Updated arrangements for start of Spring Term

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Thursday 31st December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Return to school January 2021- UPDATE

As you will be aware, the government announced yesterday that there will be an even greater staggered start to the Spring Term. 

Monday 4th January: School is shut to all students for a logistical planning day.

Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th: School is only open to children, from all year groups, who fall within the following categories:

  • They have an EHCP
  • They have a social worker
  • They have a supervising adult who is a key worker

School is no longer permitted to open for all students in Years 11 and 13, nor those with pending exams in Sports Studies or Health and Social Care.

We ask that if you fall into one of the eligible categories and you need your child to attend school, please complete the Google form by clicking the link below. The deadline for completion is 9am on Sunday 3rd January (if you have already completed the form, but would like to make amendments, it is possible to edit it):

https://forms.gle/ffVBB8f7AsA7gYBt7

Please note: if the form is not completed, we will assume that your child will remain at home until their allocated return date.

We are trying to contact Cornwall Transport to confirm School Contract Bus arrangements. We anticipate that normal services will continue to run. If we hear differently, we will contact you again as soon as possible. For this first week, children do not need to wear their school uniform, but will, of course, need masks.

We will contact those whom the Government classes as ‘vulnerable’ on Monday 4th January and invite these students to attend.

Monday 11th – Friday 15th: School is open for the children listed above and those with pending examinations (all Year 11 and Year 13 students and students in Years 10 and 12 who study Sports Studies and Year 12 students who study Health and Social Care).

All students should be able to return to school on Monday 18th January.

 

Remote learning

Remote learning will follow your child’s normal timetable, starting with normal registration at 8:40am on Tuesday 5th January. Lessons will include a variety of approaches, depending on the subject. We would urge parents and carers to read through our Home Learning guide available on the website. The vast majority of lessons will be interactive. This will usually be a live lesson using Microsoft Teams, or it may involve a pre-recorded session with the ability to interact with the teacher during the normal lesson time (again, using Microsoft Teams). More information about using Teams, can be found in the Home Learning guide on the website.

We expect that all children who are attending school will follow their normal timetable. Teachers will continue to teach the children but will also teach the rest of the class remotely.

 

New school based rapid testing arrangements

It is the government’s intention that schools be able to conduct lateral flow testing next term. At this stage, we are still working through the logistics of this plan and awaiting further information regarding testing from our Trust.

 

Food Service

A reduced menu will be available for children in school who would like to purchase food. Children who are entitled to a meal and who are attending school, can continue to claim their meal as normal.  If your child is entitled to a free school meal, but will not be attending school, we will provide families with a voucher lasting for the time they remain at home.

 

Kind regards,

Kate Littledyke

Headteacher