29th January 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
As another week of lockdown comes to a close, I wanted to thank you all again for your wonderful support with home learning. We know the current situation has a huge strain on your family life and we hope you are all keeping well.
We were all disappointed that schools will not reopen on February 22nd but we are trying to remain positive that restrictions will lift as soon as it is safe to do so. There are promising signs in the North East: infection rates are reducing, and the vaccination programme is going well.
It also appears the government are beginning to listen to feedback that last-minute changes to education are not helpful to school staff or parents. We have been assured further information about the reopening of school to all pupils will be issued on the 22nd February; this will give us time to plan for the safe return when the time is right to do so.
We will be continuing with the current home learning arrangements after half term. In the event of bubbles having to isolate due to a positive Covid test we will also use this system of home learning.
We have had numerous emails and feedback regarding the provision we are currently offering, and some suggestions from parents for things they would like us to include for those children at home. Sometimes we can facilitate these ideas and other times we unfortunately can't. One of the things parents are worried about is social interaction for children; I would strongly encourage you to join the zoom sessions when these take place so they can see their peers. I have also attached a couple of guides for parents to this email offering some tips and suggestions for those managing home learning.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of staff in school who are working so hard - in school and planning work to be completed at home - whilst managing their own nerves regarding Covid.
Kate Jacobs, our family support adviser, will also be offering a 'Virtual Coffee Morning' next week on Wednesday 3rd February at 9:30am. This will be an opportunity for parents to chat to each other and Kate about home learning and the worries of lockdown. It will also be an opportunity to share good ideas and tips to support each other at this
difficult time. If you would like a link to the coffee morning please email the school admin address and we will send this to you.
Finally, it is delightful when we hear what children have been up to during the evenings and weekend however, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the number of children in school who are telling us that they have spent time with friends or other families. It is essential that everyone follows the lockdown rules/guidance so that we reduce the chance of transmission; we want all children to be able to return to school as soon as possible. Please try to support school and the wider community by following the national rules and avoid mixing with others. If we all play our part, the quicker life can return to a sense of normality.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs H Moore