Coronavirus Update for Parents

11th June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Coronavirus update

I write to update you further to my letter of the 4th June 2020.

As you are aware, the guidance changed over the weekend, due to the Local Authority’s concerns over the increase in the Reproduction (R) rate in the North West to 1.01. Wider opening across Cheshire West schools has been put back to the 22nd June.

We will continue to take a slow and steady approach to reopening with priority given to pupils of key workers and primary age pupils. I will advise further as we approach the 22nd June.

Could you please let me know if your child is continuing to shield or has been offered a second shielding letter.

This week we will be issuing further free school vouchers through Edenred to cover this week and next. Parents of pupils who receive free school meals will need to check their emails for the codes. Please contact the academy if you encounter any problems/difficulties with them.

Please note that the academy email address has changed to admin@russett.cheshire.sch.uk.

We have had a new piece of outdoor equipment installed this week, a spider net climbing frame. This was purchased using the donation we received from Wychwood Park Golf Club.

A reminder that 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.

For those pupils who are not returning yet, they will continue to receive work through Evisense and/or by post. If you are having difficulties with Evisense or require more work to be sent home, please do not hesitate to contact the academy.

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 during the week.

Please also see our Facebook page for updates.

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 are 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 and patience.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs C Lewis

Executive Head Teacher