Dear parents and carers,
Following the Government announcement yesterday, all schools in England have been asked to close from today (Tuesday 5th January) as part of a national lockdown planned in response to a surge in COVID-19 and a new variant in the virus.
This will mean that the vast majority of pupils will need to remain at home until further notice is available on when schools will be able to re-open.
We will be providing online learning for all pupils while TDA is closed. All pupils will start their learning remotely on their individual Teams class sites from Wednesday 6th January.
TDA will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers, as was the case during the national lockdown from March to June last year. Vulnerable children and children of key workers will be able to return to school on Wednesday 6th January 2021. If you would like your son / daughter to attend school and access their Teams class site then please email email@example.com with details of your son / daughter’s name and tutor group; they are to arrive at school for 8:45am on each day. A member of SLT will greet any students and take them to a computer room.
At the time of writing I am still awaiting confirmation of our provision for free school meals – more detail to follow.
For those students scheduled to sit BTEC exams over the next few weeks more detail will follow once we have received confirmation from the exam boards. There is a great deal of speculation about the summer examinations. As it stands the Government has stated that they will not proceed as planned. This is NOT stating they are cancelled. The Government will work with exam boards to confirm alternative arrangements for the summer examinations. I know this will cause uncertainty and anxiety for students but they must continue to engage with all work set via TEAMS to ensure they are in the best possible position to deal with more updates from the Government about how GCSE and A Levels will be awarded in the summer. I will write separately to Year 11 and Year 13 students and parents before the end of this week with an update.
At the moment, there is no clear date for when primary and secondary schools will be able to re-open to pupils, but we will update you as soon as this information becomes available.
We know this latest announcement will cause disruption for many families and we would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we follow Government guidance.
As a school we had planned over the Christmas break to ensure the school is as safe as possible for pupils and staff to return.
Your support is what got the school through 2020 and it is what will see us through the challenges of this next period.
While the school is closed, we encourage you to keep monitoring the Government’s advice – the information can be found on the Government website: https://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
We will continue to keep you updated and if you have any immediate questions please contact the school.
Mr R Carroll
Please visit the home learning page for information on how to access home learning via Teams.
Covid Related Absences - A Quick Guide for Parents
I hope that you find the link here helpful in advising you what to do should you have concerns about what to do if your son/daughter has Covid-19 symptoms.