January Return Update
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you have had a restful Christmas and I wish you all a Happy New Year.
The government have announced changes to the staggered start to the new term in January 2021.
The Government guidance states now that only children who are vulnerable, or the children of critical workers will return to the academy on Tuesday 5th January. Year 11 students will return on Monday 11th January and all other students in Year 7 to Year 10 will be returning to the academy on Monday 18th January.
We have been informed that the external Year 11 examinations in iMedia, Sport, Child Development, Music and Business Enterprise will go ahead as scheduled from the 11th January. We will email students and parents involved with further information early next week.
Key worker/ vulnerable provision
If you believe that your child fits within either the vulnerable or critical worker category and you require your child to attend the academy from Tuesday 5th January, please email email@example.com stating your child’s name, form group and the reason they need to attend (either because they are vulnerable or which category of critical worker you fall within). We will need this information by Sunday 3rd January 2021. You do not have to send another request, if you have completed the form since my first letter on 18th December 2020. You will receive a confirmation email that includes timings of the day before Tuesday 5th January. If we have not received an email by this date, we will not be expecting your child to attend this provision. Please also find the link to the form to be completed by our Parents/Carers that are keyworkers:
The Government classes vulnerable students as, children who:
1. are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
2. have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
3. have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
- children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services
- adopted children, those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
- those living in temporary accommodation, those who are young carers
- those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
- others at the provider and local authority’s discretion
The government classes children of critical workers as those having parents or carers whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response including those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining- educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational- provision#critical-workers
Remote learning will start on Tuesday 5th January for Year 11 students. All these lessons will be run through Microsoft Teams. All students have Microsoft accounts, so I ask that you support them in checking the software works on their device before they start back.
Remote learning will start on Monday 11th January for students in Years 7-10. This will consist of a combination of live lessons through Microsoft Teams and work set through Show My Homework. Form tutors will be using Microsoft Teams at tutor time to check in with their class and check on their welfare.
Please contact the academy if your child needs to loan a device to access any of the learning online. We have a limited number of devices that we can provide, but we need to ensure that students can access their learning.
At this stage, we are still awaiting further information on the testing process, but it does seem clear that we will be expected to test all students on their return to the academy, in order to identify asymptomatic cases so that we reduce any spread of the virus in the academy population.
We will be sending home further information as we get it and ask that you complete the consent form to allow us to test your child.
Thank you to those volunteers who have already come forward to offer their support with the process. If there are any other volunteers who have the time, experience or knowledge to support the testing process, I would be most grateful if you would contact the academy.
Thank you for your continued support during this time. Hopefully, we will soon see the end of this disruption to education. Throughout this difficult time, we will continue to ensure our students at Ercall Wood Academy are safe, happy and successful.
Mr R Gummery
Date Published: 01 Jan 2021