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Letters to Parents

25th November 2020

Dear Parents,

Over the past 24 hours, we have received notification of three positive cases of Covid-19 at the academy.  As a result of these cases a number of staff are required to self-isolate.

Due to this we have had to assess the risks and consider how we can maintain effective learning for all students whilst assuring their wellbeing too. In particular, we have had to consider the numbers of students we believe we can safely accommodate on site with a diminished staff team over the next 10 days (the period during which the staff in question will not be able to come to site).

We have therefore taken the difficult decision to close the academy site for all students on Thursday and Friday of this week, which enables us to undertake advanced cleaning on the academy site. During this time, we will provide remote learning through Microsoft TEAMs. These lessons will take place at their normal timetabled time (including registration) and students should join the lesson by logging on to their class TEAM.

From the week beginning the 30th November until Friday 4th December we ask that all students in Years 8 and 9 work from home with teachers, again teaching lessons through Microsoft TEAMs.

All students have access to Microsoft TEAMs through their school account, instructions on how to login to Microsoft TEAMs can be found by following the Remote learning link by clicking on the ‘red banner’ at the top of the academy website This page also has a range of remote learning guides as well as a link to teaching and learning activities for students in years 7-11 if they are unable to join the lessons at their normal teaching time.

We are fully aware that the decision to close the school may bring added pressures and would like to reassure you that all of our decisions are taken in consultation with Public Health England and in line with our risk assessment and Government guidance to all schools.

We apologise that we were unable to inform you of these changes earlier as the situation has only arisen during the last 24 hours.

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals you will receive further details in regards to vouchers that will be issued to you in relation to this period.

If you are concerned about yourself or your child being unwell, please contact the NHS on 111 or via the NHS website.

Yours Sincerely,

Nick Salisbury and Alastair Mitchell
Co-Principals' Sir Christopher Hatton Academy