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Lockdown Week 2 - updates

Welcome to the start of the second week of lockdown. Last week was a challenge for everyone and certainly not a situation any of us want to be in. Thank you so much for all the support and kind words as we try to navigate this second whole school lockdown together.

I thought I would just share a few updates at this point:

- We have staff in school every day of the week if at any point your child needs to chat to either their teacher, a member of support staff , myself or Mrs Walker. We are here to help as much as we can

-We have members of the office staff in every day if they can assist you. They did a fabulous job last week and I'm sure you can imagine how many calls and emails we had.

-We know that Year 6 SATS have been cancelled but at this point we have no further information about what we will be asked to do in terms of teacher assessments for Year 6 or any criteria that may be used. As soon as I have any news I will inform Year 6 parents/carers. In the meantime we will continue to teach Year 6 their normal school curriculum

-For teacher assessments in other year groups I am signed up for an LA meeting on Friday morning of this week to begin to work with other Heads on what will need to happen once schools re-open fully again

-As yet we have no information about the National voucher scheme for families who receive free school meals. I know that in the last lockdown parents said they preferred vouchers to hampers but I am conscious that already a week has passed and we have no news on this from the Government. If you would like me to organise a food hamper for you whilst we wait for news please contact us by 12 noon on Monday 11th January and I will organise for you

-The Government require me to monitor engagement with remote learning on a daily basis and report findings to Governors. If you are experiencing any difficulties with logins please let us know asap

-On Friday evening the Government changed their guidance on critical worker places in school. They are now saying that children of critical workers should only attend school if their parents cannot work from home. They are trying to reduce contacts as far as possible as the number of cases escalates. We are here to provide provision for key workers but please let us know if you are able to keep your child at home and no longer require the place you have booked

-We are pleased that many of you are finding Google classrooms a good remote platform. I am attending a further LA meeting this week to discuss Google classrooms along with other schools in the city who are using it. Children are being taught exactly the same as they would be if they were in school (and the same as key worker children)-we are continuing to follow our school curriculum. In situations such as this it is difficult to please everyone when there are so many different family circumstances

-Finally if there is anything at all that we can do to help you please ring in. Your children worked so hard last term and were doing just great. We've got through this once before and we can do it again.

Please take very good care in these difficult weeks ahead and look after yourselves and your families

Kind Regards

Suzanne Webster-Smith


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