Coronavirus Update for Parents

10th July 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Coronavirus update

As advised in my last letter, we will be expecting all pupils back in the academy on Wednesday 2nd September. The Government has stated that parents will be fined if they do not send their child back in September. We fully understand that some parents will have concerns and we will work closely with those parents who are anxious about their child returning in September.

Transport Solutions will contact parents to advise of the arrangements for September. In the meantime, is you have any queries regarding transport, please note the following numbers: CWAC 01244 973377, Cheshire East 01270 371489.

Please note the academy calendar for 2020/2021:

THE RUSSETT SCHOOL HOLIDAY CALENDAR 2020/2021

INSET DAY Tuesday 1st September 2020

Autumn Term Starts Wednesday 2nd September 2020

INSET DAY Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Autumn Half Term Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October 2020

Return to the academy Monday 2nd November 2020

Christmas Holiday Monday 21st December to Friday 1st January 2021

Spring Term Starts Monday 4th January 2021

Spring Half Term Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February 2021

Return to the academy Monday 22nd February 2021

Easter Holiday Friday 2nd April to Friday 16th April 2021

Summer Term Starts Monday 19th April 2021

May Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May 2021

Summer Half Term Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June 2021

INSET DAY Monday 7th June 2021

Return to the academy Tuesday 8th June 2021

School Closes Monday 19th July 2021

INSET DAY Tuesday 20th July 2021

INSET DAY Wednesday 21st July 2021

Autumn Term INSET DAY Wednesday 1st September 2021

In next week’s letter we will outline the plan for how the academy will open in the first week in September with COVID guidance. We will also be sending out letters advising which class your child will be in and their class teacher .

Edsential are providing lots of free holiday clubs over the summer holidays. Please see the following link for more details:

http://edsential.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/HAF-2019.pdf

The academies risk assessments are still available on the website.

The final day of term for all pupils remains Friday 17th July. For parents of those pupils that are attending at the moment, due to local authority transport guidelines, limited numbers and social distancing, please be mindful that your child may not necessarily have the same driver and escort. Please also do not send your child into the academy with too many belongings.

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.

https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/posters

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.

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.

Please also note the following contact numbers:

Integrated Access and Referral Team (IART) – 0300 123 7047

LDCAMHS – 01270 253841

The Disabilities Team – 0151 356 6731

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 Teache