2nd March 21
As you are aware, the government has announced that schools will reopen to all pupils on Monday 8th March. We are very much looking forward to welcoming back more of our pupils to face-to-face education. We are confident that the children will adapt quickly back into school life, just as they did in September.
From 8th March, school and nursery attendance will be mandatory and our usual rules on attendance will apply.
Weekly saliva testing will continue from the 8th March and if you need new labels then contact the testing programme on 08081962282 and for more bottles, contact your teacher by the class email.
Our safety measures
The arrangement we had in place from September to December will be reinstated. I am sure you will agree that the systems we had in place prior to the January lockdown were effective and well established. The safety of the children, parents and staff remains our over-riding priority and we will continue to review our risk assessments on a daily basis.
Staggered drop-off and pick up times to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave:
Gates opening times
Start of the day
End of the day
N Nursery AM
Nursery opens at 8.45 am
N Nursery PM
Nursey opens at 12.30pm
( Dolphins Seahorses Turtles)
Northumberland Road opens at 9.00am
YY Year 1
(S Squirrels –Rabbits –Hedgehogs)
Derby Road opens at 9.00am
( Owls - Eagles – Falcons )
Northumberland Road opens at 8.30
Parents/carers and children are required to observe social distancing at the school gate at all times.
It is vital that your child is dropped off and picked up at the designated time. We have put these timings in place to ensure the safety of you and your child.
Parents/carers will not be allowed in school or on school grounds and gathering at the school gate and otherwise coming onto the site without an appointment is not allowed.
Children can continue to attend daily in their school PE kit (a combination of PE top and tracksuit as appropriate)
Aside from a lunchbox and water bottle, children should not bring any other items into school. School lunches will continue to be available as usual.
Once the children are in the building, they will wash their hands and have their temperature taken. This essential handwashing will continue at frequent intervals throughout the day.
All equipment that your child uses will be disinfected frequently following the Government and Public Health England guidelines
While in school all movements will be kept to a minimum so that the integrity of our Year Group bubbles is not compromised. Play and lunchtimes will be staggered so children are not mixing with other groups.
We are looking to resume a range of extra-curriculum activities and details of these will be sent to you in due course.
As a reminder, your child should self-isolate and not come to school if they:
• Have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive
• Live with someone who has symptoms or have tested positive
• Are a close contact of someone who has tested positive
In line with the latest government guidance, pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable should not attend school. If your child is in this group, they should continue to learn from home until further notice, please provide a copy of the child’s shielding letter.
For pupils who are self-isolating or shielding, the school will provide remote learning provision
If you or your child have any concerns about returning to school, or if you think your child might need extra support when they return, please get in touch with the class teacher by class email or by Tapestry.
Lockdown has been a challenging period for all of us, and we would like to thank you for your continuing support during this difficult and uncertain time and for all your support in helping your child learn from home.
Very best wishes to you all
Mrs Jan Goatley, Headteacher
PROJECT - WEEK TWO
The second week saw us welcome Cantell secondary and Swaythling primary schools to the project, which means we now have all our schools submitting samples to the programme.
LifeLab educators supported both schools by training teaching staff in delivering
sessions about the saliva testing programme. The aim of the lessons are to engage students through interactive and hands-on experiences to better understand the science behind the programme and the wider public health messages, like why wearing face coverings and washing hands help stop the
spread of the virus.
In this week's newsletter we hear a bit more from both schools along with students from Cantell who filmed their own demonstration of how to do the saliva test. We also find out more about what happens to your saliva sample after you drop it in the collection box, and get all the latest facts and figures from the project and wider Southampton community.
Look out for how to earn a £20 Amazon gift voucher by taking part in feedback opportunities about the project, we want to find out what you think about being part of this unique programme.
THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS
4 IS THE Number of schools that have submitted samples so far
83% Percentage of students tested
92% Percentage of staff tested
198 Volume of saliva tested in mls
VIEW FROM THE SCHOOLThe saliva testing programme got off to a great start at Cantell School this week.
After weeks of planning we distributed over 1100 testing kits to our students and 150 to our staff. The response from our community has been amazing. Overall, over 85% of our students who have been in school returned their sample this week and in two year groups (Yr7 & 8), over 90% returned their test. This response exceeds our expectations and can be attributed to the high profile we have given the project in school and the excellent ‘virtual’ teaching sessions that LifeLab have delivered this week to all of our students. As a result of these sessions our students have a greater understanding of the science behind the virus and the crucial role that testing can play in reducing outbreaks. We will be trying to keep the momentum going this week with more activities in tutor time that will be led by our staff.
DOING YOUR TEST AT HOME
Year 11 pupils from Cantell school got in on the act and decided that they were going to film a video to show how to complete the saliva test for students at secondary school. The saliva test is much easier and quicker to perform than the more common swab test which is why we want to use this project to see how we can roll this test out on a wider scale.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
The aim of our project is to see whether saliva testing can be rolled out across wider school communities so we are trying it out with a smaller group first.
That's why we want to hear from you to see if we can do anything differently or better.
We're keen to hear from teaching staff, our student participants and their families about their experience of taking part either through an interview or in a focus group. Those who are selected to take part will receive a £20 Amazon voucher as a 'thank you'. To find out more please email Daniella Watson (email@example.com)
Swaythling pupils get hands on in class
Staff and students at Swaythling primary school have enjoyed taking part in the engagement lessons this week. These are based around an Escape Room. The pupils loved the padlocked bags and everyone had great fun trying to work out what the code might be! Reading the stories also proved to be a good starting point for lots of discussion. One of the highlights for the children was using UV torches to examine their hands as part of the interactive activity to demonstrate how easily germs can spread. This was followed up with an activity involving glitter, where pupils got hands-on with learning how face coverings can stop the spread.
If you have a query about the project, please visit the Southampton City Council (SCC) webpage:
https://www.southampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid19/testing/ You can use this page to contact SCC via webchat or you can use the freephone number: 0808 196 2282. Normal hours are 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday (plus weekend opening during peak times).
Shorter opening hours may apply from mid-October.
W h y a r e t h e l a b o r a t o r i e s a t t h e A P H A b e i n g u s e d t o c a r r y o u t t h e s a l i v a t e s t i n g ?
When we initially started the saliva testing project, we needed access to laboratories and staff with the expertise, equipment and quality
assurance processes in place to rapidly begin testing. The laboratories needed to have capacity to do the testing, so that this test did not affect the NHS testing capacity at all, and the laboratories also needed to be local, so that we could get the samples delivered quickly. The APHA have been a fantastic partner in this process - read more at their blog post here: h ttps://aphascience.blog.gov.uk/2020/10/01/covid-19-testing-2/
Just do your saliva test the next day you can. You don't need to find a sample pot at school and do one, as you won't have the correct labels to
stick on your pot and without those the laboratory can't match your sample to your details.
No, if a person receives a positive test on the saliva test, there is no need to get a confirmation test - the result from this test is accurate and will
be fed into national data and into the NHS Test and Trace programme
Change in last 7 days
Don't forget, it is never too late to join in. Even if you missed dropping your first test in you can still take part in the rest of the programme by sending in a sample this week.
Privacy Notice Covid 19 Testing Programme
Important – Your Personal Information
Read our privacy notice below to find out how we’ll use and protect your personal information. We will only process your personal information or your child’s personal information in compliance with Data Protection Legislation.
Where possible, your or your child’s test results will be added to your medical record. Only your or your child’s GP and other authorised NHS staff, Public Health England, NHS Test and Trace staff and the local Health Protection Team can access your or your child’s test results. No-one else will be able to see your or your child’s personal test results.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has commissioned the piloting of a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing programme (‘the Programme’) in Southampton.
This Privacy Notice explains how personal data (information about you or your child) collected as part of this Programme will be processed (collected, stored, used, and destroyed).
Data controllers and purposes for which your personal data will be used
At different points in the process, organisations have been commissioned to process your or your child’s personal data and may therefore have Data Controller status for the purposes of Data Protection legislation in deciding what information is required and how it needs to be used to deliver the Programme.
Each organisation will require a different level of information about you or your child, but all will use the minimum necessary to do what they are required to deliver their part of the Programme.
Data Controllers for the Programme responsible for looking after your or your child’s personal data and using it properly to deliver the Programme are:
When is personal data being collected?
We collect the data you provide us with when you have:
What personal data is being collected?
The details we may collect and process for you are:
How will my personal data be used?
Your details will be used to:
Where is my personal data stored?
Your data will be stored within the United Kingdom.
Is my personal data kept private and secure?
We have legal duties to keep information about you confidential. Strict rules apply to keep your information safe and comply with Data Protection Act 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and organisational Data Protection policies.
The NHS database used to store your personal data linked with your health data is held securely on NHS servers and access to this information is tightly governed, in line with Data Protection requirements.
How long will my personal data be kept?
The information processed by the NHS is kept for as long as it is required to provide you with direct care and to support NHS initiatives to fight COVID-19. Information held for direct care purposes are stored in line with the Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016. This means such information will be held for up to 8 years before it is deleted. Any personal data gathered as part of this Programme for other purposes will be deleted at the end of the Programme.
What are my rights?
By law, you have a number of rights as a data subject and this testing programme does not take away or reduce these rights.
You have the right to contact the Data Controllers to ask for the following:
What is the lawful basis for collecting, storing, and using my data?
Data protection law requires us to have a valid legal reason (‘lawful basis’) to process and use your Personal data.
The NHS’s lawful basis for processing your personal data are:
Other organisations involved in processing your data are doing so with an agreement in place with DHSC or the University of Southampton to provide that service, or with a lawful basis of their own.
The University’s lawful basis for processing your personal data for operational delivery of the Programme is legitimate interests.
The Schools (Mount Pleasant Junior (including students/staff based here who are registered at Springwell School), Maytree Infant, Swaythling Primary and Cantell School - all members of the Aspire Trust) lawful basis for processing your and your child’s personal data is GDPR Article 6(1)(e) – the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest.
How can I find out more information or raise a complaint?
If you would like to raise a complaint about how your personal data is used as part of the Programme, you can phone the Enquiries team at: 0808 1962 282. Depending on your query, it will be forwarded to the relevant Data Controller to resolve your issue.
Queries for the University of Southampton can also be sent direct to firstname.lastname@example.org. More details and the University’s Data Protection Policy can be found at: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/legalservices/what-we-do/data-protection-and-foi.page.
Queries for the Schools can be sent to the Chair of the Aspire Trust email@example.com.
You may also complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if you believe that your personal data is handled in a way that is not lawful. See its website at ico.org.uk.