I am writing with an update on arrangements for your child’s learning over the next few weeks.
Lessons during w/c 4th, 11th and 18th January
The Government has confirmed that there will be a staggered start to the new term for pupils in secondary schools. This is one of the measures being taken nationally to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
All pupils will have lessons online from Tuesday 5th January onwards. Please note that Monday 4th January was an agreed INSET day for staff and this will still be the case.
- Pupils will follow a timetable which includes their normal subjects from home (online via MS Teams). More information will follow on Monday and you should expect a text message with direction for remote learning beginning on Tuesday.
- Please ensure that your child logs on punctually for all lessons (including registration).
- The children of key workers and vulnerable pupils will be able to attend school. Please let us know (via email) if you would like your child to attend school from Tuesday onwards. Please note that you will need to let us know your role as a key worker, for your child to be able to attend face to face learning.
On Monday 11th January, all pupils in Year 11, will return to school. All pupils in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 will continue with online lessons.
From Monday 18th January onwards, school will be open to all pupils.
COVID-19 Testing in School
We are working to keep our school as safe as possible. You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is being introduced in schools across the country using new ‘lateral flow tests’.
The tests will be supervised by trained school staff and there will be minimal disruption to lessons. The tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. Results are available within 30 minutes and will be shared directly with participating pupils and their parents.
We will be testing all participating staff and pupils twice during their first week back at school. In addition, pupils who are identified as close contacts of someone testing positive will be offered daily testing to avoid having to isolate.
Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and pupils to remain in school safely. The test is voluntary, but I would encourage everyone to take it.
Please find additional information about the testing on the letter bellow.
If you are happy for your child to be tested, please complete the on line consent form by following this link: http://bit.ly/SB-Covid19-Consent
If you have any queries or concerns, or need support in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the school and our efforts on behalf of your child.