We hope you are all well and staying safe. Thank you to all the parents who have communicated with us today regarding their keyworker placement. Like you we only found out that schools would be closing during the Prime Minister’s announcement at 8pm and since then we have been able to open today and provide provision for all keyworker and vulnerable children. On line learning has now also been put in place for all children though Seesaw from tomorrow. I’m sure you will agree with us that staff have worked tirelessly to put this in place since 8pm last night. Despite the fact that the Text2parents system crashed nationally due to significant overload we were able to communicate with parents through the school news section of the school website and Seesaw. It was disappointing to read criticism by a small minority of parents on Facebook who seemed to think we had prior knowledge of the impending lockdown. If people wish to criticise, we would more than happy to discuss concerns as always.
Thank you for sending evidence of your keyworker role to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have not had the opportunity to do this then please do so as soon as possible. Parents who have done this have a keyworker place and their child will be in a group within their own year group. Please be aware that if parents contact us for a keyworker place in the future a place will be made available but it may not necessarily be in their year group.
Children are welcome in school from 8.45am and should arrive at the same entrance point tomorrow (Wed 6th) and again they will exit at the same point. During the day tomorrow, they will be shown where they need to enter school on Thursday and you will then know where to collect them from as we have designated specific rooms to specific groups of children. Please can we remind you that collection time is 3.15pm and children do need to attend on the days you have requested from 9am -3.15pm, they should not be arriving for part sessions.
Lunch arrangements are the same for the children as they would be if school was open as normal, therefore if you send your child with a packed lunch normally then please continue to do so.
Children do not need to wear school uniform, however they do need to wear warm clothing as rooms will continue to be ventilated and please bring a suitable outdoor jacket for break/lunchtime.
It is absolutely vital that we adhere to the same guidance in terms of the children attending school. Do not send your child to school if they are displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms. As you are already aware we are also following the guidance of the Blackpool Public Health team with regard to the lower level symptoms – therefore your child should not attend school if they are displaying any of the following symptoms:
The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following and a test must be obtained:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
Our Director of Public Health has stated that any child with any of the lower threshold symptoms must be kept off school until they are feeling better:
- aches and pains
- sore throat
- sickness or diarrhoea
- a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
Children at home
Remote learning is available on Seesaw for the children. If you require children’s log-ins please get in contact with the junior office (01253 761022) option 2 and they will be happy to help. Please note the infant office will not be open during this time so queries need to come to the junior office.
This is a very difficult time again for children and parents and we hope that everyone is able to stay safe.
C N England
S J Murphy