On Wednesday 30 December, in response to rapidly rising case rates due to the new, more transmissible variant of coronavirus, the Government triggered the education contingency framework. In preparation for the roll out of mass testing in school we will be closed to all pupils on Monday 4th January to organise arrangements. The Government has also reinstated the shielding guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable groups in tier 4, effective from 20 December. All clinically extremely vulnerable children (CEV) are advised not to attend education settings in tier 4 areas only. Wolverhampton is currently a tier 4 area. Attendance is encouraged but will not be mandatory for special school pupils of primary school age and parents will not be penalised if their child does not attend. Parents should let the school know if their child will not be attending school by emailing or phoning school. We will be in touch with further information on Monday about the process and systems for returning to the new term. Thank you for your understanding.