Plans for March Return – Year 9

2nd March 2021- Plans for March Return to the Academy- Year 9
Dear Parents / Carers

I am writing to you with some further details regarding the planned reopening of the academy from 8th March. Many thanks for the information you have provided regarding consent permission for testing. Can I please refer you back to the letter I sent last Thursday, 25th February to give context to this update.

The government guidance informs us that we need to operate a staggered return to the academy in order to ensure that everyone has the option of taking 3 Lateral Flow Tests. The guidance asks us to prioritise the return of older year groups first. This means that your son/daughter’s year group will have a delayed return.

The Department for Education (DfE) has given us permission to start student testing from this week for older year groups. This will allow us to bring students back as quickly as possible. We have established which days we can test students on. However, we cannot bring all year groups in at once. This is due to the regulations around the time required to wait between tests, which must be 3-5 days.
For Year 9 the key dates for you are as follows:

Friday 05/03/21
Year 9 Test 1- Appointments times are by Family Group (see below). Students will have a test only on this day.
Your child will only attend if you have given consent.

Monday 08/03/21 First day of return to the academy for Year 9.
Normal teaching to commence. No remote learning will be provided after this point unless a student is self-isolating or shielding.

Wednesday 10/03/21
Year 9 Test 2- Students will be called from lessons to carry out test 2 and then resume normal lessons

Monday 15/03/21
Year 9 Test 3- Students will be called from lessons to carry out test 3 and then resume normal lessons

Following the 3 tests carried out in the academy, students will be provided with 2 Lateral Flow Tests (LFD) to carry out at home each week. Any students with a positive LFD test result will need to self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. They will also need to arrange a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result if the test was done at home. Those with a negative LFD test result can continue to attend school and use protective measures.

In addition, you will have heard that it is now strongly recommended that students of secondary-age wear a face mask in classrooms until at least the Easter holidays. We would very much like parent and student support on this to keep everyone as safe as possible. This would not apply to those students who are exempt from mask wearing as per the guidance.

Masks will still be compulsory in corridor areas as these house bubbles of approximately 300 students. Please ensure that your child has a mask, plus a spare. We will help when needed, however we cannot supply hundreds of masks each day/week.

In addition to mask wearing, students must maintain good hand hygiene. As previously highlighted, students must either have their own hand gel or use the academy gel provided to sanitise their hands on entry to the academy at the start of the day, then in each lesson
on entry throughout the day. There are a range of different hand gels available cheaply to account for any particular allergies.

When students return to the academy we will brief them on some changes we have had to make, these changes are summarised below:
● Students must put their mask on before they exit their classroom.
● Year 8 and 10 students who use Cafe Mojo on lunch 1 and 2 will need to wear a face mask whilst queuing and purchasing food. Students will then need to leave the area and move into the Atrium (defined as an outdoor space) or to an outside courtyard.
● Year 10 at breaktime will need to wear masks in Cafe Mojo when queuing and purchasing food, they can then sit and eat. Only food purchased in Cafe Mojo can be eaten in the room. Year 10 will have use of the Small Atrium at breaktime.
● Students will be provided with home testing kits to use after the 3 in school tests have been completed.
● Year 9 entrance/exit will remain the same at the East end doors, however they will line up to enter the Academy on the left hand side of the door.

If you need technical support accessing Google Classroom please go to our help page.

The home learning department will be on hand to provide any support you may need: passwords, log-in details, lack of IT facilities and help with providing a laptop. You can contact them directly by emailing: or by calling 0161 688 3900 and dialling extension 5204 / 5208 / 5210

Can I thank you for your support throughout this very difficult period and we look forward to welcoming all students back to the academy over the coming weeks.
Yours sincerely
Phill Quirk