Weekly News Bulletin: 26 March 2021

Lateral flow testing at home throughout the Easter holidays
Please find below some information from the DfE regarding lateral flow testing during the Easter holidays that we have been asked to share with parents/carers of those students who have signed up to the school testing programme.

Testing at home throughout the Easter holidays for schools and colleges
Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme on the return to school and college, it is vital to keep testing at home throughout the Easter holidays and into the summer term.

  • test twice a week at home from now on (all those who are able to)
  • report results online as positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping us to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country
  • continue to test twice weekly over the Easter holidays
  • test before returning to school or college for the summer term, either the night before, or morning of, the first day back, to find and isolate any positive cases


School Uniform
If you need to order new school uniform, Jacks of Dunmow are available for click and collect. They can be contacted by telephone on 01371 876039 or by email at jacks@jacks1952.co.uk.

After confirming your order with them they are open for click and collect on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (Please confirm opening times for click and collect when confirming your order). Alternatively, uniform can be purchased directly from Trutex here using the school code LEA00474SC.  If you have any problems or concerns about this matter, please contact your child’s Head of Year.

News from the Learning Zone
It’s been a busy time in the Learning Zone since students have returned to on site learning.
Lots of students have been able to quiz on books they read while working from home and the number of books being borrowed has also increased.

Click and deliver
Students can email me to request a book and I will arrange for delivery to their form room, we will be starting this service when we return to school after Easter. Email me at sbird@hrs.education.

Our Library catalogue is available to view online at home using the following URL: https://u010929.microlibrarian.net/

Here you can search for a book, author, genre or subject from home without logging in by using the search box at the top of the page.

We currently have 147 books which are overdue, many are from last year and could be in the bottom of an old school bag or on a book shelf at home, please help us to get these books back so other students can borrow them.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter, happy reading.
Mrs Bird
Learning Zone Manager

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As we approach Easter, here is a brief update on family support services over the holiday period listed on your local Frontline directory:

Holiday clubs – a FREE service delivered by Active Essex for children who have free school meals. Some clubs include SEND and mental wellbeing support – search ‘Active Essex’ on Frontline for more info.

Parent support for behaviour issues – there are many such services on Frontline and include Community 360, Family Lives, PACT, Kids Inspire and more.

Parent isolation: ‘Parent 2 Parent’ service (MIND in West Essex) and ‘Parenting Together Support’ (Home-Start Essex) to overcome loneliness and isolation as a parent.
You and your families/clients can access this information on Frontline for FREE. Simply go to your local district’s website:

www.harlowfrontline.org.uk OR www.eppingforestfrontline.org.uk OR www.uttlesfordfrontline.org.uk

If you wish to refer a family and want help with your login details, contact our administrator at info@frontlineuk.org.uk.

The Frontline Team

Parent zone
Over the Easter break parents are invited to a very special Google Be Internet Legends online live session about sharing carefully.

Parents can tune in on Tuesday 30th March at 3.30pm for tips on protecting private and personal information.
Click here to download an invite.

Parents need to be aware of an increasingly popular application called Discord.

Discord is a chat service specifically designed for gamers to connect with each other using either text, voice or video chat. Even if chat features are disabled within online games, Discord can be downloaded separately allowing conversation to take place outside the game being played. Most major games have a Discord channel associated with them. According to Essex police, private ‘channels’ are being created within Discord to target and groom some young people. Please talk to your children about the use of this app and how they may be vulnerable. Ensure that they understand that the people they may be talking to and forming friendships with, may not be who they claim to be.

Parents’ guide to Discord:https://parentzone.org.uk/article/discord-everything-you-need-know-about-chat-service

The online world can be hugely beneficial for the young person you care for. It can help to build friendships, and reduce feelings of isolation but life online is not without its challenges. Online sexual harassment between children and their peer group is something young people are likely to be seeing online, even if they are not directly involved.
We have produced a range of resources to support educators, parents, carers, and foster carers in tackling peer-on-peer online sexual harassment in an appropriate and engaging way.
Advice for parents, cares and foster carers:

Advice for Foster Carers
Online Sexual Harassment advice
Advice for Parents and Carers of 9-12 year olds
Advice for Parents and Carers of 13-17 year olds

A parents and carers guide to misinformation and fake news during COVID-19