31st March 2021

Dear parents and carers,

At our end of term celebration assemblies today we felt we had so much to celebrate after another extraordinary term. The hard work, adaptability and resilience our children have shown as they worked hard through lockdown online and then returned to their classrooms with their typical Elvin enthusiasm and pride which has been delightful to see. The Easter bunny made a surprise visit to deliver easter eggs to our highest Year 7 and 8 merit winners and in 9, 10, 11 and 12 the reward was a ticket to the pop up crepe stall in our courtyard! Very well deserved treats for the hardest working pupils in Brent!

Of course for all of us it is great to feel hopeful that the lockdown measures will continue to ease. The new rule of 6 meeting outside does give us opportunity to once again safely meet with friends and families. But in school our strict social distancing, mask wearing, zoning rules, separate entrances and staggered end to the school day will continue in the summer term in line with government guidance. It is also extremely important that your child continues to complete two home covid tests a week throughout the Easter holidays. If they test positive please call the school and leave a message with your child's name, the date they tested positive and the date their symptoms if any started. This is particularly important in the first week of the easter holidays.

Remember there are steps to completing the home tests:

  • Take the test twice a week following the guidance in the packs - we recommend doing this on a Sunday and Wednesday night
  • Register the test result on the government website here
  • Register the test result with school here
  • If your child tests positive please also call the school even if they test positive over the easter holidays
  • If anyone in your household tests positive you must self isolate for 10 days.

The government guidance now states that if you test positive with a home test you must now complete a PCR test at an official NHS test centre. You can click here to book a PCR test.

I realise that this is a big responsibility for us all to carry out in the busyness of our daily lives but it is so important that we do everything to reduce the spread of the virus and that means regular testing to ensure that members of our families are not spreading covid. And of course if anyone in your household has symptoms or tests positive you must self isolate.

After a busy term all staff and pupils deserve a well earned break over the next couple of weeks but as well as relaxing there is plenty of time for pupils to also complete important holiday homework. Each year group has been sent home with tasks to complete over the Easter holidays to help prepare them for the summer term. Please do make sure your child gives themselves time to complete this work well. For our Year 11 and Year 12 pupils we will be opening the school in the last week of the easter holidays so they can study in school. We look forward to seeing many of them there!

We are proud of how our community at Elvin has worked hard through this pandemic and we are all hoping that next term might be another step back to normality.

With best wishes to all our families. Stay safe!

Ms Curtis

 

19th March 2021

Home Test Kits

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals by carrying out tests at home twice every week.

Testing students at home

Over the course of the next week, pupils who have consented to a Covid test in school will be given their first pack of home test kits.

Ideally, a test would be done in the morning before going into school (Monday and Thursday mornings). However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging, therefore, tests can be taken in the evening (Sunday and Wednesday). Please note that you require 30 minutes for an accurate test result.

Pupils aged 11 and under will need an adult to supervise their test.

Reporting your result

You will need to inform the government and the school of your results. Use the links below

Link to inform the government

https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Link to inform the school

Ark Elvin Covid Results Form

How to take the test

Resources on home testing have also been shared with pupils during form time. They will be given a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test. Below is a list of useful resources.

Video – How to take the covid test

Help and support in different languages

There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin.

does not replace the test you would do at an official NHS test centre (PCR Test). If you have symptoms, you should self- isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

Click here if you need to book a PCR test

What should you do after the test?

Please report your result using the following links

Link to inform the government

https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Link to inform the school

Ark Elvin Covid Results Form

If anyone tests positive in your household, you should self-isolate immediately for 10 days. You should then book a PCR test.

If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.

Why take part?

We are strongly encouraging all pupils to take part as this will allow your child and other pupils to attend school as safely as possible. If you have not consented for your child to have a Covid test in school but would like them to test at home, please inform Alice Cellan-Jones at a.cellan-jones@arkelvinacademy.org.

Testing should also be completed over the Easter period. Pupils will receive another supply of home test kits.

Please contact Ms Brooks (l.brooks@arkelvinacademy.org),our COVID Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.

Please read the key information and privacy notice to understand data protection for testing

Thank you for your support.

Rebecca Curtis

Principal