Important letter to parents.
Our Ref: JCH/CN
30 December 2020
In light of the latest Government guidance Year 11 will attend school from Monday 11 January 2021. All other year groups are to remain at home until Monday 18th January.
Students in Year 11 will return to school on Monday 11 January 2021. Year 11 students are required to arrive at 9:10am for the first week back only. The additional half hour morning sessions will resume on Monday 18 January 2021 when Year 11 will revert to the earlier starting time of 8:45am.
Year 11 students will receive on line remote lessons via teams from Monday 4th January. Students will be required to log in to their account and will receive lessons in line with their current timetable. Provision will be made for vulnerable Year 11 students please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to take advantage of this on-site offer.
All other year groups 7,8,9 and 10 will receive remote education via Microsoft Teams from Monday 4th January. This may involve some live lessons on teams and work set on the platform for all subjects. Further information regarding live lessons will be sent in due course via text messaging.
If students do not have access to a device to link to the internet please contact the Academy via email at email@example.com. Please title your email 'Internet Access'.
All students in Years 7 to 11 will return to school on Monday 18 January 2021 in line with the current staggered start and finish times.
The purpose of the delayed return is to prepare for whole school testing to help identify those who are carrying the virus without displaying symptoms, therefore reducing the risk of transmission. We will offer testing to as many staff and students as possible from the first week of term. This will be done with lateral flow device tests. If a student's first test is positive the student will be sent home, they should immediately self-isolate and are required to have this positive test confirmed with a standard polymerase chain reaction test (normal Covid test). We will endeavour to inform parents as soon as possible following a positive result. If the student's test is negative they will be tested again three days later.
Testing is voluntary but those eligible for tests are strongly encouraged to participate to reduce the transmission rates, both in school and the local community.
Students will be offered daily testing if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case to remove the need to isolate and continue to benefit from face to face teaching. Close contacts who decide not to be tested will be required to self-isolate in line with current guidance. The tests provided to schools are non-invasive lateral flow device tests.
All parents/carers are asked to complete and return the consent form on our website which will be available from Monday 21 December 2020.
Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.
Mrs J C Hornby