Coronavirus

School Communications to Parents

Sent 19/3/2020

Dear Parents,

At the time of writing, we are still no clearer as to which roles are considered key Workers and that therefore their children can continue to attend school. We have been assured that this information will become available later today. Many parents have caught/asked/messaged us to seek clarification and all I can say is that at the present time - I don't know.

I do appreciate it's frustrating going forward, but please bear with us.

Please also be aware that our Learning Platform (e-schools) has really struggled today and the communications we have wanted to send have been either stacked up or disappeared. I will set up a link on the Welcome page of the school website later and will keep this updated with information that we send out. To keep this simple I will title it 'Coronavirus'. 

Finally and sadly there won't be a Whole School Newsletter tomorrow - our focus is likely to be on clarifying who the Key Workers are and how those parents can validate their professions in readiness for Monday. There are a couple of other things that need to be done as well.

If you do see Mrs Bourne tomorrow, please feel free to ask her what happened to the Boost Bar that Mrs Skinner had brought for me and which I was planning to eat the other day - only couldn't!

Regards,

 

Simon Billings

Sent: 23/3/2020
Dear Parents,
 
Many of you will have picked up from our communications that since Friday we have been populating the school website with Home Learning resources and that these have been added to today.
 
There is a plethora of both links and ideas to support you in your endeavors with Home Learning for your children going forward and we will continue to update these.
 
 
The left hand column has online resources for Home Learning
 
The right hand column has Home Learning Timetables and subject specific links.
 
If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will find resources specific to this weeks school theme which is, 'Family & Friends.'
 
Please continue to keep an eye on the website as we will update these resources each week.
 
Many parents have been tremendously supportive in these very difficult times and your kind comments continue to be very much appreciated by all the staff.
 
Please stay safe, make sure you both self and socially isolate and wash your hands regularly.
 
Our challenge is simple, we self isolate as much as we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
 
'previous generations gave their lives for freedom, we are being asked to stay at home to protect the ones that we love - you wouldn't have thought it would be that hard to do the right thing.'
 
We are in unprecedented times, life is not normal at the moment and nor will it be for some time to come. 
 
Regards,
 
 
Simon Billings
Key Workers
Dear Parents,
 
Good Morning.
 
 
The school will communicate via e-mail today, with a hard copy of the letter via children who are in school and through the Coronavirus link on the school website those children who the school will provide an educational setting for from Monday.
 
The governments advice remains the same - 
 

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.

 

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

As always please bear with us and be patient. My thanks for your support and understanding of the school and the ongoing situation that we are all facing.
 
Regards,
 
Simon Billings
Key Workers Letter 20.3.2020
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