Information about returning to school in January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope that you and your family have had a safe and happy Christmas. I am sorry to be in the position of sending this email on New Year’s Eve but I have no doubt that you will have questions about the return to school in January following the government announcement yesterday. We have received further clarification today and I hope that this letter answers any questions that you may have. If you have any further questions about the content of the letter please don’t hesitate to contact us at school on email@example.com
The arrangements for students’ return to school in January
As we return to school the following arrangements will apply.
- All year groups will receive remote learning in the week commencing Monday 4 January 2021.
- Years 11 and 13 will return to face-to-face learning in school from Monday 11 January. In that week other years will continue to access their learning remotely.
- Remote learning means that they will have their lessons through Google Classroom rather than in school. They will follow their normal timetable, including registration time at 8.45am, and lesson timings will operate as they would do when they are in school. This means that the staggered lunches and breaks that we put in place in September will continue to apply to remote learning. Students will access the work in that first week in the normal subject classroom not the self-isolation classroom on Google Classroom. They should go into their subject classroom at the start of each lesson and join the Meet or complete the work that is set.
- I also encourage students to make use of CENTURY which was launched to them last term. This is a high quality programme that supports learning in Maths, English and Science. Information can be found at https://www.phs.cheshire.sch.uk/century
- If students have any problems with Google Classroom or CENTURY they should email firstname.lastname@example.org and our Network Support Team will help them.
- We have allocated places in school for key worker, EHCP and vulnerable children. If that applies to your child you will have received an email about that place already. This provision will enable students to access online learning at school rather than at home. They will work at computers and be expected to wear school uniform as normal.
- BTEC students in Year 12 will come in to school for their mock and external BTEC examinations that will take place in the first week.
- If, during the period of remote learning, you have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child please contact the welfare leaders for the year group on email@example.com and they will provide support.
- The government guidance indicates that all students will return to face-to face learning in school on 18 January.
The offer of Lateral Flow Testing
All staff and students will be offered Lateral Flow Testing in January. We anticipate we will receive the tests and more information about the process from the 4 January and will provide more information in due course. These tests are entirely voluntary, although we would encourage participation as it could be valuable in preventing the spread of COVID-19. There is a letter about the tests and a consent form at https://www.phs.cheshire.sch.uk/covid-19
Please read these carefully and complete the consent form if you agree to your child being tested. Active parental consent is required before a test is given to any child under 16. For students aged 16 and over we would encourage discussion at home before the student completes the consent form. All consent forms should be completed by 3pm on Tuesday 5 January so we can begin the testing as soon as possible. We will invite students in for testing when we have received the consent forms.
Appeal for help with the testing
As our teachers will be delivering lessons we are appealing for support from anyone who would be prepared to come in to help our staff in supervising the Lateral Flow Tests. Help would be particularly welcome from anyone who has prior experience of similar programmes. If you are interested in helping please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you next week. We have already received a couple of offers and these are most appreciated.
Year 11 and 13 Mock Exams
We know how hard the students have been working for these exams but unfortunately due to the staggered return to school we will have to delay the mock exams by at least one week and will confirm the precise dates with the students next week. This means that the Year 11 mocks will not take place before 18 January and the Year 13 exams will not take place before the 25 January. Please reassure them that the work that they have done will prove very useful when these exams take place.
I will contact you again on 4 January for a more traditional introduction to the new term but in the meantime I wish you and your family a Happy New Year.