20APR20 - Head's update - Week 4
20th April 2020
Dear Parents & Carers,
Hello everyone, so we are now starting week 5 of our partial school closure. It was lovely to see some of you today collecting more work packs for your children and some exercise books - some of you were given more than you need as these are our spare books and we’re happy for children to use them as they wish. It’s also lovely to know the children are getting into a routine and doing the learning that is being set for them - the teachers are working really hard to make it as interesting as possible. If you didn’t make it to school today the packs and books will be available in reception all week, just pop in and see Annie but please observe the safe distancing rules. If you are socially isolating because someone in your household has symptoms please let us know and we will try and deliver a pack - I’m not promising as it puts our staff at further risk having to make extra journeys but some of them are able to deliver on their way home.
Our numbers in school have started to creep up, we know some of this is due to some of the vulnerable families coming out of isolation and taking up their offered place but if you are a key worker and have someone at home, even if they are working from home, you should be keeping your children safely at home. This is the latest guidance:
“Children with at least one parent or carer who is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response can attend school if required.
However, many families with a parent or carer working in critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.”
We have asked teachers to touch base with every child in the class approximately every three weeks, just to check they are ok and are accessing their learning. Unfortunately, many of you are not answering their calls. I have thought about this and wonder if it’s because the teachers have to block their numbers, therefore, the call comes from an ‘unknown number’. The teachers are using their private phones for this and are under instruction to block their number first, please take the call if it comes up unknown caller - it might just be one of our dedicated team.
There is a lot of on-line learning coming through and the teachers are doing their best to filter this for you and to make sure you are not being bombarded by different companies offering learning opportunities. If you are accessing other learning please can I ask that you do the Bewbush learning first. If you are worried about the safety of the internet there are a number of sites to support with this, these are listed below:
thinkuknow.co.uk (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
internetmatters.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIktuA5LWK2wIVRYXVCh2afg2aEAAYASAAEgIJ5vD_BwE (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
parentinfo.org (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
www.lgfl.net/online-safety/default.aspx (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
net-aware.org.uk (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
ltai.info/staying-safe-online (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers (tips, advice, guides)
As a reminder, it’s very important that we all observe the guidance of minimum age limits on both films and computer games for our children - it’s very easy to say yes to a child when you need a break but it worries me when a child in school tells me they are playing on Fortnite when the age restriction is 12. Age restrictions are there for a reason.
Once again I’m including links to support yours and your child’s mental health, something that is important at all times but especially so at the moment.
www.minded.org.uk/ for adults about children and young people’s mental health, which is relevant for teachers, other professionals working with children, volunteers, parents and carers
www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ from Public Health England, about looking after your mental health
www.riseabove.org.uk/ targeted at young people.
When I was in school on Friday afternoon the children were exhausted at the end of a busy week, so the teachers organised a film afternoon, there was even popcorn all round. Here is a lovely picture of them watching a film.
Keep safe and healthy,