Headmaster's Message 11th September 2020

Dear Parents

I am pleased to report that the first full week of teaching and learning at the College since mid-March has gone well.   The boys have settled impressively into new routines and arrangements, such as staggered break and lunch times and a 1-way system around the site.

We have, inevitably, had our first confirmed case of Covid-19 this week, a 6th Former, and have implemented Public Health Wirral guidance to contact the limited number of students and families who might be affected.  We have to be prepared to recognise that there will be more in the future as the College cannot regulate the boys’ interactions beyond the school day.

Social distancing is difficult to maintain on site and does not come easily to teenage boys and some boys have been guilty of removing their masks on public transport.  With this, and the increasing number of confirmed cases in Wirral, in mind the Governors have decided that from 8.00 am Monday 14th September all students must wear a plain mask or face covering indoors when moving around the site, for example in corridors or in the Dining Room queue.  They will be reminded to do so by their teachers.  Every boy who travels on the 611 and 612 buses or on public transport already has to wear a mask daily and face coverings have become routine for all of us since lockdown.  It will be the responsibility of parents to ensure that their son has a face covering, which can be washable or disposable, and this requirement will be gently but firmly enforced for the safety of all members of our community.

Please note that Public Health guidelines maintain that there is no need for boys to wear coverings in lessons and outdoors where good ventilation is maintained, although we will not prohibit such precautions.

All students will need to ensure the careful removal of their masks and should have on their person a small plastic bag with a zip to store them during lessons and outdoor breaks.  A bin is provided for the disposal of temporary masks.

We maintain a small stock of disposable masks which we will give to boys who have forgotten their masks in the short term, but persistent offenders will be liable to sanctions.  A face mask or covering, is now an essential item of equipment for all our students.  If your son has been notified by his doctor that he is exempt from wearing a face mask or covering for medical reasons please contact his Head of Year in writing or by email.

Any student awaiting the result of a Covid 19 test MUST remain at home until a negative test result has been achieved and a screen shot of this must be forwarded to the College before he is allowed to return once he feels well and has not had fever symptoms for 48 hours.  Any student who returns before such a result has been obtained will be immediately isolated and sent home, to protect the health of our community and avoid disruption to teaching and learning.  Please send such information to covid-info@st-anselms.com .

If your son tests positive you will have our full sympathy and support and we will make arrangements to continue his education remotely until he has completed his self-isolation period of at least 10 days from the development of the symptoms, or test result, and only when he no longer displays symptoms.  Please notify us using the above email address.

 

Should a boy come to College if a member of their household is unwell?

No. If a member of the boy’s household is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms then the boy should isolate for 14 days starting from the day the household member(s) became ill.  If the boy subsequently develops symptoms then they should isolate for 10 days from the date they developed symptoms.

The household member(s) should be tested within 5 days of symptom onset.  If all symptomatic household members test negative, the boy can return to College.

We will continue to remind all our students of the importance of good hand hygiene and social distancing as we seek to maintain high levels of good health and attendance in order to ensure continuity of education for all our boys.  You can assist the College to this effect by reminding your sons of these essential requirements.

I hope that you and your families have a good weekend.

Yours sincerely

Simon Duggan

Headmaster