We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.The Year 7 student was last in school on the 19/10/2020 and we received confirmation last night that they have tested positive for Coronavirus. We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child, who is in the Year 7 bubble would have potentially been in close contact with the affected child.
In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stay at home and self-isolate until Monday 2nd November. All Year 7 students are to return to school on Tuesday 3rd November if they are not demonstrating any symptoms of Coronavirus. For the remainder of this week, and also Monday 2nd November, Year 7 students will follow their full timetable with live lessons being held on Microsoft TEAMs.We will not be setting work over the half term break.
You should be aware that local restrictions in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull are now in place.
The default position for areas in national government intervention is that education and childcare settings will remain open. An area moving into national intervention with restrictions short of education and childcare closure is described as ‘tier 1’. There are no changes to childcare, and the only difference in education settings is that where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained.
From Monday 14th September all pupils and staff must wear a face covering when not in the classroom. Please ensure your child comes to school with a suitable face covering. See guidance below on wearing and removing a face covering safely.
A face covering should:
cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organisation recommends three depending on the fabric used)
unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged
When wearing a face covering you should:
wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession (for example, when leaving and entering shops on a high street)
When removing a face covering:
wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing
only handle the straps, ties or clips
do not give it to someone else to use
if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle
if reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed
Understandably, staff, students and parents will have questions about reopening. We have endeavoured to answer these as best as we can, following UK Government advice. Please do get in touch with us if your question is not answered here.
Check the date that you need to attend and ensure that you enter the Academy through the correct gate.
If you travel on public transport you will need to wear PPE on your journey to and from school. If this is the case you will then need to store the PPE when you arrive in a clear plastic bag which we will provide. When on the Academy site you will be permitted to wear a facemask in corridors and social areas if you choose to do so.
Please arrive no earlier than 8:25am.
You will be required to attend the Academy in full uniform (this includes bringing a suitable bag). Please check our uniform list on the website if you need clarification.
Bring a full water bottle with you.
Ensure that you hand sanitize on your arrival and exit and at various points throughout the day.
Do not bring PE kit on your first day – we will explain the arrangements for PE when you arrive.
The lockers will not be available for use initially.
Do not bring cash with you as from September the cash terminals will not be in operation. If you need to put money onto an account please do so through the WisePay system (details available on the website).
Remember that our Academy day has changed and we now finish at 3:00pm.
Entry and Exit Points to and from the Academy
Entrance and exit gate
Sheldon Heath Road
Sheldon Heath Road
Sheldon Heath Road
Although the Academy is closed to the majority of students, we are still here to answer any questions you may have, and support parents and students through this difficult time.
King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered number 10654935. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.