Introduction and Step 4 from July 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
This page of the web site will provide you with the details you need to understand what we consider to be the most important information to share with you. We hope this is helpful in giving you the essential information.
This is our tab where we will include information for our students, parents and carers on how the academy is following the latest guidance on managing coronavirus (Covid-19).
We share information by updating the website regularly.
England is moving to Step 4 from the 19 July 2021 and this is expected to be the situation when the academy term starts in September 2021.
To find out more about Step 4 and what that means for schools please click here.
Our students are encouraged to take part in asymptomatic testing at the beginning of the autumn term. This means we have been asked by the Government to carry out two lateral flow tests, 3 to 5 days apart at the beginning of September. We will be letting students know at enrolment the date and times of these tests. Parents and carers of our current students will remember this process from the Spring Term when students returned from lockdown.
Document One - some frequently asked questions on asymptomatic testing - click here.
Document Two - the privacy notice on how data will be used from the two lateral flow tests - click here.
The consent form for the testing will be emailed to parents so that the form can be submitted more easily electronically. Please look out for an email from us closer to September. If any of the above documents change we will update the website as soon as we possibly can.
Students are also expected to continue to then test at home twice a week for at least the month of September and share the outcome of the test with us, particularly if it is positive. The privacy notice for these tests can be accessed by clicking here.
Of course nothing can replace the key messages:
- good hygiene by regular hand washing and sanitising - we will ask all students and visitors to sanitise on entry to the academy and regularly during the day (or their visit)
- we will ensure that the academy is cleaned regularly
- we will have a state-of-the-art ventilation system to make sure spaces are well ventilated
- we will always follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of Covid-19.
We are sure that you know that it goes without saying that students, parents or carers should not come into the academy if they have symptoms of Covid-19. Symptoms and what do to if you suspect you have symptoms are summarised clearly by the NHS here. An easy to read guide on stay at home guidance for you and your household can also be accessed by clicking here.
We will also make sure we have appropriate plans in place so that we can provide a high quality remote education should it ever be needed, such as a student being required to self-isolate. We have a document already placed on this tab outlining our tried and tested plans for remote education.
We would also parents and carers to be mindful of the advice that is on the Government Travel restrictions website. If your child has been exposed to anyone with confirmed symptoms or you have returned from a country on the list of travel restrictions then you must remain at home and call the Academy for further guidance.
Support for parents of vulnerable students, including those with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities
Mrs Francesca Arhin is leading the SEND team during this time and so please email her onâ¯firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and/or queries.
Please note that there is some useful help and advice available for parents to help support children with special educational needs during the crisis. This includes:
Top tips for autism and coronavirus:â¯https://petervermeulen.be/2020/03/16/autism-and-the-corona-virus-20-tips/
The Lambeth local offer, updated for Covid-19 can be accessed on:
The Harris Clapham Academy Support email
We have created a bespoke email for parents and students to use during the crisis. It is:
We will prioritise dealing with any concerns in relation to our vulnerable group of students, but we have a team of staff who will monitor and check any information coming into the email.
Other sources of support and guidance
We are conscious that online learning and students using more internet resources may bring some additional worries. Our staff have received updated training and protocols on safeguarding at this time. We are confident that our use of technology is safe.
However, you may find the following particularly useful:
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
The college have identified a range of useful websites and information to help parents and children at this time. The website can be found here:
The webpage can also be downloaded as a pdf here:
Stay at home activities for children and young people
Young Minds – advice for young people on coronavirus
Mind – advice for adults on protecting their mental health and well-being
And a reminder of help for staying safe online – you may wish to discuss this with your child too:
If you have any questions or need support – please do use our support email stated above. We are here to help!