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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION

(Information last updated: 2 December 2020)

London raised to 'high' Tier 2 status for COVID-19 - Ealing News Extra

London is in Local Alert Level Tier 2: High.  Keep your family safe by reading the information on the gov.uk website.

Please note that Regent High School continues to be open to all students during this time.

Our risk assessment

You can read our risk assessment (this version is from 2 December 2020) 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.

Changes to school finishing times

The finishing times for school changed from Monday 2 November This letter explains why we made this change, and the times each year group will finish.  This is also summarised in the table below.

Year group

Door/entrance to use

Lesson 1 start time

Must not arrive before

Lesson 6 end time

7

Regent Theatre

8.30am

8.20am

3.00pm

8

Main School Gate

8.45am

8.35am

3.15pm

9

Sports Centre

8.30am

8.20am

3.00pm

10

Regent Theatre

8.45am

8.35am

3.15pm

11

Main School Gate

8.30am

8.20am

3.00pm

Sixth Form

Sports Centre

8.45am

8.35am 3.15pm

Wearing of masks in communal areas

As part of the Tier 2 alert level 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 12 October 2020 the Department for Education confirmed the following about examinations for students currently in Years 11 and 13:

  • GCSE and A Level examinations will go ahead next summer.
  • The majority of examinations will take place three weeks later than usual, between 7 June and 2 July.  Some A Levels that typically have low numbers of students will be scheduled in the week before half term, as well as one paper in each of GCSE English and Mathematics.
  • A Level and GCSE results will be given to students in the same week of August.
  • The Government will work with the exams regulator and school leaders on contingencies for all potential scenarios.

You can read the Department for Education's statement here.

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

  • 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 14 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 14-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.  

NHS 111 is also available online at 111.nhs.uk.  More information is available on the NHS coronavirus pages.

If you live with someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result

Stay at home

Stay at home for 14 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 14-day isolation period starts from the day when 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 14-day period starts from the day 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:

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 read more from the Metropolitan Police in their letter and advice leaflet.

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