19th March 2020
Re: Coronavirus – School Provision
In light of the latest announcement by the government to close schools, we would like to let you know what we have put in place to support our families as we move forward into these uncertain times.
Firstly, I would ask that all parents provide a valid email address as this will our main means of communication while school is closed. We will update information on our website, on a regular basis, so please use this facility; this is where we will post all work for the children to complete.
We will use the school website as the primary source of information for the school community. This will be updated regularly. Second to that, we will email parents. Each class will also have its own dedicated email address. These will be made available to parents in case there is a question about the school work. These emails will be checked twice daily (Mon-Fri). Teachers will not provide a daily dialogue with parents via email.
Class email addresses are:
We are aware that having your children at home for such long periods of time may cause financial pressure on some families, especially if children are in receipt of Free School Meals. Until the government provide details of their proposed voucher scheme, we have set up a small food bank in school. If you would benefit from support in this way, please contact the school office. We will treat this information with the utmost discretion. Please do not be afraid to ask as the food is here.
Vulnerable Children and Frontline Services
As a school, we wish to offer as much support as possible to our community. For families where both parents work for Frontline services or in positions outlined in the government’s list who may struggle with childcare when the school closes, will have access to school if they qualify. Vulnerable children will also be invited to remain at school. Please contact the school office, if you feel you may need our help.
School is a central part to all children’s lives. School closures make it difficult for us to fulfil our safeguarding obligations. Should anybody have a concern about a child’s welfare or wellbeing, the contact number for First Response is 0800 1313 126. You can also report a concern online via https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Care-for-children-and-families/Childprotection/Report-a-concern-online.aspx Childline’s number is 0800 1111.
Advice or Concerns
The government are providing daily updates and these can be accessed at the government’s website https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response. You can also contact the school via: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be aware that the response may not be instant as I will be involved in running the school’s provision.
Thank you for your continued support in these difficult times.
Mrs A Graham