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Arrangements for students’ return to school w/c 8th March 2021

Our schedule for student testing and return to school is outlined below:

Year Group Date of testing Date of full return to school
Year 11 8th March 9th March
Year 10 9th March 10th March
Year 9 10th March 11th March
Year 8 11th March 12th March
Year 7

7 Clare & 7 Darwin

7 Kings & 7 Girton

7 Trinity


9th March

10th March

11th March


10th March

11th March

12th March

Students will return on a week 2.   The arrangements for the return to school will be the same as in September.  A reminder of these arrangements can be found on our FAQ section: https://www.bassingbournvc.net/parents/frequently-asked-questions/

Letter from Jonathan Lewis, Cambridgeshire County Council 04.03.21 regarding schools reopening w/c 8th March 2021 


Previous information relating to Autumn term 2020

This page aims to provide parents with the latest information sent out by the school regarding Covid-19.

Number of Confirmed cases requiring track and trace:

Date Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Staff
week ending 18.12.20 6 5 1 3 1 0
New cases reported 19 & 20.12.20 2 2 1 5 0 4
New cases reported w/c 21.12.20 (updated 16:00 23.12.20) 4 2 5 20 1 2

New cases will no longer be reported from 24.12.20 as track and trace within school no longer applicable.

Message to Year 10 parents 20th December 2020  :  We have had a number of positive Covid 19 test results reported to us over the past 24 hours, 5 of which have been in year 10. We have been in contact with Public Health England who advise that all of our year 10 students should self isolate because of the number of combinations of close contacts from the confirmed cases we have had in this year group, which now totals 8.

The self isolation period should be 10 days from the last day they were in school, or from the last day of contact with someone from their friendship group if that was later. A number of parents have also been called throughout today to inform them that their child must isolate due to contact with someone who has today tested positive.

This escalation in cases mirrors what the media have been reporting today with the new strain of the virus being more easily and quickly spread. Please therefore remain vigilant and seek a test if your child becomes unwell. Please continue to report illnesses to us to : office@bassingbournvc.org, vpoulter@bassingbournvc.org, absence@bassingbournvc.org


Letter to parents regarding schooling provision from 5th January 2021 can be found HERE


Letter to parents sent by Parentmail regarding reporting absences over the Christmas period:

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the arrangements for reporting Corona virus-related illness and/or positive test results over the Christmas break

If symptoms began on (or date of positive test if asymptomatic) :


From Friday 18th to Sunday 20th December: Parents Inform the school immediately by email (please do not call as the school will be closed for the Christmas break). The school will notify individuals within the respective bubble who may have come into contact on Thursday 17th December. Notified individuals will have to self-isolate for 10 days (revised from 14)

From Monday 21st December – Monday 4th January: Unless testing was delayed following the onset of symptoms, the case was not in setting and therefore the school will not be responsible for any tracing or communication with parents.

Parent/carers to email office@bassingbournvc.org, absence@bassingbournvc.org and vpoulter@bassingbournvc.org in the event of a confirmed case during the Christmas break. Please do not call as the school will be closed during the Christmas break.

It is the parents’ responsibility to notify close contact family and friends and follow advice as per NHS Covid-19 guidelines http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


Date of contact New 10 day isolation period – can return to usual activity
10/12/2020 21/12/2020
11/12/2020 22/12/2020
12/12/2020 23/12/2020
13/12/2020 24/12/2020
14/12/2020 25/12/2020
15/12/2020 26/12/2020
16/12/2020 27/12/2020
17/12/2020 28/12/2020
18/12/2020 29/12/2020


September 2020: In readiness for the new academic year, Ms Poulter has written to all parents and students to outline the procedures that will be in place for students’ return to school.  These letters, as well as a booklet with return to school guidance and our Risk Assessment can be found opposite.

Ms Poulter has also recorded a welcome back message to students and includes important information for their return to school including what area they should go to when they arrive at school, year group and “bubble” zones, what equipment to bring to school, what equipment will be provided, and what happens about break and lunchtimes.      This message can be found HERE

If you have any questions regarding your child’s return to school, please visit our FAQ page.  If you do not find the answer to your question, we would ask that you complete a form which can be found HERE.  Your query will then be responded to and uploaded onto our FAQ page if we think it is an answer that other parents may find useful.

We also ask parents and students to read the Covid-19 Appendix to our Expectations for Learning Policy prior to their return to school.  This can be accessed on Google Forms HERE

In accordance with Ms Poulter’s letter of 14th September, (Letter to parents 14.09.20 Covid 19 Procedures)  we will be updating this page on Mondays and Thursdays with the number of known pupils with symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19 (a high temperature, new and persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).  These are students who are waiting for a Covid test, and are not confirmed cases)

Date updated Number of known pupils with symptoms of Covid-19 
Monday 14.09.20 0
Thursday 18.09.20 2
Monday 21.09.20 2
Thursday 24.09.20 2
Monday 28.09.20 4
Thursday 01.10.20 1
Monday 05.10.20 5
Thursday 08.10.20 0
Monday 12.10.20 0
Thursday 15.10.20 1
Monday 19.10.20 0
Thursday 22.10.20 0
Monday 02.11.20 0
Thursday 05.11.20 0
Monday 09.11.20 1
Thursday 12.11.20 1
Monday 16.11.20 1
Thursday 19.11.20 4
Monday 23.11.20 0
Thursday 26.11.20 0
Monday 30.11.20 1
Thursday 03.12.20 0
Monday 07.12.20 0
Thursday 10.12.20 1
Monday 14.12.20 4
Thursday 17.12.20 6

23rd September – Public Health England letter to parents and guardians

Letter to Parents re Covid case 05.11.20

Letter to parents re suspected Covid case 18.11.20


Covid-19 Related Absence from school – a Quick Guide for Parents

What should I do if ….? Action needed …
My child is feeling ill with COVID-19 symptoms of:

·         a high temperature – this means your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back

·         a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

·         a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means your child cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most children with COVID-19 have at least one of these symptoms.


The whole household must self-isolate.  Your child will need to isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms; the rest of the household should isolate for 10 days following updated guidance.

You should book a test for your child using this link here, or by phoning 119.

Please note – only the person with symptoms should be tested and there is no need for others in the household to have a test, unless they also have any of the symptoms mentioned.

Make sure you tell the school immediately about the result of the test.

My child is feeling ill with other symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose or a headache. You should act in the same way as you would have done before the pandemic.  This may involve sending your child to school or keeping them at home, depending on the nature and severity of symptoms.  Of course, you should seek medical advice via your GP or NHS direct on 111 if you would normally do so.

Please note – if your child has sickness or diarrhoea they should not return to school until 48 hours after the last bout of this, as is normal policy.

Someone in my household has COVID-19 symptoms DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.

The whole household must self-isolate and the person with symptoms should book a test using this link here, or by phoning 119.

Someone in my household tests positive for COVID-19 DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.

The whole household should isolate for 14 days.  The person who has tested positive must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, and until there is no fever for 48 hours.

Someone in my household with symptoms tests negative for COVID-19 Your child can return to school, assuming they are well, and no one in the household or support bubble has any further COVID-19 symptoms.
My child tests positive for COVID-19 DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.

Your child must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, and until there is no fever for 48 hours.  The rest of the household should isolate for 14 days.

My child tests negative for COVID-19 (test done when the child had symptoms) Your child can return to school, assuming they are well for 48 hours, and no one in the household or support bubble has any COVID-19 symptoms and they have not been asked to isolate for 14 days.  For example, following a negative test result, if your child no longer has a temperature but has a runny nose, they can return to school.

Letter to parents - updated Covid-19 Procedures 14.09.20

Covid-19 procedures - quick guide for parents Sept 2020

Letter to students

Letter to parents

Parent and Student Return to school guidance booklet Sept 2020

Covid-19 Privacy Notice

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment for Asymptomatic testing programme

Risk Assessment insert update

Home testing risk assessment

Bassingbourn Village College

South End, Bassingbourn, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5NJ

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