19th March 2020
Re: Coronavirus concerns
I write to update you further to my letter of the 17th March 2020, following the announcement by the Government that schools will close on Friday to most pupils but where possible will stay open to look after children of key workers and vulnerable children.
Provided your child does not have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, then we are happy for your child to come in to the academy as normal up to the end of the term on the 3rd April. However, if you feel that you would prefer to keep your child at home during this period, then that will be authorised as an absence due to exceptional circumstances. Our priority is the pupils and their safety and I would like to reassure you that these are exceptional circumstances and you will not be fined if you choose to keep your child at home.
In the cirmcumstances, can you inform the academy by 4pm tomorrow if your child will be attending on Monday. Should you decide that you wish your child to attend at a later date, please inform us by 4pm the day before. Once we have this information we can inform transport and the SEN team at the Local Authority. You can contact the academy to confirm if your child will be attending by telephone on 01606 853005, by email: email@example.com or through Facebook.
Can I remind you that if you, your child or anyone you live with has either of the following symptoms, you must all self-isolate for 14 days.
- A new, continuous cough and/or
- A high temperature
If your child is unwell or is self- isolating, report this as you normally would by telephoning the academy on 01606 855832 or 01606 853005 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a pupil has to self-isolate, the absence will be recorded as “unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances” and will be authorised.
To protect pupils and staff we are cancelling all meetings, both external and internal. Annual reviews will take place by telephone and you will continue to receive the paperwork in the post. We are also cancelling any trips for the foreseeable future.
Please ensure that we have your up to date contact details so that we are able to make contact with you to inform you that your child has become ill with either a new continuous cough or a high temperature, and you are able to come and collect them straight away.
As previously advised, teachers will set work for pupils through the Evisense platform. I therefore urge you to complete and return the permission slip with your details as soon as possible. The academy’s email@example.com email address can also be used to provide a statement of consent and email address.
You can also find useful resources on the following websites:
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=weights%20and%20measures – Weight and measure
http://www.shinylearning.co.uk/freegames/ – Cause and effect games
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games – Maths and literacy games
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.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm – Phonics website for all ages
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.
If you are in any doubt, please contact:
- The academy.
- The Department for Education Coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- DGovernment’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead.
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.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs C Lewis
Executive Head Teacher