Start of Spring Term 2021
From Tuesday 5th January 2021, school will only be open for vulnerable students and the children of key workers to attend, as was the arrangement during the summer term.
Vulnerable students and the children of key workers:
The definition of ‘vulnerable’ students and the list of ‘key worker’ jobs can be found here. Please review it to see whether your child and/or you meet the criteria. However, as a very significant part of the country is now in Tier 4, part of the rationale for delaying and staggering the reopening of schools is to further limit the opportunity for mixing. The emergence of the new Covid variant is, of course, adding weight to this important strategy of limiting mixing wherever possible. Therefore, even whilst your child and/or you meet the criteria for ‘vulnerable’ student or ‘key worker’, I can completely understand that you may wish to keep your child at home. If this is the case, you child will be able to access learning remotely along with all other students who are working from home.
All other students must remain at home and access leaning remotely.
This will start from Tuesday 5th January 2021. Our provision for remote teaching and learning is now very advanced and has worked extremely well during recent periods where students have had to self-isolate. There are details of our Remote Teaching Plan on this page
The government has asked all schools to oversee the mass testing of students for Covid. Government data indicates that up to one-third of those who test positive for Covid have no symptoms. The mass testing programme is designed to identify those who have Covid, particularly those who have no symptoms (asymptomatic), in order to more effectively control the spread of the disease. Whilst we are in a national lockdown mass testing is not possible but will be implemented as soon as possible in relation to vulnerable students and the children of key workers.
There are significant logistical challenges for schools in getting ready to implement these tests. However, at this stage you may find the following information helpful:
- The tests themselves, Lateral Flow Device rapid tests, are easy to administer and the results are available in 30 minutes. This leaflet explains how it works.
- Students will be tested twice, 3-5 days apart. Whilst the tests are very accurate they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need for a second test.
- The test is not compulsory and you will be asked in advance if you give consent for your child to have the test.
- Anyone who tests positive will need to go home and book to have a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and isolate for 10 days should this also be a positive test result.
Serial contact testing:
Currently, anyone who is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive has to self-isolate for 10 days. Going forward, if your child is identified as a close contact they will be able to remain in school as long as they are tested daily in school using a Lateral Flow Device rapid test for 7 days. (Students will need to self-isolate during the Saturday and Sunday part of the 7 days).
You will need to consent to this daily testing taking place. This will be implemented as soon as possible in relation to vulnerable students and the children of key workers. If you don’t consent to the daily testing then your child would need to self-isolate at home in the usual way if identified as a close contact.
Testing of staff:
From the start of the new term, weekly testing will be available to all staff as part of a routine testing programme.
Mr D Kenrick, Headteacher
Remote Teaching Plan
Remote teaching is used in circumstances where teachers and/or students are having to spend extended periods of time at home. Current scenarios we are managing are:
- Teacher in school and whole class at home
- Teacher in school - some students in the classroom and some at home
- Teacher at home and whole class at home
- Teacher at home - some students in the classroom and some at home
In all of these above scenarios, the general principle is that teaching and learning will continue as usual, with lessons being delivered by teachers via Google Meets and the posting of tasks and resources in Google Classroom. Please see our Remote Teaching plan for further details.
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YEAR GROUP VIDEOS FOR REOPENING
We have also made a short video for each year group which shows the arrangements for arrival on site in the morning and has some points from me about the return. Please find a few minutes to watch it with your child.