Update - 18.3.20, 21.25pm
You will no doubt have heard Mr Johnson’s update to the nation regarding the unprecedented measures to close schools from this Friday. However he has stated that currently the exception is for the children of key workers and vulnerable children to still attend. As yet schools have received no further guidance than that.
We have lots of plans in place and lots of complete unknowns at the moment until the details of that guidance is shared with us. Please may I ask for your patience at this time as we work through and implement a thorough plan.
At this point I do not expect to be able to update you further than that this evening. Please may I politely ask that you do not jam the phone lines with questions in the morning as we will need time to work so that we can update you as quickly as possible.
Our thoughts are with all of our families at this most challenging of times.
Mrs. Steed x
Update - 19.03.20, 12.27pm
We are currently still waiting for the government guidance to be released so if you believe you are a key worker, we still have no further information.
For the children who school is closed for from tomorrow evening:
- They will bring home their home learning packs tonight (this should be enough to keep you going until the end of the Easter holidays)
- If your child is already self-isolating, you could let another parent know that you'd like their pack picking up and we will send them with that parent.
- If you can't arrange collection of your child's pack today, we'll evaluate how many are still in school tomorrow and come up with another plan. Don't worry - we'll get the work to you somehow!
- All children who are in school today will be sent home with all of their belongings, PE kits, contents of trays etc.
I will continue to communicate throughout the day as we receive any further information.
Update 19.03.20, 6.05pm
Still, the government have not confirmed what a 'key worker' is. To give us an indication of numbers, we are asking anyone who believes they are a key worker to complete this survey to give us an indication of possible numbers for next week.
At the moment we believe key worker will include:
- NHS staff
- Emergency services
- Supermarket delivery drivers
- Teachers and TAs
As soon as we are able to confirm which children can attend, we will do. Completing the survey does not guarantee that we will be able to accept your child on Monday.
Update 20.3.20, 8.46am
The Government guidance for key workers was finally published last night at midnight. We are quickly working on the plan for next week.
Please refer to this guidance and let us know by 10am if you haven't already responded to the survey monkey if you will need a place. We can not accommodate everyone on a full time basis so you must think carefully about the exact hours you will need. The guidance very clearly states
"If it is at all possible for children to be at home then they should be". This is absolutely not a 'business as usual' situation.
25.03.2020 - PLEASE BE AWARE...
We have received notification from the Local Authority that parents and carers of
children in receipt of free school meals are being targeted by fraudsters.
Fraudsters are targeting families, emailing parents and carers with messages such
as ‘If your child is entitled to free school meals send your bank details to the school
and they will help with funding while the school is closed’.
The email contains links for the parents to follow to claim this funding – these links are fake and this is a scam.
If anyone receives an email like this it should be deleted immediately
10.5.20 @ 21.03pm - Coronavirus update
I'm sure many of you, like me, watched this evening's government announcement intently.
At the moment, it seems to have left us with more questions than answers and we have not currently been given any guidance as to how we move forward. We are anticipating that this may be provided tomorrow.
Until we hear otherwise, school will continue to run as childcare for the children of the keyworkers previously identified and those children in the vulnerable category.
As soon as we have further information, we will begin to work on our plan for the future and I will communicate to you as soon I can. Please be assured that the safety of the children and staff will be the absolute focus for any decisions we have to make.
Thank you for your continued support through this most difficult of times.
2nd July @ 1.30pm
💙Finally, the government guidance for reopening in September has been published. We will now need to take the time to read it, digest it, understand the implications it has for Holly Hill and put our reopening plan in place.
💙This is a mammoth task so please bear with us as we work on it.
💙I would anticipate being able to share the reopening plan with you towards the end of next week.
💙In the meantime, please remember:
- online learning is still going on the website weekly
- end of year reports are being given out during the week beginning 13th July (further information about collecting reports will come out next week)
- end of year reports will also contain the name of your child's new teacher and some transition information
- transition information will also be posted on the school website from the week beginning 13th July
💙Thank you as always for your support,
Mrs. Steed x
Free School Meals Vouchers - 20.07.2020
I have placed the final free school meals vouchers order this morning. These are due to be delivered on Monday 27th July and are for the five week period of the summer holidays. There were some rumours that the summer holiday scheme would be a different company but that isn't the case. Your vouchers should look exactly the same as they have throughout using the Edenred company that we've all grown to know and love!!
1 child = £75
2 children = £150
3 children = £225
SOCIAL DISTANCING - IMPORTANT REMINDERS
💙I must politely remind everyone that parents have got to socially distance on the playground.
💙Our site is huge so there is plenty of space to stay away from each other.
💙Our risk assessments requests that only one parent comes on site as we must keep footfall as low as possible.
💙Older children may come on their own to collect a younger sibling but they must not bring friends with them.
💙Children who have been collected must stand with parents and must not be using the equipment or playing with each other.
💙It’s also important to stand well back from the staff if you are passing on a message - not only for their safety but for yours too.
💙If we can’t get this bit right we will need to look at wider staggering or collection from gates and that is going to cause an awful lot more disruption.
💙We must work together to keep the community safe - we really need your support with this.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation - I’m sure it will be much better in the morning!
Mrs. Steed xx
CHANGE TO THE HOME TIME PLAN - 4.9.20
- Our current home time plan is not working and social distancing between parents is proving difficult in certain places.
- Therefore, we are going to make some changes - no timings are changing, but were you pick up from may be slightly different.
- Year 5 and 6 will still come out at 3.10pm but parents will not come on to site. Parents of Year 5 and 6 children need to wait at either the top or bottom gate and we will bring the children to you. Your child needs to know which gate you will be waiting at so we know where to deliver them. Any Year 5 and 6 children who walk home alone can continue to do so.
KEY STAGE 1
- At 3.20pm, we will then open the gates to let parents come on site for all of the other collection points. Key Stage 1 parents are able to remain much more spaced out due to the three exit points. Currently there will be no changes to this arrangement.
FOUNDATION STAGE 2
- If FS2 parents can try to arrive after 3.25pm, the KS1 playground should be emptying by this point.
- If you are here earlier, we would ask that FS2 parents wait on the top section of the KS1 playground to ensure plenty of space for the KS1 children to meet their parents and leave the site.
- Please see the video for FS2 parents to explain more clearly (posted below this message).
- We are going to section the playground so that parents are stood in class zones. Dove class parents will stand on one half of the KS2 playground, Swallow class parents will stand on the other half of the KS2 playground and Kingfisher class parents will stand on the top KS2 playground.
- Please see the video for Y3/4 parents to explain more clearly (posted below this message).
Update - 11.10.20
💙 As of tomorrow staff will wear face coverings when they come outside for drop off time and home time.
💙 Most of the children are used to seeing me, a few members of staff and the Middays working in the dining hall wearing a face covering of some kind so hopefully, at this point, it won’t be too daunting for them.
💙Greeting every child with a smile is so important to us at Holly Hill so this is not a decision taken lightly.
💙I would strongly encourage parents to wear face coverings on the school run as well.
💙 I will await the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday before I review the risk assessment further.
Mrs. Steed xxx #smileyeyesforawhile
UPDATE - 4.11.20
SECOND LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
💙Apologies for such a late night post. The guidance we are to implement for tomorrow was only released by the government late this afternoon!
💙A lot of the restrictions we will work under are exactly the same as we already have been doing. All of our safety measures and risk assessment will remain rigorously and robustly in place.
💙Key points to note:
- Almost all children should continue to attend school full time as usual (only children who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and are instructed to by a GP should stay at home).
- Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to attend school.
- Face coverings in primary schools are not a requirement in the updated guidance. However, all staff are now wearing face coverings in the building when they are in communal areas and corridors as a compulsory measure, and should they wish to when they are in the classroom. We have also advised parents to wear face masks on the school run.
- All extra-curricular after school clubs are to be cancelled from tomorrow. Wraparound care (breakfast and after school club) will remain open.
💙I will post this on facebook and include it all in this week's newsletter as well. I just wanted to make sure I'd got it out to you as soon as I could.
Mrs. Steed xx