Letter to Parents

7th May 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Coronavirus update

I write to update you further to my letter of the 1st May 2020.

The current guidance remains the same, that if a child can be safely cared for at home, regardless of whether they have an EHCP or not, then they should remain at home. At this stage, as per the guidance, the academy will remain closed as an educational institution for the foreseeable future. We are fortunate that thanks to the support of staff, we have been able to open for a limited child care service. As you are aware the Government will be making an announcement on Sunday 10th May and of course, we will keep you updated as to any change.

I would like to reassure you again that the absence is authorised and you will not be fined.

Department for Education coronavirus helpline – Friday 8 May Bank Holiday opening hours

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Phone: 0800 046 8687

The helpline will remain open over the early May Bank Holiday weekend for staff, parents and young people as follows:

10am to 4pm – Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The standard opening hours will resume on Monday 11 May:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday

10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

StarLine is a telephone helpline which offers parents and carers personalised advice and support from a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.

A group of partners, including Star Academies, Mumsnet, Oak National Academy, the Confederation of School Trusts, Triple P UK and a number of academy trusts, have come together to establish StarLine as part of their civic response to the coronavirus pandemic.

StarLine, which is a sector‐led initiative supported by voluntary sector partners and the Department for Education, aims to take some of the burden away from families by providing them with empathy, reassurance and practical advice to support home learning.

StarLine is available to all parents and carers of school children nationwide. StarLine’s team of education and parenting experts will share tips, techniques and resources to help young people continue their learning while schools are closed, and to support family wellbeing. Parents and carers will be guided to help their children create regular routines and study habits, offering practical steps to take and access to quality resources.

StarLine is open six days a week and covers all areas of the curriculum across all phases of education. In addition to qualified teachers, callers can speak to experienced education and parenting experts who can provide support and advice on behaviour, wellbeing and help for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities. Callers will be asked to provide details of their enquiry so that they can be passed to an expert with the appropriate knowledge and experience. All calls will be confidential. For more information please visit the StarLine website at www.starline.org.uk . It includes details of all partners on the About page. You can also follow us on twitter at @StarLineSupport

We continue to make calls to all parents/carers on a weekly basis to see how things are going and that children are accessing the work provided on Evesense, 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