Headmaster's Message to Parents Friday 2nd July

Dear parents,
I hope that your you and family are well and I emphasise my concern given the spike in Covid transmission in Wirral and at the College during the past week.
The number of positive tests among students has rocketed and therefore also the numbers of students who have had to self-isolate as close contacts, some of whom have subsequently tested positive vindicating our track and trace system.
The majority of cases up to yesterday have been in Years 9 and 10, more than in the other 3 Year groups combined. As a result we are closing the College to Year 9 and 10 students at the end of this afternoon and from Monday 5th July they will be taught remotely, according to their timetables, for the duration of next week. We are confident that the boys will be better served through remote learning at home rather than being put at risk of infection here, as there are now fewer than 20 boys present in College in each Year group as the majority are infected or self-isolating. I have sent a message to all Year 9 and 10 parents explaining this decision and how the boys can best access their remote learning.
During the past 36 hours we have seen a sharp increase in the number of positive tests in some Forms in Years 7 and 8 and as a result all boys in those 3 forms are isolating. Teaching and learning will continue on site for Years 7 and 8 and staff will deliver live lessons according to the timetable for 7K, 7M and 8E next week. Boys in these Forms who are self-isolating should return to College when their 10-day isolation period ends.
As a result of the high rate of transmission the Governors have taken the decision for us to resume onsite Covid testing for all pupils, except those whose parents have not consented to this, in order to better identify asymptomatic cases who might unknowingly spread the virus. We have begun testing this afternoon and will continue this next week. Please email us on the discrete Covid email address, covid-info@st-anselms.com ,  if you no longer consent to your son taking a LFD test. Please continue to encourage your sons to follow Covid protocols both at College and beyond.
Given the current disruption everything else has rather paled into insignificance this week but we are maintaining teaching and learning and still hope to hold our Sports Days, without spectators, although unfortunately we have had to postpone the Battle of the Bands and the Key Stage 3 Science Days. Year 7 and Year 8 Reports will be sent home next week.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for your support and understanding during this very difficult fortnight.
At least we have the football to look forward to on Saturday and hopefully beyond!
I wish you all a relaxing and safe weekend.
Yours sincerely,
Simon Duggan