9th Letter to Parents 1.5.2020
It has now been 5 full weeks or 35 days since the Government announced the closure of schools as part of the isolation strategy to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19. We should all be settling into some kind of rhythm, and I hope you are all safe and well. At the end of this letter is a reminder of some of the help numbers you may need, also remember you can email us and we can also access help for you if you need it for whatever reasons.
Whilst our priorities must be to ensure all of our health and to stop the virus from spreading, we are also thinking about longer term solutions for our children’s education.
Recently, Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, was quoted from a press conference as saying:
The UK's lockdown needs to be eased carefully, meaning social distancing will remain for "some time", Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said.
He described the more than 20,000 deaths in the UK as "heartbreaking", but said the toll could have been "much worse" without the strict measures.
However, Mr Raab did hint at some ways schools, sport and businesses could begin to return to "a new normal".
Here is a link to an article about how different countries have started to approach coming out of isolation, with regards to children’s education. It is going to be very important that you have internet access and a gadget (laptop or tablet) for the children to work with. If this is a problem, please let us know and we will try to help.
Whilst we have been busy thinking of suitable homework for the children, we have had not had the opportunity to talk to you about it. If you have time, please send me an email telling me what you think about the homework, whether you are finding it easy to use or whether you would us to think about anything else.
We know that we need to keep social distancing and only come out of our homes to shop for food or go to work if we are key workers. As a school staff, we will be beginning to develop more structure to the homework set over the coming weeks to help you keep your child practising key knowledge and skills. I know it can be difficult for you as parents to make your child complete homework, they are young, so we will try and provide you with more guidance on how to set up daily routines etc. including examples, in case you find them helpful.
Whilst we have been unable to communicate easily with you, we have noticed that only approx. 35% of children have been accessing Education City which has been part of the homework set. If you have lost your password please email us and we will send you a reminder.
In the meantime we as a staff, miss your children, and we have put together a letter (below) which I hope you will share with them.
As always we are here if you need us, so please get in touch, even if it’s to say ‘hello’ and let us know you are keeping well.