4th January 2021
To begin my first newsletter of 2020 with the news of a further lockdown brings great sadness to myself and my team. The whole school community have worked hard to get our children back where they belong, and I appreciate all of your support in achieving this. However, child, parent and staff safety remain our primary concern, therefore, in accordance with Government guidance, we will be switching to remote learning for all pupils except Key worker and vulnerable children from tomorrow.
Tomorrow: to allow staff to transition to online learning I am encouraging you to use the Less than 5 days resources on our HOMELEARNING page tomorrow (I will text the link again tomorrow). If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will find a link to your classes section.
Remote Learning will commence on Wednesday 6th January and resources will be uploaded to SeeSaw or Tapestry by your teacher. Your child will be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school. Key worker and vulnerable pupils that are in school will be taught the same material. Also, we will be sending home copies of passwords for platforms such as TT Rockstars and MyMaths, which may be required.
Please get in touch if you require paper copies of work, if you are struggling to access the internet or do not have digital devices. Most importantly, I recognise the pressures of juggling children with work, siblings, and laptops etc. so please do not feel pressured to complete all tasks, or upload work every day.
Key Worker Children:
In order to begin my planning for key worker provision, I would be grateful if those that feel they meet the criteria could complete the form HERE. It is very important that you please only book the sessions that you need and that where possible you keep your children at home, especially for tomorrow whilst we find our feet.
If we need to prioritise the number of children who can attend, we will do so in the following way:
1. Vulnerable children
2. Children where BOTH parents are key workers; or where the parent is a single parent and is also a key worker
3. Children where only one of their parents is a key worker
Provision will be 9.00 am to 3.20 pm and entry for all children will be through the main entrance-side gate. Children will be collected from the junior playground (the side gate will be unlocked at 3.15pm). this may be subject to change once details of those using the provision are received. I will hopefully be able to offer breakfast club to those key worker and vulnerable children from Wednesday.
A list of industries classed as key workers roles are below and a link to the government website is HERE.
I will be in touch with the parents of our vulnerable children to invite them to send their children into school from Wednesday. However, should you feel that your child meets the criteria below please email or telephone the school.
Finally, again I would like to say a big thank you for your support in 2020 and I hope that in a short while we will be able to welcome the children back. Until then, please be patient as we roll-out the remote learning and please contact me with any difficulties that you have, and we will endeavour to help where we can.
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections
Health and social care
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
- support and teaching staff
- social workers
- specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach
Key public services
- those essential to the running of the justice system
- religious staff
- charities and workers delivering key frontline services
- those responsible for the management of the deceased
- journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
- the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
- essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
- sale and delivery
- as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)
Public safety and national security
- police and support staff
- Ministry of Defence civilians
- contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
- fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
- National Crime Agency staff
- those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas
Transport and border
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
- staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
- the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
- information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
- key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
- postal services and delivery
- payments providers
- waste disposal sectors