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Update - Letter Regarding Staggered Return Of Students In January 2021

Important letter to parents.

Our Ref: PCD/

31 December 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

In light of the latest Government guidance, Year 11 will now not attend school until Monday 11th January 2021. All other year groups are to remain at home until Monday 18th January.

Students in Year 11 will return to school on Monday 11th January 2021 at their usual start time of 8:50.

Year 11 students will receive on line remote lessons via Microsoft Teams from Monday 4th January 2021. Students will be required to log in to their account and will receive lessons for their current subjects studied. All Year 11 students will be invited to an introductory test session on Teams, where further details will be provided. A guide to Microsoft Office and Teams is available on the Louth Academy website, please encourage Year 11 students to create their accounts and log on to Teams for the introductory test session on Monday at 9.30am, which they will be invited to through their whole year group Team.

Provision will be made for vulnerable Year 11 students to attend please email enquiries@louthacademy.co.uk if you wish to take advantage of this on-site offer. Any Parents or Carers of Free School Meal eligible students, can request a food hamper via the enquiries email and these will be ready for collection at the Upper site on Tuesday 5th January.

All other year groups 7, 8, 9 and 10 will also receive on-line remote lessons via Microsoft Teams. Students will be required to log in to their account and will receive lessons for their current subjects studied. Students will be invited to their lessons as live events through their year group team. A guide to Microsoft Office and Teams is available on the Louth Academy website.

If students do not have access to a device to link to the internet please contact the Academy via email at enquiries@louthacademy.co.uk. Please title your email 'Internet Access'.

All students in Years 7 to 11 will return to school on Monday 18th January 2021 in line with the current staggered start and finish times.

The purpose of the delayed return is to prepare for whole school testing to help identify those who are carrying the virus without displaying symptoms, therefore reducing the risk of transmission. We will offer testing to as many staff and students as possible from the first week of term. This will be done with lateral flow device tests. If a student's first test is positive the student will be sent home, they should immediately self-isolate and are required to have this positive test confirmed with a standard polymerase chain reaction test (normal Covid test). We will endeavour to inform parents as soon as possible following a positive result. If the student's test is negative they will be tested again three days later.

Testing is voluntary but those eligible for tests are strongly encouraged to participate to reduce the transmission rates, both in school and the local community.

Students will be offered daily testing if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case, to remove the need to isolate, and continue to benefit from face to face teaching. Close contacts who decide not to be tested will be required to self-isolate in line with current guidance.

All parents/carers are asked to complete and submit the consent form for testing on our website.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

Yours faithfully

Mr P C Dickinson
Principal

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