Start of Spring Term

by Vashti Turner  on December 21, 2020  in  Academy News

The government announced on Thursday 17 December that secondary schools will operate a staggered start to next term to allow the roll out mass Covid testing. The new “Lateral Flow” Covid tests give a rapid result within 30 minutes and are already helping schools identify asymptomatic cases. We were lucky to be able to pilot these at KAA recently with staff and Year 12 & 13, so these students are already aware of how they work.

The start of term will now work like this:

  • Monday 4th January: School closed to students, staff training day
  • Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th January: Y11 & Y13 must come in on both these days. Other year groups will be remote learning, and Y10 and 12 students will be invited in at specific times to get tested
  • Thursday 7th & Friday 8th January: Y10, 11, 12 and 13 must come in on both these days. Year 7, 8 and 9 will continue remote learning, and students will be invited in at specific times to get tested

Tests are encouraged not compulsory, and it would be great if as many parents as possible would support us with this. We will email nearer the time about remote working arrangements and timings for student testing for those who wish to take up this offer.

The Principal’s full End of Term parent letter can also be read here: End of Term Principal’s Update – 18 December 2020

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