Important information for September 2021
Dear parents and carers,
I hope this letter finds you and your families safe and well. As we come to the end of what has been an exceptionally challenging year for our students, families and staff, I am sure many of you have questions about what the return in September will look like. This letter outlines what we know so far and our Academy Handbook will also help you and your child prepare for their return after the Summer.
Lateral Flow Testing and Covid Updates
We have been advised to complete Lateral Flow Tests for students before they return to the academy. If you consent to your child being tested we will test them a few days before they are due to return. You will have seen in the government announcements that social distancing measures will not be required from September and students will no longer be educated in bubbles. Students will no longer need to self isolate if they have come in contact with a positive case. More guidance on this to be released. We will still be asking all students to regularly sanitise their hands and will ensure all classrooms and corridors have these provisions. If a local outbreak occurs we may be directed to implement social distancing measures and LFT testing on site. We will continue to communicate any changes with you.
Student return dates – Week commencing Monday 6 September 2021 and Lateral Flow Testing arrangements
As we were unable to hold new intake days for the students joining us in Year 7 this September, we will hold a phased return for students. Details of the return dates are as follows:
|Monday 6 September||INSET day (school closed to students)|
Year 7 & Year 8 to come in for LFT testing (times TBC by text message to parents)
|Tuesday 7 September||INSET day (school closed to students)|
Year 9 & Year 10 to come in for LFT testing (times TBC by text message to parents)
|Wednesday 8 September||8:30am – School reopens to new Year 7 students only|
Year 11 to come in for LFT testing (times TBC by text message to parents)
|Thursday 9 September||8:30am – School reopens to all remaining Year groups 8-11 with staggered start times|
• Year 8 arrive at 9:00am via Science entrance (Sefton Road)
• Year 9 arrive at 9:30am via Recreation centre/JB’s gate
• Year 10 arrive at 10:00am via Recreation centre/JB’s gate
• Year 11 arrive at 10:30am via Main student entrance (Sefton Road)
Key Changes for September 2021
There have been some changes to academy procedures and routines which are detailed in our Academy Handbook
Uniform and Equipment
All students will be expected to return in full uniform and equipped to learn. We will be starting the academy year with high standards and expectations. All students must bring with them daily a pencil case with a black pen, a green pen, a rubber, a ruler and a pencil. We expect all students to have a rucksack that will accommodate their PE kit, A4 sized notebooks and the rest of their equipment. We will be checking student standards at the doors and will inform you if there are any issues. Full details of uniform and equipment can be found on pages 6 & 7 of the academy handbook or on our website here: https://swinton.coopacademies.co.uk/parents/uniform/
Paying for Lunch
Please continue to use the online system SCOPAY to top up your child’s account. If this is not possible due to your personal circumstances please contact us directly so we can find a solution for you.
A reminder that students are not allowed their phones out in school at any time, including break and lunch time. If your child needs to carry a phone to and from school that is fine but please be aware that any child who has their phone out in school will have it confiscated for the remainder of the day in the first instance. There will be no warnings, the expectation is that phones are not seen at any time in the school building, this also includes headphones/earbuds etc. If they need to contact you during the school day then they must do this through the school office. Please remind your child to switch their mobile phone off before they enter the academy.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your support and patience this year. I hope you and your families enjoy a restful summer. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available to us.
Zarina Ali, Head of Academy