COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION
(Information last updated: 3 March 2021)
England is in a national lockdown. You must stay at home. Keep your family safe by reading the information on the gov.uk website.
Regent High School is closed to all students except those who are vulnerable and/or the children of key workers.
A summary of the Stay at Home rules is available below:
Re-opening of schools from Monday
We have summarised the arrangements for the re-opening of Regent High School from Monday 8 March 2021 in this letter to all parents and carers.
Mr Moore has recorded a message to explain the arrangements for returning to school.
Before students can return, we will be undertaking a programme of lateral flow testing. The following table shows which day students in each year group will be tested, and the day they will then return to face-to-face lessons. We have produced guidance for parents and carers on how to give consent for students to have lateral flow tests.
In school classroom
Tue 9th/Wed 10th
Wed 10th – P3 onwards
Wed 10th/Thurs 11th
Thu 11th – P3 onwards
Continue to scroll down to find out the continuing arrangements for remote learning during W/C 1 March 2021
Remote learning during the national lockdown
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 4 January 2021, the revised arrangements for this term will continue after the February half term holiday.
Students who are classed as ‘vulnerable’ or whose parents/carers are key workers can attend lessons on-site. This group will largely include those students who attended school in person in the summer; if you believe your child(ren) should now be considered as part of this group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the reasons for their attendance at school.
Regent High School is closed to all other students. We will update families when students are able to return to school.
During the school closure period, students will undertake remote 'live' lessons using Google Classroom/Google Meet, according to their usual timetable.
In case you need a reminder of the times of the school day during the closure period, here you go:
|Tutor time (RESPECT/assembly)||10.25-10.45am|
We recommend time away from screens during break
We recommend time away from screens during lunchtime
We have produced guidance for families about remote learning.
Remote learning will involve students participating in ‘live’ lessons using Google Classroom and Google Meet. Lessons will take place at the same times as are stated on students' timetables. If students require temporary access to a device or the Internet to facilitate home learning, please email Reception on email@example.com to request support.
We shared more detail about our remote learning provision at the Parent. Carer and Staff Forum meeting on 19 January 2021. Take a look at the presentation.
Find out more about our remote learning provision on our dedicated page.
Free School Meals and Breakfast Club arrangements
Free School Meal vouchers
We have arranged Wonde food vouchers for all students eligible for Free School Meals.
Parents/carers of eligible students in Years 7 to 13 will be sent emails and text messages to access your vouchers when they become available. This allows you to select which supermarket you would like to use, and to either print your voucher or show it on your smartphone at the checkout. If you don't believe you've received an email from Wonde, please check your 'junk' or 'spam' folder in case the email is sitting there.
This guide explains how to access your Wonde vouchers.
If you have not received an email from Wonde, please contact Reception on firstname.lastname@example.org, providing your child's full name and tutor group, along with your full name and mobile number so that we can look into this for you.
These arrangements will continue until further notice.
If you are a parent/carer of a student in Year 7 who is eligible for Free School Meals and you have not collected your paper vouchers covering weeks commencing 11 January, 18 January, 25 January and 1 February, please collect these from Reception. Reception is open each day from 9.00am to 2.30pm.
Stuck for recipe ideas? Scroll down the Olive Dining page to find some easy-to-make meal ideas.
If you receive our Breakfast Club take-home packs, these will be available from Reception every other week. Please email email@example.com to confirm that you are on our collection list, and to be advised when you can collect your next pack.
Sources of support
'Rapid' COVID-19 lateral flow testing
We started to deliver 'rapid' lateral flow testing on Thursday 7 January, beginning with staff then students who are attending school on-site because they are vulnerable or the children of key workers. Testing for all other students will be announced in due course; if you have already returned your consent form, we will retain it on file in readiness for when your child is tested. A rota will be shared on the school website when it is confirmed.
You can read the risk assessment for our lateral flow testing arrangements in the 'Our risk assessment' section below.
Somers Town Community Sports Centre
Please note that, as a result of London being in Tier 4: Stay at home, the Somers Town Community Sports Centre is closed. The Sports Centre will remain closed until further guidance from HM Government confirms that sports facilities can re-open.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
Our risk assessment
You can read our risk assessment (this version is from 23 February 2021) to see the measures we are putting in place to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you use the Somers Town Community Sports Centre, you can also read the separate risk assessment for that facility. This version is from 22 October 2020.
Visitor Privacy Notice
Please read the updated Privacy Notice relating to visitors to school, in force during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wearing of masks in communal areas
As part of the national lockdown measures, students and staff are required to wear masks in communal areas in school. This includes corridors, the Arcade and other communal areas, but does not include outdoor spaces.
Students are reminded to bring a mask with them to school for use when in communal areas. Read about face coverings on the gov.uk website.
Examinations announcement from the Department for Education
On 6 January 2021 the Secretary of State for Education announced that GCSE and A Level examinations will not be taking place this summer. Ofqual is currently discussing alternative arrangements with the Department for Education, and will provide further updates as soon as they can.
We will update students and their families once we have more information. Please continue to visit our website for these updates.
Support for families during the winter 2021 lockdown
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Contact tracing app
Please read our letter to families about the NHS contact tracing app.
NHS Test and Trace has written a fact sheet for parents, carers and young people 16 and over to explain how the Test and Trace app works.
Coronavirus confirmed cases
- 20 December 2020: We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 with a member of teaching staff. Please read the letter for more information.
- 19 December 2020: We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 with a member of teaching staff. Please read the letter for more information.
- 15 December 2020: We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 with a member of teaching staff. Please read the letter for more information.
- 14 December 2020: We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 with a student. Please read the letter that we have sent to all families.
- 4 December 2020: We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 with a student. Please read the letter that we have sent to all families.
- 6 November 2020: We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 with a student. Please read the letter that we have sent to all families.
- 21 October 2020: We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 with a member of teaching staff. Please read the letter that we have sent to all families.
- 19 October 2020: We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 with a student. Please read the letter that we have sent to all families.
- 28 September 2020: We have been advised that there has been a single confirmed case of COVID-19 with a member of support staff. Please read the letter that we have sent to all families.
If you think your child has COVID-19
Please remember that although we do want all students to continue to attend school, we ask for your support in continuing to keep all our students and staff safe. Students must not come into school if they are exhibiting any of the three key symptoms:
- a high temperature – this means your child feels hot to the touch on their chest or back or has a temperature above 38C;
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If they usually have a cough, it may be noticeably worse than usual;
- a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – this means they’ve noticed they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If a student displays these symptoms while in school, they will be isolated from others and parents/carers will be asked to collect them and arrange a test without delay.
Parents must follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The student should self-isolate for 10 days and their siblings and other members of the household for 10 days, until there is either:
- I. a negative test result; or
- II. a doctor’s note explaining that the symptom is not COVID-19 (e.g. the cough is not a "new" cough – i.e. is typical of the child’s pre-existing health condition).
Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 111 for those without access to the internet. Test results must be shared with the school as soon as the outcome is known.
If you have been told by 111 that your child does not need to get tested but still has one of the three COVID symptoms, the school will request a GP note to confirm this information.
If you are not able to provide a negative test result OR a doctor’s letter, the student will not be able to return to school until they have completed the 10-day isolation period. Other members of the household, including siblings, must complete a 10-day isolation period.
We shared this information in a letter to parents and carers in September.
Here is our handy coronavirus-related absence quick reference guide.
Camden Council has also produced a 'quick guide' about COVID-19 absence for parents/carers.
If you live with someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result
Stay at home
Stay at home for 10 days. This is because you may have been exposed to the virus and could pass it on to others, even if you don’t have symptoms. Do not leave your home unless in certain circumstances, and only exercise within your home, garden or private outdoor space.
Your 10-day isolation period starts from the day after the first person in your household developed symptoms. If you are isolating because someone in your house has had a positive test result but does not have symptoms, your 10-day period starts from the day after their test was taken.
If you receive a negative COVID-19 test result
A negative result means the test did not find COVID-19 at the time the test was taken.
If you have a negative test result, you can stop isolating as long as:
- you are well;
- no-one else in your household has symptoms;
- if anyone else in your household has symptoms they have also received a negative test result;
- you have not been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace;
- you have not arrived into the UK from a non-exempt country within the last 10 days.
Anyone in your household who is isolating because of your symptoms can also stop isolating.
If your test result is negative but you still have symptoms, you may have another virus such as a cold or 'flu. You should stay at home until you feel well. Seek medical attention if you are concerned about your symptoms.
Minimising the spread of coronavirus
We are encouraging students, staff and visitors to observe good hygiene practices, including:
- washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using alcohol-based hand-sanitiser;
- washing hands when you get home and to school;
- covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, which should then be deposited in a bin, or your sleeve;
- maintaining a social distance of two metres;
- wearing a mask in communal spaces in school as well as in places like shops, on transport and other indoor locations;
- not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean;
- trying to avoid contact with people who are unwell.
Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
Staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live our lives. Sadly, a small number of individuals are taking advantage of this situation and using it for their own criminal gains. The police have identified a number of scams that have been posted to online social media and mobile phone direct messaging platforms, e-mail and through door-to-door contact.
The police would like to encourage parents/carers and students to stop, think and research the authenticity prior to engaging or re-posting any message in order to prevent becoming a victim of this criminal activity.
You can also use the Met's Little Book of Cyber Scams and animation videos for online safety and fraud prevention.
Parents, carers and students are also advised to be particularly vigilant to unwanted activity or attention online. Thinkuknow has information for you about how to stay safe online.
Further advice and guidance
- Visit the UK Government website for updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- Guidance for educational settings is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
- Camden Council has also created a series of web pages containing lots of useful information: https://www.camden.gov.uk/COVID-19. There is also information on their schools, children and families page.
- Camden is also sharing weekly updates through the Camden New Journal.
- The Camden and Islington Public Health team has created this helpful coronavirus myth-buster document.
- The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has produced this advice sheet for parents/carers.
- If you are self-isolating and need someone to bring you shopping, prescription medicines or anything else, call Camden Council on 0207 974 4444 and choose option 9. You can also visit Camden’s online directory which will help you find a local organisation who can help with everyday tasks you might be finding difficult.