September 2020 – Covid-19 Information Update

28th September 2020

One student from SGS Berkeley Green UTC has been confirmed as having Covid 19. They were tested on Saturday and have not returned to the UTC since receiving the diagnosis.

We appreciate this will cause some concern but want to reassure learners, parents and staff that we have stringent safety processes in place to minimise the spread of COVID, in line with government recommendations for educational settings. We are working very closely with the Department for Education, adhering to their advice following the learner’s test result.

Public Health England has instructed that we send home students from the relevant bubble to self-isolate for a fortnight. At the UTC, students in years 10 and 11 form one bubble and have been sent home. The bubble operates within a pre-defined zone so lessons for the all of the post-16 students are able to continue safely on site.

Letter on behalf of PHE for self-isolating students

We will closely monitor the situation, and notify learners, parents and staff should this advice change. We will continually work closely with Public Health England, the Department for Education and NHS test and trace should any new cases come to light.

Home Learning during Self-Isolation

Students who are self-isolating should, wherever possible, continue to access their learning. Our usual timetable (9.00 am – 4.20 pm) will continue, with teachers delivering lessons through Microsoft Teams. For full details, including expectations of homework and professional dress, please click the following link to open our letter to parents regarding teaching during Covid self-isolation.

Letter to parents regarding learning during self-isolation

Support

Whatever your situation, we are on hand to help.  Staff are available to answer any questions you might have or to signpost you to other services.  If you have any kind of safeguarding concern or queries, we really want to hear from you.  The relevant contact details can be found here:

Staff contact details

For the full advice regarding self-isolation please read the official government guidelines here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

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