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Sandwell MBC End of Term Message

I am writing to thank you for your support to the Academy this year. It has been the most difficult of times for everyone and has required the Academy and families to change plans frequently in response to COVID cases. This has not only been complex for the Academy to manage on a day to day basis, but will have often meant it unavoidably impacted on your own arrangements at short notice.

I would also like to recognise the work our academies and schools have done throughout the pandemic. They have made radical changes to the way in which they operate and had to respond to changing Government guidance on a daily basis. They did this whilst trying to manage COVID-19 cases, class bubbles, staffing availability, and remote learning when self-isolation periods impacted on the usual capacity to run. As a result, many staff have been continuously on call, even during holiday periods, to support track and trace activities or to reorganise operations in response to national guidance changes.

As we now have reached the end of the term there is an expectation from the Government that the Academy continues to assist with track and trace activities at the start of the holiday period. However, they will only need to be notified if your child has developed symptoms within the first two days after the end of term (and then subsequently tested positive). It would be very helpful if your child develops symptoms of COVID within the first two days after the Academy closes that you quickly arrange a COVID test. If your child tests positive then please inform the Academy as soon as possible.

Please note that if your child develops symptoms after the two days following the end of term then you will not need to contact the Academy during the holiday period if your child tests positive. Instead, book a test quickly and engage with NHS test and trace services directly.

If you or your children do contract COVID over the holiday period, the Academy will need to know this at the start of the term. This will ensure that they are able to record your child’s absence correctly if they are self-isolating. You can notify the Academy by email here.

Finally, I think we would all agree that 2020 has been a very challenging year for schools and academies, families, and our children. I sincerely hope that the holiday period brings you some happiness and joy. Thank you for your support this year and let us hope that the New Year sees the start of a return to normality for us all.

Chris Ward
Director of Education, Skills, and Employment

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