Dear Parents / Carers
I would like to thank you all for your support this term. Despite the many challenges we have faced, we have managed to have a ‘normal’ start to the year. This is down to the way you have worked with us by continuing with regular testing, ensuring your child has a mask, providing evidence of a negative lateral flow test when visiting the school site and conducting some school meetings virtually. We will continue to err on the side of caution to protect our community and I thank you in advance for your support with this.
End of term arrangements
To celebrate the end of a successful term, we have our Festive Jumper Day and Christmas Dinner on Friday, December 10. We intend to run a normal school week on the December 13-17, but with an early finish on Friday, December 17. Students will be dismissed from school at 12.35pm. If your child is in receipt of free school meals, please advise them to eat at break time.
When will my child return?
In line with government guidance, we will be offering all students a lateral flow test before we begin lessons on Thursday, January 6. In order to facilitate this we will be having staggered test times on our Inset day, Tuesday, January 4 and on Wednesday, January 5. The timings of these sessions can be seen in the table below. Our usual timings of the day will resume on Thursday, January 6, the only exception to this is Year 13 who will be starting their period of mock examinations.
|Year Group||Date of testing and return video||Arrival time to Sports Hall||Dismissal time|
|7||Wednesday, January 5||10:45||12:00|
|8||Wednesday, January 5||11:45||13:00|
|9||Wednesday, January 5||12:45||14:00|
|10||Wednesday, January 5||13:45||15:00|
|11||Tuesday, January 4||13:45||15:00|
|12||Tuesday, January 4||12:45||13:30|
|13||Tuesday, January 4||12:45||13:30|
On the day of their test, students should come into school five minutes before their test time and enter via the side gate. They should make their way to the Sports Hall and be dressed in full East Barnet School uniform, including their lanyard and a mask. All students should have a reading book with them. If your child is not being tested they will be asked to read a book until they go to their form room for the return to school video. They will be dismissed via the front gate.
Does my child have to be tested?
For the safety of our community, we strongly encourage all students to be tested. If you have previously given consent for your child to be tested and you wish for them to do so again, then you do not need to take any further action. If you have previously given consent and no longer wish you child to be tested, or you have not given consent and want them to be tested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about home testing?
In line with government guidance, home test kits will be made available for your child and these should be carried out on a Sunday and then 3-5 days afterwards. The school should be notified immediately of a positive test result and you should arrange for a follow up PCR test to confirm the result.
What happens if my child falls ill at school?
Your child should not attend school if they feel unwell and you should report their absence via the attendance line in the usual way. We will have qualified First Aiders on site, and if your child becomes ill they will go to a medical room and be assessed. You will be contacted.
What if I test positive?
If a member of your household tests positive, we ask that your child gets a PCR test, they should remain off school until the result is confirmed. If your child is negative, then they may return to school. If, however, you are identified as having the OMICRON variant your child should isolate for 10 days, in line with government guidance.
We have been incredibly proud of how the students have worn their uniform this term and have received positive comments from members of the local community about how smart they look. This demonstrates our motto of ‘Do the right thing’ and shows that students are proud and respect our values. On their return in January, the usual rules with regards to extreme hair styles, unnatural hair colours, false nails and piercings apply (1 small stud per ear, no facial piercings or nose studs, and no other jewellery). This letter should give students enough time to prepare for their return to school. Students will be sanctioned for breaches of our school uniform. We also request that students wear appropriate school shoes and not trainers.
If anyone has difficulty obtaining school uniform, then they should contact their Head of Year as we have some uniform available to lend to students.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a wonderful break; the students certainly deserve it, they have been exceptional.
L Swaine, Headteacher