This page outlines information for parents about Thorpe Hall School’s response to Covid-19 and the current government legislation and guidelines. It also provides links to other useful references and resources.
Thorpe Hall School re-opens fully from 8 March 2021. All Lower School pupils should attend school from this date. All pupils in Upper School will be offered testing from 8 March, and those who consent to testing should return to face-to-face education following their first negative test result.
Evidence currently shows that schools are safe and the risk posed to children by Covid is small. Attendance is compulsory from March 8th.
Pupils in Upper School are being offered two rapid flow tests conducted in school during the week commencing March 8th. After that, home testing kits are being supplied to parents of Upper School pupils to conduct tests at home. These will be supplied with further instructions.
All primary and secondary school staff are also being offered twice-weekly rapid tests.
There is no requirement for regular testing of Lower School pupils. Testing should be arranged independently if your Lower School child is showing any symptoms of Covid-19.
Please see an outline of what to do if your child or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19, or has tested positive.
The government is strongly recommending that face coverings are worn by all pupils in Year 7 and above when indoors and when a 2m social distance cannot be maintained. The school has decided to make this a requirement.
This also applied to staff and is in addition to having to wear masks in communal areas (like corridors) and also on school transport.
However there are exceptions to the rule, where wearing a face covering would affect a pupils ability to take part in “exercise or strenuous activity” such as during PE, or for anyone who doesn’t wear a mask for health reasons.
You should not send your child to school if they:
- Have Covid-19 symptoms, or live with someone who has symptoms
- Have tested positive themselves, or live with someone who has tested positive
- Are a close contact of someone who has Covid-19
- Are required to self-isolate for travel-related reasons
Please find details on what you should do here.