This page is updated regularly to provide you with key information and updates throughout the school year. We recommend that you check this page daily for important updates relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We may send out a text message linking you to the updated information on this page and these texts may be targeted. The daily update will show all positive cases reported on that particular day and will replace the update from the most recent day. If there is no daily update posted then no cases have been reported on that day.
Test and trace activity and action by the school has now ended for the Easter holidays. For the remainder of the Easter holidays any Positive home LFD test results need to be confirmed by a booked PCR test and, if confirmed, reported to the NHS Test and Trace service on telephone number 119. For NHS and our information please continue to use the reporting links in the testing section on this page to record all LFD test results.
UPDATE 8.4.21: We have been in communication with the Health Protection Team at Public Health England as a Year 11 Student has tested positive for COVID-19. Positive cases reported from a LFD test conducted at home are subject to confirmation with a lab based PCR test.
COVID-19 TESTING PROGRAMME
We have commenced the Covid-19 school testing programme. This programme is part of our measures to keep the school environment as safe as possible for both students and staff. Further information and the consent form can be found and completed here:
COVID-19 – mass testing in Gosforth Group schools.
Testing is voluntary and requires consent. For your child to participate the consent form must be submitted as a matter of urgency.
COVID-19 HOME TESTING PROGRAMME
Continued Covid testing at home is important because anyone could be carrying the virus and may spread it to others. To keep all staff and students safe the NHS is providing home testing kits.
Students that have consented to testing will receive their home testing kit when they attend for their third Covid test in school. This will consist of two boxes, each containing the equipment they will need to do three tests (six tests in total).
If you have not collected your covid Test Kit, please visit School reception on Thursday the 8th of April between 10am and 1pm.
They will then receive additional test kits at a later date.
The instructions must be followed in the step-by-step guide (blue booklet) and all results reported to the NHS website (whether they are positive, negative, or void).
The school also has to keep a record of all student Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test results, so the following form (link below) will need to be completed every time a student does a Covid test, every Sunday and Wednesday evening. Please report results directly after the test result is known. A positive LFD result from a home test needs to be confirmed by a booked PCR test at a testing centre. Self-isolation is required under the usual guidance until a negative PCR test result is received. If a positive PCR test result is received it requires self-isolation under the usual guidance.
You must use both of the links below to report every test result (positive or negative) on a Sunday and Wednesday. This includes during school holidays. For POSITIVE results ONLY you must always also email the result to email@example.com. Please never leave a telephone voicemail message about any positive result. Specific instructions for school holidays are provided further down this page.
Report your result to the school [link] - https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1FHki3M0o02lSREa1fQVayioYwf8M1BKhcdyE5kA7ERUMlZQVTRIVDBZQ0oxMFBOWlYzRk1aVE9TRy4u
Report your result to the NHS [link] https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
An instructional video is provided on YouTube, please see link below.
IMPORTANT: Tests are only for the use of the person assigned the kits, they must not be taken by anyone else.
Please note that the Covid-19 isolation period is now 10 days. All positive cases of Covid-19 for children that are accessing our current provision must be reported to the school immediately. Telephone the school on (0191)2818486. If you are unable to speak with a member of staff in person do not leave a voicemail, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is an urgent need to report all positive cases during term time AND up to (and including) the first THREE following weekdays of any school holidays by email to email@example.com by NOON AT THE LATEST on each day. Cases beyond this point in school holidays need to be reported directly to 119.
Close contacts of any positive case will be contacted by the school with specific isolation instructions. Students whose Parents/Carers have not been contacted directly by school with instructions to isolate do not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance. However, everyone has an important part to play in stopping Covid-19 spreading. These are the things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you, and anyone you live with, getting ill with COVID-19:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, your whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available from the NHS. Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus Further information is also available at the same link www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Our priority will continue to be the provision of the safest environment possible in school to minimise any risk for both staff and students. The work to ensure our school is as safe as possible is subject to constant ongoing review. There are a series of systems and arrangements in place to ensure everyone remains safe. The bottom of this page contains links to our Student Covid-19 Protocol. Our Behaviour Policy and Covid-19 addendum can also be found in the policies area of the website. It is essential that students follow the Covid-19 Student Protocol and our Behaviour Policy to ensure the safety of students, staff and their families. If at any time students fail to follow the Behaviour Policy and Student Protocol or act in a manner that jeopardises the school or the safety of others, parents will be contacted immediately.
If your child feels unwell t is vital school has the correct contact details and those of emergency contacts. Please make sure that your contact details are up-to-date. If you do need to update us please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to Coronavirus restrictions the machines that students use in school to add money to their account will be out of use. Students must not bring money into school. If you have not already set up an online payment account please email the Finance department email@example.com and they will send you the information you will need to set up an account. They will need your child's name, address and year group.
The most up to date version of our Covid-19 Protocol can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. This includes information about the Lateral Flow Testing programme.
Wearing of Face Coverings in School
The most up to date version of our Wearing of Face Coverings in School document can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
You can register your child as being exempt from wearing a face covering using the links below:
Year 7 Student Form Link
Year 8 Student Form Link
Year 9 Student Form Link
Year 10 Student Form Link
Year 11 Student Form Link
Sixth Form Student Form Link
There is increased rigour to remote learning and a clear expectation that all students fully engage with it. At Jesmond Park Academy our remote learning provision on Frog and OneDrive means that students can access learning through a range of expertly designed learning tasks. Please see the detailed guide to remote learning on the school website, which you can easily access from the second button on the website homepage. This will solve most of the problems or issues that you may encounter. It is important that students work to a set routine, led by their timetabled lessons, and in a quiet, appropriate space at home. Teachers are available for support during the school day and you or your son/daughter can contact them via email. Teachers have been instructed to contact any students not completing work as it is compulsory for them to complete it, just as it would be in school. Students need to complete the work set on the One Drive and then complete Frog Assignments which will be used to assess progress and understanding. They will receive feedback on these assignments. Students can also email work to their teachers if they want some reassurance on any areas of misconception or even just to share a piece of work of which they are particularly proud. We have had a positive start to the remote learning experience and students have already started sending work back for feedback. Close contacts of any positive cases will be contacted directly by the school with isolation advice and information about how to access remote learning resources. For all of the latest information on our remote learning programme please click the following link - Remote Learning.
Year 11 and Sixth Form Examinations
In terms of the awarding of grades for Year 13 and Year 11 you can access further information through this link https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021 and also at the following link ‘How GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded in summer 2021’ https://www.jesmondparkacademy.org.uk/media.ashx?id=3337. We appreciate this does not answer all of the questions that we are sure many of you have. As with all of these things the devil is in the detail regarding what schools can use as evidence so we still await the Awarding Body and Regulatory guidance. Our advice remains unchanged, students will be doing some form of assessment in every subject on their return and this will probably be ongoing until May half term. They need to be working hard so we have all the evidence we need when it comes to submitting grades.
Useful Links and Information
Letter from the Acting Principals - 1st April 2021
Letter from the Acting Principals - 12th March 2021
Letter from the Acting Principals - March 2021 Return Parent Information
Letter from the Acting Principals - 12th February 2021
Letter from the Acting Principals - 7th January 2021
Letter from the Acting Principals - 30th December 2020
Letter from the Acting Principals - 18th December 2020
Letter from the Acting Principals - 14th December 2020
Letter from the Acting Principals - 16th October 2020
Letter from the Acting Principals - 2nd October 2020
Covid-19 Absence - A quick guide for parents-carers
BBC Video - A cold, flu or coronavirus - which one do I have?
Public Health England - Letter to Parents/Carers - Test and Trace
Local COVID Alert Levels
Key Dates and Contacts 2020-21