UPDATE 30/12/20 – January Return

Dear parent/carer,

We hope you’ve had a good Christmas. As you may be aware, the Government has just altered the plan for the January return to school following a worrying increase in COVID cases across the country. Therefore, following the Government announcement today, only pupils of critical workers and those considered vulnerable should return to school on Monday 4th January 2021. We believe that school transport will continue to run as usual.

All other pupils, including Year 11, should remain at home and log on to Google Classroom for Remote Learning until they return to school for face-to-face teaching. Remote Learning will begin on Monday 4th January for Year 11 and Tuesday 5th January for all other year groups; it will begin at 9am each school day.  Further detail on our plan for remote learning is included in the letter we sent out on 18th December.

The delayed start means that the plan is for Year 11 pupils to return to face-to-face teaching from Monday 11th January as mass testing gets underway and for all other pupils to return from Monday 18th January.  We may also attempt to start the testing of other year groups during the week beginning 11th January if possible. We will issue any further specific information on return dates and how these will dovetail with mass testing as soon as we can next week, following liaison with the Local Authority.

The letter from 18th December, along with the definitions of critical workers and vulnerable children and a copy of this update, are available in the ‘COVID-19 Advice’ section on the front page of our website.

We apologise for any inconvenience and the last-minute nature of this announcement however we have endeavoured to let you know as soon as we have been made aware.  This is clearly an evolving situation but hopefully we will be able to return to normal face-to-face teaching for all as soon as possible.

Thank you, as always, for your support and cooperation and we’ll be in touch again next week once we have received further specific clarification.

WHS

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