Current Year 8 DCPS parents

The DCS Admissions team are grateful to those parents who have already sent back their 13+ Transfer form for IV Form (Year 9) September 2022 entry to DCS. They look forward to receiving the completed forms back to registrar@deanclose.org.uk by the deadline of 10 November, with thanks in advance.

Covid Testing Update

Following the resolution of the UKHSA investigation last week, the following guidance has been re-issued to be shared with all families with school-aged children:

· As soon as anyone becomes symptomatic, they should isolate immediately and arrange to have a PCR test to see if they have COVID-19. If the result is negative, they can return to school as soon as they feel well.

· Regular LFD testing of asymptomatic staff and secondary age students should continue. If someone tests positive on LFD, they should isolate and take a PCR test to confirm whether they are positive. If the result is negative, they can return to school.

· All close contacts of confirmed cases are advised to take a PCR test. If close contacts are under 18 years 6 months, are fully vaccinated, have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial or not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons they do not need to self-isolate.

· If someone has recently (within 90 days) had a positive PCR test for COVID-19, they are likely to have developed some immunity. Individuals are exempt from testing by both PCR and LFD within 90 days of a positive PCR test, unless they develop new symptoms, in which case they should isolate and arrange for a PCR test.

Testing over the Half Term break

The Government has asked schools to contact staff, pupils (Years 7 and 8) and parents and ask them to continue to test twice weekly at home over this period, as well as testing at home the evening before they return to school.

 

Please note, if someone has recently (within 90 days) had a positive PCR test for COVID-19, they are likely to have developed some immunity. Individuals are exempt from testing by both PCR and LFD within 90 days of a positive PCR test, unless they develop new symptoms, in which case they should isolate and arrange for a PCR test.

 

On the advice from the UKHSA the school will also be conducting in-school testing on all pupils in Years 7 and above on Sunday 7th November on boarding pupils and Monday 8th November on day pupils.

Return to School 

We are expecting all boarding pupils to return to school on Sunday 7th November and day pupils on Monday 8th November, unless they have COVID symptoms or have tested positive on a PCR.

If your child develops symptoms and tests positive on a PCR from Thursday 28th October, this would mean they cannot return to school on Monday 8th November.  A Google form will be sent to parents on the 28th October, please complete this to help the school in its planning.

Covid Vaccination for pupils aged 12 and above

The UKHSA have notified all schools about the importance of vaccinating children aged 12 and above, as this should help to reduce the need for children to have time off school and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 within schools.

The School has been in communication with the School Age Immunisation team (SAIS) and have been told that this should be available in-school towards the end of November. An exact date will be sent to the School with one week’s notice. As soon as we know, this date will be passed to parents.

However, NHS England will soon be opening an additional offer for 12- to 15-year-olds to get their COVID-19 vaccine out of school, such as through vaccination centres. This offer will run in parallel to the in-school vaccination programme. Parents of children aged 12 to 15 will receive a letter from the NHS with more information on the vaccination programme shortly, including information about how to book an appointment out of school, if this option is preferred.

 

DCPS Effort Cards

Please find below the document explaining the DCPS Effort Cards: