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Friday 18th September 2020 - Letter from Mrs Harrison

Friday 18th September 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

We are now coming towards the end of our second week and what is becoming clear is that there are serious issues with accessing tests for children and families who are displaying COVID symptoms. Please do let us know if you are having difficulty in accessing a test. It is essential that you let us know the results of your child’s test as soon as you have them, even if they need to continue isolating as there is another family member who has developed symptoms as this will affect when the child can return to school.

 

If your child is awaiting a test or result and needs to isolate (and we hope this time will reduce!) and you would like some work to complete at home, please email the school staff@deightongates.leeds.sch.uk and let us know. Miss Elliott will then arrange for the work to be sent. This will be available from the 2nd day of absence. If your child is poorly, this is no expectation that they will be needing to do schoolwork.

 

As I am sure you will appreciate, it is a logistical nightmare trying to plan for our teaching offer to move to remote learning. This will kick in if a bubble is closed due a positive test of pupils or staff or a local lockdown. Staff are now looking at how we can support families and maintain the curriculum offer. This is a statutory requirement from the Government but we realise that not all families have the same provision at home. What we will need to know is what access families have to technology. We are aiming for the offer to be a blend of some live sessions, recorded sessions and independent working sessions as we would in school. These will be supplemented by the usual TTRockstars, Spelling Shed and for some, Lexia. Please return the sheet that we send home by Monday to help us plan.

What we need to know is:

Will your child have access to a computer/tablet for some or part of the day? If so, what access?

Do you have a printer?

Will you be able to collect printed work from school?

 

We are also bearing in mind what the Government expects of us whilst balancing the capacity of working families to “home school” as we did during the March lockdown. We will be working to the following principles:

 English and maths are core. These elements will be teacher led where possible and supplemented by Oak Online and White Rose videos.

 There will be daily opportunities for face to face meetings (subject to class teacher not being ill).

 Children with Special Education Needs will continue to have their needs met.

 We will endeavour to provide a broad and balanced curriculum within the constraints of the delivery method.

 Children will “turn in work” with staff able to give feedback This may be individual, group or whole class feedback as per our marking policy.

 There will not be an over reliance on printing.

 There will be an emphasis on reading within the curriculum as required by Government guidance.

 We aim to provide a programme that is of equivalent length to teaching time in school.

 

We will be sending out instructions on how to access our remote learning offer in due course. It will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

 

We have now put in place our protocols for if we have to close a bubble because of a positive test.

1. We will text the parents of the bubble that is being closed and ask you to check your email.

2. We will email you Letter A. This will inform you that a child/adult in the class has tested positive and that the bubble is being closed with immediate effect. You will be required to collect your child as quickly as possible from the front of the school (by the office). You may take siblings home on this occasion. IF you are intending to do this, please ring the school so we can get the children ready for collection.

3. The child in the closed bubble will need to isolate for 2 weeks from the start of the symptoms displayed by the infected person. We will advise you when we have this information. If your child starts to show symptoms, you will need to get a test. You will also need to let us know that they are being tested and then what the result is.

4. You and any other siblings do not need to isolate unless your child starts with symptoms. We will expect all siblings back in school the following day, unless you are advised otherwise.

5. From Day 2, we will start to delivery our remote offer. Please bear with us as we develop the offer as staff may need as much support as parents! Please also be patient if it is staff that are ill and isolating as this will affect the speed at which we can set up the remote learning.

6. As soon as we can, we will provide you with the new class year group emails to give you opportunity to be in touch with the class teacher directly.

 

Pick up times Please can we remind you to be prompt at pick up times. If your drop off is 8.30am then you should be here at 3pm for collection. If you are collecting other children on an odd occasion and they have a different time to your own child’s, you will need to be present for both times. It is essential that we keep to the routines that are working so well for us so far and we thank you for your support.

 

And finally… it was lovely to see all our new reception children in together at lunchtime today. I am hoping to blog a picture shortly. You can find our blog on the home page of the website!

 

See you all again – same time same place next week!

Best wishes

Mrs Harrison

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