Start of Term Message to Parents – 2nd January 2021

Happy New Year to our families, I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable festive period.

I am writing this on the evening of 1st January 2021, when again the government has announced a change to their plans (announced on 30th December 2020) on students’ return to school in January.

I therefore ask our families to bear with us, the situation is very fluid and we are dealing with new information and guidance on a frequent basis. Nonetheless, with just a few days to go until the planned reopening of school, I know that our students and their parents/carers need to know what is likely to happen so they can plan accordingly. 

I have shared some details below, but be reassured that I will continue to communicate more details in the week ahead, ahead of students’ full return to school.

Whilst not much feels certain, one thing which is certain is the rise in Covid19 cases and the ‘mutation’ of the virus which is worrying for us all. Stockport has had low rates of Covid in recent months, but the MEN reports that the borough saw a 35% rise in rates the week after Christmas. Ahead of any students returning to school in the new year, I urge all parents to ensure their children are following the tier 4 restrictions whilst not in school and continue to impress upon them the need for HANDS, FACE, SPACE - regularly washing hands, wearing of face covering and maintaining social distancing.

Please find below our current plans for the return of students to school - whenever your child returns, please equip them with a face covering and hand sanitizer as a routine part of their school equipment. Likewise school uniform expectations remain unchanged.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
w/c 4.1.21 Staff INSET day - no students in school Foxland Campus is open for children of critical workers (using booking form*) and vulnerable children (as contacted by school pastoral staff).

Broadway Campus is open for our resourced students only.

All other students will receive remote education which will follow their normal school timetable and should log into their form period using Google Meet at 8:30am each day.

Year 11 virtual parents’ evening will go ahead as planned on Thursday 7.1.21

During this week training will begin for staff to prepare for rapid testing in schools.

w/c 11.1.21 School is open for children of critical workers (using booking form*), vulnerable children (as contacted by school pastoral staff) and resourced students plus students in Year 11 who will follow their normal timetable on Broadway.

All other students will receive remote education which will follow their normal school timetable and should log into their form period using Google Meet at 8:30am each day.

Testing of staff and students in school will begin.

w/c 18.1.21 School is open for all students who should report to their form at 8:30am.

Testing of staff and students will continue to be rolled out.

Leaders will consider if student timetables can return to pre-covid model so that all students can access specialist facilities and staff can teach from designated classroom bases. More information to follow at a later date.

*Booking form for Children of critical workers for w/c 5.1.21 is on our website and will remain open until noon on 4.1.21. The form will re-open for w/c 11.1.21 next week. If you have any questions about the provision for the first week of term (including support with free school meals or digital devices) please email firstweek@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk.

Testing

I am pleased that Kingsway is playing its part in keeping the spread of the virus under control by offering LFD (Lateral Flow Device) testing to all staff and students. Whilst I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity, testing is by consent. A consent form will be sent out in the next few days.

The test requires students to self-swab, under supervision, their throat and nose. Results will be available within 30 minutes. There will be more information about testing and response to positive cases in the coming week.

I hope that this communication provides enough information for the start of term and will continue to add further detail in the coming days and weeks.

Thank you to all our families for having an appreciation of the changeable situation school leaders are finding themselves in. I am hopeful that alongside the much anticipated vaccine, these measures will help to keep our school community safe and well so we can continue to do the job we love - educating and caring for your children.

Mrs Lowe
Headteacher

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