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January 2021 Update

Please find further information concerning the restart of the school in January

In preparation for January, please read through the following information:

Following today’s announcement by the Government in light of rising numbers of positive cases and the increasing spread of the new variant, the dates for the re-opening of secondary schools across the country has changed:

Monday 4th January is an INSET day. The school is closed to all students.

From Tuesday 5th January. The school is only open to a student who is considered a child of a critical worker or a vulnerable child and for whom the online form has been completed (now available on the website – please complete by 3pm Sunday 3rd January). Please note that lessons will be in year groups and in computer rooms. Teams lessons will not take place this week but work will be set via the student hub except for Year 11 students who will access Teams lessons being delivered by staff.

Year 11 are now expected to work at home this week and access work via the student hub and Teams lessons. We intend to run an online Teams timetable for Year 11 matching their school timetable with the exception of core PE lessons and focus group lessons.

Year 7-10 are now expected to remain at home and my understanding of the Government’s advice is that work will no longer be set for online learning this week. This is to allow schools to prepare for the Lateral Flow Testing processes that need to be put in place.

From Monday 11th January. Year 11 will return to school and lessons will restart in the classrooms. Years 7-10 will now be expected to work at home and access work via the student hub and Teams lessons. We intend to run an online Teams timetable for the year groups matching their school timetable with the exception of core PE lessons and some other exceptions.

From Monday 18th January. We expect all in-school teaching to resume. However, after listening to the Prime Minister, this may change if the number of positive cases does not decrease enough over the next few weeks.

 

Lateral Flow Testing of students and staff

On return, we expect to offer all staff and students Lateral Flow Tests on a regular basis. We are still awaiting full details and equipment to complete the tests. Before the tests commence we will need a consent form for every student who wishes to take the test. This will be uploaded as soon as we have further information.

Students who consent to having the test will be tested twice in the first few days. Following these tests, students can opt to take further tests if they have been in 'close contact' with someone who has tested positive rather than isolate for 10 days. If the student chooses not to isolate then they would need to take a test every day for 7 days.

Please find attached some information concerning how Lateral Flow Testing is carried out:

Here is the link to the DFE Lateral Flow Test Video from the UK Prime Minister's Twitter feed.