at-risk 5 to 11 year olds, and booster doses for at-risk 12 to 15 year olds and all 16 to 17 year olds:

On Wednesday 22 December, the government accepted advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that a primary course of vaccination should be offered to children aged 5 to 11 years old who are in a clinical risk group, or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed. The NHS is working through updated guidance and will set out how this is going to be operationalised shortly.

In response to the threat from the Omicron variant, the JCVI advised that a Pfizer booster vaccine should be offered to:

  • children aged 12 to 15 years old who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of immunosuppressed individuals, and those who are severely immunosuppressed and have had a third primary dose

  • all young people aged 16 to 17 years old

The NHS will communicate how eligible children and young people can get their boosters shortly.

Headteacher's Bulletin - 17 January 2022

Dear Parent or Carer

As you are aware, charitable giving is a key part of student leadership at SHFGS.  I’m delighted to announce that our non-uniform day at the end of last term raised £1668 for Wateraid.   Fundraising for the school is also a key part of the support given by our Parents’ Society who are meeting again tonight.  New members, ideas and offers of support are always welcome.

Parents’ Society meeting this evening: 

SHFGS Parents Society

Time: Monday, 17 January 2022 19:30:00

Please email parentssociety@sirhenryfloyd.co.uk if you would like to attend. 

SHFGS is in the process of applying to the HS2 Community and Environment Fund to cover the cost of installing floodlighting around our astroturf pitch.  Not only would this lighting enable us to extend the use of the pitches during the darker months, it would also increase opportunities for local sports clubs and organisations to hire the facilities, providing a valuable resource for the community and an ongoing revenue stream for the school as a whole.  As part of the application we need to demonstrate the impact the building work for HS2 is having on our school community.  We'd be very grateful if you could take a moment to complete this very short survey (just 3 questions!) in support of our grant application.  https://forms.gle/Ti52F3VwNwbtqbcB8

 

I am confident that you are aware of the dynamic nature of guidance on precautions and rules in dealing with Covid-19, often changing in the days between these bulletins.  Such was the case last week.  I will continue to update you with the latest changes each Monday (rather than bombard you with emails) but do please try to stay abreast of the main announcements via media outlets.  If there is any aspect that you are concerned about or unsure of, please feel free to contact SHFGS reception as we are happy to help.  We will always inform you of emergency measures immediately.

Updated COVID information

As of Tuesday 11th January, the requirement for people who get a positive lateral flow test (LFT) result to book a PCR test has been temporarily removed.  Positive LFTs should now be treated exactly as you would have previously treated positive PCRs, with no need for further confirmatory testing.  People who have symptoms of COVID are still recommended to get a PCR test, however.

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19.  From today, Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFT) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.  The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.  If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two lateral flow tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.  Anyone who is unable to take lateral flow tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.  Please do ensure that test results are reported to NHS Test and Trace as figures for the school are monitored at county level and had fallen before the holiday.

There has been some uncertainty about whether people who have had COVID within the previous 90-days are still exempt from participating in the routine twice-weekly lateral flow testing recommended for all school staff and secondary school pupils.  It has now been clarified that all eligible pupils and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in routine LFT testing regardless of how recently they have had COVID themselves.  This is in view of the higher rate of re-infections caused by the Omicron variant.

Immunisations:  Buckinghamshire Immunisations Team have confirmed that they will be coming in to administer the second COVID dose for 12-15yr olds.  The date that they are coming is Thursday 10th February which was the original date that the Year 8 1st dose HPV would be taking place.  The Immunisation Team are now moving Year 8 1st dose HPV to take place on the same day as Year 9 2nd dose of HPV, i.e. Thursday 9th March. A letter and consent form will be sent imminently via our school medical officer. 

Support for Parents - In this Exam Room Skills seminar, Elevate will show you how to help your child and what they should be doing in the final run up to exams. The webinar will cover:

  • What students should be doing in the final week before an exam;

  • How to establish a good routine the night before;

  • Ways to optimise exam room performance.

 

Register for free here

 

Another useful resource for parents, the Classroom to Careers newsletter has been included here, as attachment, for your perusal.

Unfortunately, due to staffing shortages this week our cafe may have to make changes to the published menu in order to achieve adequate service.  Thank you for your understanding.

Have a safe and productive week.

Yours faithfully,

Ms J Cochrane
Headteacher