Phased return to school from 8th March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I promised you on Friday 26th February 2021 that I would update you as soon as our strategic plan for the phased return was in place.
Having continued meeting with the Senior Leadership Team and taking consultative advice from Public Health experts, we have now created a timetable for testing that will allow all pupils to be tested (with agreement) and all pupils to return to their education at Emerson Park Academy by Thursday 11th March 2021.
The school hall has been converted into a ‘Mass Asymptomatic Testing Centre’ and, once again I would like to thank Mr Hope (Assistant Head Teacher) and his test team for the incredible organisation that has gone into this.
School will re-open according to the attached schedule.
In order for this to run smoothly it is necessary for some year groups to learn remotely.
Pupils will have three tests initially before moving to self-testing at home (kits for this will be made available). Pupils testing negative can return to school the day after their first test. The rest of the year group who have been unable to be tested can return at the same time.
Details of the appointment times and procedures for testing will be communicated one year group at a time.
In order for testing to take place we still need consent forms to be returned. Many thanks to the large number who have already done this.
We are also following DFE, Havering Public Health and PHE advice regarding the wearing of face coverings in class. It is our understanding this is necessary to reduce the risk of transmission. We understand there will be some exemptions from this but it is something that will be encouraged. This measure will be reviewed at Easter. I am also aware that breaks from wearing masks will also be important to pupils in outside spaces where social distancing is possible.
I am very aware parents of GCSE aged pupils will be keen to know our plans for producing teacher assessed grades this summer. The exam boards are now in the process of producing their own guidance and we will formulate our plans in line with such guidance.
As I have stated previously, it is my intention that no pupil at Emerson Park Academy is disadvantaged as a result of this process and pupils will get the grades they deserve. The process will be fair and our integrity will not be compromised in any way.
We will update you with further details in the coming weeks.
Thank you once again for your continued support during this difficult time and I hope the return to school next week is the first step on our road back to something resembling normality.
Please stay safe and well.
For detailed information on the phased return and Lateral Flow Testing, please see our webpage here.
Additionally, please find attached an update from the Havering Public Health Team.