Friday 17th April 2020
Re. Welcome back and Home learning
I do hope that you and your families have had a peaceful and restful Easter break. As a community we are all trying to keep as well and safe as is possible and continue to follow the government’s advice on the ‘lock down’. Following the news on Thursday that the UK’s lock down will continue for at least another 3 weeks, we do recognize that this may be a very challenging time for families with young children, to educate and keep their children entertained at home for another three weeks. Over the Easter break the staff have been working incredibly hard to set up Google classrooms for the children so they can continue to learn at home. We hope that this platform will allow children to access high quality teaching remotely and have a daily input from their class teacher. We do hope that the new structure that we have created for after the Easter break may further support you in managing this at home. Please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher with feedback about what is and is not working for your child/children.
We are continuing to work in partnership with another local school and the local authority to support families of key workers and those who are vulnerable. If you are in need, please do contact the school office by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The feedback from central government however remains the same. If you are able to keep your child at home, this is where they should remain at this time.
You will be aware that there has been much press interest around the re-opening of schools and the timing of this. We are meeting as a senior leadership team weekly to discuss any proposals that are being put forward, and I am in regular contact with the local authority in terms of planning for an eventual reopening. We are all keen for the children to come back to school as soon as possible, but will continue to follow the advice and will reevaluate once a decision is made centrally by government. We are all very hopeful that this will be before the end of the summer term as we know how critical it is that the children reconnect on a social and educational level back at school before the summer holidays. This is critical for them. We are already considering the kind of reintegration work we will need to do with the children to support them when schools do begin to open.
We know that there is a ‘light at the end of this tunnel’ and that it will only be a matter of time before things begin to change again. I am sure that we may then look back on these days as particularly special in some ways, the way in which communities have pulled together to support the poor and vulnerable, the work of the NHS, social services and that that of other key workers, and I have no doubt that there will be many things that we will personally all want to hold on to. My daily walk in the area close to my house, watching the spring unfold, is something I will certainly hanker after onto for as long as is humanly possible!
At times like this we really get a reminder of how much we love our jobs and how grateful we are for the fantastic community that we interact with every day. The staff and I all miss Worple hugely, and are forever grateful for the special place that you and your children have created.
We will continue to keep you up to date over the next few weeks, and hope that in this in next few weeks, both you and your children will be able to settle into the new school routine. We do appreciate that many of you will also be working from home, so if things are becoming challenging for you to manage, please do let us know, and we will do our very best to accommodate and adapt the plan.
With many best wishes