I wanted to write and update you about a development in the government’s response to the COVID 19 Pandemic and highlight the possible implications for your family in coming weeks.
Up to one in three people who have the virus have it without symptoms (they are asymptomatic) so could be spreading the disease unknowingly. Therefore, from Monday 25th January the Department for Education are introducing asymptomatic testing for all staff working in schools. These tests will be carried out twice weekly so that any members of staff who may be carrying the virus can be identified and asked to isolate in order to control the spread of the virus.
Staff at our school will be asked to test each Monday and Thursday evening. Any staff who receive a positive result will be required to self-isolate and seek a full test. This could have implications on each pod and whether we can safely staff it. We will, of course, endeavour to communicate with you in the most timely manner possible.
I understand that this is yet another complication in an already difficult situation for us all but I sincerely hope that this development will help to identify positive cases more quickly and break the chains of transmission. This will hopefully mean that the normal life we all crave is just that little bit closer to returning.
As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.
Wensum Junior and Nelson Infant Schools
Amid the Covid 19 pandemic, supporting the wellbeing of children has never been so important. Here is a free Safeguarding Children 10 Top Tips Parent Resource.
This resource is designed to offer advice on how parents can safeguard their child/ren’s mental health and promote their wellbeing and is available as a document and short video presentation.
The link to both resources is here: ssscpd.co.uk/education/parentsandguardians/child-mental-health-10-tips-for-parents
I am writing with information about the week ahead at Nelson Infant School. Please note that from now on all correspondence about remote learning will come via Seesaw. If you have not yet activated your parental login then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so we can get you set up.
Tuesday 5th January: A warm welcome back and check-in
Year teams will be running a ‘welcome back’ assembly tomorrow morning. This will be an important opportunity to say hi and check-in with everyone. The times will be as follows:
Reception: Welcome back assembly 9:00 -9.30
Year 1: Welcome back assembly 9.30 – 9:45
Year 2: Welcome back assembly 9:45 – 10:00
Wednesday 6th January onwards: Remote learning starts
We will be providing a more structured learning experience from Wednesday 6th January. The morning will run from 9 -12.00. You should have received a timetable from your child’s class teacher via Seesaw. If not please contact email@example.com
These online lessons will involve some live input from teachers at the start of the session followed by activities that children can complete independently. Teachers will also provide support during this part of the lesson for those children who require further assistance. ‘Live learning’ is a new step for us so please bear with us as we get this important aspect underway. We will be using Zoom for the live input elements so please check Seesaw for details. Policies regarding Remote Learning can be found under the Policies tab on our school website.
For further information on our expectations for Seesaw and Zoom please use the following links to our website:
Please note that there will be no live learning in the afternoon. Between 1pm and 4pm, teachers will be reviewing the work completed in the morning and responding. There will be additional activities set for children to complete independently, but these won’t be marked. Teachers can be contacted via Seesaw during this time. Any contact that falls outside this time will be addressed the next working day.
Critical worker and vulnerable child provision in school
If you have booked one or more places at the in-school provision then your child/ren will be able to access the same learning as their peers.
Meeting the needs of all families
While the plans we have outlined above are intended to provide greater structure for children, families and staff, and ensure that there are daily opportunities to see each other and learn together, we understand that there may be times where children cannot join their peers online at the scheduled times. All scheduled mornings lessons will be available on Seesaw so can be completed at a time that is convenient. If you know that your child cannot attend the scheduled sessions then please communicate this with the class teacher.
Once again, can we take this opportunity to thank you for your support at this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming you back to school as soon as possible.
Kind regards, Hannah Howard.
Thank you for your patience today.
We have met (virtually) as a staff and updated our risk assessments.
We will not have enough staff to open our schools safely. This will remain the case until the local picture improves. Therefore, for the majority of children school will be closed. Learning will be online.
Both schools will reopen tomorrow (Wednesday 5th January) for pre booked key worker and vulnerable children only.
We expect your child to attend online lessons daily. We understand that in a house with more than one child sometimes technology is shared and every child may not be able to access all lessons. Please let your child’s teacher know via SeeSaw if this is the case. Expectations of remote learning are being shared with staff and families. Please note that we will endeavour to record lessons or upload flipcharts so the children will not miss out. Please email the office if you require any additional resources.
If your child is entitled to a free school meal, we will be in touch tomorrow with information about how that will be made available to you.
We are working hard to get technology out to the children who have joined us since last Summer and do not have access to any at home.
Wensum Junior and Nelson Infant Schools