Year 8 and 9 Closures
Re: Closure of Year 8 and 9 from Monday 13 December – Friday 17 December
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this challenging time.
Unfortunately, as a result of staff shortages due to illnesses, we have made the difficult decision to close Years 8 and 9 from Monday 13 December 2021 – Friday 17 December 2021.
The local area is also experiencing a shortage of supply teachers to cover staff who are unwell which sadly means we are unable to welcome students back before the Christmas break. Please refer to our parent letter dated 3 December 2021 with regard to the phased reopening of the Academy in January.
Again, please be reassured that if you are receiving this letter, your child did not come into close proximity with any affected persons within their year group and does not need to self-isolate unless contacted by NHS Track and Trace.
We appreciate this may be a difficult time, however, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, parents, staff and the wider school community must remain our top priority. We are continuing to work closely with Public Health England to help manage both the Academy’s and the wider response to Covid-19 as cases rise across the local area.
To ensure minimal disruption to learning, work will be set on Teams and live lessons where possible. If your child is unable to access Teams via any device (including a phone) please contact the House Team.
Additionally, if you are in receipt of free school meals, vouchers for the period 13 December to 17 December have been ordered and will be sent to you via Groupcall as soon as possible. Vouchers for the Christmas period will be delivered to you via the Wonde system.
What if my child is vulnerable or I am a key worker and my child is unable to stay at home alone?
Vulnerable children and children of critical workers in years 8&9 and who are unable to stay safely at home, can request a place at our supervised key worker/ vulnerable child provision. Places in this provision are limited and priority will be given to younger students who are unable to remain home alone. Children will log onto Teams and access their learning in a supervised hub. If your child needs to access the provision next week, can I please ask that you email Mr Ainslie to request a place. email@example.com
Home learning: online lessons will be live via Teams, where possible. Where this is not possible, teachers will set appropriate work for students to complete, also by Teams.
In the meantime, I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the steps that we can all take to reduce the risk of spreading infection. These simple measures are:
- If your child, a household member or a member of your support bubble develops any of the following symptoms, we ask that you notify the Academy immediately and arrange a test by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by phoning 119.
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
- If your child has COVID-19 symptoms they should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. You should arrange for them to have a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, they must continue to self-isolate.
- If your child does not have COVID-19 symptoms but has a positive PCR test result, they must also stay at home and self-isolate.
- If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you must stay at home and self-isolate if you are not fully vaccinated or if they have been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
- If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 that has not been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant, and you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months, you are not required to self-isolate.
- Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection. If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek further advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
- As a community, we can also help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:
- washing your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- washing your hands as soon as you get home
- covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- putting used tissues in the bin immediately and washing your hands afterwards
We would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy, or use the following link to access further information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/