Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that this communication finds you and your families well and that you have been able to have a restful Christmas break so far. Further to the Government announcements yesterday, which I know many of you will already be aware of, I wanted to take the opportunity to update you further about the start to Term 3.

As our Primary Academy is within a Tier 4 hotspot area, high quality online learning will commence for all of our pupils from the 5th January, with pupils likely to return to the Academy for face-to-face teaching on the 18th of January. Our Inset Day will go ahead virtually for staff as planned on the 4th January, and so pupils will not be expected to access Google Classrooms on this day. Pupils will access their education at home until at least the 18th of January.

Return dates for primary and secondary schools in England

Teachers will be delivering live lessons to pupils, with additional work being set on Google Classrooms. We will communicate with you again, ahead of the start to term, to provide further Remote Learning Guidance. We will also be sending out further communication to update you with the support we will be offering if your child is eligible for Free School Meals.

We will be providing a Key workers and vulnerable pupil provision from Tuesday 5th January. This provision will open from 8:30am to 3pm to provide childcare for Vulnerable Pupils or children of Key Workers. Please see further information regarding who qualifies for this provision:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

If your child needs to access this provision, please contact the school on contactus@molehillprimaryacademy.org.uk by 3pm on Saturday 2nd January so that arrangements can be made. You will need to provide proof of your Key Worker status on the first day that your child attends this provision. Please be aware that pupils who have been asked to isolate will not be able to access this provision and if a member of your household develops symptoms of COVID-19 or is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, then please do not send your child into school

Just as a reminder to all parents/carers, if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must immediately self isolate, and must remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your Support Bubble.

On behalf of our staff, I would like to thank our parents and carers for their continued support, your understanding at this time is much appreciated, and we send our best wishes to you.

Mrs Laura Smith | Principal