23.4.21 Parent Letter Ms Gita
I am writing to give you some information, and some reminders.
We have had parent teacher meetings this week, when teachers will have informed you about how well your child is learning. I hope you found it useful and we will continue to support the children as much as possible over this term. We may be offering your child additional tutoring after school, this will be based on how well your child has learned and the nature of any learning ‘gaps’. We will be in touch soon about this, if your child has been selected.
As a community, we are reaching the half way point through Ramadan, and I hope you are all finding the peace you seek at this very spiritual time. For those who celebrated Vaisakhi, I hope you were able to connect with all of your family and friends. For all of us, I hope the sunshine is lifting all our spirits just as it has for the children.
In England the rates across the country have fallen so that restrictions are lifting. All shops are open, and we can meet in groups of up to 6 outside or 2 households can mix outside, and we can go to the gym or take part in organised sports. For some of us, a haircut has been the highlight of this phase of lifting restrictions!
We are still not allowed in each others’ homes.
We still need to wear face coverings and keep 2m distancing.
At school, all the rules we had in the Autumn term are still in place and unchanged. These will remain until the Government notifies us that the situation is safe enough to lift restrictions within the school environment. I will of course, notify you first if that is the case.
The children continue to stay in their ‘class bubbles’, all equipment is cleaned regularly and sharing across classes is limited. Any shared equipment is cleaned between uses. The movement of school staff across classes is also limited as far as possible. Teachers do not wear face coverings in class, particularly with younger children, which is consistent with Government advice. This is to ensure we can teach effectively, and the children can learn effectively. The vast majority of staff are now, also taking twice weekly Lateral Flow tests, this is new and started this term. This will also help to ensure your child’s safety and to help identify any asymptomatic cases as early as possible. The full risk assessments are available on the website if you are interested in reading more.
Reading & Book Bags – Many children are still on the reading bands and it is important that they have books to read regularly. Children will therefore be asked to start bringing their book bags back to school. All books are kept in class bubbles, they are ‘quarantined’ for 72hrs before passing on to another ‘bubble’. There is a minimal risk and this will therefore begin again.
In school, everything we do is risk assessed against the key principles of, maintaining distance where we can, and always 2m from any other adult, ‘Catch it Kill it Bin it’, ensuring regular cleaning throughout the school, and ensuring 72hrs between uses for anything that cannot be or isn’t cleaned between uses.
Whilst the vaccination program has had an impact on bringing rates down here, we know that across the world different variations of the virus are emerging. For all of us with family overseas, and in particular in India, where the situation is worsening, I know we are worrying about those we love. In the background, the scientists are continuing to develop new vaccines for the new variants, just as they have done for years with the ‘flu’. Whilst none of us can predict the future with complete accuracy, living in a Covid world means we will need to continue to be flexible and be prepared to do whatever we need to, to stay safe. Yesterday we closed a class, and there may be more closures over this term as asymptomatic cases are caught.
Together I know, we will continue to do what we can to help keep everyone safe. If we have symptoms, we must still go and get tested.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the current Covid rules.
Support for You
Please do not suffer in silence, many of us have had reduced incomes, some of us are furloughed, and some of us have lost our jobs because the company we worked for could not survive the ‘lock downs’. Alternatively, you may have problems with housing and/or land lords. Please contact us if you have any financial or housing problems and we will do what we can to help, you can phone 0116 2628778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or come in to the office and talk to us. All information will be treated confidentially and you will always be able to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the support offered, and before any transfer of your information .
Free School Trips etc.
During this difficult time your circumstances may have changed and this may now mean your child is eligible for benefit related free school meals. Your child does not need to eat school dinners but by applying everything else in school will be free e.g. school trips, swimming (when we can start them again) etc.
If you receive any of these benefits you may qualify for free meals:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get).
Please make an application if you receive any of the benefits above.
The quickest way to apply is online at www.leicester.gov/freeschoolmeals
Alternatively, please come to the office and we will help you to complete an application form.
Monday 3rd May is a bank holiday so school will be closed.
Friday 14th May – Eid Dress Up Day – Your children can come to school in their beautiful new clothes or party clothes so we can all celebrate together.
Friday 14th May – Year 1 Eid Class Assembly – Parents of Year 1 children, you will be invited via MSTeams to watch your children.
Friday 28th May – End of Half Term (1 week break), reopen Monday 7th June from 8.30am.
The children are really pleased to be back and to be able to socialise with their friends. Five classes last week achieved 100% attendance, so well done in particular to 2 Spain, 3 Kenya, 5 France, 6 Italy & 6 Australia.
In Year 1 it was coming to the end of a phonics lesson, and the teacher made up the following sentence for the children to write and practise what they had learned:
‘The dog stole my fish bone.’
Sometimes the sentences can be a little odd as we are trying to get the phonics in that the children need to practise.
One child wrote:
‘The dog stole my fishbone and this sentence is non-sensical because cats like fishes.’
Apart from the wonderful vocabulary and extended sentence, it was clearly a message that we need to try a little harder with our factual accuracy!
As always, we are here, so please talk to us if you have any questions, suggestions or issues so that we can continue to work together in the most effective way possible.