Coronavirus Update

1st May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Coronavirus update

I write to update you further to my letter of the 24th April 2020.

The current guidance remains the same, that if a child can be safely cared for at home, regardless of whether they have an EHCP or not, then they should remain at home. At this stage, as per the guidance, the academy will remain closed as an educational institution for the foreseeable future. We are fortunate that thanks to the support of staff, we have been able to open for a limited child care service. The Inset Day that was scheduled for Monday 11th May will be re-scheduled to later in the year. The Government will review the situation on the 7th May and of course, we will keep you updated as to any change.

I would like to reassure you again that the absence is authorised and you will not be fined.

This week we signed up to the new national scheme to provide supermarket vouchers via the Department for Education using Edenred. An ‘eCode’ will be issued to parents/carers by email (it will be a 16 digit number with a value of £30). Parents or adults with caring responsibilities for the eligible child can then go online to redeem the eCode against a choice of eGift cards (a digital card delivered by email). Current food retailers who will accept the vouchers include: Tesco; Sainburys; Asda; Waitrose; Aldi; Morrisons and M & S. The voucher will cover meals from 4th May to 15th May and we believe expiry dates will be 4 months after the delivery date.

We received a generous donation of “scrub bags” from “Mid Cheshire Hospital – Leighton/Northwich – For the love of scrubs.” This local group which includes our Deputy Head Jess’s Mum Gloria, makes and delivers much needed resources including scrubs, head bands and scrub bags to front line workers. We would like to thank them for their consideration of our staff during these difficult times.

We continue to make calls to all parents/carers on a weekly basis to see how things are going and that children are accessing the work provided on Evesense, but also at the request of the Local Authorities. Please be assured that we will continue to phone until we get an answer and/or please return the call by phoning the academy on 01606 853005.

The academies Designated Safeguarding Leads are also available every day and the academy office is manned daily.

Please also see our Facebook page for updates.

Teachers will continue to add activities for pupils on the Evisense platform. If you have not already provided the academy with your consent and email address to enable you to access Evisense, you can email the academy on admin@russett.trlt.org.uk to provide the same.

You can also find useful resources on the following websites: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=weights%20and%20measures – Weight and measure https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games – Maths and literacy games

Whiteboard Room – Maths

https://equals.co.uk/whiteboard-room-english-reading/ https://equals.co.uk/whiteboard-room-pmld-cause-effect/ https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnr65z4AN_I – The giant jam sandwich story https://www.homeschoolshare.com/giant_jam.php – The giant jam sandwich book of activities https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jolly+phonics+set+1+2+and+3 – Phonics songs

https://www.google.com/search?q=jolly+phonics+phase+2&rlz=1C1GCEV_en- ome&ie=UTF-8 – Phonics songs https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm – Phonics website for all ages

Maths: https://www.google.com/search?q=maths+songs+for+kids&rlz=1C1GCEV_en-GBGB872GB872&oq=maths+songs+&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l7.2175j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 – Maths songs for children https://www.pinterest.co.uk/heathergarl0560/sensory-maths/ – Great for ideas sensory maths sessions

On YouTube you can search for maths songs and also ‘Barefoot Books’ for stories mainly accessed through YouTube.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround https://singinghands.co.uk/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.crickweb.co.uk www.mathswithgraham.org.uk www.teachyourmonstertoread.com www.studyladder.co.uk www.skillsworkshop.org www.bksb.co.uk www.bbc.co.uk/teach/skillswise

If you are finding it difficult at home with your child and area struggling to cope, you can call Family Lives for free, confidential advice on 0808 800 2222.

If you are worried about the safety of another child in our community, you can call NSPCC on 0800 800 5000 or the police on 999 if you think a child is in immediate danger.

If you are in any doubt, please contact:

· The academy.

· The Department for Education Coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687 or DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk. · NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111.

If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine Lewis, Executive Head Teacher in the first instance, and then Kathryn Richardson, Deputy Head of Academy on 01606 853005.

We will continue to update you. Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs C Lewis

Executive Head Teacher