Coronavirus Update for Parents

19th June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Coronavirus update

I write to update you further to my letter of the 11th June 2020.

We continue to open the academy at 8.50am for those pupils who are attending. I believe other schools during these difficult times give you a time slot to arrive. You will appreciate that it is taking longer to get the children into the academy safely due to social distancing, taking their temperature and applying sanitizing gel. At the moment, children start to leave at the end of the day at 3.00pm. Again, it can take a while for all pupils to leave safely and it will take longer as more pupils return to the academy.

We will continue to increase the number of pupils gradually, subject to the availability of staff, with priority given to pupils of key workers and primary age pupils. Once your child returns, it will be on a full time basis.

I would like to remind you that it is inappropriate to be verbally abusive to any member of the academy staff. Likewise, to make unhelpful comments regarding the academy on Facebook or other social media sites. I am sure that you will appreciate that such actions are unacceptable and it does not help the academy as well as causing offence. I would therefore ask all parents/carers who use such sites to think carefully before making comments or entering into conversation with others about the Russett school. Please remember that parents outside of the academy community can access such sites and derogatory comments can be misinterpreted and cause serious damage. If you have any issues or concerns I would ask that you contact me, Catherine Lewis directly and raise the issue. I will be more than happy to discuss your concern.

Please see the link below which is for printable cards that people can carry where they are unable to wear a face mask on public transport due to their disability.

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: – Weight and measure – Maths and literacy games

Whiteboard Room – Maths

English: – The giant jam sandwich story – The giant jam sandwich book of activities – Phonics songs ome&ie=UTF-8 – Phonics songs – Phonics website for all ages

Maths: – Maths songs for children – Great for ideas sensory maths sessions

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

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 · 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 Teache