Friday 12th February 2021
Dear Parents and carers,
You are all in our thoughts and we hope that you and your family & loved ones are keeping well in these challenging times. It has now been 6 weeks since schools closed for a second time to the majority of children and we know that this will have been a very difficult time for many of you. Following government guidelines, we have remained open during this time for the children of parents who have a critical worker role or those who may be more vulnerable.
We miss all of the children and families that we are so used to seeing every day and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back as soon as we are able to do so. We do not yet have a date for when schools will re-open to all children but the government have promised a 2 week notice and as soon as we have more information we will share this with you.
Teachers and teaching support staff have been working hard to deliver our remote learning videos and resources, as well as reading stories and responding to the work uploaded by children. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the way you have supported this and how so many of you have actively engaged in helping your child/children to continue learning, whether through the DoJo app or with paper packs of work. We do not underestimate the challenge this presents; with many of you juggling working from home, caring for your family and having to support your child/children with often limited access to technology or resources and having to share these across the family. It has been so encouraging to see so many children producing work at home and uploading this as well as sharing such respectful, encouraging and caring comments with staff and other children in their class. Thank you.
We have continued to keep in regular contact with families over the telephone, through the DoJo learning app, through texts and via our website and twitter. Where we have not seen work uploaded by children over a period of time, we have been in contact to check that on your wellbeing and also to see how we can support further – thank you for your understanding that this is a supportive measure.
We would like to use this opportunity to update you with some key information:
A reminder for that today is our last day before the February half term. School will be closed next week to those children who have been attending onsite and remote learning will also pause during the week break. School will open for those children who are attending on site on Monday 22nd February. Remote learning will begin again on this date.
If your child has been attending onsite and develops COVID symptoms anytime from today (Friday 12th) up to Monday 15th February, please can we ask that you alert school so they we can identify if any other families may need to be informed to self-isolate. Please email us at: email@example.com
Laptops and support accessing online learning
We have been frustrated by delays in being able to provide laptops to those families most in need of support with technology, there have been delays from the Department for Education in getting licences and filtering software sent to schools in West Yorkshire. We have been able to distribute laptops to families last week, along with support in getting online. If you are struggling to access remote learning due to a shortage of tablets/laptops or technology then please let us know by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free School Meal support – Hampers & Vouchers
We have continued to support families who have access to Free School Meals with weekly hampers provided by Leeds City Council. After half term we will be moving to the voucher system and further information will be sent out to those families eligible.
Food, Fuel or Financial support
If you are in need of any support with food for your family, even if you are not eligible for free school meal support, or if you are struggling to heat your home or are having financial difficulties please make contact with school and we will do everything we can to help. You can contact our school office on: 0113 2717257 or email email@example.com
Wearing masks and maintaining social distancing
Please can we remind all parents and carers who are attending the school site to please wear a face mask or visor. We would also ask that you maintain a distance from other families when waiting to enter the school site and when speaking with staff, this is to support keeping everyone as safe as we can. Thank you for your support with this.
After our half term we are excited to be welcoming back Mrs Mackenzie following her maternity leave; Mrs Mackenzie will be working in Year 4 to deliver remote learning. Miss Brough will be leaving to start a new teaching position at a school in Pontefract from the beginning of March and I am sure that you will join colleagues in school in wishing her every success!
Support for families
Please see below for information of local key contacts that can support you and your family in these difficult times:
- COVID-19 Support – emotional support and information: 0113 2185544/ 0113 2033369
- Local Welfare Support Team – support with access to food – 0113 3760330
- Leeds City Council COVID-19 helpline – support with food, money & work – 0113 3781877
- Leeds Domestic Violence Service 24hr Helpline – 0113 246 0401
- BLC Support – immigration, housing, benefits and money advice – 0113 2754142
Please contact school if you would like any support to access these services.
We are proud of the relationships we have built with the families that we serve and we will continue to maintain contact with you during this challenging time, this contact could be made for a variety of reasons and does not suggest anything about our view of you as a family. Similarly, if you are in any way struggling during the time school is closed to the majority of pupils, whether this is a struggle to purchase food or basic supplies, or any other serious concerns then please always contact us for help and support. While school is closed for half term next week, please use the numbers and contacts provided above.
You and your family’s welfare remain our absolute priority.
Simon Crawford & Hannah Darley