Returning to school in January 2021 - 4th January
Dear Parents and Carers,
Bracknell Forest schools – January return information
Bracknell Forest Council is today providing further clarity on the return of pupils to the borough’s schools in January following the education secretary’s announcement yesterday (30 December).
Week commencing 4 January, 2021:
- All primary pupils will return to school for face-to-face learning. Parents/carers should check with their child’s school for the exact date as some schools have pre-planned INSET days w/c 4 January.
- Secondary schools will focus on the rollout of testing to help find asymptomatic cases once pupils return for face-to-face learning.
- Secondary schools will provide face-to-face education for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers.
- Secondary schools will prioritise resources for remote education for exam year groups (years 11 and 13) in line with what they would receive in class.
- Secondary schools will provide non-exam year groups (years 7 to 10 and year 12) with remote learning where resources permit. Support for remote learning will be dependent on staff capacity.*
- Vocational exams continue as planned.
Week commencing 11 January, 2021:
- Secondary schools start testing – prioritising staff and exam year pupils.
- Exam year pupils (year 11 and 13) return to school for face-to-face learning.
- Secondary schools will provide non-exam year groups (years 7 to 10 and year 12) with remote learning.
Week commencing 18 January, 2021
- Non exam year groups (years 7 to 10 and year 12) return to school for face-to-face learning.
- Testing rolled out for non-exam year groups.
All children should return to school as per the dates above unless they are designated as clinically extremely vulnerable – proof should be provided to the child’s school in the form of a medical letter or previous shielding letter.
Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be support by the relevant school with remote learning resources.
Parents/carers who are clinically extremely vulnerable should speak to their child’s school regarding pick-up and drop-off arrangements and any other support that may be needed.
Cllr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning, said: “The Government’s announcement yesterday made it clear that children should return for face-to-face learning as soon as practically possible.
“For Bracknell Forest primary schools that means children return to the classroom from 4 January. There is a staggered return to secondary school for face-to-face learning in January to allow for testing to be set up and rolled out. During this time, online learning will be made available in various forms.
“I’d like to reiterate that it’s really important for children’s intellectual and social education that they go to school and it’s also important for their mental health and wellbeing. For those reasons, I’m urging everyone with school aged children to make sure they go to school as per the advised dates unless they are designated as clinically extremely vulnerable, have COVID-19 symptoms, live with someone who has symptoms or have been told to self-isolate.
“This is yet another challenge for our schools in a very uncertain time; however, I’m confident that all our schools will rise to the challenge and provide the emotional, social and academic education our children need to thrive and develop.
“I would urge parents and carers to speak directly to their child’s school if they have concerns or enquiries so that these can be looked in to and appropriate advice and reassurance can be provided.”