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Posted on: January 5th 2021

5th January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope you all enjoyed a safe and healthy Christmas break. I wish we were in a position to welcome your child back to some sort of normality with school but unfortunately, the situation with COVID-19 has meant that restrictions have been tightened again; any mixing of friends and family has been stopped and there has been a delay to schools reopening.

In my last message over the weekend, I told you how the first 2 weeks would look here at Corpus Christi. The majority of pupils would undertake blended learning from home from the first week and it has now been confirmed by the Welsh Government that this will now be the case until Monday the 18th January.

The return to school will need to be as safe as possible for all our learners and our staff. The adoption of a distance learning approach in the first weeks of term will allow us to carry out necessary planning and preparation. Wales is currently in a level four lockdown, the highest possible. These restrictions are designed to make the country safer; we are, therefore, politely urging every family to follow the latest Coronavirus rules so that we can safely welcome back all learners from Monday 18th January.

We will continue to monitor the engagement of pupils over the next couple of weeks, and I believe that we may even need to be prepared for this period of home learning to be extended, so please do all you can to motivate and support your child to undertake the work set. Please see the relevant section of our website for information regarding how we go about organising learning from home. We will continue to keep you updated as and when more information becomes available.

From Wednesday 6th January teachers will upload tasks for the children linked to their normal school timetable. Please encourage your children to access these on TEAMS from 9.15am until 3pm each day.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Hub provision will be offered to those pupils where both parents (or single parent) are classified as Critical Workers.  Please contact bmullins@cardiff.gov.uk to confirm your eligibility and book a place.  Hub provision is available from Wednesday 6 January during normal school hours (9.00am – 3.30pm).

If your child has additional learning needs and you need specific advice, please get in touch with Mrs Chidley (ALENCo), Frances.chidley@corpuschristihigh.school. For general enquiries contact your child's Head of Year and for subject specific advice, the appropriate Head of Department or subject teacher (email addresses may be foud on the school website).

As we are all aware now, things can change very quickly in terms of the pandemic. We will inform you as soon as possible when we have any updates or changes to plans. Please continue to read your ParentMails regularly and email the school office (bmullins@cardiif.gov.uk) if you have to report any illness or testing of children or household members. The school website will also have information regarding updates.

Finally, I would like to thank you, our parents and carers, for your continued support and best wishes for the New Year.

Stay home, stay safe.

P Brunnock, Headteacher