Omicron Update and January Staggered Start Information

9th December 2021

RE: Omicron Update and January Staggered Start Information

Dear Parents/Carers,

Further to the information in last week’s parent bulletin, I am now writing to you with further information about the staggered start and testing arrangements for January 2022.

You will have also heard the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday that in light of the Omicron variant, England has now moved into Covid-Plan B.

Apart from the January testing arrangements, there currently are no changes to the guidance for schools and we are already implementing all the recommended measures and more to keep the college open.

There ARE however, changes to the isolation rules for anyone identified as a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. In the case of the Omicron variant, irrespective of vaccination status and age, close contacts/confirmed cases will be required to self-isolate and close contacts asked to book a PCR test. The Government plans to introduce Daily Contact Testing as soon as possible as an alternative to self-isolation for contacts of positive Omicron cases who are fully vaccinated or under the age of 18 years and 6 months.

January Testing & Staggered Start

In last week’s Parent Bulletin, we informed you of the Government request for schools to implement On-Site Lateral Flow Testing and a staggered start again in January. Full details of those arrangements are as follows:

Date Return Dates and Testing Remote Learning
Tues 4th January 2022

Greenfield students return full time

FdA/Degree students return full time

Years 7-13 inclusive

(Year 11 MSTeams Tutorial 11.00-11.30)

Wed 5th January 2022

Year 11 return full time

Year 12 &13 drop in go testing only (Separate letters will be sent with time slots)

Years 7-10 inclusive

Years 12 & 13

(Year 8 & 10 MSTeams Tutorial 11.00- 11.30)

Thurs 6th January 2022

Year 8 & 10 return full time

Year 12 & 13 return full time

Years 7 & 9 with MSTeams Tutorial 10.30-11.00
Fri 7th January 2022 Year 7 & 9 return full time All students now back in college


Students will remain in tutor group bubbles until testing for their year group has been completed before continuing with their normal timetabled lessons.

Remote learning provision will be provided in the usual way on Satchel:One, with the addition of a live MSTeams tutorial for years 7-11 the day before their return. These can be easily accessed via mobile phone if access to devices is limited. Remote learning will comprise of revision, consolidation and retrieval activities to embed learning ahead of the students’ return to the classroom. Students will receive a reminder of how to access these sessions ahead of the end of term. In addition, a reminder of the guidance for these sessions is available on our website Covid-19 – Useful Information – Bodmin College

If you have given testing consent previously there is no need to give consent again. Your original consent is still valid. If you are unsure whether you have previously given consent or you wish to withdraw consent, please contact TXM@bodmincollege.co.uk prior to the end of term. If you have not yet given consent or your child is new to Bodmin College, please click here – testing consent form .

The DfE also asks that we encourage students and families to test over the holidays in line with national guidance. This means that they should test if they will be in a high-risk situation that day and before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19. We will continue to provide home-testing kits for students but additional packs can also be ordered for free via this link https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

I will write to you again with Christmas wishes prior to the end of term. Until then, I hope that this letter provides you with all the information you need regarding the January start. However as always, should you have any queries please see our Parent FAQs, the covid19 section of our website or use the contact us section of our website.

Kindest regards

E Seward-Adams

Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams
Principal