Emailed to parents and carers 10/10/21

Dear Parents and Carers

I wish to start with my thanks to all of the students who supported our Year 6 open evening on Thursday night; it enabled new children and families to meet our students and staff, and see the academy ‘in person’. Feedback was very positive and they were very appreciative of the students who gave up their evening to either take part in subject area activities or show them around the academy and so are we. Thank you!

COVID-19 Update

The local authority are seeing schools in Ipswich experiencing spikes in cases of COVID-19. They are having to reintroduce measures in accordance with their respective outbreak management plans. Whilst we have been more fortunate with low case numbers there is a risk that it contributes to a degree of complacency and ignores the risk of the unknown asymptomatic cases.

We want to avoid reintroducing measures but, when necessary, we will obviously do this. For this reason, I wish to draw your attention to several matters:

  • Please continue lateral flow testing every Wednesday and Sunday. There is no doubt that the test detects COVID-19 and therefore can then lead to the confirmatory PCR test.
  • Face coverings on all buses remain highly recommended. Please discuss this with your child if they use a bus.
  • Students should continue to use the hand sanitisers throughout the academy. Please could you remind your child that frequent and thorough hand cleaning should be regular practice
  • Students to assist in the wiping down of table surfaces at the end of each lesson with the anti-bacterial wipes that are located in every classroom.
  • Parents and carers should continue to contact Roz Wiernicki with any queries relating to COVID-19.

Vaccinations

A reminder that the school will be hosting the COVID-19 vaccination programme on 1st November. I understand all families have received their invitations and requests for consent. The portal will close before half term.

NOTE: Only Year 7 students who are already 12 years old on 1st November can have the vaccine. Only Year Y11 student who are still 15 years old on 1st November can have the vaccine. Over 16s are dealt with through NHS Services not the school age immunisation team. 

Nasal flu vaccinations will take place on Tuesday 12 October and Wednesday 1st December. Year 11 students will be offered the vaccine this week because they have controlled assessments/PREs on the other date. The school nursing team have said it is unlikely they will be able to complete all year groups on Tuesday but will do as many as they can in 5 hours. After Year 11, they want to start with Year 7 and Year 8. They actually completed all vaccinations for all students who had previously submitted a paper consent form.

HPV vaccines for Years 8 and 9 are scheduled for Monday 22 November. The School Immunisation Service said they may suspend these and use this date for mop-up COVID-19 vaccines. There was also mention in the COVID-19 consent information letter that the HPV vaccine ‘may be given to Year 8 and 9 at the same time as the COVID vaccine’, if consent has previously been given. We are aware that parents of current Year 8 students will not have been sent consent requests for HPV. We are waiting further clarification on this from the School Immunisation Service.

Finally thank you once again for all of your support and encouragement so far this year and I hope you and your family enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Regards
Mark Bouckley
Principal

General queries to 01473 742315 or office@westbourne.attrust.org.uk
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Attendance or absence queries to 01473 466145 or attendance@westbourne.attrust.org.uk
Data or School Money queries to 01473 466115 or data@westbourne.attrust.org.uk
Exam queries to 01473 466108 or celia.wastell@westbourne.attrust.org.uk
Free School Meal or Covid-19 queries to 01473 466148: roz.wiernicki@westbourne.attrust.org.uk

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