Please follow the link below to a letter from the Essex Partnership University Trust Immunisation Service regarding additional opportunities for students to be vaccinated:
If you would like to discuss the vaccine further please DO NOT contact the school, instead contact the Community and SAIS on:
0300 790 0597 – Essex, Southend, Thurrock
Letter from the Secretaries of State for Education and Health
The Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care have written a joint letter to parents about the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 and the importance of continuing with twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and reporting:
Alongside the letter are some frequently answered questions for parents, from Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation.
Home Testing for Students
Students at HDHS moved to home testing at the end of March, following 3 supervised on-site tests.
Tests should be taken twice a week 3-5 days apart and our recommendation is that these are taken on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.
Help and support on how to self-test at home can be found here: Covid-19 self-test help
A self-test video can be found here: Self-Test Video
Up to 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safer.
Your child should also continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the school holidays.
This does not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
It is really important that results of tests are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void. It’s easy to do this at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.
It is also important to share your child’s results with us as a school. To manage this process we are using a site called TestRegister.co.uk Reminders will be sent to your email address twice each week and will contain a link which, when clicked, will mean you are automatically logged in and can submit your child’s result – no login details or passwords are required. You can visit https://testregister.co.uk/login at any point, enter your email address and then click on the link in the email that is sent.
If your child receives a positive result using these LFD home-testing kits you should book a confirmatory PCR test, and your household should self-isolate until the result of this is received, unless any of the following apply:
- you’re fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
- you’re under 18 years, 6 months old
- you’re taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:
- get a PCR test on GOV.UK to check if you have COVID-19
- follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
- consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from COVID-19
Testing for parents, households and bubbles twice a week
A reminder that regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread.
Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:
- Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests
- Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
- Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.
To find out more on school household testing visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff
We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing.
Covid 19 Catch-Up Premium and Curriculum Expectations 2020/21
The DfE has allocated £650 million to be spent on ensuring all pupils have the chance to catch up and supporting schools to enable them to do so. Whilst headteachers will decide how the money is spent, the Education Endowment Foundation has published guidance on effective interventions to support schools. For pupils with complex needs, schools should spend this funding on catch-up support to address their individual needs.
There is also an allocation of £350 million for a National Tutoring Programme, intended to deliver proven and successful tuition to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.
Further details can be found here: HDHS Covid 19 Catch-Up Premium and Curriculum Expectations 2020_21
Covid-19 Risk Assessment
Here is the school’s Covid-19 risk assessment: