As you will be aware, we are currently in a national lockdown in which the government has closed school to all except children of key workers or to vulnerable children. We have worked hard to provide a high quality home learning offer which replicates what the children would normally be learning in school. The home learning plan is mirrored for those children in school so that everyone receives the same offer and so that nobody is left behind. It is really important that children strive to complete as much of the learning as they can so progress is maximised. If you have any issues at all during lockdown, please do not hesitate to contact school and we will do what we can to help!
What to do if your child develops CV-19 during a school holiday.
The Department for Education have made it clear that schools have got a role to play in keeping people safe during school holidays.
If your child develops CV-19 during a school break, please let school know by emailing email@example.com.
When contacting school, we would need to know the following:
- When did CV-19 symptoms develop?
- When was the test taken?
- When did the positive result arrive?
This is important so we can take advice from the Public Health Protection Team to establish whether other members of the school community need to isolate. Clearly, we are keeping everything crossed for Covid-free holidays for all of our families!
Safeguarding and Remote Education
Our number one priority is always to safeguard our pupils. If you have any concerns in relation to the safety or well-being of children during periods of remote learning, these should be shared immediately with the head teacher (firstname.lastname@example.org). If the concerns are regarding the head teacher, they should be shared with the chair of governors (Liz Smyth: email@example.com).
If you are not satisfied with the response from the school, or if a child is at immediate risk of harm, then you should call starting point on 01629 533190.
All the information you could need about our remote learning offer can be found in our 'Remote Learning: Information for Parents and Carers' document. Please click on the document title to see it in full.
We have been busy making plans to ensure that learning can carry on in the event that your child is not able to come to school. There is a letter below to outline our expectations around home learning.
We have to have a named member of the SLT who has overall responsibility for remote learning. Our named member of staff is Mr Horton firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to provide any feedback, or make suggestions about our remote learning offer please contact him and he will be happy to give them his full consideration.
We have completed an audit to identify families who are struggling to access remote learning due to issues with technology. We have worked with these families to resolve the issues. If you are struggling to access our remote learning offer because of limited access to technology, please let school know as soon as possible so we can work with you to find a solution.
Each class uses a range of websites to support learning both in and out of school. These activities are always available and include:
Children Awaiting Test Results
A number of children have missed some time from school this term due to having symptoms of Corona Virus. In these instances, children have been at home for 2-4 days while tests were processed.
For these short periods of absence we have:
- prepared work packs for children to complete at home.
- the range of ‘always activities’ for the children to complete.
Once a negative result is received, children return to school when they are well enough.
If a child (or a member of their household) gets a positive result, the household will have to isolate in line with government guidance. This will mean that pupils will have a longer period of absence. It is important in this instance that your child is able to access learning they are missing in school.
For these longer periods of absence we have:
- arranged for teaching assistants in each class to mirror the work that is taking place in class via Seesaw as far as is possible.
- a range of ‘always activities’ for the children to complete.
- provision in place for regular feedback on the work your child completes. This will be done by phone if needed, but will usually be done via Seesaw.
A Whole Bubble is at Home
If a whole bubble is sent home, we will immediately revert to our remote learning plan – similar to that used during the full lockdown.
If a whole bubble has to work from home, the class teacher will take responsibility for online learning from the first day of closure. In this event:
- Each day will start with a short Class Dojo video to celebrate some of the successes from the previous day and explain the tasks for that day.
- Teachers will provide a maths, literacy and topic activity each day. These will usually be set on Seesaw and work should be posted on there so children can get feedback. These lessons will be supported by voice-overs or explanatory videos by the teachers.
- Our activities will replicate a normal school day.
- Be aware that posts children share on Seesaw are set as private to the class teacher. They will only be shared with the class if the children wish. Questions they ask are only viewed by the teacher – so do ask for help!
- Teachers will share whole class stories via Seesaw videos.
- Teachers are available via telephone, Class Dojo or Seesaw if they are needed.
- Children can access the ‘always activities’.
No Live Lessons
We understand how difficult it is to juggle home learning and working from home or managing home learning for multiple children. We feel that parents / carers might find it difficult to work to our specific timeframes throughout a day if lessons were at set times. Our approach offers more flexibility.
There is also an expectation that an adult is always in the room during a live stream. Again, we worry about the practicalities of this.
Furthermore, teaching involves encouragement, behaviour management, highlighting pupils who have done well, making jokes, going off-task, pupils commenting on their home life, safeguarding issues, bees flying through the window, snow falling, children being ill and many other things! We genuinely believe that our teachers do a great job in the classroom but staff are understandably nervous about being watched from living rooms and the potentially difficult circumstances that could occur.
Information for key workers and parents of vulnerable children during the lockdown in January 2021
Parents and carers will have a number of questions about how school will operate for those children who take a place during the lockdown. Please see the letter below which aims to answers these questions.
Home learning during the lockdown in January
We have pulled together some key information regarding home learning during the lockdown in January 2021. Please see the letter below:
Guidance from Derbyshire Public Health Protection Team
The letter below outlines some of the changes to guidance which are in place over the Christmas period.
Expectations around home learning
The letter below provides some further detail on our expectations around home learning.
Reopening in September - Information for Parents
We know you will have lots of questions about the reopening of school in September. This letter below aims to address these.
Home Learning Timetable
Policies linked to Covid-19
Some of our policies have been adapted while we are operating in a different way. Please follow the links below to see our new policies.
Below are the letters that have recently been sent home related to school opening and home learning.
Latest DfE Guidance
Please click the link here to see the latest guidance for parents from the DfE.
In order to reduce contact with staff in school, medical forms are now to be completed online. Follow the link to complete a form if you need us to administer medication to your child in school.
13th Jan 2021 - Shared on Class Dojo
LETTER TO PARENTS AND CARERS FROM BOLSOVER DISTRICT COUNCIL - SUPPORTING VULNERABLE FAMILIES:
During this difficult time, some of us may be experiencing challenges that you and your family have not faced before. Below are a selection of links containing useful information about situations families may be facing and how you can deal with them.
Click the links below for information on…
• Financial support and advice
• Winter grants, including food vouchers, business
support and advice on money, benefits and food
• Navigating redundancy
• Benefits claims and enquiries
• Mental health information
• Fuel insecurity advice and support
• Support with self-isolation
• Support for the clinically extremely vulnerable
• Supermarket priority slots
• Business assistance
• Business grants
• Test and trace support payments
Alternatively, If you would like to speak to anyone, Bolsover District Councils Customer services team are on hand to help support you with queries or questions you may have on 01246 242424.
9th Jan 2021 - Shared on Class Dojo
NEW GUIDANCE FOR CRITICAL WORKERS:
At the end of last week, the DfE updated their guidance to schools with regard to who is classed as a critical worker.
They have defined CRITICAL WORKERS as:
'Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response.'
The guidance goes on to state that:
'Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school if required...Parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.'
With this in mind, along with my previous post about the number of children currently attending school, please let me know if you no longer feel you are eligible for a school place or if you are able to reduce the number of days your child attends school.
Please only contact me or post messages about your own circumstances, as it is impossible for anyone to have a full understanding of anyone else's reasons for sending their child(ren) to school.
The full guidance (including the DfE's definition of vulnerable children) can be found by following the link below:
7th Jan 2021 - Shared on Class Dojo
***UPDATE REGARDING NUMBER OF PUPILS IN SCHOOL - PLEASE READ IN FULL***
This week, we have tried hard to accommodate requests for children to attend school in line with the guidance from the DfE. However, as the week has developed I have become increasingly concerned about the number of children that are attending school during this lockdown at a time when infection rates and pressure on the NHS are so high.
Clearly, the intention of the school closure is to reduce transmission rates as far as possible - something we can help to achieve by minimising the number of children in school.
Next week, we have 51 of our pupils in school at some point during the week. In normal opening conditions we would have 94 children in school. When the lockdown was announced it was said that schools are closed for most children - for us, with almost 55% currently in school, this is not the case.
The high numbers of pupils in school is manageable from an educational point of view, but staff have raised concerns and feel anxious about how safe it is in the current climate to have this number of children in class. In simple terms, the fewer children in school, the safer school is for the staff and children who have to be in as well as for their immediate families.
Clearly, school is the best place for children to learn and we know that managing home learning is challenging. However, the fact that children find it easier to concentrate in school should not be the sole purpose for sending them to us if they are able to access the work at home. Our home learning offer has improved since the start of this pandemic. We now provide detailed videos which explain the tasks and are available throughout the day to offer remote support. The aim is that children can access a number of activities independently. Therefore, I would ask that you consider the purpose of the school closures and whether you might be able to support your child’s learning at home as best you can.
With this in mind, I would like to urge parents and carers who have places in school to consider whether they might be able to reduce the amount of time they send children to us, or indeed keep children at home full-time during the lockdown.
I understand that for many critical workers - particularly those working within the NHS - that this might not be possible and in fact would encourage them to send children to us on a full-time basis while they continue to do their vital work. One example of the pressure our high numbers is causing us is that a parent (who works as a nurse) contacted school yesterday to request more time for their child in school so that she was able to administer the new vaccine for CV-19. We only just managed to accommodate her request.
I hope you can appreciate that in almost all other circumstances I would want as many children in school as possible, however we are in very challenging times and your support in keeping children away from school as much as possible would be very much appreciated.
If you are able to reduce the amount of time your child(ren) are in school, please send me a message on Class Dojo so I can amend our records.
4th Jan 2021 - Shared on Class Dojo
Given the Prime Minister’s announcement tonight regarding the national lockdown and closing of schools to all but vulnerable children and those of key workers, we are now trying to quickly make plans to revert to remote learning. As you can probably appreciate, this is challenging to do in time for tomorrow given that the announcement came after 8pm this evening.
As a result, we are going to use tomorrow to prepare for the new way in which we need to work. Therefore, school will be closed tomorrow and remote learning will be in place from Wednesday 6th January.
If you are a key worker or if you consider your child to be vulnerable, please complete the form by following the link below. I would appreciate it if you could complete the form regardless of whether you plan on sending your child(ren) to school:
IT WOULD BE INCREDIBLY HELPFUL IF THIS FORM COULD BE COMPLETED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT BY TUESDAY AT 12:00PM BY THE LATEST.
I will be in touch tomorrow to outline our expectations in relation to home learning. I will also send information regarding our plans for opening to eligible children.
We understand that a small number of key workers will be unable to make childcare arrangements for tomorrow at such short notice and so we will make childcare provision for their children. Please be aware though, that for tomorrow this will be childcare rather than schooling. Please send me a Dojo message tonight if you need to make use of this emergency childcare for tomorrow – include drop off and collection times (between 8:00am and 4:30pm) in your message.
I am very sorry that we find ourselves in this position again. Please rest assured that we will do everything we can to support you and your children to ensure that the lockdown has as small an impact on learning as possible.
3rd July 2020 - Shared on Class Dojo
SCHOOL UPDATE - Full Opening:
You will have probably seen the headlines about the reopening of school for all pupils from September.
The DfE have released lots of guidance which we now need to apply to our school setting. We have a few things to decide upon before we will be able to give you final details about how school will operate from September, but we do fully expect to be open to every child from Thursday 3rd September.
The government have made it clear that school will be mandatory from September. I understand that you will have some anxieties around your child returning to school, but we will have lots of measures in place to keep them safe and will be sharing these with you soon.
We will try to get more details out to parents before the end of term, but keep an eye on Class Dojo over the summer holiday as we will undoubtedly by putting further updates on there.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please send me a message on Dojo or email me: email@example.com
31st May 2020 - Shared on Class Dojo
BACK TO SCHOOL TOMORROW
Tomorrow home learning activities will resume in all classes. Please ask your child to login to Seesaw to see what staff have planned for them.
For some children of key workers, school will open again this week. There are a number of changes to the way we will run from Monday. These changes are summarised below:
• Children will be expected to wear uniform where possible – but trainers for footwear.
• Children will need to bring their workbooks, a water bottle, a sunhat and their packed lunch if they aren’t having a school meal.
• Children shouldn’t bring anything else to school.
• Children don’t need a PE kit in school.
• Parents are asked NOT to come on to the playground in a morning. Ring the buzzer at the gate and your child will be asked to walk up the playground and ring the doorbell outside Class 2.
• Children will be seated 2m apart but we cannot keep children 2m apart all day.
• Children have been put in bubbles – they will stay with the same children and adults. They will not always be with their usual teachers or in their normal classroom.
• Children who attend school between reception and Year 2 will be entitled to their universal free school meal.
• Children can be dropped off at any time after 8:00am. Breakfast (toast or cereal) will be offered to children arriving before 8:45am.
• Children can be collected at any time up until 4:00pm.
• On collecting children, please ring the buzzer on the gate. You will be invited to wait on the NoMow area and your child will be brought to you there.
• We have written a new behaviour policy which we will share with pupils and parents on Monday.
• We will work outside when we can. Please apply sun cream to your child before they come to school.
• Please send all money in to school via the School Money App.
• Communicate with school via email, Seesaw, telephone and Class Dojo where possible. Face to face meetings must be booked in advance.
Please note that this is not school as you knew it. Until we are in a position to welcome whole year groups back, we will use the time in school to support your child in the home learning they would have otherwise completed at home.
We know that you will be a little anxious about sending your child to school if you haven’t needed to over the last 10 weeks, but rest assured that we will work hard to make sure they are safe and happy!
I will keep you all updated as the situation about the wider opening of school develops.
24th May 2020 - Shared on Class Dojo
UPDATE ON WIDER SCHOOL OPENING AND REQUEST FOR INFORMATION FROM KEY WORKERS:
Please note that all plans are subject to change if we are given updated guidance from the Department for Education or Derbyshire County Council. This will be communicated with you via Class Dojo.
Following on from the update on Friday about the wider opening of school, I would like to provide more information about what this will mean for our pupils and their families.
For the MAJORITY OF CHILDREN, school will remain closed on 1st June. This means that, after half term, staff will continue to set home school activities through Seesaw as well as directing children to activities in their CGP books. There are a wide range of resources out there now to support home learning. Mr Horton will be making contact during half term to give more details about our home school offer from 1st June. Currently, we are not in a position to know when this situation will change. I do know however that we only have the capacity for 32 children in school while ever we are requirement to seat pupils 2 metres apart. Until this guidance changes, it is clear that we will be unable to offer the majority of children a place in school.
If you have any concerns about the well-being of any child in our school community, please do not hesitate to contact school to seek support! Please also familiarise yourself with the Online Safety guidance we have issued on Class Dojo as we are aware that children are accessing a large amount of learning online at the moment.
KEY WORKERS will continue to be able to send their children to school. Attached is a letter to explain what school will look like for these children from 1st June. If you are a KEY WORKER, please read the letter carefully and complete the short survey (link below). If you are eligible to send your child to school but haven’t done so yet, please complete the survey anyway. We have been asked to ensure that the wider opening of school does not result in limiting places for children of key workers. Therefore, it is crucial that we get an accurate picture of the demand for places now and in the future.
KEY WORKERS SHOULD FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO OUTLINE THEIR NEED FOR OUR CHILDCARE SERVICE.
I am sure you are aware that we are very keen to welcome all children back to school as soon as it is safe to do so and are aware of the challenges that the current arrangements will be causing for you and your family.
We really appreciate your continued support and patience!
22nd May 2020 - Shared on Class Dojo
INFORMATION ABOUT WIDER SCHOOL OPENING:
We have just received an update from Derbyshire County Council about the wider opening of schools from 1st June.
As a Derbyshire County Council maintained school, we follow the guidance they set out. They have been working with the DfE to get clarification on some of the points raised in their guidance. Following the discussions, DCC have made the decision to recommend that all of its schools do not open on 1st June to children beyond those currently eligible to attend - key workers and vulnerable children.
The DfE have also now clarified with DCC that children must be seated 2m apart. Having prepared classroom furniture in this way, I'm sure you can appreciate that this doesn't give us very much capacity in such a small school. In fact, our classrooms can only accommodate 6 children.
We have now been given the clear instruction that these limited spaces have to be allocated to vulnerable children and those of key workers. Key worker children will still be able to attend school from 1st June, but they should make other arrangements where possible so that we have the capacity to support those families who need to use our service. It is not expected that they attend everyday. Staff will continue to support the children with the home learning activities that have been set by class teachers.
If we have any spare capacity once we have met the needs of key workers, we will start to open up spaces to the priority year groups identified - Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. However, given the limited capacity we have in school, I wouldn't anticipate we would be able to do this while maintaining social distancing rules.
While we find out a safe way to reopen school(under the guidance of Derbyshire County Council), we will continue to work hard to provide online home learning activities for your child.
I will be sending a further Dojo later early next week to gain an understanding of the demand for key worker spaces.
I am truly sorry that we won't be able to welcome more children to school on June 1st. However, I know that Derbyshire have made their decision based on what is best for keeping its staff and young people safe! Attached is a press release from Derbyshire County Council outlining the rationale for their decision.
Many thanks for your continued support!