Mr Lowdell wrote to all families on the last day of term to wish a safe and well-deserved break, to celebrate some of the highlights students' achievements and to provide some key information for next term. The full letter can be downloaded below, however you may find it useful to read key information relating to Covid practices and government guidelines here:
The DfE have instructed all schools to continue supporting the Track and Trace process for all of its students and staff for six days after the final teaching day. Please notify the school of any positive test results of a student within that timeframe via email at email@example.com where messages will be checked between 9am-11am each day until the 24thDecember. Those identified as subsequent close contacts will be notified and self-isolation periods outlined in line with the revised guidance of 10 days.
On our return to school please note that any students travelling to school by bus must now wear a face covering in accordance with updated advice from Public Health England unless they are exempt. The Government have asked that schools support local authorities in promoting the use of face coverings and as such have written to all parents of students who travel on designated OCC transport.
The DfE plans for schools to administer lateral flow tests from the week commencing 4th January. This is a huge logistical challenge and quite rightly will not commence until consent has been given by parents, carers, guardians and staff. When more detailed guidance is released we will plan accordingly to ensure a safe return for all in the New Year. At this stage I imagine you will have as many concerns as we do with this proposed plan and serious lack of clarity around how it is to be administered. For now please try to have a restful break over the Christmas period, we will write to you again on Monday 4th January when a clear plan has been established for a safe return to school.
Lastly, at the eleventh hour, the DfE have released revised instruction of how students are to return to school in January:
Students in Years 7 – 10 and Year 12 will return to face to face learning in school now on Monday 11th January. Students in Years 11 and 13 and those in any year group identified as students of critical workers and vulnerable children as outlined below should return as planned on Wednesday 6th January. You do not need to contact the school in advance.
For those unable to return until 11th January remote learning will commence from P1, which is extended tutor time, on Wednesday 6th January for students to work from home; please ensure your child joins that session via Teams.