25/06/2020: Our schools are open to children of key workers, those deemed vulnerable and to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 - Nursery remains closed at present. Since Monday 8th June we have been open to the nationally prioritised year groups (Reception, Year 1 & Year 6). Please read the letter about reopening schools in the Important Information & letters to Parents section in the HOME LEARNING tab. We are encouraging children in the prioritised year groups to return to school – please contact us if you would like you child to return to school.

Following government announcements we will continue to operate our schools virtually for those children who are not able to come into school over the remaining weeks of the summer term. We will have onsite provision for children of key workers and for vulnerable children, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 and online resources for distance learning at home for all other year groups. Please check out the information about Seesaw in our HOME LEARNING tab and support your children to use this simple app to share their learning with their teacher.

We will continue to be open for those children of Key Workers and/or children who are defined as ‘Vulnerable’ who cannot remain at home. We have operated this provision throughout the lockdown and we very much want to continue to help at this difficult time and embrace our responsibility for supporting these children. Our skeleton school for children of key workers and vulnerable children has been operating well and we have a good picture of current needs. We are operating following the government and health guidance to only have children and staff in school if no other provision is possible. This is to reduce interactions and slow the spread of the virus. If you are a key worker or have vulnerable children and you are unable to organise suitable and safe care for your child/children please get in contact with us to discuss what we can do. If your circumstances change and you think you may need help over the coming days and weeks please get in touch. Call us on 01668 281470 (if we are unable to answer please leave us a message on the answer machine which will be checked daily). You can also contact us via email at glendalemiddle@woolerandglendale.co.uk – this email will also be checked daily.

The definition of a Key Worker can be found at:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The guidance on those considered as ‘vulnerable’ students can be found at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

All resources for maintaining learning at home can be found in our HOME LEARNING tab - the learning for each week will be opened up on a Friday afternoon ready for the week ahead. Teachers will continue to add materials and links to supplement the weekly learning plans over the coming days along with links to the excellent resources from The BBC and Oak Academy. Please see guidance information in the Important Information and Letters to Parents section – we do not expect all of this work to be done but children should be engaging in learning each day.

Teachers will continue to monitor children accessing School360 and TTrockstars and are able to send encouragement via the built-in communication within these platforms and using Seesaw. Please encourage/help your children access these resources, thank you. If you need another book for your child to record their home learning please use your daily exercise to pop down to school – we will continue to put new books outside school between 10am and 2.00pm for you to collect. Please observe social distancing rules if you do come to school.

Further information and guidance for families with regards to keeping children safe online and supporting children’s mental health is being uploaded daily – they are in the Important Information & Letters to Parents section of the HOME LEARNING tab.

Keep safe

Mr Deane-Hall

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