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004 Bus Transport

Dear Parents and Carers

We have had reports of students using the 004 bus carrying out lateral flow tests en route to school. Some of these tests were left on the bus which poses a potential hazard. The driver was unable to identify which students may have been involved. All students in school have received a new batch of LFD tests today in registration. Please can you ensure that these are kept at home and all testing is done at home?

Many thanks for your support.

The Senior Leadership Team

Message to Parents 19.01.2022

Dear Parents and Carers

The Government has issued new guidance on the wearing of face masks. From tomorrow, students will no longer be required to wear face masks in classrooms. The recommendation is that face masks continue to be used in communal spaces, e.g. corridors, where students cannot easily socially distance and on school transport. Students should still, therefore, bring a mask to school. We will update as, and when, the guidance changes. We anticipate this to be next Thursday. Of course, if a student wishes to continue to wear a face mask class, this will be allowed.

Thank you for your continued support through these challenging times.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Paris Trip Funding Application Form

Dear Parent / Carer,

Please complete and return the form linked below, to release the funding available for the Paris Trip.

Funding Form: Paris 2022

If you have any queries, please email Mr Thompson or myself.

Regards,
Miss R Ford
Finance Officer

Return form to r.ford@jths.co.uk 

Delayed Bus

Dear Parent / Carer,

Unfortunatley, there has been a breakdown with the 805 bus. It will be about 20 mins delayed. This will also mean the 806 is delayed too. Midland Classic are sending out a replacement.

Best wishes

J Twynham

Deputy Head of School

LFD Testing 5th January 2022

Dear Parent / Carer,

Testing has gone well in school today, thank you for your support with getting your children in at the allocated times.

We are currently unable to upload the results to the NHS. Please be assured, however, that if a student has tested positive on a LFD test today, we will have contacted parents directly. Please assume that all other tests are negative. You may receive confirmation once our upload has been successful.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

LFD Testing 6th January 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

We are looking forward to welcoming more of our students back into school tomorrow. We have had a successful day of completing LFD testing in school today. The schedule for tomorrow is as follows:

8am – 9am: Year 10 students on the bus

9am – 10:20am: Remaining Year 10 students in allocated time slots. Students will then continue with their normal timetables

11:30am – 1:10pm: Year 9 students in allocated time slots. Students will then continue with their normal timetables.

2pm – 3pm: Year 12 students to attend for testing in their allocated time slot only and then return home.

We would ask that students arrive at their allocated time slot, unless an alternative has been made with the school already, as indicated by the personalised emails that were sent out prior to the end of term. Upon arrival, students should proceed to the Hall where they will be registered and complete their LFD test. Lessons outside of this schedule will be delivered remotely.

Many thanks for your continued support.

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

Start of Term Arrangements

Dear Parents and Carers

We hope that you and your families have had an enjoyable festive period and we would like to extend our best wishes to you all for the New Year. 

Please accept our apologies for sending this email on a Bank Holiday and for its length, but there has been a significant communication to schools from the Department for Education and we wanted to ensure that you all had the correct information as soon as possible. Below is a summary of the key points that will have direct effect on our school community. 

Face Masks

The DfE has advised that face masks should be worn in classroom by all students for Year 7 upwards (unless exempt) until 26th January when it will be reviewed. This is also the case whilst students are walking in corridors, in indoor areas where social distancing cannot be maintained and on all forms of school transport. The school has been provided with a small stock of face masks in case students forget their own or they break but we are requesting that parents make provision for their children to bring their own masks to school. These should be plain, of one colour and placed in a plastic zip-lock bag when not in use. It would be helpful if children can be sent in with multiple face masks in case they get broken or lost. 

January exams to go ahead as planned and students will be required to wear face masks in exam rooms, unless exempt. 

If students are exempt from wearing face masks, parents will need to contact school via the Head of Year with the evidence/justification for the exemption. Once provided, students will receive an exemption badge which they will be required to wear on a lanyard whilst on school site and on school transport. 

Lateral Flow Device Testing

Twice weekly LFD testing is to continue for students and staff at home once the first in-school LFD test has been taken upon return to school. (Again this is only for those students who have been provided with consent by their parents to carry this out). Results of the LFD tests should be reported to the school via TestRegister (parents will receive email reminders if this is set up) and to the NHS via the Government test registering website.

Even if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they are strongly encouraged to take part in LFD testing on their return to school or at home once they have completed their isolation period for their prior infection. This is new guidance and presents a significant change from what was the situation prior to the Christmas holidays.

Self-Isolation Period

Self-isolation period for students is to be as it is for adults (shortened to 7 days provided a negative LFD test is reported on day 6 and 7, 24 hours apart). In this case, students will be able to return to school on day 8 if these tests are negative. We would ask that parents inform the school through the absence line when children are returning to school following isolation periods.

Close contacts of individuals who have had a confirmed PCR test are advised to carry out LFD testing for 7 days. Identification of close contacts will continue to be provided by the NHS rather than the school. 

LFD In-School Schedule

Below is a reminder of the in-school LFD testing schedule:

  • Wednesday 5th January – Year 7s will arrive and be tested during period 1. Year 8 during period 2 and Year 11 to come for testing only, during period 3 and then go home.
  • Thursday 6th January - Year 10 will arrive and be tested during period 1. Year 9 to arrive and be tested during period 2 and Year 12 to come in for testing only, during period 3 and then go home.
  • Friday 7th January – Year 13 will be tested during period 1 and then go home.

On-line remote learning will take place during times when students are not being tested. Students will need to log into Go4Schools for specific instructions for each lesson. Once the students have completed their first LFD test, they will continue their timetables as normal.

Again, apologies for sending this through, but we wanted to ensure that you had the correct information and, of course, the opportunity to ask any questions before our return to school. Please do contact the main school office if you need any points clarifying or if you have any concerns/questions. Please note, reception will be open on Tuesday but it is an INSET day for students and teaching staff. 

Thank you in advance for your on-going support, we know how difficult this is, but we are confident that by working together, which we have done so strongly during the pandemic, we can continue to work through the situation that we are in.

Enjoy the remainder of the break,  we look forward to welcoming the students back into school, on a staggered basis, from Wednesday. 

With best wishes

The Senior Leadership Team

End of term letter from Headteacher

Dear Parent / Carer,

As we approach the end of the Autumn term I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you my end of term letter.  Please visit the link below:

End_of_Autumn_term_letter_2021.pdf

With best wishes for the holdiay period.

Mrs K. Cochrane
Headteacher

January Remote Learning Preparation

Dear Parents and Carers

By now your child will have received notification of the time slot that they should arrive in school for their LFD test for after the Christmas Holiday. Due to the staggered start to the year, there will be an element of remote learning for students who are not in school. This communication is to provide more details about our approach. Apologies in advance for its length.

Remote learning will include a taken register, an element of live teacher input and some application activities for the students to complete. Instructions for the remote learning will be placed on Go4Schools and will be in the following format:

RL: Wednesday P1 Biology (Teacher name)

Staff will send students a link via Microsoft TEAMS for the live element of the lesson. This can be accessed directly from the students TEAMS calendar or from the email invite they receive in Outlook. As such, students will have to log onto their Office365 accounts from a suitable device at home. 

To support with bandwidth issues, cameras will be disabled for students. We will be expecting students to conduct themselves in line with our behaviour management procedures when on live sessions.

Please note, during a lesson when a year group is due to be tested, there will be no remote learning provision as the students will be coming into school for the tests. Outside of this, students can expect the following: 

  • Year 7 – No remote learning needs to be set as students will come straight to reg/P1 after they have tested on Wednesday.
  • Year 8 – Remote learning for Registration and P1 on Wednesday.
  • Year 9 – Remote learning for all of Wednesday, and Registration and P1 on Thursday.
  • Year 10 – Remote learning for all of Wednesday. No remote learning needs to be set as students will come straight to reg/P1 after they have tested on Thursday.
  • Year 11 – Remote learning on Wednesday Reg, P1 and P2.
  • Year 12 – Remote Learning on all day on Wednesday and Thursday Reg, P1 and P2.
  • Year 13 – Due to be tested on Friday but not in school until Monday. Students will be revising for their trial exams and will not be in school until Monday.

 

For help and advice about our remote learning provision, we have a series of documents that can be accessed from a button on the home page of the school website. (John Taylor High School (jths.co.uk)) If you foresee any issues with the above, please contact the respective school offices for additional advice by email. We will do our best to follow this up by the end of the day tomorrow. 

We trust that you will have a very peaceful festive season and we would like to extend our very best wishes to you all for the New Year. 

The Senior Leadership Team 

Year 11 Business Exam

Dear Parents

Year 11 Business students began their exam at 2pm this afternoon .  Unfortunately a printing error was identified on the paper and we have taken the decision to stop the exam.  Students have returned to lessons and we will reschedule the exam for early next week.

Regards

The Senior Leadership Team