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Coronavirus and Courtney Friday 20th March Update
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have now got a plan for the near future for our school and our school community. Thank you to all of you who have acted in the spirit of the government aims (to keep the country going) and agreed to keep your child at home if your work is not essential or you can find alternative childcare.
We have managed to keep the numbers down to about 30 children (but as I write are awaiting a few confirmations).
We have now communicated with all families and have as comprehensive list as we can about who is coming in and who is staying at home.
Please can we ask you to let us know as soon as you can if your child is expected in school but is not attending. This is so that we can keep our safeguarding systems in place.
If you have asked for a place as a key worker but no longer need it, please cancel the place as soon as your situation changes – the fewer the children the smaller the risk of spreading the virus.
If you only need a place on a part-time basis then it is fine to send your child in only on those days but do let us know in advance.
If your child is coming into school, they do not need to wear their uniform. Although they will be doing some work, this is more of a childcare approach than an ‘at school’ approach so we want it to feel different. Please bear in mind that the children may go outside and may get dirty.
School dinners will be available for children in school if you choose that option but will probably be the packed lunch format. If your child normally pays for a dinner, these will be charged for in the usual way.
Whether your child is at home or at school, we recommend that they have a timetable that is agreed and stuck to for each day. The teachers will be setting work each day using the class blog and this is what should be used to structure the day.
Joe Wicks is setting up an exercise for children class every morning at 9am so that might be worth a Google.
We fully appreciate that finances will be very tight for some of you – and for some of you not used to being in that situation. Mrs Matthews has access to foodbank vouchers and we are hearing rumours of other vouchers being available soon. If you are experiencing hardship, please do contact the school and we’ll see what we can do to support.
There will be staff at school every day so do feel free to get in touch should you need to. Leave a message if there is no-one in the office to answer your call.
The blog-system we are using should allow you and your child to communicate with your teacher each day if you need any advice about the work they are setting – or just to say hello. The teachers will be updating their blogs daily and will check for messages at least a couple of times during the school day.
Do still let us know if there is anything happening in your family which you think we need to know.
Things will no doubt change and I will endeavour to keep in touch with you all regularly.
I wish to thank the fabulous Courtney team who have worked so hard and well together to cover absences, to reassure children and to put things into place in a quickly changing climate. A special thanks to Mrs Westcott and Mrs Belton, neither of whom usually work on Fridays, who were able to make those valuable phone calls this morning after the late key worker announcement.
Best wishes to you all. Keep in touch.
Our community will be having varied experiences at the moment ranging from self-isolation and social distancing to being overwhelmed with work in front line jobs and volunteering to fill gaps. Please do contact school if you think we can be of any support. Mrs Matthews, our Family Link Worker, has been busy keeping in touch with families she sometimes works with but do contact her if you need signposting or just to unload with a chat.
I hope that you are enjoying the blogs the teachers are writing - I am although I am not doing the work. We are all loving the comments and the work which is being emailed through. It brightens up each morning when I look through what has been happening in each class.
Due to the current circumstances, I have offered to defer my retirement until Christmas. Clearly, the headteacher recruitment process had to stop so there won't be any appointment made until the situation changes. I want to support the staff, children and families by making sure the school is as consistent as I can do once we are given the go ahead to return.
We will be able to keep the school open over the Easter holidays for our key workers. Again, only send your child in if you have absolutely no other provision in order to keep other children our volunteer staff members as safe as we can.