Wider School Opening from March 8th 2021

Following the Government’s announcement, we are very excited to be welcoming all of our students back to TEMA on Monday 8th March.

We know that you will have many questions about their return which will hopefully be answered within this letter. As ever, we will pass on details and information as soon as we receive this from the Government in their official guidance. Throughout the past year, we have seen that situations can change very quickly. Please rest assured that we aim to be as quick and responsive as possible in our planning to provide clarity and to be consistent for our students and families.

Return to School

  • Students will be expected to return to school in full school uniform. Due to the need for COVID testing, practical PE lessons will be suspended for the first three weeks after returning and therefore, students do not need to wear their PE kit to school
  • Students will remain in their year group bubbles and enter through the same doors as before the school closure
  • We have adjusted timetables and class groupings to reduce movement between classrooms and minimise student contact on the corridors and all amended timetables will be issued on Monday 8th of March
  • All students should bring a bag, a pencil case and their own mask to school
  • In order to space student movement to their year corridors, Year 7 students will now need to arrive to school at 8.20am. We expect all students to arrive on site by 8.15am to ensure that we can move students promptly to their year bases. It is imperative that students arrive on time to help ensure effective COVID safety

COVID Safety Measures

The Government has introduced new COVID safety measures for all students in schools in England:

  • Masks or face coverings must now be worn in classrooms as well as in communal areas. All students will be required to wear a mask unless they have a medical exemption for which families will need to provide evidence. Evidence of exemption needs to be emailed to covid@temac.co.uk. Your child will be provided with a sunflower lanyard on their return to school. Refusal to wear a face covering in school without authorised exemption will result in a sanction
  • The government have asked schools to carry out COVID testing. This programme is entirely voluntary and all students will return to the academy regardless of testing. We can not complete tests without full parental consent and after the first two weeks it is expected that parents complete these tests at home and report any results
  • You can complete the consent form here
  • We require permission to carry out COVID testing on your child which can be given here: We will not be able to carry out COVID testing without your consent and children can not consent themselves. Consent must be returned to us by 11am on Tuesday 2nd of March so that we can plan appropriately
  • Students who are showing COVID symptoms or who have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID need to isolate for ten days. Students should not come to school when showing COVID symptoms or if they have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, or a member of their household is displaying symptoms. It is vital for the safety of our school community that isolation periods are respected. When this is not the case, it can result in large numbers of students needing to be sent home to isolate

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