Message from Mrs. Castell
As we come to the end of yet another highly challenging half term I want to thank and congratulate our parents and carers for doing the most amazing job with home learning and juggling all of your other commitments. I also thank our amazing staff for their dedication and extended hours teaching full time in school to support our key workers and vulnerable children whilst managing the remote learning for the rest of the school. The engagement with google classroom has been fantastic, obviously there were a few teething problems but your overwhelming feedback is that it is working well for you and we are providing over the recommended amount by the government for this age group. Please remember that you can only do your best, these are extraordinary times with extraordinary challenges for all of us. I can only hope that the 8th March is a reality and we can look forward to welcoming the children back to school.
We saw our first major snow of the academic year and a special thanks to Mr Turner who cleared the site early in the mornings so we could open for key workers safely. We loved seeing all of the pictures of the fun some of you had in the snow. My thanks also go to Miss Wilson for her informative e-safety video and information, we hope you found this useful.
During half term there will be no remote learning as staff, children and parents all need a rest. Unless emails are urgent, staff will not be replying until we return to school, use firstname.lastname@example.org for anything urgent as this email account will continue to be monitored over the half term.
Please ensure you keep us informed of any positive cases of Covid as we have to inform Public Health England of any cases within our school community. I will keep in touch if there are any cases that mean isolation for any of our bubbles. Even if your child hasn’t been in school as part of our key worker group and is remote learning, we still need to report the details (no names are shared) to Essex Schools’ Communications. We need to know the date that they became symptomatic, the date of the test, the date the test result was received and when their self-isolation ends. Thank you, in advance, for your assistance with this.
Just a reminder to key workers if there are days you have someone at home then we would appreciate that you do not send your child into school. Thanks to those parents including households with two key workers who have changed or tried to change their work patterns so we can keep within the numbers discussed with Public Health England.
Stay safe and keep positive everyone. Spring is coming!