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Start of Spring Term 2021

Email sent to parents 01/01/2021

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you and your families have had a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year break.

Following the announcements made on 30th December by the Secretary of State for Education, we have considered the guidance and documentation released to date and can confirm the following arrangements:

Monday 4th January is an INSET day with no students on site.  Staff will use this time to plan for remote learning and to set up the testing facility.

Tuesday 5th - Friday 8th school will operate remotely to all year groups.  This is for all year groups 7 - 13 and attendance will be monitored as normal, including registration time as it is important to maintain continuity of good study habits as much as possible at this time and to provide further information on a full return to school. Students of critical workers who have asked for on site provision and those identified and contacted separately as required to be on site should attend school as normal. Further details regarding our remote learning provision will follow later today.

Monday 11th - Friday 15th - Years 11 and 13 will be taught on site as normal, years 7 - 10 and 12 will continue with remote learning, with provision on site for students of critical workers and those contacted separately to be on site.

From Monday 18th January it is currently expected that all students will be on site for education.

In addition once the test facility has been set up and staff/volunteers trained we will be starting to offer testing to students and staff.  More details of this will follow shortly including information on registration and consent for this testing.  The requirement to offer two Lateral flow tests to students spaced 3 - 5 days apart as they return to school is a logistical challenge and may be underway in a staggered process during the first two weeks of term. We will be in touch to confirm how the testing process will be offered early next week.

Given the regional move to Tier 4 restrictions and the requirement to operate a testing programme on site, together with the remarkable resilience of our staff and students, I have every confidence that we can continue to deliver high quality education over the next few weeks before we welcome all our students back to site.

Kind regards

Mrs Whittall

Joint Headteacher - King Edward VI Aston and Handsworth Schools.