I am writing to you in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 10th May 2021 about easing some of the Covid-19 mitigations in schools and colleges from the 17th May 2021. Whilst the number of cases is reducing in Barnsley, it is still above the national average.
I am mindful that our Year 13 and some Year 12 students are currently sitting their assessments to support the teacher assessed grades and I do not want to risk any disruption to their studies and assessments by periods of self-isolation when we have had a period of no cases in college. In addition, Year 12 students are sitting their Pre Public Exams. All of this activity means students are moving between rooms and mixing.
Therefore, we are taking a measured approach to the easing of our Covid-19 precautions at Barnsley Sixth Form College.
All students and staff must continue to home test for Covid-19 every three-to-five days, twice a week. Each result must then be logged with the College and the NHS. By doing this we have been able to avoid asking students to self-isolate for 10 days.
The College is keeping these measures in place to continue to ensure the safety of our staff and students, as infection rates in the wider Barnsley community remain above the national average, though falling, at the moment. We will continue to monitor the situation, as well as the government’s further guidance around restrictions in the coming weeks.
I hope you understand that these decisions have been taken in the best interests of the health and safety of all concerned and I value your support.
Principal Barnsley Sixth Form College