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Coronavirus Updates

3rd March 2021

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We are fast approaching the return of all pupils and are very much looking forward to welcoming them back in school. Thank you to all of you who have completed the Covid consent forms. The deadline for completing them is 3.30p.m. today.

We are delighted that over 92% of pupils will be participating in the testing. The Government has stated that pupils who are to be tested, are not allowed to attend lessons until they have received their first negative test result. This means that we have to stagger the arrival of children in school as they have to be tested once they get to school. Once they have received their negative test result they will go to their lessons for the rest of the day.

The approximate time slot for your child’s return to school is indicated below. Please be aware that on Thursday morning, you will receive a text message stating the exact time of arrival for your child’s tutor group. The time slots apply to all returning pupils, irrespective of whether they are having a test or not.

Pupil group

Date

Time slot

Year 7

Monday 8th March 2021

11.15- 2.15

Year 8

Tuesday 9th March 2021

8.45 – 11.00

Year 9

Tuesday 9th March 2021

1.15 – 3.00

Year 10

Tuesday 9th March 2021

11.15- 1.00

Year 11

Monday 8th March 2021

8.45-11.00

Pupils travelling on the school bus Years 7 and 11 – normal bus times

Monday 8th March 2021

To be tested upon arrival in school

Pupils travelling on the school bus Years 8, 9 and 10- normal bus times

Tuesday 9th March 2021

To be tested upon arrival in school

Keyworker and vulnerable pupils who have been attending school during lockdown

Monday 8th March 2021

KS3 – 8.50a.m.

KS4 – 8.40a.m.

 

Upon their arrival in school, pupils will be greeted by staff, who will explain to them where they need to go.

The testing of pupils is and additional precautionary measure and does not replace the measures that have been in place in school since September. Pupils are therefore required to:

  • remain in their year group bubbles
  • observe social distancing
  • maintain high levels of hygiene – washing or sanitising their hands frequently
  • wear a face covering in all communal areas and corridors

The Government has specified that until Easter at the earliest, all pupils and staff (apart from those who are exempt) must also wear a face covering in classrooms where social distancing is not possible. This means that we are asking all pupils to wear a face covering during lessons. Please ensure your child has sufficient, appropriate face coverings to bring to school.

To help a smooth return to school please also ensure your child:

  • arrives at the correct time allocated to their tutor group
  • is aware you have consented for them to be tested
  • wears the correct school uniform
  • packs for the correct week – it will be Week 2

Thank you for your support in ensuring a safe and smooth return to school for our pupils.

Best wishes

Mrs McLaughlin

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23rd February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers of St Bernadette pupils,

I hope you had a restful February break and remain well.  As we start the new term, we are pleased to have good news. You may be aware that yesterday, the Government announced its plans to re-open schools. It was confirmed that this will take place for all young people of school age in the week of Monday 8th March 2021.

We are very excited about the prospect of welcoming all of our pupils back to school and are planning for their safe return. Part of this includes arranging for all pupils to be offered three Covid tests upon their return, in line with yesterday’s Government announcement. We already have experience of offering lateral flow device tests to key worker and vulnerable pupils currently returning to school as well as staff. We are now working to develop our plans further and will be in touch with you later this week with more detail.

To ensure that every child, for whom consent is given, receives a Covid test on their first day back at school, we will be staggering our pupils’ return over two days.

  • Years 7 and 11 will return to school on Monday 8th March 2021.
  • Years 8, 9 and 10 will return to school on Tuesday 9th March 2021

Key worker and vulnerable children from all year groups, who have been attending school, can continue to do so. Home learning will continue for all pupils until they return to school.

Please also be aware that the Government has specified that until Easter at the earliest, all pupils and staff (apart from those who are exempt) must wear a face covering in communal areas and in all inside areas where social distancing is not possible. This means that from 8th March, pupils will have to wear a face covering during lessons. Please ensure your child has sufficient, appropriate face coverings to bring to school.

Once we have all pupils back in school, we want them to settle back into school life quickly and to avoid disruption to the continuity of their learning. We have therefore decided to postpone the INSET day originally scheduled for 15th March.

We will continue to keep you informed of our plans and look forward to welcoming our pupils back to St Bernadette’s. If in the meantime, if you or your child have particular anxieties about returning to school, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor, Achievement Co-ordinator or email info@stberns.bristol.sch.uk.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes

Yours sincerely

Mrs McLaughlin

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12th February 2021

Covid Surge Testing in Bristol

A short-term surge-testing programme has been introduced across a number of specific postcode areas in Bristol; this is due to a small number of test results showing a mutation of the variant first seen in Kent before Christmas. Please do not be alarmed, this is not an acute outbreak situation but important, from a scientific perspective, to understand more about how the variant behaves and inform response at a both clinical and at a population level.

To be eligible for the surge PCR test you need to be:

• Asymptomatic – showing no symptoms / not unwell
• aged 16 years

You must also meet one or more of the following:

• Live in one of the postcodes identified
• Work in a school or setting that is in one of the postcode areas
• Be a staff member who is part of a support bubble with someone who resides in one of the postcode areas.

Full details of the programme and identified postcodes can be found following this link surge testing

The list includes postcode within the St Bernadette’s catchment area. Details of locations are available via the above link but the closest site to the school is at Imperial Park on Hartcliffe Way.

Please be aware that:

·         Participation in the surge test is voluntary
·         The surge tests should be taken in addition to any regular lateral flow testing
·         Anyone who has tested positive for Coronavirus in the last 90 days should not have a surge test

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5th January 2021

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I hope you continue to keep well and safe and as this New Year starts with additional challenges for us all, let us hope for brighter months ahead. As the spread of Coronavirus accelerates across the country, yesterday evening, the Government announced that from Wednesday 4th January 2021 all schools should once again close to all children, except vulnerable children and the children of key workers. This is expected to last for the next six weeks, until the February break.

Home Learning
This means that for the vast majority of our pupils, home learning will be the norm for the coming weeks. We want our pupils to maintain positive routines in relation to their learning and we therefore expect them to follow their normal school timetable and access the work for each day, lesson by lesson. Details of our home learning approach can be found on the school website. https://www.stberns.bristol.sch.uk/page/?title=Remote+Learning+during+Covid%2D19&pid=125

Pupils are also asked to check their school emails each morning, at the start of the school day. They will be emailed the daily prayers, the Wednesday assembly, a weekly reflection and will also be contacted by their tutor and Achievement Co-ordinator each week.

Children of key workers and vulnerable children
The school will be open for key worker and vulnerable children only, who should attend as usual wearing their school uniform. Thank you to parents/ carers who have already indicated that they need their child to attend. If you need to send your child to school but have not yet let us know, please provide us with your child’s name and the days on which they will need to attend. These details can be emailed to info@stberns.bristol.sch.uk or phoned in to the school office, which will continue to be staffed during the school day, during this period of school closure.

 Free School Meals
The Government has said that children entitled to free school meals should continue to be provided with meals throughout the period of school closure. Details of the arrangements will be shared with eligible families as the information is received.

Exams
We have been told that the public exams scheduled for next week will take place. Pupils should therefore attend school to take the scheduled exams.

The uncertainty about the summer exams, will no doubt be a cause of anxiety to pupils, parents, carers and staff. We understand that the Government is in discussions with Ofqual over what might happen. As soon as we hear anything we will share it with you. In the meantime it is important that Year 11 pupils continue with the positive learning habits they have displayed until now and maintain their home learning and revision.

Support for pupils
We are committed to supporting all of our pupils as best we can at this time. If you have any queries or concerns please let us know so that we can follow up with you and your child, as appropriate.

A final thought from Cardinal Vincent Nichols
The following is an extract from Cardinal Vincent Nichol’s homily during Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral:

“For people throughout the world this is a time of crisis. And a crisis is a crossroads in which we face choices about which way to go, about what to do next. At a crossroad we look for the signposts, the indications about the road to take.

At this time of crisis we must set up those signposts, clearly and unambiguously, signposts which signal the kind of society we want to emerge from this period of darkness. Of course there are the great challenges of economic recovery, of building a deeper sense of mutual responsibility between nations and states, not least in the distribution of vaccines to the poorest. But tonight I think more of the domestic and local signposts we want to erect. Can we not build back better? Surely we can create a more kind culture, a daily discourse of respect towards those with whom we disagree, a practice of compassionate standing together in times of stress and hardship, a deeper empathy for the suffering of others. These we have seen bud in the months of hardship. These are the roads we want to take, roads on which we overcome divisions of colour and class, taking us beyond the division of wealth and well-being. Let us set up those signposts at this crossroads of our history, knowing that the light come into the world this night is given so that we can know the truth, the goodness and the beauty by which to shape our future. It is in the person of the Christ-child, God in our flesh, that we find our road of life, the ending of our fears and the fulfilment of our hopes.”

Thank you for all you are doing. We hope that in these challenging times you can take some comfort in the support of others and can begin to look forward to the remainder of the year with hope and positivity.

Best wishes

Mrs McLaughlin

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31 December 2020

 

Dear Parents/ Carers of St Bernadette Pupils,

 

I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and are keeping well.

At the start of the holidays, I contacted you about the arrangements for the start of term. At that time, we believed that Year 11 and key worker and vulnerable pupils would be returning to school on Monday 4th January with the remaining year groups undertaking home learning until their return on 11th January. You will, no doubt have heard yesterday’s Government announcement that the return for pupils is being delayed by a further week to enable mass testing in schools to be set up.

This means that next week, the week beginning 4th January 2021, all pupils, except any key worker and vulnerable pupils who need to attend, should remain at home and undertake their learning via Google Classroom. They should follow their normal school timetable, as staff will be setting work for each timetabled lesson. We will email daily prayers and the assembly to pupils throughout the week.

Year 11 pupils will now return on Monday 11th January and Years 7-10 will continue with their home learning for a second week. All pupils should then be back on Monday 18th January.

Further information about this and the mass testing, which we are being asked to deliver in school, will be sent to you next week. The school office will be open as usual from Monday 4th January 2021.

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve and send you my best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year

Take care

Mrs McLaughlin

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15th December 2020

Parent information on COVID prevention and what to do if you or your child develops symptoms over the holiday

Bristol City Council has asked us to share the following information with you.

The Government have announced that there will be a period between the 23rd and 27th of December in which 3 households can meet up. The guidance on what this means can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family

We know is that the easiest way for COVID to spread is when people meet up indoors and encourage you to consider the risk, particularly to older or vulnerable members of your family at this time. Increasing ventilation, keeping physical distance, hand hygiene, keeping to your 3 household bubble and importantly if you are unwell not meeting with others may help reduce this risk.   

Unfortunately due to the relaxation of restrictions we expect to see an increase in COVID infections in Bristol after Christmas and together we want to look at how to safely return to school in January.

To keep your child and other children safe it is important that children do not come to school at the beginning of term if they

  • Have any symptoms of COVID – new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell ( until 10 days after symptoms have started)
  • Live with someone who has COVID symptoms ( until 10 days self-isolation has been completed )
  • Have been told to self- isolate by National Test and Trace ( until the date they say self-isolation ends and they can return)

We have provided an information table for you to help you see when your child can return to school and whether you need to inform school if your child has Covid.

 

 

hild’s Symptoms started

Self-isolation period

Child is a close contact of another case over the holidays when can they come back to school?

Does the parent need to inform school and when

Thursday 17th

child must SELF-ISOLATE until 28th Dec

When school reopens in January

Yes – as soon as test result is known

Friday 18th

child must SELF-ISOLATE until 29th Dec

When school reopens in January

Yes – as soon as test result is known

Saturday 19th

child must SELF-ISOLATE until 30th Dec

When school reopens in January

Yes - as soon as test result is known

Sunday 20th

child must SELF-ISOLATE until 31st Dec

When school reopens in January

Yes-  as soon as test result is known

Monday 21st

child must SELF-ISOLATE until 1st Jan

When school reopens in January

No

Tuesday 22nd

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 2nd Jan

When school reopens in January

No

Wednesday 23rd

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 3rd Jan

When school reopens in January

No

Thursday 24th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 4th Jan

When school reopens in January

No

Friday 25th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 5th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 5th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Saturday 26th

 child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 6th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 6th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Sunday 27th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 7th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 7th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Monday 28th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 8th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 8th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Tuesday 29th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 9th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 9th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Wednesday 30th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 10th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 10th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Thursday 31st

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 11th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 11th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Friday 1st

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 12/1

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 12th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Saturday 2nd

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 13th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 13th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Sunday 3rd

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 14th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 14th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Monday 4th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 15th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 15th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

Tuesday 5th

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 16th Jan

child must SELF-ISOLATE and not return to school until 16th Jan

Yes at the beginning of January term

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9th December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers of St Bernadette pupils,

I hope you are keeping safe and well. We are fast approaching the end of term and many of us will be looking forward to meeting family or friends following the Government’s guidance on Christmas gatherings from 23rd to 27th December. Next Wednesday we will hear whether the Tier 3 restrictions affecting Bristol will continue or be changed. Although cases in our area have thankfully diminished, Coronavirus still presents a very real risk and we need to continue to be careful.

Yesterday afternoon, the Government announced that schools are allowed to move one of their INSET days to Friday 18th December. We have therefore decided to move the INSET day scheduled for Monday 22nd January 2021 to Friday 18th December 2020. This means that this term will end on Thursday 17th December. In line with the long-established tradition at St Bernadette’s, we will have an early closure on the last day of term, with KS3 pupils finishing at 1.25p.m. and KS4 pupils finishing at 1.30p.m. The school bus will run at this earlier time. If you need your child to stay in school until the normal end of the school day, please let us know and we can make provision for them.

We very much hope that everyone remains well over the Christmas period and that no one tests positive for Coronavirus. There is however a possibility that a pupil or member of staff tests positive at the start of the holidays and we will have to get in touch with the confirmed case’s close contacts to let them know that they will need to self-isolate. The Government and Public Health England are expecting schools to undertake this contact tracing until 23rd December.

If your child tests positive for Coronavirus, having developed symptoms within 48 hours of last being in school, please can you email the school at info@stberns.bristol.sch.uk so that we can follow up with you and identify close contacts.

In effect, this means you are asked to contact us if your child has had Covid symptoms and subsequently tested positive or was asymptomatic and had a positive test before or on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th December. Please be aware that the school phones will not be staffed during the holidays.

If your child tests positive for Coronavirus, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours after they were last in school, you do not need to contact the school but should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

As a school community we are looking forward to the end of term and our Christmas service, which this year, will be streamed to all tutor groups in their classrooms as we are not able to gather together. To help enter the festive spirit, pupils and staff are invited to wear a Christmas jumper, instead of their blazer on the last day of term.

We thank you for all of your support at this time and wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy and holy Christmas

Best wishes

Mrs B A McLaughlin

Headteacher

 

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22nd March

IMPORTANT CHANGE OF ARRANGEMENTS (Free School Meals)

Bristol City Council has changed the arrangements for Free School Meals children during the period of school closure. Weekly lunch parcels for Free School Meal children will now be distributed from our school and not the six hubs as previously stated. 

Free School Meal weekly parcels can be collected from St Bernadette Secondary School every Monday from 11.30a.m. 

Free School Meal children who are attending school will be provided with lunch.

Please email queries to info@stberns.bristol.sch.uk.


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