End of term summer letter from Mrs Oakley (16th July 2021)

Dear Parent/Carers,

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Year 7 parents who for the first time have been included in these communications so that they can see the plans for the start of the academic year as well as join our school community. Below you will find information about next week and also next year.

End of Term Arrangements

Term ends on Friday 23rd July at 12.30pm.

Start of Term Arrangements

The Autumn Term begins for our new Year 7 on Thursday 2 September at 8.30am and for all other year groups on Monday 6 September at 8.30am.

Staff In-Service Training Days 2021-2022

Students will not be in school on the following INSET Days:

Wednesday 1st September

Friday 15th October

Monday 28th February

Friday 8th April

Monday 4th July

There is an additional closure day on Friday 26th November as school started a day earlier than Hampshire’s published term time dates.

Start of September

Looking towards September, we are hopeful that we will return to a near normal school:

We will not need to zone students at break and lunch times
We will not need to stagger students’ start to the day – Tutor time will begin at 8.30 for everyone
We will be able to use PE changing rooms once more and therefore students will be able to wear their uniform to school every day. This is very helpful for us in ensuring the safety of our students as any trespassers can be quickly identified
Having said this, there are some operational changes that we have decided to retain or adapt for next year:

We will continue to use hand sanitiser across the school
We will continue with the enhanced cleaning across the school
We will continue to ensure there is adequate ventilation in rooms
We will continue to stagger the end of the day to support the safety of students walking down Wildern Lane – Years 7 & 8 at 2.50, Years 9 & 10 at 2.55, Year 11 at 3pm
We will keep the two 30-minute break times but these will now be at 11-11.30 and 1.30-2.
LFD testing

As part of all students returning to school in September, the government would like a focus on testing to ensure that no positive COVID-19 cases are brought into school. They have suggested that schools may set up testing centres like we did at Easter time to test students twice. Due to our size and limited staff available, it would take several weeks to complete this process and would be very disruptive, something we would like to avoid at the start of the year.

Therefore, our plan is to continue to use home test kits which you are familiar with and that you have been using consistently. We know this has been a success as our google form has been completed 32,414 times so far. Thank you for supporting this initiative and ensuring our school community remains safe.

What will be vital is you completing the NEW School Google Form and reporting the test result (no matter the outcome) to NHS Test and Trace to show that our school community is testing its students.

Therefore, your child will on Tuesday 20th July bring home a pack of home test kits (Year 8-10). We ask that you use them on these dates:

Wednesday 21st July
Wednesday 25th August
Sunday 29th August
Wednesday 1st September
Sunday 5th September*
Wednesday 8th September
Sunday 12th September
*Year 7 will be given their kits on their first day with us (Thurs 2nd September) and we ask that a test is completed that evening and then they follow the whole school pattern as above.

Any issues with the test kits or you need more please go to your pharmacy as LFD tests are readily available from them.

Some things you should already be doing and additional things to note:

What should you do after the test? There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).
You need to report your result using the school’s Google form and NHS Test and Trace
The school’s postcode is SO30 4EJ for the NHS Test and Trace website or search Wildern School

If anyone tests positive, you, your household and any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days, and you should order a confirmatory PCR test click here.
If the result of the test is unclear/inconclusive (void) you should do another test. This may result in you needing additional tests from the Pharmacy.
Negative and void results should also be reported using the school’s Google form and NHS Test and Trace.
NHS Test and Trace have improved their system and you can set up a family account to make reporting a test much quicker and easier.
We thank you in advance for supporting us with this testing. It means that we can start September with a focus on learning rather than students coming in and out of lessons to have tests taken.

Have a wonderful summer when it arrives and remember: “Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.” ― Kellie Elmore

With very best wishes

Mrs Oakley