Our thanks to the NHS & Key Workers from our school:
From 2nd June 2020, our school reopened for Year 6 children, as well as remaining open for children of key workers and those who are vulnerable. Please find below a summary of how our school is working and responding during this time:
Open for Year 6, key worker & vulnerable children
Our school is open for Year 6, key worker and vulnerable children. Returning Year 6 children must be pre-booked with the school to ensure we have enough capacity to accommodate. Children who we are no expecting, cannot just turn up in the morning. Children are working in class groups of a maximum of 15 children. We currently have seven Year 6 groups and three key worker groups. These are being taught by teachers across the whole school who remain consistent with the group, to ensure social distancing.
Staggered Start & Finish Times
In order to reduce the numbers of parents and children arriving at once on our school site, we will operate staggered start and finish times, as outlined below:
Key Workers: Arrival: 8.30-8.40am. Dismissal: 3.10pm
6MR & 6JC: Arrival: 8.40-8.50am. Dismissal: 3.00pm
6IR & 6CH: Arrival: 8.50-9.00am. Dismissal: 3.05pm
Work for children at home
Work is available for children to complete at home, which is on our school website under the Homework tab. We have deliberately tried to set work that is not solely reliant on using the internet, as we are aware that devices are very much limited in households, especially when there is an expectation that parents and siblings are also working from home.
We have set up a resource library in the foyer of the school entrance. Here, children may come and collect any stationary resources they may need, if they don't have access to equipment at home. Plus, there is a selection of reading books for children to change their home reading book. This resource library is open from 9.30am-2.00pm, Monday - Friday. Please observe social distancing guides when using the library.
Contact with class teachers
Parents have direct email access to their child's class teacher. These were resent to parents in the recent Year Group letters. Any questions or problems can be emailed directly to the class teacher. If you do not know your class teacher's email address, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to maintain social distancing in school, we have been working with a skeleton staff in school on a rota basis. Staff who are not in school have been working from home, planning, preparing resources, carrying out assessments, writing reports, working on our new curriculum, working on displays, preparing transition information for secondary schools etc.
Safeguarding of our children remains our highest priority. If you have any concerns about a child then please contact our school email@example.com plus you can contact the West Sussex Multi-Agency Hub by completing the online form. If you think a child is in immediate danger then contact the police on 999.
The NSPCC have a range of support materials for families on their website, including:
- Talking to children worried about Coronavirus;
- Tips on working from home;
- Keeping children safe from abuse;
- Staying at home alone;
- How to cope with tantrums;
- Online safety.
There has been an increase in domestic violence during this lockdown period and it is important to reassure anyone experiencing abuse, that you are not alone. Refuge operate a free 24-hour helpline for anyone who is struggling with domestic abuse 0808 2000 247, with confidential, non-judgemental support from their team of trained female advisors. If it is not safe to call the helpline, there is also an online contact form, with additional support resources for survivors, friends and family. You can access the Refuge website here.
Please be mindful of children's safety whilst using the Internet at home. There is a lot of information for parents on how to keep their child safe whilst online at Parent Zone.
Currently, we do not know when the lockdown will be lifted and when schools will re-open but we are busy working on our school Recovery Plan to ease that transition from lockdown to re-opening.
We are so lucky to have such a committed team of staff working at every level in our school. Not only have we got a fantastic teaching team, but also our office team, premises team, cleaners and midday meals supervisors, who are working hard to keep the school operational. In addition, our excellent pastoral team who are making regular phone calls and contact with parents and children, as well as working with external support agencies on their behalf.
We are all experiencing this together and staff also have their own families to support and worry about, as well as their own children to teach at home (being a teacher doesn't necessarily make home-schooling any easier - we're not teachers in our own children's eyes, just regular mums and dads and all the normal everyday challenges that go with it!)
Take it one step at a time, day by day.
Please stay safe and stay at home.