Important School Updates
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Dear Parents and Carers,
As we end the third week of this latest lockdown, I want to update you on a number of school related matters and let you know about future developments.
Firstly can I please ask you to try not to stress and worry about your children’s home learning. Remote learning is difficult for everyone concerned. Staff are working really hard to create learning opportunities for their classes, families are trying hard to get children to engage and children are trying to come to terms with working in an entirely new way. Everyone is doing their best to make this difficult situation work but that is all we can do. It is hard, difficult and confusing but we are all finding our way through this. Please rest assured that no one has all the answers, no one is getting it right all the time but everyone is doing the best they can. Worrying will not make matters any better. Keep
trying to support your children as best you can and just keep them, and yourselves, safe. I have every confidence that, given our staff team, we will be able to make up the ground lost once we are back in school.
Secondly, we have now loaned out all of the laptops we received from the DFE. Our priority has been to ensure that all families have at least one device. I appreciate that it is difficult if several family members have to share one device but that is what we may have to do. However, we appreciate the difficulty of this and so, in extreme cases, we will loan out additional school devices, where there is a clear need. If you feel your family would qualify for this then please contact the school office.
Thirdly, if your children qualify for free school meals (FSM) you will have received FSM vouchers from the office to last you up to half term. You will have received vouchers from both the council, for the first two weeks of term and some from Edenred for the remainder. Please contact the office if you have any issues with the vouchers and Mrs
Kilby at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07786018789, if you need support with any other issues.
Finally, I just wanted to say thank you for your ongoing support during these difficult times. We do not know yet whether we will be back in school after half term or if the lockdown will last until Easter. Whatever happens we will be here to support you and I know that if we look after one another we will all get through this.
Please take care and stay safe.
I am now writing to update you with regards to our arrangements during the new national lockdown which started 5.01.20. The school is now closed to all children, except for vulnerable children or the children of identified key worker until at least the start of half term four on 22.2.21.
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, consequently all classes will be uploading work onto Seesaw each day for children to complete. This work will be linked to the planned curriculum, as far as possible and should take children around three hours to complete each day. SEN/EAL staff will support children needing more specific objectives/learning and work will be differentiated as necessary. Work will be put on daily– either the night before, or by 9am on the day it is to be completed. Children are expected to complete work between 9am and 3pm each day. Work that is completed later than 3pm may not get marked by teachers. Each piece of work will be approved / liked by teachers (i.e. marked) and they will message the class as a whole to say what went well, any specific points to praise and anything that has not worked so well and that may therefore be a focus for the next day.
If children are not engaging in learning, staff will:
1. Try to make contact via Seesaw.
2. Inform the office and ask them to contact the family to find out why children are not completing required work
3. If children still fail to engage, the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher will contact the family to remind them of school expectations.
If families are having difficulties accessing online learning, they should contact school to discuss the issue. We still have a small number of computers that can be lent to families where necessary.
Thank you for your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch and will update you as the situation develops.
If your child usually receives free school meals, we will also be in touch shortly with information about how we will continue to provide.