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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION

(Information last updated: 15 May 2021)

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England is in a national lockdown.  You should stay local.  Keep your family safe by reading the information on the gov.uk website.

A summary of the stay local rules for Camden is available below:

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If you need to know the rules around spending time outside, read this information from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Structure of the school day

We have reverted to having a staggered start and finish times for each year group, with different year groups using different entrances.  Please note that there have been some changes to these arrangements.  The arrival and departure times, as well as the entrance and exit for each year group, are as follows:

Year

Entrance & exit

Arrival

Depart

7

Main

8.20 - 8.25

3.00

8

Theatre

8.35 – 8.40

3.15

9

Theatre

8.20 - 8.25

3.00

10

Main

8.35 – 8.40

3.15

11

Sports Centre

8.20 - 8.25

3.00

12/13

Sports Centre

8.35 – 8.40

3.15

Face masks in school

Following the Prime Minister's recent announcement, and the further easing of lockdown restrictions from Monday 17 May, the new rules regarding the use of face masks in school are as follows:

The new rules are:

  • masks are optional for students anywhere in the building, including classrooms;
  • masks are optional for staff in classrooms;
  • masks are compulsory for staff in all other areas of the building, including corridors and communal areas.

Sources of support

Remember that there is lots of information on our website to support students and parents/carers at this difficult time. 

Public Health England has also produced advice for parents/carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.  Scroll down the page to find versions translated into some community languages.

If you or a member of your family is suffereing from Long COVID, support is available through the programme of webinars listed in this leaflet.

If you need something to do during an evening or at the weekend, don't forget to take a look at our 'Extending learning' page and the virtual school library for inspiration.

'Rapid' COVID-19 lateral flow testing

In line with the Government's expectations, students and staff are undertaking twice-weekly lateral flow tests at home.

Information about the twice-weekly COVID-19 home testing is included in this letter.

We are also taking part in a trial to provide lateral flow tests for household members.  Find out more in this letter.  Read the privacy notice to see how your data will be used.

You can read the risk assessment for our lateral flow testing arrangements in the 'Our risk assessment' section below. 

Camden has produced a fact sheet for parents and carers.

After having three tests in school, students will need to test themselves at home.  

Information about the twice-weekly COVID-19 home testing is included in this letter.

Please note that anyone who receives a positive result on with a lateral flow test must get a follow-up PCR test.  If the PCR test is taken within two days of the LFT and the PCR test result is negative, then the individual and their close contacts will be automatically contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told the requirement to self-isolate has been overturned.

Here is some information to help you with testing at home:

Guide for parents and carers.

Easy-read guide to taking a test.

Information on the Department for Education website

If someone you know needs to leave home for a permitted reason, and want to take a lateral flow test, Camden has the following test centres available for residents:

There is more information on the Camden website.

COVID-19 vaccination support

If you need information and support relating to the COVID-19 vaccination, visit the Camden website where you will find a range of resources.

More information is available on the NHS website.

If you would prefer to listen to videos in home languages, use this page on the NHS website.

Somers Town Community Sports Centre

Somers Town Community Sports Centre is partially open, as per the current Government guidance.  The Sports Centre will re-open fully when the Government announces that this is posibble.

Please call 020 7419 4365 or e-mail stcsportscentre@regenthighschool.org.uk with any enquiries.

Our risk assessment

You can read our risk assessment (this version is from 11 May 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.

The risk assessment covering our lateral flow testing arrangements is available to read here.  This is the version from 25 February 2021.

Visitor Privacy Notice

Please read the updated Privacy Notice relating to visitors to school, in force during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examinations announcements from the Department for Education

On 10 May 2021 the Government published a guide for students on how GCSEs, A Levels, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2021.

On 18 March 2021 we  wrote to families to explain the arrangements for summer examinations for students in Years 11 and 13.

On 6 January 2021 the Secretary of State for Education announced that GCSE and A Level examinations will not be taking place this summer. 

We will continue to update students and their families as more information becomes available.  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.

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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 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:

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.

The children's A&E departments at UCLH and the Royal Free Hospital will re-open in April; see below for more details:

Further advice and guidance

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  •  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.