Coronavirus Update for Parents

14th May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Coronavirus update

I write to update you further to my letter of the 7th May 2020.

You will be aware that the Government have released new guidelines regarding a phased return of children and young adults to education. We are therefore looking at a gradual return to the academy from the 1st June in line with the guidance and also staff availability. The guidance for special schools is to work towards a phased return without a focus on specific year groups and informed by risk assessments. We are prioritising primary pupils and the children of critical key workers over a number of weeks. We are in the process of putting protective measures and procedures in place to enable this to happen.

I fully understand that there will be parents who are concerned about their child returning to the academy. If you don’t want your child to return at this stage then please let us know and we can offer the place to another pupil. I would like to reassure you again that if your child is absent you will not be fined. Further, I appreciate that although you may not wish your child to attend at this stage, you may change your mind later on and this can be revisited.

For those pupils who are not returning yet, they will continue to receive work through Evisense and/or by post.

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