Following National guidance; ‘Face coverings should be worn in communal areas by staff, visitors and pupils in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt. This will be from Monday 29 November until further notice. This is a National decision, not a local one. We will have face coverings available at Student Reception.
As you may have also seen in the news, the Department of Education has advised that schools offer one on-site lateral flow device test on the return to school. Twice-weekly testing at home is strongly encouraged with any positive results to be confirmed by a PCR test. Testing is voluntary however we encourage all students to participate in order to help us stop the spread of coronavirus.
As per recently updated government guidelines, Orchard Mead Academy will be offering one on-site lateral flow test to all students who have consented. The tests will take place during the school day on Tuesday 4th January and the tests will take place in our Sports Hall, where have a trained team to administer and process the lateral flow tests.
Tuesday 4th January will be a remote learning day to facilitate the onsite testing, with online learning available for pupils.