School community letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 Firstly, may we take the time to thank you all so very much for the kind Christmas wishes, cards and gifts at the end of term, it was greatly appreciated. We do hope that you all managed to have a special time with your nearest and dearest even though your celebrations might have been slightly more low key this year. Christmas seems but a distant memory now and the New Year has certainly brought with it yet more uncertainty!

Please understand that once again, school has been put in a reactive situation, we have been working under pressure over the last two days to make the necessary changes in order to fulfil the preparations for our key worker/vulnerable pupils and facilitate home learning with very little notice.

Remote Learning will be accessed via SeeSaw and teachers will be uploading activities for children to access. Teaching staff are working hard to teach key worker groups and continue with remote learning so please be patient if you do not receive an immediate response.

We have a much larger number of children who are registered to attend school as a child of a key worker or a vulnerable pupil throughout this second national lockdown and closure of schools. We really do appreciate that many parents want their children in school (as we all do in normal circumstances), to support work commitments and children’s mental health and wellbeing but the number attending means that group sizes are significantly larger than we were anticipating. Guidance suggests that the number of children will be around 10% of the pupils on roll, which for us would be around 9 children, at present we have three times as many pupils. If you are eligible for your child to attend school then we ask that you only send them in to school when you need the required place, for instance on the days you are working. This will really help the spread of the virus and support the national lockdown.

We do understand how difficult life is in the current climate and that each family will have its own set of challenges whether it is financial burden, stress of shielding or unwell relatives or just getting by everyday, juggling work and home life in the best way we can. Know that you are not alone. School is here to serve its community so please do get in touch with us, either by phone or email if you want to discuss anything and we can offer help and support. If we are unable to, we may be able to signpost you in the direction of someone who could help.

I will be in touch with more information regarding home learning and keep you updated over any new guidance as it comes into school.

Stay safe, stay well, with my best wishes

Mrs Moore