Dear Parents / Carers,
I hope you are all having a lovely week. I would like to thank everyone for their patience whilst we get Google Classroom up and running. I know there have been a few issues with passwords, however I think these are sorted now. If you do struggle to log onto your child's Google Classroom, please email school (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately so we can overcome these issues for you.
This morning I checked each classroom to see how many children are engaging in online learning and there are still quite a few who have not accepted their invite to Google Classroom. If you have not yet followed the instructions you received via email on Friday, please do this as soon as possible so that your child can access the high-quality teaching they would usually receive in school. If your child is attending key worker care, please ensure that you still accept the invite to Google Classroom and check your child's login works as this is how children will be educated in the future if a bubble needs to isolate.
We are pleased to say we are able to provide key worker places for many of our parents who are working in critical roles at this time, however, to keep children and staff safe, we need to continuously try to minimise the number of people in school. At the end of last week, the government revised its policy for key workers to say that those parents who are key workers should keep their children at home if they can. If you are a key worker and are working from home or are on shifts and so are at home for some of the day, please do not send your child into school when they could be at home instead. You can send them into school for half days if this coincides with your working hours.
If you are dropping off and collecting your child from school, please ensure you arrive at the correct time. This week, some parents have arrived up to 15 minutes before the children are due in school and, as a result of this, they were stood outside the classrooms waiting for the doors to open and children from different bubbles began playing with each other.
By arriving early and waiting outside, those parents are putting themselves and others at risk. As well as this, it is a risk to the children who we work incredibly hard to keep in separate bubbles for the duration of the day. I am reminding you of this to keep you, your children and our staff safe.
Nursery and Reception should be dropped off at 8:50am and collected at 3:00pm (unless they attend 15 hours Nursery provision, when they will be collected at 11.50am). Children in Year 1 and 2 should be dropped off at 9am and collected at 3:10pm. If you have children in multiple year groups, you should drop your youngest child off first at 8:50am and then immediately drop off their siblings.
We look forward to welcoming more of our Nursery children back to school tomorrow. Just to remind those of you who have children in these areas of the school, Nursery are now based in the Bridges area of school and the Bridges bubble are based in Nursery.
For those of you who are home-schooling your children, I hope you are finding this easier with the videos and resources teachers are uploading to Google Classroom. I understand it can be stressful to support with learning whilst trying to work from home yourself so please make sure you and your child take some time each day to do something different. Activities such as going for a walk, reading a story, building a den or baking are all educational. Teachers would love to see photographs of any other activities you have been doing at home with your children .
Thank you for your ongoing support.