Headmaster's Message to Parents 25th February 2021

Dear parents and guardians
 
the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday means that we can now plan for the return of all students for teaching and learning on site at the College during the week commencing Monday 8th March.
In keeping with other Wirral secondary schools we shall operate a phased return to College during that week, owing to the DfE's requirement that students are tested in school for Covid-19, using Lateral Flow tests, before resuming learning on site, and have 3 such tests before a home-testing programme is implemented nationally, details of which are yet to be published. This is to identify asymptomatic carriers who might otherwise pass the virus on to their families, staff and fellow students.
 
6th Formers will be tested on Friday 5th March and will go home immediately afterwards. 6th Formers and Year 11, who will be tested, will return to College for lessons on Monday 8th March, as long as they test negative. Years 10 & 9 will return for testing, then lessons, on Tuesday 9th March and Years 8 & 7 will return on Wednesday 10th March. Staff will return on site full-time on Monday 8th March and will provide remote learning for their classes during that week until their return to the College.
 
We can only test boys if we have parental consent, for those under 16, or their consent, for 6th Formers. We strongly urge you to provide this consent as mass participation is necessary to break the chains of asymptomatic transmission in order to protect families, staff and students and enable us to keep the College open. Participation in the testing is voluntary. You will shortly receive an email outlining the details of the return to College and Testing and a link to the electronic consent form from our covid-info@st-anselms.com  address.
Boys who test positive will be required to return home immediately and must self-isolate. Students who have Covid-19 symptoms, or who are generally unwell, must NOT be sent into College and parents should arrange a NHS Covid test (PCR) for them.
 
When students return to the College normal routines and procedures will apply, as was the case last term until Christmas. We will continue to operate a 1-way system around the site with separate entrances and exits for different Year groups, and staggered break and lunch times. One difference is that all students, unless they have a medical exemption, will be required to wear plain masks or coverings when in buildings, including during lessons (except for PE and Lunch).
 
You will receive further information from us as our plans are finalised next week. I am sure that you share our delight that the boys are returning to teaching and learning at the College, where they belong.
 
With best wishes to you and your families,
Simon Duggan
Headmaster