3rd January 2021
Following on from my e-mail and letter of the 31st December, I just wanted to update you on a few points:
Children attending school during the period of partial school closure
If you are defined as a critical worker or your child is classed as vulnerable and you have decided to send them into school then:
Children will not be required to wear uniform; please wear warm practical clothing as most PE will be outside and windows have to remain open for ventilation purposes.
The children will be taught in year group bubbles including a Green Room bubble. When the school reopens fully we will revert to class bubbles including a Green Room bubble.
Children will start and finish school at the same time as their year group has been since September.
For the first week please provide your child with a packed lunch. If your child is entitled to free school meals then you can request a packed lunch. I will liaise with our catering provider on Tuesday and we will re-establish hot meals as soon as possible which may be in the first week of term.
Children in school will complete the same work as children not in school unless they have special needs and are following an individualised curriculum.
Your child will probably be taught by one class teacher for one week and then the other class teacher in the year group the following week.
The other teacher in the year group will be responsible for remote education for the rest of the year group.
Please only enter the school office in an emergency.
Please wear a face covering when on site unless you are exempt.
Weavers will continue to operate for those children attending school. Please contact Ros in Weavers to request a place on a paid for basis.
Children not attending school during the period of partial school closure
We will liaise with Thurrock Council around free school meals provision for those children who are not in school (income related free school meals only).
Children will be expected to complete the same work as children in school. Please refer to the remote learning policy which is on the school website. However I do know that some parents and carers will find home learning more challenging than others and please be assured that the school understands that everybody’s circumstances are different. My message to all parents and carers is just do your best in challenging circumstances.
Children will be expected to register each day. This could be by means of a simple e-mail to the class teacher or message in Microsoft Teams.
One teacher in the year group will be teaching the children in school whilst the other teacher is responsible for remote education. Please note that this may need to alter due to illness and absence, but we will keep provision as consistent as possible.
If you need help with devices please let the school know. However please be aware that we have a very limited number of school owned devices available and have only been provided with 2 by the government. We should be able to order an additional 8 devices shortly from the government, but please only request one if you really need one and be aware that the school can’t provide devices for every child who is likely to need them.
Unfortunately, over the Christmas period we did have a number of members of the school community test positive for Covid 19 and I am sure you will join with me in wishing them a speedy recovery.
Infection rates of Covid 19 in Thurrock remain extremely high which is why the government has decided to partially close all schools in the area. As ever we will provide the children with as close to normal an educational experience as the current guidelines allow and will seek to return to ‘normal’ provision as soon as we are able to.