Re-open UpdateMonday 18th May 2020 Dear Parents, I had hoped to be able to write to you this week to provide you with clear details of how the proposed reopening of schools would look within our school. Unfortunately, this is still not possible due to the well-publicised discussions continuing to take place between the government, medical professionals and teaching unions. Schools have now been provided with government guidance outlining the steps we should begin to consider as part of our preparations for the safe re-opening of schools, whenever that might be. We have spent much of last week considering these in conjunction with further guidance provided by our local education authority. Unfortunately, we are still awaiting lots of the finer details but feel it is important to share with you what is likely to happen, based on the information we currently have. When schools re-open it will be through a phased approach which prioritises the children of critical workers, vulnerable children and those in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes. The government has recommended that children should be taught in groups (‘bubbles’) of no more than 15 children. Coventry LA recommend that there should be between 8 and 10 children per group (‘bubble’). We agree with Coventry LA’s recommendation based on the size of our classrooms and the very young age of our children which will make social distancing very difficult. The number of pupils we can safely accommodate on our school site could be less than those parents who wish their children to attend. This may mean that, in line with government guidance, we will have to prioritise which children are offered places. This could mean that children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 only attend on certain days of each week. Vulnerable children and those from critical worker families will be able to attend every day of the week, (including those from other year groups) and will be given priority over any available places. Children will remain in their groups (‘bubbles’) of 8-10 for the entire day. Each group will have their own playtime, lunchtime, classroom and class teacher, teaching assistant and lunch time supervisory assistant. Pupils and staff from different groups will not be allowed to mix with each other or share resources and equipment. (N.B. your child may not be in their usual classroom, be taught by their usual teacher or be with all of their closest friends) The start and end times for each group will be staggered. Only 1 adult should accompany a child to school. (Staff will meet your child at the gate or main school entrance). Breakfast club will not be available as it would result in children from different groups (’bubbles’) mixing together. Unnecessary classroom furniture and soft furnishings will be removed from classrooms wherever practical to do so. Children are likely to have their own workspace and/or carpet space to promote social distancing measures and movement within the classroom will be restricted. Well-being, Good Social-distancing, Maths, Reading and phonics will be priority areas of learning for Reception and Year 1 children. Well-being and Transition activities will be the priority for Year 6. All children will be required to bring a packed lunch to school with them in the morning. FSM vouchers will still be provided for those families currently receiving them to support in this. Children will eat their lunch in their classroom with the other children from their (‘Bubble’) No school resources will be sent home. (This will include reading books) Strict hygiene measures will be followed at all times. Please be aware, that whilst we will do our best to put in place every possible measure to safeguard your children (and our staff) on their return to school, very young children who have not seen each other in months are likely to struggle to understand or keep to these ‘new’ rules. As such we cannot guarantee their safety – only try our best to minimise the level of risk they are exposed to. With only five school days remaining before the possible re-opening of schools on 1st June I understand the great anxiety you must all be feeling regarding the decisions you are being asked to make. I am sorry for this and feel greatly frustrated by the fact that at this moment in time I have very little to offer you which will assist you in that decision making process. As a parent you will need to make the decision which sits best in your heart and as a school we will respect you for that. If you feel that your child fits into the Key Worker/Vulnerable category set out by the Government, please let me know if you will be taking up a school place from the point at which school opens again (Tuesday 2nd June at the moment) If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6, please let me know if you will be taking up a school place for 2 days each week (currently this would be Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday) To let the school know, please email email@example.com or call the school office between 9am and 12 noon. Please stay safe and well Sally Snooks Headteacher
School update 11th May 2020School update (COVID-19 - 11th May 2020) Dear Parents I am sure that many of you will have seen and heard the announcement made by the Prime Minister yesterday and have many questions regarding the proposed plan for returning to school. Like you, I also have many questions about the plan, and the practical safety aspects of having more and more pupils on school site. I am waiting to receive more information from Government and Coventry Local Authority about what this means for our school. In the short-term, nothing has changed and I will provide further information in the coming days and weeks once I am able to do so. The advice remains the same – pupils should remain at home wherever possible. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for following the guidance on social distancing and for engaging with school staff in such a positive way. These are very unusual times we are experiencing, but the positive way in which school staff and parents have engaged with each other has made it much easier to manage. I am sure, that you as parents, would also join me in thanking all school staff for their hard work and dedication to providing educational support via digital and distance learning for your children. Until we meet up again in person Please stay safe and well Best wishes Sally Snooks
Free School Meals - VouchersFree School Meals FSM Dear parents of pupils registered for FSM I have been able to secure vouchers for use in ‘Aldi’ to support us through this very unpredictable and worrying time. The vouchers are for use on food and groceries only and are restricted to this by Aldi themselves. Currently, we are able to provide £25 per fortnight (every 2 weeks) per pupil registered with us for FSM (not universal free school meals that R, 1 & 2 pupils receive automatically) and these are due to be delivered to school tomorrow. Only pupils who are already registered with school for FSM have been allocated vouchers at this time so please check that you have all your children registered even if they are in Reception, year 1 or year 2. This has a big impact on school under normal circumstances and it is now, more than ever, vitally important that you register all children of school age so that you can receive the support you need. Vouchers should be ready for collection from school after 2pm on Wednesday 1st April and then between 9am and 12.30pm on Thursday 2nd April 2020. If there are any major queries, please contact the teachers via the links given previously and they will try to sort out any issues. Stay Safe Mrs Snooks
Free School Meals updateDear Parents As you know over the past week we have been providing packed lunches to all of our pupils eligible for free school meals and who wanted to collect from school. From Monday 30th March this will no longer be the case. Packed lunches WILL NOT be provided from school on a daily basis. Instead, I am in contact with the Aldi supermarket trying to get vouchers for all families eligible for FSM and would be willing to collect the vouchers from the school office once every 2 weeks. I will post more information regarding this on the school website and twitter shortly. If you are keen to take advantage of this you can email any of the addresses below (depending on what year your child is in) to inform the teachers and they will make a note of this. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Stay safe and well Best wishes Mrs Snooks
COVID-19Information for parents from schools You will have seen the message from the Prime Minister last Wednesday that schools in the country will close to most families. We know that many of you are asking for information on what that means for your children and how they will receive their education. We are now in a position to give some clarity as to how we will move forwards. Government guidance is for all children to be kept away from schools and early years settings unless a parent meets one of the following criteria. Schools will challenge the parents of any child who attends if they are not defined as eligible to do so and will not provide them with provision. · That one of their parents is defined as a key worker according to government guidance. Government guidance is also that parents who are defined as key workers should only send their children to school if they do not have a safe alternative. The list of those whose work is regarded as critical to the COVID-19 response can be found here: · That the child is classed as being ‘vulnerable’, including those who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) We appreciate the disruption that this will cause you. However, everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of the Coronavirus. The Government has stressed that schools and early years settings (referred to simply as ‘schools’ throughout the rest of this briefing) have a key role to play, having kept them open as normal for as long as was practicably possible. There will be staff ensuring that the schools remain safe and functional. Free school meals will be provided to all eligible pupils and information about how to access this will follow. Every day, data will be collected in the morning so that we have a very clear picture of who is in school and, if any child is not attending that should be, we need to know where they are. That is obviously a critical piece of work if we are to safely track some of our most vulnerable children That will be our starting point. As time passes and the situation evolves, we will be scaling down the number of schools open and the transport network. As this begins to take place, we will be communicating which schools will remain open as the number of settings reduces. As time goes on it will be likely that many children who are eligible to attend will be at a different location than their usual school. Staff who will initially be present in schools will be scaled back to working remotely. Where fit, staff will be expected to be supporting the school’s distance learning approach. Staff who are not supervising at the schools that remain open will be teaching via online learning tools so that children continue to receive the best education possible. For all parents, we would also ask that you ensure that you follow government guidance on hygiene as stringently as possible. We understand how this will affect the children and you, as families, and while we empathise, we have to be firm in the application of government guidelines if we are to keep your children safe and help stop the spread of Coronoavirus. Your essential co-operation is appreciated.
Key worker adviceAdvice to schools and parents regarding keeping pupils of key workers at home Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Please, therefore, follow these key principles: If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available (not guaranteed to be in the usual setting due to staff shortages, etc) for them. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible. If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision. Provision in an educational setting may not be in the normal educational setting for your children but may be offered by a setting elsewhere. Thank you for your understanding S. Snooks
School closure informationReminder Friday 20th March is a Teacher Training Day – School will be closed to pupils School is also closed to pupils from Monday 23rd March 2020 School closure Dear Parents/Carers You may have seen that the approach to COVID-19 has now changed. Yesterday, the government announced that schools across the UK would close from Friday 20th March until further notice. Due to the planned teacher day, this means that Edgewick will be closed to pupils from 3.15pm on Thursday 19th March (TODAY). See government outline below After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus. Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require. Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care. If you feel you that your family falls into one of these groups and you want your child to remain in school (ie, you are not self-isolating due to symptoms of coronavirus, or medical conditions of other family members) please contact the office for further advice and information. If you have made the school office aware that you would like to collect a school packed lunch (free school meal pupils and pre-arranged only), these will be available for you to collect from the school office between 10.30 and 11am. It is your responsibility to store these lunches appropriately until they are consumed. Thank you for your understanding. Kind regards S. Snooks
Dol-y-mochHere are the pictures from the Dol-y-moch trip in January 2019! The children took part in a wide range of fun and challenging activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, mountain climbing and visiting the mine. The children were very enthusiastic and well behaved. Thank you again to all of the staff for helping us whilst we were there and to the parents for letting us go!!!! We all had a fab time!!!
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