‘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.’
The government is clear that parents should only send their child to school when every other option is unavailable and your child cannot safely stay at home, and only then, when their work is absolutely critical to battle against the virus. Critical worker parents maybe asked to provide evidence of their employment or work patterns before being accepted into our setting.
A minimum number of staff are working in school and are maintaining social distancing and other government virus controls. However, staff have families of their own, some have underlying health conditions and many live with vulnerable relatives who will be placed at risk by their contact at school. We’re all in this together.
To all members of our school community, for the most up to date information and advice on the Coronavirus please refer to the following:
Government website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Contacting the School during the Closure
If you need to contact the school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your issue is urgent or related to the school provision for your child, you can leave a voicemail on the school answering machine and a member of staff will get back to you if required. We ask parents not to leave messages for non-urgent matters or home learning issues.
Depending on their year group, children can access learning at home either on Tapestry (Reception and Year 1) or Google Classroom (Years 2-6). If you have issues accessing home learning for your child, please email email@example.com.
We do not expect children to be sat at home in front of a computer from 9am to 3pm everyday! Getting exercise, playing in the garden, playing with toys, playing board games etc are all important activities too. Our world is full of stress and anxiety at the moment, and we don’t want home learning to add to those feelings.
Reading is still the most important activity to do at home for primary aged children—books, magazines, newspapers, appropriate online books and articles. In maths, children knowing how pairs of numbers (number bonds) can add up to 20 then 50 then 100 is VERY useful (you can do this with coins) and also memorising times tables to 12×12 by the end of Year 4 is a must.
There are a number of other online resources listed on our Learning at Home page which you can look at with your child. For information on online safety please visit the links below:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
Free School Meals
Some children are entitled to a means tested Free School Meal if their parents have successfully applied (this is different to the Universal Free School meal provided for all children in Reception , Year 1 and 2). We have now set up a voucher scheme for families eligible for a Free School Meal and you will have been contacted by the office. We have been made aware of scam emails and texts which are being sent to parents regarding free school meals. Please note that you will never be asked to provide your bank details by anyone connected to the school. This includes the company providing vouchers for free school meals.