We look forward to welcoming all our pupils back to school in September.
The letter outlining information on a full return to school can be viewed here: https://loddon.sites.schooljotter2.com/letters-to-parents/whole-school
Will all pupils attend school as normal from September?
This is of course what we all want to see happen and the government has made the following announcement this week. ‘Over the coming weeks we will publish further information and guidance to help schools prepare for a full return in September.’ As soon as we receive the mentioned guidance we will review its contents and begin plans to support a full return for the new academic year.
Will the change from 2 metre to 1 meter plus in July mean more children can join ‘social bubbles’ immediately?
We continue to follow the previously published guidance which requires maximum group sizes of 15 this term. Further guidance has been promised in the next few weeks and we will review this with a mind to organisation for September. We do not expect any changes to ‘social bubble’ arrangements this summer term.
Will there be child-care provision in school during the summer holidays?
During the pandemic free child-care has been offered by school to key worker families/vulnerable children including during the school holidays. We expect child-care in the summer holidays to return to usual provision e.g. that provided by partner organisations who charge families for spaces.
We will be liaising with providers over the next couple of weeks to agree how this will happen and their safety arrangements for site.
Can my child, who has missed school, receive tuition to catch up?
The government has announced a £350 million National Tutoring Programme to increase access to high-quality tuition for disadvantaged children and young people. Our understanding is this will be launched in September 2020. The details of eligibility and how to access this programme have not been shared with school yet but we will keep you informed as further details come to our attention.
Will there be summer holiday catch-up program offered at school?
We are currently reviewing the feasibility of offering some limited educational provision on site during the summer break. Any such offer would be planned in line with the recommendations of the Education Endowment Foundation as outlined below.
‘Summer programmes can benefit pupils socially and academically, helping to ensure that they return to school ready to learn. Summer support can also focus on a wide range of outcomes, such as confidence and wellbeing, and include a wide range of activities such as sports, music and drama that children might have missed out on during lockdown.
One challenge for summer programmes is achieving high levels of attendance, particularly from children from disadvantaged families. Communicating with pupils and their families to assess levels of engagement and barriers to attendance is likely to be important.
In addition, staffing is a key challenge, recognising the extensive demands placed on teachers and schools in recent months and the challenges created by public health requirements. For summer programmes to improve educational outcomes, they need to include high-quality academic support, such as small group tuition delivered by teachers or trained tutors’.
We would like to be able to offer further educational support to families, especially those who have had no access to face to face teaching in recent months, but must wait to have both funding and resource for this confirmed before we finalise any offer of summer holiday catch-up programs. Again, we await further confirmation of the means by which school might deliver on this government aspiration.
Letters have been sent out today, via parentmail, to confirm arrangements for 'social bubbles' and start dates for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from the week of June 1st. If your child is in one of these year groups and you have not received a letter please contact the office, via e-mail, to confirm arrangements for your child's return.
Key worker spaces are now full until and including Wednesday June 3rd - as a key worker if you wish your child in Y2-5 to attend school you must contact the school office: firstname.lastname@example.org to request a space and confirm availability.
When coming to site please remember to observe social distancing wherever you can and to arrive on time and leave promptly at the end of the day.
On the first day of your child's return to school do remember to bring in any required medication, inhalers etc. and to complete the appropriate medical forms.
Children should wear school uniform as usual on their return but may use non-school shoes if this means they would otherwise have to wear laces.
Year 6 teachers may allow PE kit to be worn on PE days this will be confirmed with your child in class if this is the case.
Planning has begun on how to manage a possible return for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, potentially on the 1st June at the earliest, as announced on the television last night and we await further guidance.
For now nothing at school has changed - until the end of May - we are open to only key worker children and agreed vulnerable children. All other children must stay at home.
Please keep checking all communication from school over the coming days and weeks for further updates.
17/04/2020 Reminder to families of children attending site.
To help ensure that the risk of virus spread for both staff and children is as low as possible we remind you of the following;
- Supporting social distancing where we can.
- Ensuring all staff and children wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds frequently, and are encouraged not to touch their face, while using a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and using bins for tissue waste. If children or young people have trouble washing their hands, help is available.
- Limiting the area of our site used so we can increase the cleaning of surfaces in those areas, including desks and handles, and toilet blocks.
We need you to:
- Only send your child to school if you are carrying out work critical to the Covid-19 response and you have no other choice or with school's agreement as a vulnerable child.
- As a critical worker only send them on the days you are actually working.
- Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
- Make sure anyone who is feeling ill stays at home.
- Talk to your children about coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing and hand washing.
- Ensure your child washes their hands last thing before they leave home.
- Follow guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
- Do not gather at entrances or in our playgrounds, and model social distancing so that your children learn good practice.
- Leave the site immediately when you collect your child at the end of the day.
At this time we more than ever appreciate the reflection and learning that comes from our Values based Education approach. Valued based education are producing weekly 'living values in the home' ideas and recently explored the value of #Trust through Family VibEs. Each week they produce resources to help families focus on a positive family value. We share the link here https://www.valuesbasededucation.com/vbe-resources/family-vibes and invite you to have a look at what is of interest to you and your family.
30/03/2020 COVID19 School Safeguarding Policy additional guidance and policy statement added to Our School/Policies
23/03/2020 11:35 Its Learning
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are pleased to see that many of you have already logged on to our learning platform this morning to access the resources teachers have provided for your children. However, we understand that some families are having difficulties in gaining access to the site.
Its Learning are currently experiencing unprecedented amounts of users logging in which is causing their servers to slow down significantly. They are aware of the problem and are currently working to increase their capacity in order for schools across the country to provide online resources for their families. Please continue to try accessing our Learning Platform today and across the coming weeks as capacity will improve. In the meantime, you will be able to access Bug Club and Time Table Rock Stars/NumBots through using your preferred search engine.
20/03/2020 Further information for families attending school after today
The school day will operate 8:45-15:30.
The Year 3/4 door is to be used by parents for arrival and departure.
Children will be supervised in mixed age groups for learning, eating and play activities.
Due to operating on a skeleton staff, adults will be in rotation over the week. We have planned, wherever possible, to ensure a member of staff from the younger year groups and one from the older year groups is available daily to support their different needs and development.
Uniform and PE kit will be needed as normal.
A hot meal can be provided however, at this time we are not certain what that meal will be. The food will of course meet all food standards and allergy requirements. Children who usually pay for a hot meal will need to do so as usual. If your child does not like the idea of a surprise meal or it is their usual preference to do so please provide them with a packed lunch.
If your child is ill or will not be attending school please notify the school office to inform us via email@example.com .
You must also remember to continue to follow all the guidance around coronavirus and as such not to bring your child to site if they or any member of your household has a persistent new cough or fever. https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Please do only use us for the days you are at work and have no alternative so that we can guarantee a service for those who most need it.
18/03/2020 20:44 Update from government - school closures as of 3:30pm Friday 20th March
;'After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care,'
Please see school letter sent via Parentmail and available in Letters to Parents - whole school letters.
16/03/2020 19:48 Update from Statement by Prime Minister
'We need to ask you to ensure that if you or anyone in your household has one of those two symptoms - a high temperature or a new and continuous cough - then you should stay at home for fourteen days.
That means that if possible you should not go out even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. If necessary, you should ask for help from others for your daily necessities. And if that is not possible, then you should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.
Now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.
Now, this advice about avoiding all unnecessary social contact, is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.'
The full statement can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020