Sept 2020

SEPTEMBER 2020 : REOPENING

This page will be added to over the next few weeks and over the summer holidays to provide you with all the information that you will require for the full reopening of school on Wednesday 2nd September 2020.

It is our current intention that the arrangements that we have established will be reviewed at October half term unless any Government directive demands earlier alterations or adjustments.

WEEK 8

As we come to the end of the first half term and our area enters Tier 3 restrictions I just wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the past eight weeks and say a few “Thank yous”.

None of use really knew what to expect when we all returned in September and I know that whilst the full reopening was met with enthusiasm and joy there was also trepidation, nervousness and some fear.

My first “Thank you” has to go to the children. I really cannot state strongly enough how much they have impressed all the staff at school over the last eight weeks. I always say to the children that two of the qualities I like to see demonstrated are perseverance and resilience and they have shown these at levels that we have not seen before. They have adapted to new guidance and routines that we have put in place, they have re-established friendships, have settled quickly into new classes with new staff and have worked extremely hard. I cannot put into words how proud I am of them.

My second “Thank you” is to all of the staff at KPS. I have always known what an amazing team you are but this has never been demonstrated more than since March this year. You have all gone above and beyond to ensure that the children are safe, that we keep each safe, that new routines are embedded, that the school is clean and that teaching and learning has continued at pace. Thank you to all of you for what you do each and every day.

Finally, “Thank you” to all of the parents and carers who have supported and trusted in the new routines that we have had to put in place and understanding why we have had to make the changes that we have. I know how difficult some of these changes have been but you all have my heartfelt gratitude for keeping to the new systems to support us in our primary aim of keeping everyone, within our school community, safe.

I consider us to be very lucky that we have got through the first half term without a “bubble” closure and am unbelievable grateful that the vast majority of our pupils have been able to start this academic year with minimal disruption to the curriculum and their learning.

Thank you again to each and every one of you and I hope that you have a lovely half term break.

YEAR 4/5 RESIDENTIAL : PEAK VENTURE (MARCH 2021)

It is with regret that we have made the decision to cancel the Year 4 and Year 5 residential to Peak Venture in March 2021.

This has been an exceptionally difficult decision to make but one that we feel is in the best interests of all involved. We did not receive some of the guarantees and assurances from the provider that we needed in order to feel protected with the financial side of the booking as well as the health and safety aspect of a residential stay.

We know that this decision will be met with disappointment from yourselves and the children but we have not made it lightly and we hope that you understand this. We will look at what other options there may be available for a visit or residential in the future and as soon as we are able to book anything that meets our requirements in terms of safety and risk assessments we will be in touch.

If you have already paid your deposit we will make contact with you to arrange a refund.

Thank you for your understanding.

SEPTEMBER 2020 : WEEK 4 REVIEW

Dear all

It is hard to believe that we have already completed four weeks at school and it has been so reassuring to see how well the children have adapted to our “new normal” and the restrictions that we have had to put in to place.

The inclement weather provided a few challenges earlier on in the week and we are looking at how some of our procedures may need to change as the weather worsens and as soon as any decisions are made we will inform you of these.

Thank you to all of you for the support you continue to provide by following the one way system around school and maintaining social distancing. Hopefully, the arrangement for Key Stage 2 pupils in a morning should further help to support these measures.

Could I just ask that parents and carers continue to follow the guidance that states that only one adult should come onto the school grounds to collect children as this helps us to limit the number of adults coming into potential contact with each other. Also, that people join the queue along Ballfield Lane and do not come in from the Post Office side as this does create a crossover which makes social distancing difficult to maintain.

Jane MacKay

SEPTEMBER 2020 : WEEK 4

WE HAVE BEEN ASKED BY PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND TO SHARE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION.

PHE and NHS Track and Trace have put together a letter for schools to send out to all students, parents and guardians regarding COVID-19 testing.

The letter explains that you should only book a test if a child has any of these 3 coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
  • a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

A child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste. This is because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

SEPTEMBER 2020 : REVIEW OF WEEK 1 AND 2

Dear all

We have come to the end of the first two weeks of our full return to school and I thought it pertinent to write to you all with a review of the past ten days.

First of all I want to reiterate how impressed all of the staff have been by the amazing start that the children have made to this academic year. The children have very quickly adapted to all of the new systems and procedures that we have had to implement to support “bubbles” and social distancing. There are some significant differences to how the school was in March so the children have coped extremely well.

I stated, before opening, that we would be reviewing the systems that we had put in place to see whether they needed to be adapted or changed. As a result of speaking with children, staff and parents I have decided that the one way system that we have in place will remain subject to another two week review period. The issues that remain are listed below and we, as a school community, will be looking at these over the next two weeks to determine whether the risk that they pose remains too high and we have to make alternative arrangements. I would greatly appreciate your support with these matters.

  • There should only be ONE adult from each family on school grounds to help support the reduction of social contact.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all times. We all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe.
  • At the end of the school day please exit the school grounds immediately. Please do not allow your children to play on the trim trail or playground gym equipment.
  • Admission times to the school grounds remain 8:50am and 3:20pm. We would politely ask that you continue to time your arrival at school in line with this. Registers are remaining open until 9:05am to support this.
  • We would also ask that when you arrive at school you join the queue rather than crowd around the gate which then causes issues for people trying to access the post office as well as making social distancing extremely difficult.
  • If you are taking a child to FS1 and also have a child in Key Stage 2 please drop your child in Key Stage 2 after you have taken your child to FS1. Staff are not available for supervision until 8:45am.

In terms of the children in school there are only a few reminders

  • Children must not bring in any equipment from home. All necessary equipment is provided by school.
  • All PE will be taught outside this half term. Children should bring a pair of trainers to school on Monday and a sweatshirt style jumper (no hoods) which they will then bring home for washing on Friday.
  • Where avoidable, children should not bring rucksacks and backpacks into school. Lunchboxes should be carried in and then immediately placed on the shelves in school and water bottles will be placed immediately in classrooms.

We have had quite a high level of absence this week due to illness, particularly in the Key Stage 2 building. The illnesses appear to be as a result of either a cold or a sickness bug and I would like to express my thanks to all the parents and carers who have kept us immediately informed of the reasons for the absence of their child / children.

We have been asked by Public Health to remind families of the symptoms of Covid-19 which are outlined below. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  • Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  • Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

SEPTEMBER 2020 : ACCESS TO SCHOOL GROUNDS

We have to implement a system which allows for social distancing to be maintained and we all have a responsibility to ensure that this is the case.

We have decided to continue with a one way system however this has been revised from the arrangements that were in place before the summer holidays. We hope that everyone will be able to use this system and follow all social distancing guidelines as this will avoid the need for staggered start and finish times. However, if the guidelines are not adhered to we will have no alternative but to implement a system of this nature.

The one way system that we are implementing will be observed continually to allow us to determine whether it is being adhered to and whether we are ensuring the safety of children, staff and adults. If we assess that this is not the case we will move to a system of staggered start and finish times.

DROP OFF

There must be no entry to school grounds until 8:50am. Internal gates will not be opened until this time and we need to avoid queues. We would ask that you time your arrival to school taking account of this as we do not want queues to build on Ballfield Lane either. The exception to this is for those who are dropping children at nursery ready for a 8:45am start.

COLLECTION

Please do not enter the school grounds before 3:20pm and follow the routes that were used for drop off.

KEY POINTS

  • Parents / carers MUST NOT use the school car park unless previously agreed with school.
  • Only one adult from each family should enter the school grounds for drop off and collection.
  • The entrance and exit points MUST remain clear and people must not gather at these points to allow social distancing guidelines to be followed.
  • Social distancing MUST be maintained at all times.
  • Children will enter the school building upon arrival and adults should then leave the school grounds immediately.
  • Upon collection, adults and children must leave the school grounds immediately.
  • Adults will not be permitted entry to any of the school buildings.

SEPTEMBER 2020 : ASSEMBLIES AND EVENTS

ASSEMBLIES

There will be no whole school assemblies held due to the need to keep bubbles separate. Whole school assemblies will be completed virtually through live streaming. During the week, senior leaders will complete an assembly with each individual class.

CHRISTMAS

At the moment we are not expecting any face-to-face concerts. We will look into what we could do through the internet and possible filming elements for Christmas concerts. We will keep all parents informed closer to the time with our arrangements.

SCHOOL TRIPS

There will be no educational visitors in school for the first half of the Autumn term. We are in communication with Murton Park about the Y5 trip as this is held outdoors and we are looking as to whether we would be able to maintain the Y5 bubble throughout the whole of the trip.

As for the Y4/Y5 residential to Peak Venture and the Y6 residential to the Lake District, the guidance at the moment is that we do not have trips or overnight trips. However, we will be working closely with all providers as any guidance changes. We will remain in close contact with all relevant parents and carers as soon as we have any updates.

SEPTEMBER 2020 : ATTENDANCE

From September the attendance of pupils in school once again becomes mandatory meaning that it is your legal duty as a parent to send your child to school regularly. If you have any concerns about doing this please contact the school to discuss.

A small number of pupils may still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19). If your child is unable to attend school for this reason, you should talk to school about what support is in place in terms of remote education.

Shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1 August, if there is a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding. See the guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable for the current advice. Some pupils no longer require to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school in September (usually at their next planned clinical appointment).

Where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, the absence will not be penalised.

If you have concerns about your child returning to school because you think they may have other risk factors, please contact school and we can discuss with you the risk measures that we have put in place.

SEPTEMBER 2020 : BREAKFAST CLUB

KEY POINTS

  • There will be two Breakfast Clubs
  • Club 1 will be held in the KS1 hall and will be for children in FS2, Year 1 and Year 2
  • Club 2 will be held in the KS2 hall and will be for children in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6
  • Places MUST BE booked in advance
  • Cost will remain £2.50 per session

We will continue to operate Breakfast Club in both halls. One for EYFS and Key Stage 1 children in the KS1 hall and one for Key Stage 2 children in the KS2 Hall. Children will only sit and eat with children from their own bubble and there will be no free play element to the Breakfast Club.
We are also going to have to remove the flexibility with which we have operated Breakfast Club in the past and places must be reserved two weeks in advance. Places will also be limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Places can be booked by contacting the school office by telephone or email.

BREAKFAST CLUB PLACES ARE LIMITED AND IT MAY BE THAT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ADMIT YOUR CHILD IF YOU HAVE NOT RESERVED A PLACE. THIS IS BECAUSE WE WILL NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PLAN FOR AND IMPLEMENT SUITABLE AND NECESSARY HEALTH AND SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS

SEPTEMBER 2020 : LUNCH

FS2, Year 1 and Year 2
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free meal through the UIFSM (Universal Infant Free School Meals) directive. A menu will be issued and published to show the daily choices on the school website. The children will eat this in the KS1 Hall at different times depending on their class bubble. Children are also welcome to bring a packed lunch from home.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Pupils in Year 3 – Year 6 (KS2) will be able to choose from a grab bag, a jacket potato or meatballs with rice or taco. Key Stage 2 children will eat their lunch in their classroom. Pupils will wash their hands thoroughly before and after lunch.

SEPTEMBER 2020 : THE CLASSROOMS

KEY POINTS

  • Each year group is a “bubble”
  • Children will not be allowed contact with or to socialise with children from another bubble
  • Break times and lunch times will be staggered to support this.
  • Children in KS2 will eat lunch in their classrooms
  • Classrooms (Y1-Y6) have been set out in forward facing rows.
  • Each child has been provided with their own set of equipment. Children must not bring in any equipment from home.

As set out in Government guidance, all pupils will be kept in their own year group bubbles and will not mix with other year group bubbles. The exception to this is the delivery of RWI where children may be in the same group as children from another bubble (Y1 and Y2 / Y3 and Y4/ Y5 and Y6) but they only complete learning sat with someone from the same class bubble.

All children will continue to be encouraged to maintain a safe distance when working with others in the bubble. We appreciate for our younger children it will be difficult to maintain social distancing. This has been taken into consideration and Government advice will be followed to ensure that the children, wherever possible, do not have contact with anyone outside their bubble. Everyone will wash their hands frequently and correctly with adult supervision. Every room will be well ventilated at all times and the classroom, furniture and equipment will be cleaned regularly throughout the day, and thoroughly cleaned once the pupils and staff have left.

Alongside this, we will ensure that year group bubbles do not mix during their time in school, including playtimes and lunchtimes. Pupils in Y1 – Y6 will be sitting at forward facing desks with as much space as possible between their desks. Any unnecessary furniture and equipment will be removed from classes to allow for more movement and provide more space. At certain times during the day, staff may be wearing masks in order to give further protection to the pupils.

LETTER : PHE ADVICE

Please click on the link below for a letter regarding advice from Public Health England about C19 and the reopening of schools.

LETTER FOR PARENTS CARERS

Please click on the link below to read a letter providing important information with regards to the full school reopening on Wednesday 2nd September. It is quite a lengthy letter but we would appreciate you taking the time to read it in its entirety. Thank you.

We have also included a copy of the actions we will be taking to ensure the safety of children and staff as part of the full reopening. The document can be accessed below.

SEPTEMBER 2020 : STAFFING STRUCTURE

Foundation Stage 1

The Foundation Stage 1 teacher will be Miss Ashton and the member of support staff will be Dawn Speight.

Foundation Stage 2

The Foundation Stage 2 teacher will be Mrs Clay (Mon – Thu) and Miss Guest (Friday). The support staff will be Mrs Ripley, Mrs Dunn and Miss Ellis.

Key Stage 1

The Year 1 class will be taught by Miss Cocker. The Year 2 class will be taught by Mrs Powell and Mrs Hebron. The support staff in Key Stage 1 will be Mrs Cookson and Mrs Brocksom.

Lower Key Stage 2

The Year 3 class will be taught by Mrs Smith. The Year 4 class will be split in half in the morning with half of the children being taught by Mr Brocksom and half of the children being taught by Mrs Ellis. In the afternoon the class will come together to be taught by Mr Brocksom. The Year 3 and 4 team will be supported full time by Miss Shillito and Mrs Frostick will also work within the team for three days a week.

Upper Key Stage 2

The Year 5 class will be taught by Miss Thorpe and the Year 6 class by Miss Smith. The Upper Key Stage 2 team will be supported by Mrs Richardson and Mr Rudkin.

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Tuesday 9th June 2020

FAO Parents / Carers of children in FS1, FS2 and Year 1
When we originally expanded the opening of school to include your child, some of you said that you were unsure about the return so we stated that we would give an opportunity for another decision to be made for a return on 15th June. We are now writing to you to ask that you inform school about whether your child will be returning to school on 15th June or not.
KEY POINTS
• If your child is already attending school you do not need to contact us unless they will no longer be attending.
• The limitations that have been placed on class and group sizes may mean that children are not able to attend school full time and may have to attend on a rota basis. The difficulty with this is that a decision cannot be made about a rota until we know the numbers of children wanting to attend.
• All the previous guidance still stands with regards to social distancing, children not crossing bubbles and the fact that the classroom and learning will look and feel different to when the children finished school on 20th March.
Whilst we stated that your initial decision could be changed after two weeks we are asking now for you to make a decision that will take us up to the summer holidays. The reason for this is that we cannot keep making changes to staff and children and the “bubbles” that they work in due to the need to reduce contact across groups. This is for the safety of children and staff. Obviously, if a government announcement adjusts the framework that we are currently working under then we would react and make the changes, as necessary.
You can contact school either by telephone (01226 382288) or by email (kexboroughprimary@ecmtrust.co.uk) to inform us of your decision. We would politely ask that this is done by 1:00pm tomorrow (Tuesday 9th June) to allow us time to implement any necessary organisational changes. Please do not respond to this request through Facebook.
Thank you
Jane MacKay

Update 02.06.20

School has now reopened to Reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils.  School meals are now available for all children attending school.  Please see the link below for the menu available, this will include jacket potatoes (but only for children attending school). Please be aware that FSM vouchers will not be available for children in these year groups.  If you have chosen not to send your child/ren back to School you will be able to order a cold lunch which will have to be collected from school reception.  Please contact us on 01226 382288 PRIOR TO 9.30am each day if you wish to order a meal.

If you have chosen to send your child/ren to school part-time you will be able to collect a FSM on the days your child is not in school, but these must be ordered PRIOR TO 9.30am. 

Please click on the following link to see the menu available

Children in Years’ 2, 3, 4 and 5 will continue to receive their FSM voucher in the usual way whilst school is closed to them.

Any urgent enquiries please contact the school office on 01226 382288 between the hours of 8.30am and 3.45pm or email kexboroughprimary@ecmtrust.co.uk.  Also our facebook page is regularly updated with information 

Update 29.05.20

Following the announcement from the Government and the subsequent guidance released from the DfE we have outlined how our school will re-open.

Please be assured that we will be doing everything we can to minimise risk to children, staff and their families during this time. Please see our Action Plan below for further details.

UPDATE 19.05.20

FAO Parents / Carers of children in FS1 and FS2

Thank you for your patience over the last couple of days whilst we, as a school, try to understand how the government guidance for the conditional, phased reopening will affect our school.

We have now gathered both the eligibility and demand for the children of key workers and the children in FS1 and FS2 are next on the priority list.

We are now asking you to make the decision as to whether your child will be attending school from 1 June 2020. In order to work to all the necessary time scales and to continue to allow us to collect information from groups that come further down the priority list we are asking for a response by 4:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday 20th May). As stated before the government is encouraging children to attend school if they are eligible. However, they have also stated that parents will not be fined if they make the choice to keep their children at home.

A full risk assessment cannot be completed until we are in full receipt of the facts and this includes the demand for places. I understand that seeing the risk assessment may have helped to inform your decision. However, I have created two documents (one for Foundation Stage 1 and one for Foundation Stage 2) which will hopefully answer any of the questions that you may have with regards to the conditional reopening. If you have seen the guidance it is easy to understand that Foundation Stage provision will look very different to ‘normal’ so I have tried to be as honest as I can be as to how the reopening could look, following the government guidance. These documents can be found below.

Could I please ask that you inform school whether your child will be attending or not either by telephone (01226 382288) or email (kexboroughprimary@ecmtrust.co.uk) by 4:00pm on Wednesday 20th May. Please do not provide your answer through the Facebook post. If you do have any further questions I will be able to respond to telephone calls and email requests tomorrow.

Thank you for you continued patience and cooperation.

Jane MacKay

UPDATE 18.05.20

Dear Parents and Carers,

Re: Possible Re-opening of School to Pupils

I know that in the past week you will have seen a great deal of coverage in the media about the Government’s announcement that, as part of their recovery strategy, schools could re-open as early as Monday 1st June to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. However, this date will only be confirmed by the government if the five key tests they have set justify the changes at that time. Until this time, nothing has changed – school will continue to open for vulnerable children and those of key workers who are unable to work from home only. I apologise in advance for this lengthy letter, but I would appreciate it if you could read it in its entirety as it contains key information.

Last week, on an almost daily basis, the Government released guidance to schools on how settings could implement protective measures to help them open safely. Four of these key guidance documents can be accessed via the links below if you are interested:

I am sure you will appreciate, after looking at the guidance, there are a number of issues that need to be considered and addressed before children in any of these year groups can return safely. I am currently liaising with other schools within the ECM Academy Trust, to consider the implications of the guidance and to plan how these measures can be implemented effectively. A thorough risk assessment, and subsequent action plan, will detail what a phased re-opening could look like for Kexborough Primary School. 

As you will be aware, every school is in a different situation and each one will have its own concerns. Be assured that my concern is to put the children and staff at Kexborough Primary School at the heart of all our decision making. I feel that I must be honest with you, and say that while we endeavour to plan to the very best of our abilities, school is very unlikely to feel like the familiar place that the children left in March (initially at least) and we will need to adjust. For example, Government guidance says a maximum class size of 15 children, but you will appreciate that this is not possible in many of our classrooms, in fact it is more realistic to have between 8 and 12 in a class if we are to apply the 2m social distancing expectation. Until I have a clearer picture of demand I cannot confirm all plans at this stage, but the class size and social distancing rules mean that

  • it will not be possible for all children to return to their familiar teacher.
  • it will not be possible for all children to return to their familiar classroom.
  • movement around school will be restricted.
  • break times and lunch times will be staggered and groups will remain separated.
  • children will not be allowed to mix with children placed in other “bubbles” (even if they are in the same year group)

Although school will do everything it can to ensure children are able and encouraged to socially distance, we must acknowledge that children in early years find it almost impossible to adhere to these guidelines, they are naturally sociable and are drawn to each other. The Government guidance itself acknowledges social distancing with young children is unlikely. The nature of the curriculum is designed to enable children to interact with each other and learn from each other however, if you read the guidance, we will be required to remove many resources from our Early Years setting to minimise the risk of transmission. This will mean children will be expected to learn in a different way. I am sharing this information because I feel, as parents, you have a right to know in order to help prepare your child and to inform your decision about their return to school.

I also feel I need to make you aware at this stage that if we decide we can safely welcome more children back after the 1st June it is unlikely that we will be in a position to safely welcome back all the year groups the Government has indicated on a full time basis. I may have to consider restricting the number of year groups we invite in, restricting the number of days we open for particular children and/or operating a rota system. This is particularly the case in Foundation Stage 1 where I am very conscious of space limitations. First and foremost I will always consider the needs of the children, their safety and wellbeing and meeting their needs.

I am very aware that it is a very unsettling time for us all at the moment, but rest assured that we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure that when it is appropriate to re-open to more childrenwe will be as prepared and ready as we can be. I also need to inform you that priority for places in school will continue to be given to those who are considered vulnerable or the children of key workers, in accordance with Government guidance.

During this week, if we have not already done so, we will be contacting you if our information shows that your child falls into the priority groups or if your child is in any of the year groups that may be invited back into school. This is to allow us to plan for the safest possible return. It is vital that we receive a response to this communication to allow us to make accurate and detailed plans and to complete risk assessments. The Government is stating that children are strongly encouraged to attend school, unless they are self-isolating or they are clinically vulnerable (in which case they should follow medical advice). If someone in their household is extremely clinically vulnerable, they should not attend school.

I know that many of you will have concerns about whether it is possible for your child to return safely, without being put at risk and I want to reassure you that, as a parent of two children myself, I fully understand your anxieties. The Government has stated that parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time but we would ask you to notify us so that we can maintain accurate records.

I would once again like to sincerely thank you for your continuous support and for helping your child learn from home.

As soon as I am able, I will contact you with further information. In the meantime, please all stay safe.

Warm regards,

Jane MacKay
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20.04.20

Dear Parents / Carers

I hope you all had a restful Easter break and I would like to welcome you back to the Summer term – even if for most of you it is a virtual return!

We have all (teachers, parents and children) had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take a moment to say what an amazing job you are doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this difficult and unprecedented period.

It has definitely been a strange and challenging time, so it is ok if you and your child feel wobbly and worried at the moment. (There have been moments in school where we have all felt the same!) We are here for you every step of the way as we work through and learn through this together. Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by contacting the school by telephone or email and someone will be available to talk to or a message will be taken and someone will call you back.

We really do miss the children very much and school feels very strange and different to the staff, but we must follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. So, we are carrying on with operating a provision in line with government guidance and I am very proud that we are able to offer this to all the amazing key workers currently ensuring that services can continue.  I am also extremely proud of all of the KPS key workers and I could not wish to be part of a more supportive and positive team.

However, just because we are not all in the same building, does not mean that we can’t stay in touch and complete some learning together. We will be continuing to use Seesaw for our children in Year 1 through to Year 6 and activities will be uploaded regularly which the children can complete. We fully understand the demands that home learning places upon you and your family life and we do not want to put anyone under any further or undue pressure during this time. Again, if you have any concerns or difficulties with the online and home learning please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be making contact with families over the coming days around online access and any difficulties that families may be experiencing. If you feel like your child would benefit from some “teacher encouragement” to complete their online learning please again, get in touch, and we will arrange for someone to contact them. Children in EYFS can upload all of the activities that they are completing to Tapestry and this will enable the EYFS team to keep in touch.

Another fantastic aspect to Seesaw is the fact that children can upload photographs, videos and voice recordings which is supporting them in sharing their fantastic learning at home beyond what is being added by teachers. We are all loving seeing the pictures of baking, photographs taken on walks around the area, the video challenges and all the other activities that are taking place in homes around the community. Please continue to upload these as we really do love to see them all. We are currently in the process of redoing all of the display boards in the KS2 hall to showcase all of the learning that is taking place at home and at school during this time.

As I am sure you know and understand, we can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning, support you in ensuring they are safe and as happy as they can be and to keep our school community connected.

Again, I just want to express my wholehearted gratitude for your patience, support and understanding during this time.

Jane MacKay

Head Teacher

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