Dear Parents, Carers and Students of Notre Dame and St Boniface’s College,

 

Online lessons only for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 in the week 4-8 January 2021

Following the announcement by the Department for Education last night,  both of our schools will comply with their direction that we will only be open to Years 11 and 13 and vulnerable students in the first week of term from 4th to 8th January.   All other year groups will have online lessons,

 

All Year 11 and 13 students, vulnerable students (SEND or with a social worker) and all staff will begin the new Lateral Flow tests during this first week.  These are NOT invasive tests – there is no need for concern.  They involve placing saliva onto a test stick.  We will be trained in how to administer the tests correctly and we will have trained staff to supervise the process.   We encourage every student to take the tests. We will require every member of staff to take the test every week in the Spring term.  Results are ready in 30 minutes.  The test is 50% reliable in identifying positive cases.  It will be repeated 3 days later.  Any positive student cases will be asked to isolate in school until a parent can collect them to take a more accurate test at a testing centre. Any positive staff will also be directed to a testing centre and will isolate at home.

 

We would like any parent who does not wish their child to be tested to write to us to inform us of this before testing begins. Please email us at the below email address, and include your child’s name:

 

St Boniface’s College - covidtest@stbonifaces.com

Notre Dame - covidtest@ndonline.org

 

However, we strongly encourage every student to take the tests, as it can potentially protect all of our community – home and school – from spreading the virus unknowingly.

 

Year 11 students at Notre Dame will follow the Mock exam timetable, already issued, during the week and must attend fully every day.  We will arrange the lateral flow tests around your exam timetable. Year 13 students must only come to school for their A Level lessons during the week and we will arrange the lateral flow tests in your lesson time.

 

For all other Year groups 7 to 10 (and Year 12 at Notre Dame) all lessons will be delivered to you at home via online provision at the correct timetabled time during that week from 4th – 8th January.  Students need to log on to Google Classroom to access all lessons and to complete all work from home for that week from 8.50am to 3.20pm each day, according to their normal Week A timetable.  Registers will be taken – do not be late or miss lessons.

 

Two Exceptions

Year 10 Child Development students at Notre Dame who have an exam on Thursday 7th January.  There are 27 candidates and they should come to school for the full day on 7th January from 8.50am to 3.20pm.  There will be revision sessions before the exam and we will offer them the lateral flow test in the morning, with results after the exam.

Year 12 Health and Social Care students who have an exam  on Friday 8th January.  There are 24 candidates and they should come to school for the full day on 7th January from 8.50am to 3.20pm. There will be revision sessions before the exam and we will offer them the lateral flow test in the morning, with results after the exam.

 

Free School Meals - for students eligible for Free School Meals. in Years 7 to 10 and Year 12, you have already been provided with a code for the school holiday period. An additional code will be sent to you for the first week of the Spring term.

 

Please visit:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-and-childcare-settings-return-in-january-2021/schools-and-childcare-settings-return-in-january-2021 to read the guidance from the DfE that schools received last night, if you would like to understand this decision in more detail.

 

I hope you understand the very last minute information that we have received as a school and therefore the reason for such late notice.  We do believe that, although this is disruptive, it will help to keep all of our families safer in the Spring term, so we are willing to manage this very difficult process for the greater good.

We hope you will understand and support us in this and we wish you all a very happy, holy and peaceful Christmas break.

 

Yours sincerely,

Kate White

Headteacher