I am writing to inform you that the Academy will close for the Christmas Holiday on Friday 18th December 2020. Finish times for each year group are outlined below. The Academy will reopen to students on Monday 4th January 2021. The staggered start and finish times will continue for individual year groups. You will find a reminder of these times overleaf for your convenience.
Finish times – Friday 18th December 2020
Years 7 & 10 1:15pm
Years 8 & 9 1:30pm
Year 11 1:50pm
I would like to thank you for your support ensuring that, wherever possible, your child attends school.
In January, we will continue to drive attendance improvements forward. Please can you continue to inform the Academy if your child’s illness is Covid related when reporting any absences. Equally, if you are anxious about your child attending following an absence, please contact the Academy for support in transitioning back to school.
Uniform also remains an ongoing focus, and the vast majority of our students attend in full school uniform every day. The full uniform includes a V-neck grey jumper and it is compulsory that all students wear their jumper to school every day. Trainers of any type or design are not permitted. Full information regarding uniform expectations can be found on the Academy website at www.thistleyhoughacademy.org.uk.
Whilst I appreciate that mobile phones give parents/carers peace of mind, I would encourage you to remind your child that the use of mobile phones is not permitted on the Academy site. All mobile phones should be switched off and out of sight/in bags at all times. Use of mobile phones whilst in school can lead to confiscation.
May I again ask for your support to ensure that your child has their own, plain, face covering, to bring to the Academy every day. I especially thank parents that have ensured their child’s face covering is completely plain, without logos. Government guidance is clear that these coverings should be stored in a hygienic plastic bag when not being worn, and I would urge that you remind your child to ensure that disposable/single use masks are discarded in an appropriate manner once used.
Finally, please could I request that you contact the Academy on 07817 840444 if your child tests positive for Covid-19 during the Christmas Break. This number should be used up to and including Thursday 24th December 2020, and then onwards from Saturday 2nd January 2021 (cases confirmed between Friday 25th December 2020 – Friday 1st January 2021 should be reported on Saturday 2nd January). This is a dedicated line for reporting any confirmed cases and will ensure that we can continue to follow guidance from Public Health England. Please refrain from using the school telephone line to report any Covid related matters. Should your child develop symptoms during the Christmas break or come into close contact with anyone who has tested positive with Covid-19, please be reminded to follow the appropriate guidance regarding self-isolation. Your child should not return to school if they have symptoms (until tested negative), OR if they have had close contact with anyone who has tested positive with Covid-19.
I remain extremely proud of all students at the Academy, for the manner in which they have accepted and adapted to the forced changes we have had to make during this very extraordinary academic year so far.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support for Thistley Hough Academy and to wish you a restful Christmas break.