CORONAVIRUS – SUPPORT FOR OUR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Supporting our children, families, staff and community during the coronavirus pandemic

Dear parents/carers and families

The Government announced on 19th June that they ‘plan for a full return to education from September 2020’ and that they promise to bring forward plans for how this will happen ‘as soon as possible’. As soon as this information is shared with schools, we look forward to being able to plan for the return of all children to Hunslet Moor Primary School and share with all our families how this will look for our school. Thank you for your continued patience during these difficult and often uncertain times and for your understanding that decisions and timescales are dictated by HM Government and not by ourselves.

Following government directive, and the completion of a comprehensive risk assessment, we have welcomed back children in the year groups designated by the government; Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, alongside a growing number of children of critical workers, who cannot be looked after safely at home, and children who may be deemed as more vulnerable. From Tuesday 30th June we are delighted to be able to also welcome back children in Nursery and we have been in contact with all our Nursery parents to discuss this.

The additional children and staff who are now in school have responded brilliantly to the provision and detailed plans we have put in place to minimise risk and support everyone staying as safe as possible. Parents of children attending have commented how successfully this is working and how reassured they feel. This gives us great confidence that our approach works and this is something we will continue as more children join in the next few weeks and in September.

Some of the ways we are keeping safe and minimising risk include:

  • staggering our start and end times so we have smaller numbers of children & parents arriving and leaving at any one time
  • children and adults working in the same consistent ‘pods’ with no crossing over
  • lots of space in our classrooms, children working at the same desks and having their own set of equipment to use, their own water bottles, their own play equipment for outside – all of these are regularly cleaned
  • school cleaned throughout the day, classrooms cleaned at break and lunchtimes and closed every Monday for a deep clean of the whole school
  • children using a set of toilets just for their ‘pod’ and children and adults washing their hands lots of times throughout the day

Children’s end of year reports

Teachers have been busy writing a report for every child in their class which captures the progress and achievements made in the time they have been in school this year. We will be printing these reports and making sure that these are available to collect from school/sent home for every family.

We would also like to provide an opportunity for you to speak with your child’s teacher to discuss this report. Unfortunately, we are not able to do this face-to-face as we usually do at our parent consultation however we would like to offer an opportunity to arrange for a 10-minute conversation with your child’s class teacher over the telephone. This might also provide a great opportunity for teachers to talk to the children as well. If you would like to arrange a conversation with your child’s class teacher about their report, then please use the email addresses below:

Please email the correct year group for your child and in your email please provide the name of the child and their class:

Your child’s teacher will then make contact with you and arrange a mutually convenient time to call.

Home Learning

For children who are still not attending school, we will continue to support you all in the best ways we can. We will continue to provide online learning and resources via the link below: http://www.hunsletmoor.co.uk/our-school/coronavirus-updates-and-support/learning-from-home-resources-for-children-parentsfamilies/

We have also created further learning packs for all children. Many of you have collected these from school, we are now delivering some of the packs that have not been collected. Please can I urge you to contact school if you need any further support with learning.

We will be providing a final pack of learning in the next few weeks and will notify you when this is available.

Support with food, finances and welfare

We will continue to support families through these challenging times. We are encouraging all of our families eligible for Free School Meals to now sign up with school for the national voucher system which will replace our hampers over the summer holidays. Please contact the school office if you would like any further information: 0113 2717257

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

Please contact school if you would like any support to access these services.

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme – deadline for application 30th June

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status. The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying – for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.

Please follow this link for more information: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

The EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. It’s free to apply to the scheme.

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. If you as a family are in any way struggling during the time school is closed whether this is a struggle to purchase food or basic supplies, or any other serious concerns then please always contact us for help. Your welfare remains our absolute priority.

Best wishes,

S Crawford    H Darley

Simon Crawford & Hannah Darley

Co-Headteachers