All letters / information that is sent out to parents from the school or SECAT can be found by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
Due to the changes to the regulations around Covid and restrictions related to positive cases, please be aware that we will no longer be sending home detailed letters when there is a Covid case in school as, under current guidance, we will not be closing bubbles if there are cases within the school site.
Please note, we will still make parents / carers aware via the app of any relevant Covid updates
When to isolate:
Message from PHE
Message from Director of Public Health - June 2021
Dear parents and carers,
Thank you very much for your cooperation and patience at a time when we have seen an increase of COVID-19 cases in schools. Although we are seeing restrictions ease, I would like to emphasise the importance of the selfisolation period to parents and carers.
It is essential that any student identified as a positive case or a close contact of a positive case adheres strictly to the self-isolation requirements. It is important that this is carried out rigorously and socialising outside the home does not occur. Not following self-isolation guidance risks rapid spread of the virus, especially with the new Delta variant and new mutations which are more transmissible.
Students strictly following self-isolation guidance can allow us to better protect the health of students, staff and the community overall. Essex Police continue to work with partners and act on information received to tackle those breaching restrictions.
We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for everyone but it will help us all if we continue to observe these public health measures.
As Director of Public Health, I kindly request your continued support in this matter as well as a reminder to carry on testing yourselves and your children regularly and to continue to follow the guidance on Hands-Face-Space and fresh air.
Director of Public Health
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Online Safety for Remote Learning:
SECAT Covid Information
Please click on the links at the bottom of the page for copies of update letters from the school / SECAT regarding COVID
Please see the link at the bottom of the page for the School 'Covid Catch Up' Funding plan
What to do if there are Covid Symptoms at Home:
When to self-isolate
Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You should also self-isolate straight away if:
- you've tested positive for COVID-19 – this means you have the virus
- someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive (unless you are not required to self-isolate – check below if this applies to you)
- you've been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive – find out what to do if you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
When you do not need to self-isolate
If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:
- you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
- you're under 18 years, 6 months old
- you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
- you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:
- get a PCR test on GOV.UK to check if you have COVID-19
- follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
- consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from COVID-19
Tell people you've been in close contact with that you have symptoms
Tell people you've been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that you might have COVID-19.
You should tell them to follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.
They do not need to self-isolate unless they're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.
If they get any symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and get a test as soon as possible.