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COVID 19 - Information for Parents

Friday 15th January 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

School Closure Update and Home Learning

 

This week saw the launch of our remote learning package. It is new to us as well as yourselves and hopefully any issues will be resolved as we all get used to the system. The children attending school have been delightful and it has been lovely to see the engagement from children learning at home. I want to say a huge thank you to all the parents and carers in our school family for sticking with this and trying hard to ensure their children engage. We know it isn’t easy and we will support in any way we can. We still have a few laptops available for loan and we have today received two IPADs that have been donated to help any families in need of a device to borrow.

 

Today we had a Star of the Week assembly (available on Teams) to celebrate the learning the children have been doing. We also had a raffle for a £5 Amazon voucher for children who had completed their learning in school or who had submitted at least two pieces of learning a day from Teams. This will continue each week until half term. Well done to Vicky in Year 4 who was this week’s winner!

 

Just to remind you that our expectation is that all the learning each day will be completed by the children and that parents/children upload at least notes or pictures relating to at least 2 tasks back each day. As part of our duty of care and safeguarding procedures, you may receive phone calls from school staff during the day. It is important that you answer these calls and staff may want to talk to your child. It is also important that your child joins the ‘live’ check in with their teacher, even if it’s for only a couple of minutes. If we do not have contact with your child in any form during the week we will be making home visits or potentially reporting them missing from education. This is the guidance we have received and will be following, so please work in partnership with us.

 

We are already looking forward to next week and seeing all the wonderful learning that is going on.

 

Please stay safe and thank you for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely

Mr D Manby

Headteacher

Monday 11th January 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Firstly, can I apologise for all the letters and information we are sending out at the moment. We don’t want to continually bombard you with things to read but I do hope you appreciate that this current situation was dropped on us at the last minute and we are constantly receiving updates in guidance.

 

Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children

 

As you are aware, school is open for children who are classed as vulnerable or have parents who are critical workers. We remain closed to all other pupils. The reason for this is because of the current Covid situation in the country which is now showing more people than ever contacting the disease, being admitted to hospital and sadly dying. We must therefore all play our part in this and follow the guidance of Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.

 

Since this announcement, we have been inundated with parents calling for school places for their children. Although we appreciate the best place for a child to receive an education is in school, we are reaching numbers that means safety of the child and staff, some of whom are vulnerable, could be compromised.

 

I do not want to turn away children that genuinely need places, one less person working on a hospital ward could be the difference between life and death. However, if you are in a situation where your child can actually be at home because only one of you is a key worker we are asking you to reconsider the place you have or not request a place if you are considering it. The government has also reinforced this message in the change to their guidance over the weekend. We are also asking that if you work shifts and do not require a full-time place and just set days and times, to let us know so your child can attend at just those times.

 

Those that have places or require places due to being a critical worker will need to submit evidence of their critical work. For those that have not shown this, we require proof of critical worker status by Tomorrow at 4pm or their place will be revoked. For critical workers still needing places, we will require this evidence before they start school.

 

I understand that some parents will not have a choice, I am myself is in this situation, and please do not feel guilty about this, we understand. Please also do not think that we do not want your child. I promise we will care for them and welcome them in with open arms (2m apart of course). I am just asking those that can care for their children at home to do so.

 

 

Online Home Learning

 

Today we have launched our on-line learning package. I have already had some great feedback from parents and teachers. I can’t believe the work that has been sent in already, it’s wonderful to see!

 

Please be reassured that children at home and at school are covering all the same learning. No-one is missing out. Every child has access to Teams, whether they are in school or at home. So, if your child is in school, you are welcome to see the topics they are doing by looking at Teams. There is no need to complete anything extra.

 

We are having lots of requests for paper packs. I know this may seem easier but the new learning platform gives the children a much better experience, including, help videos, online games, live sessions etc. We also have some devices we can loan out to you to help access this. To receive a full high-quality education whilst at home, this can only be really achieved through the online tasks.

 

Please stay safe and thank you for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr D Manby

Headteacher 

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

 

School Closure Update

 

In my previous letter on Monday evening I promised parents an update today on the current situation. Thank you for your patience around this, I can promise you that we had no pre-information regarding the lockdown – we watched Boris at 8pm like everyone else. We have still received very little other information other than what was said in that briefing. That makes planning and sharing information with parents extremely difficult. 

 

Thank you so much for the kind comments and messages of support emailed in or posted on social media, they are very much appreciated. Our school value this term is being RESILIENT, and we will all need that more than ever at this time. One of our other school values, being KIND, is equally as important, so please refrain from negative comments online. I am more than happy to deal with issues privately on the phone or email. We are trying our very best and if we can be anything in this world at the moment, we certainly can be KIND.

 

Opening of School

 

As soon as we know when school will be fully open we will let you know. Rumours are that it may end at February half term but this is not confirmed yet.

 

Meanwhile we have been open to Nursery, Vulnerable or Critical Worker children since the start of term. I am aware of other schools locally refusing these pupils places or in fact closing their doors completely. We have not done that, and actively encouraged and welcomed those children from OUR community into OUR school. The staff have been amazing and although at risk themselves, gone above and beyond for the children in our care. If you do require a place because you believe you fall into one of these categories then please telephone the main office and we will discuss your needs.

 

Children attending school will have a normal school day of learning. We have put both classes of each year group together to form a ‘bubble’ so your child may be with some new children and experience a different teacher. They are expected to wear uniform as normal.

 

Online Home Learning 

 

While some classes have already uploaded work, we are updating our home learning plan which will come in action from Monday 11th January 2021.

 

Our remote learning will be available on our new Microsoft Teams platform that you will be able to access from home on any device that connects to the internet. That even includes games consoles like the X-box! We will provide a full curriculum for your child which will be a combination of worksheets, websites, videos and daily ‘live’ lessons. We will support pupils and parents as much as we can through this process and the expectation is that every child at home completes the learning and engages with the lessons provided. There will also be awards and prizes each week given by myself for great learning both at home and at school.

 

Home learning will require a device that can access the internet and we are able to support some families with this by loaning your child a school laptop. However, we have a strict criterion for these as we do not have enough for every child. If your child is eligible for a school laptop to borrow, we will be in touch by Friday 8th January.  

 

If you still are unable to access this learning, we will continue to print packs for you to collect from the school office.

 

A letter with full details of how your child can access our Microsoft Teams platform will be sent out on Friday along with guidance on how to upload your completed learning for marking or just sharing.  

 

Please stay safe and thank you for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr D Manby

Headteacher                         

Additional information 6th January 2021

Monday 4th January 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Immediate School Closure due to National Lockdown

 

As you have probably seen, schools have been required to close with immediate effect with the exception of providing a service for children of Key Workers (who are critical in the response to COVID-19) or for children who are considered vulnerable. Our Nursery will also remain open for all children.

 

Key workers include – NHS staff, Social Care, Education Staff and Food distribution (We will require evidence from your employer from Wednesday).

 

Vulnerable Children include – Children with an EHCP, Looked After, Ex Looked After, Young Carers, Children with an allocated Social Worker and/or on a Child Protection/Child in Need/Team Around the Child Plan.

 

The Government’s intention is for as many people to work from home as possible, this includes staff and pupils. We ask you to carefully consider if you will need to use this service.

 

The safety provisions outlined in my previous letter regarding pick up/drop off and the one-way system will still be in place.

 

We will also provide breakfast club for those children that usually access it and fall into the two groups above.

 

Lunches for Free School Meal children that are attending school will still be provided. For those children at home, we will be providing a similar service to that of the previous lock down with collection of lunch bags and will send further information on this once we have spoken to our meals provider.

 

Please be aware we received the information at the same time as everyone else during the 8.00pm announcement and as I’m sure you understand there are a lot of decisions being made very quickly. I will endeavour to get back to you with further information and answer questions tomorrow, but I’m sure you appreciate there are a number of things that need putting in place and I might not have every answer immediately. Schools are expecting further details later in the week.

 

 

Online Home Learning

 

While some classes have already uploaded work, we intend for all children to be able to access online learning from Wednesday 6th January. This will be via Tapestry for Reception children, via email for the rest of school.

 

Some children may be eligible for a school laptop to borrow and we will be in touch with these families as soon as possible.

 

We will also start “live” lessons, but again this will not be on the next few days, and we will let individual classes know how and when this will start.

 

 

Health and Safety

 

Here is a brief reminder of the guidance we are giving to parents on school premises:

· Face coverings must be worn on any part of the school grounds by anyone aged 12 or over. If you are exempt from wearing one, you can wear an exemption lanyard or badge which will stop people from challenging you for. The guidance remains the same that children in primary schools do not need to wear a face covering in school.

· One parent should drop off or pick up their child/ren to reduce the amount of people on the school premises.

· The current one-way system remains in place. Entrance for parents is through the pedestrian gate at the front of school and the exit is the gate onto the side passageway. Parents dropping or picking up children from the Year 1 and 2 classrooms can still enter through the side passage gate but will have to walk round to the front of school if there are other siblings to pick up. Nursery parents may also use the side gate as normal throughout the day (11.45am and 12:15pm). Parents of children in Year 3 must also observe the one-way.

· Whilst waiting for your child/ren maintain social distancing (1m+) and leave the school site immediately and not gather to talk to other families.

· Staggered arrival and pick up times:

Arrival Pick up

8:40-8:50am – Year 1 and Nursery 3:15pm - Nursery

8:50-8:55am – Year R and Year 3 3:00pm - Reception

9:00-9:05am – Year 2 and Year 4 3:05pm - Year 1 and 2

9:05-9:10am – Year 5 and 6 3:10pm - Year 3 and 4

3:15pm - Year 5

3:20pm - Year 6

Please do not arrive before but as close to the time given as possible. Can we also ask that children do not bring any other bags into school apart from their Lunch boxes, PE bag (which can stay in school) and book bag. There is no need for any other equipment. If you have siblings in Year 3 or 4 you may collect them from their classroom door on your way through the school grounds before collecting your other child. This will prevent you having to walk against the one-way system. 3:00pm will be the earliest time these children will be allowed to leave so please do not come early and it will allow the queue at Reception/KS1 to reduce.

 

Please stay safe and thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr D Manby

Headteacher

January 2021 COVID-19 UPDATE

Friday 1st January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Covid-19 Update for Parents for the new school year

Following the recent government announcement and the new Tier 4 restrictions, I wanted to keep you informed of how this impacts us as a school.

 

All children must return to school on Tuesday 5th January. The Prime Minister stated that “The problem is not the schools…the issue is the spread from the mixing of households that naturally takes place in schools.” This statement is very powerful and links extremely well to the measures we have put into place and which we surveyed you about recently. 

 

 

The results show that if everybody played their part in following the one-way system then it would be more effective. We could spend lots of our school budget on employing staff to police the one-way system and other measures but I am sure you would prefer school to spend money on your children’s education. We expect that parents follow the safety measures and display high standards of conduct which we are constantly modelling and expecting our children to adhere to in the hope they also grow into responsible citizens.  

 

There were lots of comments from parents too which we really appreciate. Here are some of the comments and our responses.

 

‘Parents stand directly outside the exit gate waiting for their friends. It blocks parents & children from keeping a safe distance.’

This is something I personally have observed too. Can I ask politely that parents do not stand near entrances and exits to prevent this.

 

‘When the side gate is opened late, there is an influx of people trying to exit the school, and class 2 and 4 parents collecting their children. It becomes rather busy and pushy.’

This is something we need to improve on. We have been without a caretaker for several weeks but hopefully our new caretaker will help us with this issue.

 

‘It makes no sense that lower years are allowed to enter the exit gate, this means when parents are coming through the gate they are bumping into people coming out of the gate.’

For Year 1 and 2 classes that use the back doors for entry and/or exit we will continue to allow parents access via the pedestrian side gate. Could parents show consideration to others and allow parents to exit the gate before entering, ensuring they allow 2m distance. For parents dropping and picking up Nursery children at the start or end of day, you must now follow the one-way system to avoid any congestion on the path. If your Nursery child only does mornings you may still enter from the pedestrian side gate to pick up.

 

‘Allow pick up time for a half an hour period like the drop off so there is not a massive influx of parents at once.’

We had lots of comments around this. To help reduce congestion we introduced a staggered optional drop off time. This has helped significantly in the mornings; however, we still have unnecessary crowding at the gates before school opens. Please try and avoid this and stick to the suggested times as much as possible.

 

We agree that pick up at the end of the day is more congested despite our efforts. Therefore, we are changing the times to our end of day. However, if this is going to work then parents must collect at the time given and leave as soon as they have collected their child/ren. For safeguarding purposes, we have to ensure that every child is given to a recognised adult so it will take longer than the morning drop off. Please make sure you leave 2m in front of you when waiting to collect. If you need to speak to the class teacher then you may need to make an appointment as this slows down the process.

Pick up times will be: 

Nursery – 3:15pm

Reception – 3:00pm

Year 1 and 2 – 3:05pm

Year 3 and 4 – 3:10pm

Year 5 – 3.15pm

Year 6 – 3:20pm

If you have siblings in Year 3 or 4 you may collect them from their classroom door on your way through the school grounds before collecting your other child. This will prevent you having to walk against the one-way system. 3:00pm will be the earliest time these children will be allowed to leave so please do not come early and it will allow the queue at Reception/KS1 to reduce.

 

‘No suggestions, but thank you for all of your hard work in trying to keep school safe during these difficult times!’

Thank you! We can only follow the guidance we are given (usually very last minute). Please understand that everything we are doing is to make our school community safe.

 

 

Here is a brief reminder of the guidance we are giving to parents on school premises:

·Face coverings must be worn on any part of the school grounds by anyone aged 12 or over. If you are exempt from wearing one, you can wear an exemption lanyard or badge which will stop people from challenging you for. The guidance remains the same that children in primary schools do not need to wear a face covering in school.

·One parent should drop off or pick up their child/ren to reduce the amount of people on the school premises.

·The current one-way system remains in place. Entrance for parents is through the pedestrian gate at the front of school and the exit is the gate onto the side passageway. Parents dropping or picking up children from the Year 1 and 2 classrooms can still enter through the side passage gate but will have to walk round to the front of school if there are other siblings to pick up. Nursery parents may also use the side gate as normal throughout the day (11.45am and 12:15pm). Parents of children in Year 3 must also observe the one-way.

·Whilst waiting for your child/ren maintain social distancing (1m+) and leave the school site immediately and not gather to talk to other families.

  • Staggered arrival and pick up times

Arrival

Pick up

8:40-8:50am – Year 1 and Nursery

3:15pm - Nursery 

8:50-8:55am – Year R and Year 3

3:00pm - Reception

9:00-9:05am – Year 2 and Year 4

3:05pm - Year 1 and 2

9:05-9:10am – Year 5 and 6

3:10pm - Year 3 and 4 

 

3:15pm - Year 5

 

3:20pm - Year 6

Please do not arrive before but as close to the time given as possible. Can we also ask that children do not bring any other bags into school apart from their Lunch boxes, PE bag (which can stay in school) and book bag. There is no need for any other equipment.

 

Thank you again for your ongoing support. I am sure if we keep working together we can create a safe environment for everyone.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr D Manby

Headteacher                                         

Updated information

Wednesday 9th September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

 

School response to Covid-19

 

I have spoken to many parents and staff recently about the safety measures we have put in place to protect our school community and wanted to give you feedback and notify you of further changes.

 

Firstly, I am delighted how the children have settled back into the school routine. The bubble system, extra cleaning and handwashing procedures are working extremely well.

 

Suspected Cases

I am aware of local schools closing bubbles due to Covid cases. If we do have a confirmed case in our school we will notify parents and gain further guidance from Public Health Lincolnshire. As you can imagine we are entering the usual coughs and colds season but as a school we must be certain that these are not Covid related and will not allow children who are coughing continually or have a high temperature in school until a test has proved negative.

 

If you are keeping your child off school for Covid symptoms, you must inform the school office of this exact reason and book a test straight away. I understand tests are difficult to get at the moment so you may have to try several times or if unsuccessful, isolate for 14 days. If you receive a positive test result, please inform the school immediately.

 

Face Coverings

We are now asking everyone inside the school boundary over the age of 12 to wear a face covering whilst dropping off and picking up.

 

Morning Drop Off

We have made the start of the day 8:40am-9:10am. This is to allow a staggered start and reduce numbers of people arriving at the same time. We have also asked for one parent to drop off children. We have noticed that children are still arriving before this time which has resulted in a crowd at the school gates. Also, more than one adult has been dropping off, increasing the numbers of adults on the premises. Please arrive at school between those times and not before and adhere to the one parent rule.

 

End of Day Pick Up

This has been our biggest issue. We accept that on a couple of occasions the gates have not been opened on time which has caused further gathering. Once again please can only one adult pick up your child/ren. Please don’t arrive early. Whilst waiting for your child/ren maintain social distancing (1m+) and leave the school site immediately and not gather to talk to other families.

 

Lunchtimes

During school time this is our hardest to manage. We can only have a bubble at a time sat at a dining table. This has resulted in children having a shorter eating time. We also have staff spread more thinly so cannot keep checking that every child has eaten all the items in their lunch box. This has resulted in some parents contacting myself to inform me that their child hasn’t eaten all of their dinner. I want to reassure you that even though they are seated for less time, there is sufficient time for them to eat. Please remind your child at home that they must eat a little quicker and teach them how to open wrappers, packets and pots as this often slows our younger pupils down.

 

Thank you for your cooperation and continued support during these extremely challenging times.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mr D Manby

(Headteacher)

                                                  

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