11th Letter to Parents 15.5.2020
I hope you are all safe and well. Whilst I know we are all doing our best, please remember we are here if you need us.
I am writing to you about two important messages today, one is about homework packs and the other is about the Government’s expectations for schools to open after half term.
I will also add some extra links you might be interested in whilst we continue to isolate.
Teachers will continue to provide on line learning through the school website.
Teachers have also organised homework packs for children in year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. These will be available for collection from the school.
Please follow the rules below:
- Do not come to school if you have corona symptoms – high temperature or persistent cough.
To ensure social distancing;
- Only one adult per family will be admitted on site. Please do not bring any children. I know they will be excited but we have to ensure safety first.
- Entry will only be through the main gate on Dunlin Road and all parents will be expected to exit via the top gate in the KS2 playground.
- Follow the markings on the floor and as directed.
- Maintain a 2m distance from others at all times.
Collection will be between 9am and 12.30. All parents will be expected to pick up a pack.
Monday: Parent of Y1 children (you will also be able to pick up packs for brothers and sisters in different year groups)
Tuesday: Parent of Y2 children (you will also be able to pick up packs for brothers and sisters in different year groups)
Wednesday: Parent of Y3 or Y4 children (you will also be able to pick up packs for brothers and sisters in different year groups)
Thursday: Parent of Y5 or Y6 children (you will also be able to pick up packs for brothers and sisters in different year groups)
School Opening from 1st June 2020
The Government announced on this week that they would like us to open from Monday 1st June for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
Here is a link to Guidance for you, from them.
I know that there has been some concerns raised about this and how safe it is. The Government is in favour of this to try and bring us out of lock down, and get the country working again. They believe it is safe for us to do so. Those that are concerned do not believe the appropriate testing and support facilities are in place, to ensure our safety. And of course, many of us are concerned about the fact that younger children cannot understand or be expected to maintain social distancing.
The Government have also given local authority the power to stop schools opening in areas where infection rates still remain high.
The Governing Body of Shenton are currently planning how we can open safely, for your children, for your families and for the school staff.
Whilst I expect to be able to send you more details about this next week, I want to make it clear that you will be able to decide whether you send your child to school or not.
We are planning a phased opening so we can be assured that all safety measures are working, which means we are unlikely to open until Thursday 4th June at the earliest. However this is hugely dependent on staff too, many are isolating, and I am currently working out logistics. It is highly unlikely that we will be able to have all children in, every day, however I will keep you informed.
If you are parents of a child classified as ‘vulnerable’, I know that we have been in regular contact with you to discuss your needs and what may work for your child. As for all parents, you will be able to decide whether to send your child to school.
If you have any questions please email, otherwise I will see you when you collect your children’s homework packs next week.
Opportunities for you and your children:
National Theatre is now offering username and password access to the National Theatre Collection. For a temporary period, plays can be accessed remotely ensuring students studying from home can still watch them.
Your access details are: https://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com
Be SMART: Online Safety Video Lessons for 6 - 9 year olds (Childnet) Childnet have released six new easy-to-follow videos for parents and children to work through together. The 10 - 15 minute videos offer simple, clear online safety advice using fun activities, games and discussion. There are optional follow-up activities to extend children's learning. The videos can be found here .
Children’s online art clubs
Each Saturday, children across Leicester spent two hours getting crafty at DMU Local’s art clubs around the city. Now that everyone’s staying at home, DMU Local is working with artists to move their classes online.
New videos will be uploaded to the DMU YouTube channel every Saturday morning at 10am, and will feature different art activities. The projects are free to all, suitable for primary-aged children, and focus on using recycled household items (along with a lick of paint or two!).
In the first episode, artist Jonjo Elliott will be showing you how to make a desk tidy at home with a little help from his son, Archie.
Please find the link to Episode 1 here: https://youtu.be/iOvIfLRgZcQ
I have put some recent photos of our school foxes below for you to share with your children, we thought they had disappeared!