Start of term arrangements – January 2021

Dear students

I hope you had a restful break and managed to recharge after a busy Autumn term.

After the government’s announcement, the start of term arrangements has changed for the first two weeks due to the rising cases of COVID-19 infection. The last-minute changes are always stressful for students and parents – we will do our best to alleviate your worries and will continue to support you.

Please note the following changes:

Week commencing 4th January

Only vulnerable young people or children of critical workers can attend their lessons on college premises. Endeavour faculties at both colleges will be in touch with students and parents accordingly.
All year 12 and 13 will study online from home in line with their full timetable. Attendance will be recorded for all lessons.

BTEC students taking exams during the week must attend – this relates to mainly Stockton Sixth Form College – buses will be running as normal.
Process for mass testing for staff and students will be put in place during this week.

Week commencing 11th January

Year 13 to attend all lessons face to face on college premises.
Year 12 will study online from home in line with their full timetable. Attendance will be recorded for all lessons.
Only vulnerable young people or children of critical workers can attend their lessons on college premises if not in year 13.
BTEC students taking exams during the week must attend.
Mass testing for consenting year 13 students will take place.
Catering and buses will be operating as normal.

Week beginning 18th January

All students to attend face to face lessons full time on college premises.
Mass testing of consenting year 12 and year 13 will take place this week. Arrangements for students with Education and Health Care Plan will be in place separately.

The current planned dates for KAGs will go ahead the week commencing 25th January.

Please note that even when you fully return to the college, the rules of Tier 4 will strictly apply especially outside of the college in terms of mixing with other households. I strongly encourage you to bring your lunch from home or buy it at the college – this will reduce unnecessary visits to the local supermarkets in large groups.

I can assure you that we will endeavour to provide the educational input that is required at this stage in your studies. We are aware that it will be difficult to comprehend yet another change but we will be in contact with you from Monday and run your classes online straightaway.

Guidance documents:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-education-fe-providers-return-in-january-2021

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

 

Take care

Asma Shaffi

Principal of Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College