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Letters to Parents

25th February 2021
head@hattonacademy.org.uk

Dear Parents/Carers

Reopening of Sir Christopher Hatton Academy on Monday 8th March for all students Year 7 -13

You will no doubt be aware that it has been announced that all students will return from Monday 8th March; we are so excited to see everyone again.  The Government has made it clear from the 8th March that attendance will be compulsory unless students are shielding due to medical conditions.  Therefore, returning to school is not optional for the majority of our students.

The operational arrangements remain as they did in the Autumn term, full details you will find within this letter.  On return students are expected to wear full school uniform and be equipped ready to learn.  It is essential that we continue to ensure we are observing social distancing and good hygiene. 

The Government has long set out a requirement for students to wear face masks in communal areas.  This has now been compulsorily extended to all lessons in classrooms.  The only time face masks are not required are in practical PE lessons and when outside.  It is therefore essential that you purchase plain face masks for your child, which they carry on them at all times and wear appropriately.  The guidance states:

‘In addition, we now also recommend in those schools, that face coverings should be worn in classrooms or during activities unless social distancing can be maintained.  This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. 

Face visors or shields should not be worn as an alternative to face coverings.  They may protect against droplet spread in specific circumstances but are unlikely to be effective in reducing aerosol transmission when used without an additional face covering.  They should only be used after carrying out a risk assessment for the specific situation and should always be cleaned appropriately’.

In regards to an overview of the testing process the government are requesting that students are tested once at school before returning to the classroom after a negative test. Students will then be tested twice more (at between three to five day intervals) at school before home testing kits are distributed to all students. The government then request students to be tested at home by parents / carers twice a week. Although the testing is optional, the government ‘strongly encourage’ that students participate in the testing process.  We feel this will provide reassurance to our whole school community.

Consent Form
It is a government requirement for consent to be provided by a parent/carer for students in Years 7 to 11 in order for them to be tested in school.  Years 12 and 13 may provide their own consent.  All parents/Year 12 & 13 students must complete this form to provide or decline consent, which may be accessed here.  Please note if you have already consented or declined previously, you will still need to complete this form, as new information is required. Completion of this form is required by Sunday 28th February

To enable us to open fully on Monday 8th March we aim to test students next week.

Testing Schedule
All timings will be issued early next week. Please note: Students must wear a face covering, maintain social distance and must go home after their test.

 

Year Group

Date

Time

10, 11, 12 & 13

Thursday 4th March

TBC

7, 8 & 9

Friday 5th March

TBC

 

Return To School – Monday 8th March

All students will return to face to face learning on Monday 8th March.  The school times are outlined below:

Year Group

Start Time

End Time

7

8.30am

2.40pm

8

8.40am

2.45pm

9

8.50am

2.50pm

10

9.00am

2.55pm

11

9.10am

3.00pm

VI Form

8.45am

3.00pm

Ofqual Announcement

Further information regarding summer assessment processes will be forthcoming.

We will write again to all parents / carers early next week to set out the finalised details with regards to the Testing Centre times.  We are all looking forward to the children coming back to school and resuming a sense of normality to our lives.  We wish to thank you for your continued support. 

Yours Sincerely,

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