Fairmead School

Making memories

Coronavirus update January 2022

Dear parents and carers

Firstly I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and we are looking forward to welcoming all the young people back to school tomorrow.

As you are aware rates of coronavirus in the community are high and following additional precautionary guidance from the government I need to advise you of the following:

  1. We will continue to lateral flow test (LFT) secondary and KS5 students twice a week in school – this includes students who have been covid-19 positive within the last three months.  If your young person tests positive on a LFT or has coronavirus symptoms (runny nose, cough, sore throat, high temperature, headache etc) you must make arrangements to be able to collect your child from the school within one hour from the school notifying you by phone.  Whilst waiting to be collected, your young person will be supported by a member of staff, in a well ventilated area.


  1. Where possible, we are requesting parents/carers of Reception to Year 6 students to lateral flow test them before they return to school tomorrow. You may wish to continue to test your child in which case please follow the government guidance on testing.


  1. Following government guidance we are requesting that, where possible, all secondary and KS5 students wear face coverings on school transport and inside school buildings.(including during lessons)  We appreciate that this may be difficult for some young people, however, we want to minimise the risk of transmission within the school. 


Staff at Fairmead have worked incredibly hard over the autumn term to keep the school safe and they will continue to do so throughout the rest of the pandemic. However, if rates of transmission within the staff team increase we will need to take measures to ensure that the young people get face to face education; this means we may have to revert to virtual learning for one or more groups as a last resort.  To help us prevent this, I am requesting that if your child is poorly please keep them at home until they are better (48hrs at home following sickness and/or diarrhoea) or if they display any coronavirus symptoms (runny nose, cough, sore throat, high temperature, headache etc) please get them PCR tested and not rely on a lateral flow test result.


I thank you for your continued support during this difficult time and if you are in any doubt about the above please contact the school for advice.

Take care and stay safe


Tracy Felstead