Coronavirus – Update for Parents

4th June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Coronavirus update

I write to update you further to my letter of the 21st May 2020.

I would like to thank you for your continued support and patience during this difficult time.

As per the Governments’ guidance for special schools, we will begin to welcome back more pupils focusing on a phased return with priority given to pupils of primary age and key worker parents. Parents will be contacted the week prior to their child returning and we will also inform transport for those pupils that require transport. Pupils will return on a full time basis until the end of term.

Please let us know if you would prefer that your child does not return and we will then offer it to another child.

This week we have opened Rooms 2, 4, 8 and 10. Therefore, your child may not necessarily be in their normal class with their usual teacher or support staff, due to staff availability. As we increase the number of pupils, more classes will re-open.

Arrival

For those parents that transport their child to the academy can I please ask that you drive in to the car park and remain in your vehicle. A member of staff will come and collect your child and take them in to the academy.

On entering the academy, we will be taking the temperature of pupils and also using sanitizer gel. If your child’s temperature is not within the normal range, we would expect you to take them home again. If your child has travelled on transport we will ask transport to take your child home once we have established that someone will be at home to receive them.

Curriculum/learning activity

During this time, we will be focusing on maths, English, reading and writing and communication and behaviour strategies.

For social distancing purposes, we have put more tables in the classes to enable pupils to undertake separate activities. On average there will be between 5 and 6 pupils in each class.

Academy day

Each class group will only access the class room, toilets and outdoor area. They will not mix with other classes. Snacks will continue to be provided in the morning using disposable cups and plates. However, if you would prefer to send a water bottle in, please make sure it is named.

We are continuing to provide a hot meal at lunch time. Pupils will have lunch in their classes which will be delivered by trolley. Again they will use disposable plates etc.

Please ensure that you send any medication in to the academy as required, in the original packaging labelled with your child’s name. If the weather improves again, please apply sun cream to your child before they leave home and send a cap/hat with them. If possible, send your child in a change of clothes every day.

If your child becomes unwell they will be placed in isolation and we will contact you to pick them up as soon as possible to stop the spread of infection. If your child or any family member displays symptoms please inform us as soon as possible and do not send them in.

All children and members of their households in England have access to testing if they display symptoms of coronavirus, including children under 5. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting. Tests can be accessed through the NHS website.

The academies risk assessments are available on the website.

All being well, we will continue to open in line with the guidance, health and safety and staff availability. All of the above is dependent on any Covid 19 outbreaks that the academy may have, which could result in its closure and/or significant reduction in staff that could result in its closure.

Please let me know if your child is shielding and not going to return before September.

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

We will continue to make calls to those parents/carers of children who are not in the academy on a weekly basis to see how things are going and that children are accessing the work provided on Evisense, 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