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IMPORTANT UPDATE ON PHASED REOPENING FROM 1ST JUNE

The following newsletter provides the first details of the phased return to school of the specific year groups the Government have indicated should return. The phased return will begin on 2nd June with Year 6. Year 1 will return from 4th June and Reception from 8th June at the moment. School will open Monday to Thursday all day and Friday until lunch time. Parents should read the attached document carefully. ***It is important to note that this is the current plan and is dependent on a number of factors both national and local. It is subject to change at all times, particularly if the Government announce that other year groups should be welcomed back into school. ***If you change your decision on whether to allow your children to return to school in June, please let us know as this will affect how we group the children.

GENERAL SCHOOL CLOSURE NEWSLETTERS AND ACCESSING WORK FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Accessing work and activities for your children- The class links on the website homepage will direct you to where teachers have uploaded activities and suggestions of work to do with your children during any enforced closure. Follow the link for your child's class. Remember if your child is in Year 2 there will be activities in both Amethyst and Emerald class pages. If your child is in Year 1 there will be activities in both Ruby and Emerald class pages.

Important information relating to phased reopening of school from 1st June.
The government have stated their intention for schools to reopen on 1st June for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. We are currently planning what this will look like in our school and will update you when we have completed our preparations. It is likely to mean slightly different start and end times to the day for different year groups and dedicated entrance points to the site but further details will be provided nearer the time. We appreciate that some of you may not wish to send your children and the government has stated that parents WILL NOT be penalised if they keep their children at home for longer. If you think you will fall into this category please communicate with school as soon as possible so we can consider this in our planning.
The government guidance for parents and carers can be read by following this link-
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
Government guidance on supporting children working from home- 1st May update to guidance

This link takes you to the government guidance- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Here are some links to websites and other sites where you can get support for working with your children, and a range of learning activities.

Individual class pages will also contain similar links individualised for that particular age so you should visit the relevant class page first.


Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:
https://www.thenational.academy/
***Emergency child care from Monday 20th April***


From 20th April, there will be staff in attendance in the same way as before the Easter break but information regarding hours of need would be valuable in our contribution to keeping everyone safe and healthy. If you have already been granted a place in the school emergency child care, please let us know your requirements for next week.

Details of how to secure a place in the emergency child care are listed below if you feel you meet the criteria. 

The whole intention of the school closure is to restrict the spread of the virus and so all parents SHOULD wherever possible make other arrangements for their children in order to reduce the numbers congregating in school and enable the closure to actually work.

However should it be impossible for your children to be cared for elsewhere and you feel your job meets the criteria identified in the government guidance, please email headteacher@hunsletstmarys.co.uk providing the following details-
* child/children's names and year groups
* parents/carers job
* current work status/pattern of work/hours of work
* confirmation that you have spoken with your employer to check that you are essential, as the government guidance says you should.
* contact details of your line manager for verification purposes.
The school will respond to these requests as soon as possible in order to allocate provision for the coming weeks.

It is important to reiterate that "
the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend."

The government advice regarding key workers is linked here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

What is key is the following statement within the guidance- 

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

AND

Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.”






Thank you

LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM FATHER CHRIS

Father Chris from St John and St Barnabas has sent this messag toi everyone associated with school to show is support. He has also provided the attached food bank and support information.
Contacting School and Advice for parents

Throughout the closure there will be staff in school. If you need to contact us please use the usual phone number 01132717204, or alternatively you can email the school on headteacher@hunsletstmarys.co.uk. 

Suggested daily timetable during period of closure

This is a daily timetable you might want to follow each day that the school is closed in order to structure the children's time at home and to reduce stress and frustration. Activities in each of the different sections can be selected from those uploaded for each class and from the links that will be provided. Some year groups may have specific tasks to do each day which should slot nicely into the framework although timings might need to be changed.

Younger children will not be able to focus on activities for as long and so more free play should be added in to break up the activities.

Try to keep mornings as ‘normal’ as possible.  Try to have everyone up, fed and dressed and ready to start the day at a regular time.

Time

Activity

9:00

Outside activity

9:20

English activity

10:00

Independent activity

10:30

Snack

11:00

Numeracy activity

11:40

Independent activity

12:00

lunch

12:30

Outside activity

13:00

Story time  - Read stories / act out stories / listen to audio stories

13:30

Independent activity

14:00

Special project time

14:30

Snack

15:00

Outside activity

15:30

Quiet time .  By this time in the day the children will be tired

16:00

Normal afternoon / evening routines