Re-opening of Kings’ School after the Christmas Holiday

Dear Parents

Following yesterday’s government announcement, I am writing to inform you of revised arrangements for the re-opening of Kings’ School after the Christmas holiday.

The arrangements below, based on the current government guidance, replace those outlined in my letter of 18 December and are designed to help schools plan and implement lateral flow device testing for pupils and staff. I would want to stress that the information below represents our plans currently and may be subject to amendment due to staff illness / isolation or other specific operational circumstances. We will, of course, keep you advised of any changes that we feel are necessary to make to these plans.

Monday 4 January will be an INSET Day.

From Tuesday 5 January, the school will be open only for the children of critical workers and other specifically invited pupils. This is now the case for all year groups including Year 11.

Learning activities / lessons for all other pupils in all year groups, from Tuesday 5 January, will be online. Our aim is that there will be a blend of live / streamed lessons and other activities set on Satchel One. Information about both live / streamed lessons and other learning activities will be found by pupils logging onto their Satchel One accounts.

Currently, we are planning for pupils in Year 11 to return to school from Monday 11 January. We will, however, write to you again next week in order to confirm ‘return to school’ arrangements for this year group.

From Monday 18 January, pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will return to school.

Children of critical workers and other invited pupils who attend school ‘on-site’ from 5 January onwards will follow their usual timetable, arriving at their tutor room for 8.45am. This also represents a change to the information provided in my previous letter. School transport will operate for these pupils as usual as will school lunch provision.

You will have heard much in the news about the possibility of mass testing for COVID-19 in schools via lateral flow device tests and we are already considering how this could be organised at Kings’. Information for schools about mass testing is still limited at this time, and we will contact you again when we have received more detail from the Department for Education and Public Health England. In the meantime, I would like to thank those of you who have completed the COVID Test Consent and Attendance form found via the link found in my previous letter. It would be most helpful to our planning if parents who have not already completed this form could do so before Monday 4 January.

With best wishes for the New Year and thanks for your continued support of Kings’ School.

Mr R Jeckells

Kings’ School