Dear Parents/Carers,

As a Headteacher this is the hardest letter I have ever had to write and one that I know will impact greatly on many of our families at our school. I never thought I’d be having to refuse to teach children and the staff are as distressed as I am about it.  Please be assured that we are making the best of the situation we find ourselves in.  

1: As of Friday 3:15pm School will be closed until further notice from the Government. The government is clear that those children who can stay at home, should.

2: Schools have been given information around which children we may identify as needing to be in school during this period:

  • Children who have an existing Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Children whose families have current Social worker involvement

 

We will offer care to these children and the children of parents who work in a ‘key worker role’. 

3: We urgently need you to tell us (with evidence) if you fall into the category of a key worker AND if you intend to take the place AND if you would require breakfast club provision (at this time whether we can provide it depends on numbers)  

I am urgently requesting parents to respond to us on chawley@meanwood.rochdale.sch.uk   to have a record of parents/carers who may be eligible to qualify as a Key worker under the government definition:

  • Workers in the health service
  • Workers in education
  • Workers in Social care
  • Workers in law enforcement
  • Workers in distribution
  • Workers in Utilities, communication and financial services; Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods-Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food
  • Public safety - Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.
  • Transport; Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response

 

I understand how frustrating this has been for everyone, and how worried everyone is about many things right now.

School will be contacting you by phone to tell you that you may bring your child into school if we are able to offer your child a place during this time.  If you are not contacted please do not bring your child to school as it will cause distress for your child, yourself and staff.

I have been advised by the authority to work from this list for Monday and await updates. If it changes at any point parents will be notified immediately.

Under guidance from the Local Authority places for children to attend school will be offered to parents/carers. You will need to validate that you are in one of the categories. If you cannot do so please do not bring your child to school.

4: Plan for Monday;

  1. We will bring the eligible children through the main office from 8:50 am. We will be asking you to verify that your work qualifies as a key worker role if you have not already done so.  Please do not come if your work does not fit the definition of a key worker role- it will cause distress to you, your child and to us to have to turn you away.
  2. We plan to open from 7:50 am for  breakfast club as usual – please ensure that you have booked a place
  3. Children can wear their own clothes or uniform – we will be doing activities outside so please wear trainers
  4. If your child is eligible for a free school meal and they are not in school, we have organised for a grab bag to be made from Munchies on Rooley Moor Road.  You will need to come and collect raffle tickets from school from Monday morning and exchange for a sandwich, drink and snack each day.
  5. Lunch for children attending school – children who normally have a school meal will be provided with one  If you’d rather your child bring their own packed lunch that is of course fine.
  6. The school day will end at 3.15
  7. As yet we do not know it Tea time Club will be operating – much depends on numbers

 

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

 

6: If you do not wish to take up a place even if you are on the current list please let school know as we may then be able to offer a space to someone else. If one child in your family has an EHCP plan this does not entitle all of the siblings to come into school, sadly.

7:  If you or your child does qualify but are currently in social isolation, the period of isolation must run its course before you bring your child to school

As you know, all of this has been a rush for everyone due to the lack of clarification form the Government.  I realise that asking at such short notice for parents/carers to try to sort this out will be stressful. I have been advised that it may not be possible, given the time frame, to let everyone know by Monday but all staff and myself will be working tirelessly to support and let you know what is happening as soon as we can.

 

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.

  • Children will be bringing Home Learning Packs home with them. 
  • There are links to useful website that you can use on Home learning packs - we have secured online learning for all of our pupils for Flash Academy.  Your child will have their login details on their home learning pack.  You will need to download the program Flash Academy on the App store or Google Play and select the correct language for your child.
  • We will update our Facebook page with suggestions of activities that you can do both in your house and outside away from others.
  • Google Home learning and your child’s year group and lots of resources will be on there

 

 

What we won’t be able to go ahead with

  • Any planned school trips – we are unsure about whether the PGL Year 6 trip will go ahead.  We will contact individual parents of PGL’s decision but nothing has been decided yet
  • SATs tests for Year 2 and Year 6
  • Phonics screening for Year 1 and some Year 2 pupils
  • Multiplication checks for Year 4 pupils

 

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

Although this is a very difficult time for everyone, we still want to continue to support children and families in any way that we can without actually being in school.  If you feel that you need support please text 07971743173 with your name and mobile number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.    

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via my email, head@meanwood.rochdale.sch.uk

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs. HJ Vyse

Headteacher