Returning to school in January 2021

School will now reopen to all students as normal on Monday 11th January 2021

The Department of Education has instructed all secondary schools to alter their plans for the return to school in January 2021. In line with this instruction, we have now reviewed our plans as part of our response to that instruction. The impact for the week Monday 4th January to Friday 8th January 2021 is different for some year groups, but ALL students will return to school to a full five lesson day with the right specialist teachers in the correct classrooms from Monday 11th January 2021 as normal.

We recognise our responsibility to manage the school as safely as possible so we are constantly reviewing the information and guidance from the Department of Education, NHS and other organisations to inform our plans. We also realise that the changes that are identified in this document will cause some disruption to families in the first week of the new term, for which we offer our apologies. If there are any further changes required of us during the Christmas holiday, we will make this information available on the school Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to work closely with families to maximise the time that students are able to come to school as normal and to safely reduce the potential time lost to self isolation. We remain totally committed to getting all of our students back on track with their learning.

The timetable week commencing Monday 4th January 2021

Monday 4th January - All staff return to work as normal but all students will remain at home

Tuesday 5th January to Friday 8th January - Year 11 and Year 13 - All students in these two year groups return to school as normal. For these students it will be a normal school week from this point.

Tuesday 5th January to Friday 8th January - Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 12 - All students in these year groups will remain at home and move to remote learning including live lessons from this date for the remainder of the week. All lessons for these years will be in the form of a 20-30 minute live lesson on Google Meets followed by 30-40 minutes of independent learning tasks set on Google Classroom.

Key workers club

We have been asked to provide support for the families of key workers during this week in a similar way to the arrangements we put in place during the first national lockdown. Any parents who were previously identified as being in a key worker role can apply for a place by email to We will need to know by noon on Monday 4th January 2021 what support they will need for the four days Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th January 2021.

At all stages, please do not send your children to school if they are in any way unwell. Please contact for further advice

New safety measures in place

New safety measures will be in place that will change to the period of self isolation for students and staff in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. These changes will be put in place before all students return to school on Monday 11th January 2021. This will effectively half the period of time that students will be required to self isolate and help us to more effectively support students getting back on track with their learning during the new school term.

Building on our successful Track and Trace team and procedures, we will be adding a new rapid testing facility to our armoury as we face the new year. The internal team will become an integrated Test, Trace and Track team. The new facility will initially give us the capacity to:

  1. For students and staff asked to self isolate, they will have a choice after 7 days to continue to isolate for a further 3 days or have a test each morning and return to school if they test negative.

  2. Where students may have none of the usual COVID-19 symptoms, subject to the school’s usual procedures, we will be able to offer a test and return them to school safely.

  3. Offer all staff a weekly COVID-19 test to ensure there are symptom free positive cases.

As we can all imagine, the setting up of a rapid testing centre is underpinned by strict protocols and safety procedures. During the first week of term the new team will complete the training and set up procedures. We will also be carrying out a growing number of tests ready to fully support our school community when all students return on Monday 11th January 2021

School’s current procedure for children who are unwell.

This new testing service does not replace the NHS testing service and is only intended to support students and staff who remain free of the usual COVID-19 symptoms.

A major success over the past few months has been the way that parents have worked with us to keep children at home and seek advice if they are in any way feeling unwell. We are extremely grateful for the high levels of cooperation and understanding. From the school team’s perspective, it has very much felt like a combined effort, so thank you.

  • If your child is unwell for any reason (not necessarily with symptoms of CV-19) they must not come to school. If you are unsure, keep your child at home and email for support.

  • If your child or any member of the household has CV-19 symptoms that are defined as a high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste and smell, they must not come to school but please let us know by email to or Please do not send your child to school if any member of the household has symptoms, is having a COVID-19 test or is waiting for the results of one.

  • If a child becomes unwell during the school day, we will initially look after them in the usual way and parents will be contacted to pick them up ASAP. Whilst waiting to be picked up they will be isolated from other children.

Staff members will continue to follow the normal procedure if they are too ill to come to school by contacting the Headteacher and Cover office directly before 7:30am. Staff members with COVID-19 symptoms, coughs or colds must stay home, contact us and arrange for a test as soon as possible. We appreciate that this represents a tightening of the current advice. Members of staff who develop symptoms during the school day will also be sent home immediately and asked to arrange an urgent test. To arrange a CV-19 test please call 119 or go online to book a test. Home testing kits can be ordered but this does take longer to get a result than attending a test centre.

Up to date contact details

In a number of cases recently when we have had to contact parents as part of a track and trace related activity, it has been noted that the parents contact details haven’t always been up to date. Can we please ask parents and guardians to make sure we have your full and up to date contact details. Phone numbers and email addresses do change from time to time so if you have made a change and are unsure if you have informed school then please just let us know so that we can check our records.

During the shutdown period if you or a member of your family test positive for COVID-19 please email us so that we can make sure that all appropriate steps can be taken to keep our school community safe.

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

& Sixth Form College


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