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Coronavirus Updates

13th July 2021

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I hope you are keeping well. You will no doubt be aware of the government announcement yesterday, confirming an end to most Covid restrictions. Although these restrictions are being lifted from Monday 19th July 2021, the Government has also stated it is "not the end of the road" but the "start of a new phase of continued caution while we live with the virus and we manage the risks".

Even though bubbles and social distancing will no longer be required from next Monday, at St Bernadette’s we will be continuing with our current arrangements until the end of term. This is in line with government and Bristol City Council advice. We simply do not want to increase risks as we approach the summer holidays.

It has also been announced that children do not have to continue with twice weekly Coronavirus testing at home over the summer. They will however be asked to undertake two lateral flow tests in school at the start of September.  These will be voluntary but are very much encouraged. You will receive more information about this later today.

There will be three INSET days at the start of the new school year on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Monday 6th September. Pupils will return on Tuesday 7th September, although they will be invited to undertake at least one of their Covid tests during the INSET days.

As we approach the end of term and look forward to the summer, it is important that we all remain cautious and continue to keep ourselves and others safe while enjoying the removal of most restrictions. Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes

Yours sincerely

 

B.McLaughlin
Headteacher

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10th June 2021

Please click this HERE regarding a letter from Bristol City Council with a COVID update.

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17th May 2021

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I hope you are keeping well. You will no doubt be aware of the government announcement yesterday, confirming a further easing of Covid restrictions from Monday 17th May 2021. One significant change affecting schools is that, “Face coverings will no longer be needed in classrooms or for students in communal areas in secondary schools and colleges.” If however a pupil feels more comfortable continuing to wear a face covering, they will of course be able to do so. Pupils will be expected to wear their face coverings for the remainder of this week.

The government is also asking all pupils to continue to test themselves at home twice each week using Coronavirus lateral flow tests which are distributed in school. Pupils will, next week, receive their next test kit containing seven tests which will take them up to the week commencing 14th June. If your child has not previously taken a kit but now wishes to do so, they can collect them from the school office. Please remember to log your child’s test result with the NHS and the school.

As the country moves forward, it is important that we all remain cautious and continue to keep ourselves and others safe while enjoying the easing of restrictions. Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes

Yours sincerely

 

B.McLaughlin

Headteacher

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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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Letter from Mrs McLaughlin - 20th April 2020

Letter from Mrs McLaughlin - 3rd April 2020

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Letter from Mrs McLaughlin - 27th March 2020

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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.


Letter from Mrs McLaughlin - 20th March 2020

Letter from Mrs McLaughlin - 19th March 2020

Letter from Mrs McLaughlin - 19th March 2020 Year 11 letter

18th March - Our school is open to pupils in Years 7, 10 & 11 and all pupils of health emergency and essential workers from 19th March.  We continue to take all measures to ensure our pupils and staff remain safe and calm.

Letter from Mrs McLaughlin - 18th March 2020

Letter from Mrs McLaughlin - 17th March 2020

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