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Important Updates - 2nd January 2022

Due to increasing COVID infections within the local community, the school reception is closed to external visitors and parents/carers.  Please telephone during school hours or email postbox@bluecoatacademy.org with any queries.  If a parent/carer needs to pick up a child during the school day, they will be asked to wait outside. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

End of Term Letter (December 2021)

Covid Testing

All secondary schools have been asked to prepare and encourage their students to take one COVID-19 test on-site on return in January - personalised arrangements have been sent to parents/carers by email.  Please take one self-test at home either the evening or morning before you return to school in January and then continue with twice-weekly at home testing. Click here for more updates

Face Coverings

The Department for Education has updated guidance on face coverings:

"Face coverings help protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of COVID-19. Where pupils in year 7 (which would be children who were aged 11 on 31 August 2021) and above are educated, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by pupils, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas. This is a temporary measure.

From January 4th, we also recommend that in those schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn in classrooms. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. This will also be a temporary measure. Pupils in these schools must also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and should wear it on dedicated transport to and from school.

We would not ordinarily expect teachers to wear a face covering in the classroom if they are at the front of the class, to support education delivery, although settings should be sensitive to the needs of individual teachers. Face coverings do not need to be worn when outdoors."

Vaccinations Update

12-15 year olds who have not been vaccinated can book an appointment out of school on the National Booking System, and from 20th December those eligible for second doses will be also be able to book.  Click here for more updates