30 Dec COVID Updates: Delayed Term Start
Thursday 31st December 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope that you have been able to take a break and safely enjoy time at home this Christmas.
I am writing today to update you on arrangements for the start of term next week in light of the government’s announcements today.
When we wrote to you before the holidays, it was with the intention of starting a phased return for exam groups whilst we set up arrangements for student testing. However, the changing National picture in relation to Coronavirus means we will have to alter these plans.
KCA will be closed next week to ALL students in all year groups except for keyworker children. Students in Years 11 and 13 will return from Monday 11th January. Students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 will return from Monday 18th January.
All students should follow the Remote Learning arrangements which can be accessed through the website https://www.kempstonchallengeracademy.org/ and through the Google Classrooms for each subject area. Staff will be available online and delivering lessons from 5th January. For those students sitting exams in the next few weeks, a separate email will be sent with details of any changes or new arrangements.
Free School Meals
We are working with our catering provider (Caterlink) and the Local Authority to ensure that we continue to provide meals to eligible students during closures and will be in touch next week to confirm how this will happen.
Student and Staff testing
Thank you to those of you who have already completed the consent form for testing. We will be working over the next couple of weeks to ensure that we have adequate, trained staff and we are ready to test as many students as possible so they can safely return to school.
Finally, we know that we are entering the New Year with even greater uncertainty and constantly changing plans, but we are immensely grateful for the way in which our students, our staff and the community have worked together to keep us all and our families as safe as possible. We would ask you to continue to do this in the short term so that as we approach the Spring and wider vaccination, we can all move forward.
With warmest wishes for a better 2021,
Ms Karen Bateman,