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Important update - arrangements for January 2021 – first two weeks of term

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Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that you and your family enjoyed a peaceful and safe Christmas. 

My letter today includes important information relating to when your child will return to school at the start of this coming term. 

You will have seen media coverage of recent government announcements for secondary schools in January.   The Government has advised that secondary schools in England should not fully re-open to all students and staff in the first two weeks of term (weeks commencing 4th and 11th January 2021). 

I do appreciate that these changes come at short notice but we continue to follow all Government guidance on COVID-19 in order to safeguard our students, staff and wider school community. 

I would like to update you on our plans, following these latest announcements.  We will provide as much face-to-face teaching as we can, to support students who have upcoming external examinations.   We have put a full programme of remote learning in place for all other children.    

A full breakdown by year group is provided further below. In summary:

  • On Monday 4th January, the school will be closed for all students for a staff training day.
  • School will be open from Tuesday 5th January for:
  • Vulnerable children in all year groups
  • Children of critical key workers in all year groups
  • School will be open from Monday 11th January for all students in Year 11 and Year 13
  • School will be open for all students from Monday 18th January.

All other students will receive their learning remotely for the first two weeks of term.  Students are expected to engage fully with their timetabled remote learning and I thank you for your support with this.   

We will welcome all students back at school for face-to-face teaching from week commencing 18th January 2021.

Remote Learning

Students are well practised in accessing our remote learning offer via Microsoft teams.  If you would like an update or refresher on how to access remote learning, please review our guide to remote learning, via this link https://www.donvalleyacademy.org.uk/online-academy.

  • Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 – Students will follow their normal timetable, accessing live lessons on Microsoft Teams for English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, MFL and Life. Other timetabled subjects will provide online project work on Microsoft Teams.

  • Year 10 and Year 11 – Students will follow their full timetable on Microsoft Teams.

  • IT support – If your child does not have the technology to access online learning, please contact their learning manager for support

Learning Manager Contacts

Year 7Mr Preston PrestonS@donvalleyacademy.org.uk
Year 8Mr Corley CorleyJ@donvalleyacademy.org.uk
Year 9Mrs McMahon McmahonN@donvalleyacademy.org.uk
Year 10Mrs Bolger BolgerK@donvalleyacademy.org.uk
Year 11  Mr Wallace WallaceK@donvalleyacademy.org.uk
Year 13 Mr McMahon Jamie.McMahon@deltatrust.org.uk

We are currently awaiting further guidance on the government’s plans for voluntary testing in schools.   We hope that this will be a positive development, to allow us to minimise the disruption to staff and students and maintain as much in person teaching and learning as possible.  We will update you as soon as we can, as more information is provided by the government.  

I would like to thank all members of our school community for their support and wish you and your families a happy and safe New Year. 

 

Yours faithfully,

H Thornton

Principal