Letter from Mrs Walker - 8 Jan 2021

08.01.21
 
Dear Parents and carers,

Wow what a week! I would like to offer my sincere thanks for your patience and understanding with all things ‘new’ this week, and for all of your lovely messages, together with seeing the wonderful work the children have been doing. After a few technical hitches we have successfully conducted our first Microsoft Teams face-to-face sessions with the children and it was truly lovely to see their smiling faces, and hear their chatter. We have also taken on board your comments and suggestions, some of which have already been put in place for our new way of working. Please do remember that any work you can do with your child during these times is very much appreciated and do also let your class teacher know if you need any other advice or support with your child’s learning.
 
Please note that class emails will only be monitored during the following times:
8:15am – 2:45pm - Flamingo, Starfish & Butterfly
8:30am – 3:00pm - Penguin, Seahorse & Dragonfly
8:45am – 3:15pm – Puffin, Turtle & Bumblebee
9:00am – 3:30pm – Owl, Dolphin & Ladybird

We are now in receipt of the updated government guidance ‘Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools’, which states:

“Instead limiting attendance is about supporting the reduction of the overall number of social contacts in our communities. We have resisted restrictions on attendance at schools since the first lockdown but, in the face of the rapidly rising numbers of cases across the country and intense pressure on the NHS, we now need to use every lever at our disposal to reduce all our social contacts wherever possible”

and

“Schools should speak to parents and carers to identify who needs to go to school. If it proves necessary, schools can ask for simple evidence that the parent in question is a critical worker, such as their work ID badge or pay slip. Parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.”

As such we therefore request that in order to reduce transmission both within school and the community we ask that you keep your child at home where you can. We do appreciate the difficulty with juggling work, home-schooling and other commitments, but this is something that we have all been asked to do in order to keep you and your family, our own families and colleagues safe by reducing transmission and bringing the infection rate down to a level where we can welcome all children back into school as we very much want to do.

All work for next week will be uploaded to our website and it has been arranged by the day of the week in order for ease of use.
 
Once again, thank you for your continued support.
 
With best wishes for the weekend – stay safe.

Mrs M Walker