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12.10.2021 Year 7,9,10,11 Letter D
11.10.2021 Year 8,9,10 letter D

COVID- 19 vaccination programme for children and young people aged 12 to 15 

This autumn all children aged 12 to 15 are being offered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. 

The main purpose of the COVID-19 school age vaccination programme is to provide protection to the children who receive the vaccine and may help to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the wider population. Vaccinating children should help to reduce the need for children to have time off school and to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within schools.

Corpus Christi Catholic College are hosting a NHS vaccination session which, like all school based vaccination programmes, are administered by healthcare staff.

Letters will be sent to all eligible students from the school immunisation service with more information and asking for online consent.

Update 1.9.2021

The government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. Step 4 marked a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education – particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for 2 doses by mid-September.

Our priority is to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health.

All secondary school and college students should be offered 2 on-site LFD tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term. Testing is not compulsory, but is encouraged.

If you wish for your child to be tested, please follow the timings below but note that your consent is required (if you have previously completed a consent form, it will still be valid and a new one is not needed). Please complete the consent form at the end of the page and return this to school ASAP to rapidtesting@corpusleeds.org. Your child will not be required to wear school uniform on this day and they should only attend for their scheduled time. Your child will return home after the test and results will be texted to the contact number given on the form.

 

Test Date Surname time Start date
Monday 06/09/21 Year 7 (A-M) 12.30-13.30 07/09/2021
Monday 06/09/21 Year 7 (N-Z) 13.30-14.30 07/09/2021
Tuesday 07/09/21 Year 10 (A-M) 9.00-10.00 09/09/2021
Tuesday 07/09/21 Year 10 (N-Z) 10.00-11.00 09/09/2021
Tuesday 07/09/21 Year 11 (A-M) 12.30-13.30 09/09/2021
Tuesday 07/09/21 Year 11  (N-Z) 13.30-14.30 09/09/2021
Wednesday 08/09/21 Year 8 (A-M) 9.00-10.00 09/09/2021
Wednesday 08/09/21 Year 8 (N-Z) 10.00-11.00 09/09/2021
Wednesday 08/09/21 Year 9 (A-M) 12.30-13.30 09/09/2021
Wednesday 08/09/21 Year 9  (N-Z) 13.30-14.30 09/09/2021

 

If you do not wish for your child to be tested, they are not required to attend before their stated first day.

NHS Test and Trace: Rapid Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students at home

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this in college by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.

Testing students at home

Students who wish to participate can request test kits from college. Tests are free of charge. Students will receive two packs of 3 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results to the NHS. You will also need to tell the college the result of each test by emailing rapidtesting@corpusleeds.org with the ID and the result.

Taking the test

Students should take their tests on Sunday evening and Wednesday evening. We will give students a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test available on the school website. Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test. There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste). This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

What should you do after the test?

If anyone tests positive you need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and to college.

From Monday 16 August unvaccinated young people up to the age of 18 years and 6 months and fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Those identified as a close contact will be informed by NHS Test and Trace that they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We strongly encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so. There is no requirement to self-isolate while awaiting PCR test results and so individuals can attend their setting as usual.

Children and young people who attend an education or childcare setting and who have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend their setting as normal.

You need to report each test result

The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. You will also need to tell the school the result and ID of each test by emailing rapidtesting@corpusleeds.org.

Why take part

Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend college whether they take part in testing or not. We are strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend college as safely as possible. Please contact Sara Stevenson, our COVID Coordinator, by email to rapidtesting@corpusleeds.org if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.

Documents for Download

Home testing (includes frequently asked questions) Link

Student Consent Letter Link

Student COVID Testing Consent Form – Link (PDF)  Link (MS Word)

Data Protection – COVID Testing FAQ for Parents – Link

LFT – How to do your test – Link

 

 

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Pupils

Guidance published by the government released on 04/11/20 has laid out expectation for pupils who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable attending education. Link

The guidance should be implemented immediately as the restrictions come into place 00:01 05/11/2020.

Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow this advice. Speak to your GP or specialist clinician, if you have not already done so, to understand whether your child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school while this advice is in place. Your school will make appropriate arrangements for you to be able to continue your education at home. Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend school.

Previous Updates

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College Opening Plan 

Please click here to download the full college opening plan for the start of the new academic year.

COVID-19 Related News & Support

Support for Parents 

Please download a copy of our guide for parents on supporting your child’s wellbeing during the Covid-19 period. link

Leeds Prevent – Online Safety Advice for Parents (June 2020) link

Services & Agencies (March 2020) link

Latest Safeguarding Advice – Houseparty & Zoom apps Link

Support for the financially vulnerable – link

Support with energy bills – link

Latest Government Advice

Please follow the link to the most recent guidance from the Government, we recommend that you read this link.

Government update on free childcare 17th March 2020 link.

The advice from Public Health England on coronavirus for places of education can be downloaded here link.