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Years 7-10 Return to School January 2021

31st December 2020

Information for parents of students  in Years 7-10

Dear Parents,

You will be aware from the Prime Ministers briefing on Wednesday the 30th of  December that there has been a change to the first two weeks of  the term for secondary school  students.

Years 7-10  will not be attending on site schooling for the first two weeks of term. Instead they will start online lessons through Microsoft teams from Tuesday the 5th of January.

Each lesson will be 50 minutes long to allow for my colleagues to set up and prepare for the next lesson in the day and for students to switch between lessons and prepare resources. Students should follow their normal timetable and join the Microsoft Teams meeting. There will be a few minutes at the start of the lesson to ensure all students have joined and some time at the end if students need to ask questions.

Critical workers who require their children to be in school from Tuesday the 5th of January  to Friday the 8th of January should have already completed the Google Form. A further form for the  week beginning the 11th of January  will be sent out in due course. Students attending on site education will be required to be in full school uniform. School buses will run as normal.

Updates will continue throughout next week including information on testing in schools, return to the school site the week beginning the 18th of January and any changes we may have to make to the timetable or scheduled events. We will keep these changes to a minimum but this is subject to any further instructions received from the government and I imagine this will depend on scientific advice and the implications for CV-19 transmissions in relation to the R rate.

Government guidance issued to schools today makes it clear that, ‘ No-one should attend education or childcare if they have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or are self-isolating due to symptoms in their household.’

Please do not send children in to school if someone in your household or someone you have been in close contact within the last 10 days is waiting on the result of a test.

Please contact the school through the email address if your household is in this situation.

Once again we are having to call upon you to support your child’s education at a time that I appreciate is difficult and stressful for you all.  Thank you.

We hope that providing on line remote learning will ease the burden but if we could where possible ask you to go through your child’s Timetable with them [ available in the Student Handbook] so that you, as well as they, are aware of their lessons for next week from Tuesday onwards.

If you have any concerns about your child,  your first point of contact is through your child’s year tutor.

Kind regards

Miss Hearle