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Email Friday 11 September 2020

Dear Parents,

As we come to the end of the first full week in school, I would like to thank you for your support, especially at the beginning and end of each day in moving off the premises promptly and maintaining social distancing.

I have been asked by several parents how long the class bubbles and the lunch arrangements will be in place. Until national guidance changes, these will be in place for the foreseeable future.

I request your support in following guidance issued by HM Government which includes :

  • From 14 September - when the new rules apply - it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble).  
  • Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).

Anyone with Covid symptoms should request a test.

The fastest way to get a test result is to go to a testing site. Individuals will need a pre-booked appointment or they will not be given a test. People can also order home test kits to be sent directly to them. To book an appointment or order a home kit, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

These routes remain the primary channels for any individuals displaying coronavirus symptoms to get a test.

We have a very small number of tests available in school. If you have no other way of obtaining one, please contact school.

Our priority is to keep the school open and to maintain stable staffing. Please note that we will only contact parents if a positive test result for Coronavirus is received. If this happens, you will be advised of the action the school will be taking as we consult with the appropriate advisory bodies.

The Curriculum

You may be aware that the Government is funding catch up programmes in school. Currently our whole curriculum is designed to support all pupils with a ‘recovery curriculum’ in Maths and English.

Teachers will be making a range of assessments over the next few weeks so that we can determine which children have fallen behind during the school closure and how far.

We will be planning specific catch up for these pupils and you will be informed of any arrangements in due course.

For pupils who have not fallen behind, teachers will plan appropriate work to continue to stretch and support these children too.

Online Safety

Please continue to be vigilant regarding your child’ online activities.

I am aware of a real and particularly nasty viral post going around on TikTok. The company are dealing with the situation and it should be cleared within the next few days. You may wish to prevent your child using Tik Tok temporarily. Some good general advice in these situations is:

  • Remain calm and non-judgemental.
  • Talk to children about what they would do if they see nasty content and who they would talk to.
  • Be curious - where have they seen this content? Can that channel/account be blocked? Ensure that you know how to report content.
  • Don't treat 'online' different to real life, to children online is real life. In the same way that we would talk about their day at school, their friends etc. we should have regular discussions about what they are doing online and what to do if something is concerning or upsetting.
  • Children and parents can use support from agencies such as Childline and Papyrus.

School Activities

I am delighted to inform you that, thanks to a very generous benefactor, all  children will be given a £10 book voucher at some point next week. We hope that they will use this to help them tochoose a book to support their love of reading.

Yours sincerely

Jane Whirledge

Headteacher

 

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