Monday, school opens back up for those pupils of key workers and any the school have consulted as vulnerable. No other cases have appeared, which is excellent news and I do feel our difficult decision has helped in controlling this.
For those returning:
Since our last week in school, the government guidelines have changed slightly, due to the numbers of pupils seen returning across the country. At Thurlbear, we have seen our own numbers increase to nearly 4x that of the original lockdown. The government guide:
“Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.”
So please, for the protection of yourselves and those in school, keep your child home if it is at all possible.
If you ARE returning to school, as you have no other option, then our 8:50 drop-off and 3:15 pick-up times and venues will be back in operation. Some families only need certain days, due to work circumstances. We are happy to work with key-worker families to arrange this as, again, it minimises the risk on some days with larger class groups.
COVID safety: What have we changed?
We will be changing our lunch bubbles slightly so that staff are separate. Our playtime bubbles and lunch play will still be separate, as well as TAs working with specific year bubbles.
For those learning at home:
teachers have been incredibly busy, not only delivering the lessons and monitoring online engagements, but also getting to grips with the technology to improve your experience at home. I can announce that, from Monday, teachers will be using GOOGLE CLASSROOM to store resources for use at home. This means, I hope, it will cut down families searching 3 places for planning and resources etc. These resources will be filed in days by teachers, so that it should be straightforward to know what you need for Monday, Tuesday etc.
We will also be contacting families if we have not seen your child regularly in our online lessons. This is simply to check everyone’s welfare and see if there is anything we can help with. Obviously, our teachers are delivering the same to those pupils at home as they are for those in school, so every lesson is vital for attendance. If there is ANYTHING we can do to help, do not hesitate to contact us.