Important information following Government Announcement 30.12.2020 - Thistley Hough Academy

 Dear Parent / Carer 

Important information following Government Announcement 30.12.2020

As you may have seen in the news, the Government announced late yesterday that the staggered return to school for all secondary school students has been amended. 

The statement says “that the decision to alter the start dates was made in light of case rates rising across the country and the need to begin applying the contingency framework for education”. This therefore means the following for our students: 

• Week beginning Monday 4th January 2021 – school will be open for face to face learning for vulnerable children (those with an EHCP and/or social worker) and the children of key workers. Remote learning will take place following the normal timetable via Microsoft TEAMS for all remaining students in Years 7-11. 

• Week beginning Monday 11th January 2021 – we expect all Year 11 students along with all children of key workers and all vulnerable students to return to lessons as normal in the Academy, as advised by the Government. Remote learning, via TEAMs will be provided for all remaining students in Years 7-10. 

• Week beginning Monday 18th January 2021 – all students will return to school unless they are self-isolating. 

For students without access to the internet, a work pack will be delivered to your child, if it was not already provided before the Christmas break. Year 10 and Year 11 should all be equipped to access remote learning via Microsoft TEAMS. 

All Year 11 vocational examinations timetabled for the beginning of January will take place as planned. We will contact Year 11 students involved early next week to confirm arrangements. 

As you would have seen in the press yesterday, the Department for Education is intending to roll out a programme of on-site asymptomatic coronavirus testing for secondary schools in January 2021 and they hope to continue with primary schools in February. I believe that in the long run this will help us to minimise Covid cases in schools and minimise the disruption caused by staff and students needing to self-isolate. Early identification of asymptomatic cases will reduce the need to self-isolate because of track and trace. 

I hope that you will give your permission for your child to be tested when it is deemed necessary and as part of the arrangements that we are endeavouring to set up. So there is no concern or confusion, we will not have our testing centre facility open that quickly, as staffing for testing is not yet in place given the timing of the announcement. I will set up our testing centre as soon as I know that I can do so safely and effectively, and will work to do this as quickly as possible. 

If anyone would like to volunteer to support the testing programme at the academy please contact me via email at jayne.schofield@thistleyhoughacademy.org.uk or via 07817840444. 

Once again apologies for the any inconvenience the announcement may cause. I will be in touch again with further information relating to testing in due course. 

As ever I thank you for your continued patience, support and understanding. Wishing you all a Happy New Year. 

Yours sincerely 

Jayne Schofield 

Principal 

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