Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for your patience whilst we get into the swing of things this week. We know that it won’t be perfect straight away but please know that we are doing our best to ensure that we communicate with you as fully as we can. The priority so far has of course been ensuring that everyone in school is safe and everyone at home has access to learning via either SeeSaw or Tapestry. Please let us know if you are having any problems accessing the learning by emailing your teachers or sending an email in to the admin office. Please also let us know if you do not have access to a suitable device as we may be able to help.
For those supporting learning at home, please make sure that you are checking your child’s SeeSaw or tapestry account every day, as we may use this to communicate with you rather than send emails. We have some plans to be able to Zoom meet with small groups of children and possibly whole classes, so keep an eye out for those messages and Zoom codes.
All learning that is set on SeeSaw or Tapestry is exactly the same as the learning that is happening in school. If your child attends school for one or two days a week, please ensure that they log on and complete the learning at home on the days that they are not in school. We are expecting them to do that and it is essential that they keep up with the rest of their class.
Please note that we will not be setting any homework during the lockdown. Those of you at home have enough home learning to manage and for those in school, we will ensure that anything that we would have set is completed in class.
Critical Key Workers
Please remember that if you are a critical key worker and you need your child to come to school then you can request a place by completing the google form each week. The form will come out on a Wednesday and close on a Friday at midday to enable us to plan staffing for the following week. If you miss the deadline or need to make last minute changes, you can email the admin office and we will do our best to add you to the registers, but may not guarantee you a space.
If you are not sure whether you are a key worker or not then please check here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision?utm_source=5%20January%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19#critical-workers
Other criteria for school attendance
If your child is in receipt of benefits-related Free School Meals or the Pupil Premium Grant then one of us will have been in touch to let you know that the Government expectation is that your child will attend school full-time. We will automatically add your child’s name to the register, unless you have let us know otherwise.
If your child has an EHCP or an allocated social worker then they are also eligible to come into school and one of us will be in touch with you.
For those children in school, I have asked teachers to let you know when you should expect to come into school in PE Kits (KS2) or trainers (KS1).
Pick up and Drop off
Please remember that if your child is in school, the pick-up and drop-off arrangements are exactly the same as they were before Christmas. Children will come in via their classroom doors in the morning and be picked up at the same time and place as usual in the afternoons. They will not need to come in via the office.
Lastly, thank you for your support over the past few days, it has helped us to know that we are working together to ensure that disruption for the children is kept to a minimum. The staff have worked flat out to get everything ready with hardy any notice and they have done a fantastic job!
Please remember that we are always here to support you, so just get in touch if you need anything from us.
With Best regards,
Mrs Greenwood, Mrs Lown and The St Swithun Wells Team.