School information - Coronavirus
The school remains open only to pupils who are assessed as being vulnerable and to those from families where one or more parents/carers is a designated keyworker.
The school leadership is ensuring compliance and adherence to existing government guidelines related to managing Coronavirus in an educational setting.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
new continuous cough and/or
For most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness
if you live alone and you have symptoms of Coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of Coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.
Home Learning Support
The school has introduced two systems to support home learning online:
Every child was also provided with a comprehensive Home Learning Pack before the school closed. Each pack is filled with age-related curriculum study guides and practical resources to help families support home learning. These packs, and the online systems, form a package of home learning which has been actively supported by DEMAT, for which the school is genuinely grateful.
The engagement, so far, with both Class Dojo and Study Ladder has been fantastic. Teachers have been posting activities every day and assessing the amazing work that children have completed - some on Study Ladder and some posted to their teacher on Class Dojo. The communication between home and school that is developing on Class Dojo is also wonderful to see. Using Dojo, class teachers will also be updating parents/carers with new resources and ideas for home learning as they become available.
The focus for any work that is set by teachers remains revision and development of existing skills and knowledge from the autumn and spring terms. We will not be asking families to support children with new learning as this would require direct, remote teaching which the government has clearly stated is not an expectation on schools. We must be mindful that there needs to be a genuine balance between academic support from the school and mental health support for our children and families. These are unprecedented times and the school will not impose unrealistic academic expectations on children and parents/carers which might negatively impact upon their well-being and mental health.
We do understand that some parents/carers may feel confident to introduce new learning to their children. As with the revision work set daily, how much children engage is a decision for parents/carers. The Home Learning packs do contain resources to support new (summer term) learning i.e. CGP, however, this is not a school expectation and any new (summer term) learning will be thoroughly taught in class when the children return to school.
Upon a return to school, whenever this takes place, our approach of revision and mastering existing skills will create a secure foundation that will allow teachers to swiftly introduce new learning. It will also ensure that any gaps in expected skills and knowledge are rapidly closed for all children.
Teachers will post activities and tasks every working day. They will not be posting work during any holiday period although the school remains open for keyworker and vulnerable children during holiday periods.
Staff would like to sincerely thank all parents/carers for supporting the children with their home learning. We could not do any of this without your co-operation and help. This is a genuine team effort and your support is very much appreciated.