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Letters from Mrs Wallace during closure. From June these will appear in the Newsletter section of the website.

Tuesday 31st March

Information for Parents who are critical workers.

 

Following the closure of school on Friday 3rd April due to a lack of staffing, if you require support with child care as a key worker please e-mail

office@dunham-on-trent.notts.sch.uk Karen Bradley, and copy in

head@dunham-on-trent.notts.sch.uk Julia Wallace, and

rsmith30@dunham-on-trent.notts.sch.uk Richard Smith

 

We will then e-mail back with the name and address of the Hub school as well as dropping off /picking up times and lunch provision. We will also pass on emergency contact details and any other specific information included in your e-mail that needs sharing.

 

Please try to give as much notice as possible so that the Hub school is able to organise staffing.

 

Many thanks

Mrs Wallace

Friday 20th March

The government has released new guidance which defines those occupations that are ‘critical workers’ during this crisis. It states that:

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.

 

It is very important that this access is provided for critical workers.

As such, if you think that you are eligible for this access via your employment status, please follow the flowchart in the application form below. If you are qualify and wish to access this offer, please fill in the questionnaire and return it to office@dunham-on-trent.notts.sch.uk

Application for Continued access to school provision

Thursday 19th March

Dear Parents & Carers,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice. School will close at 3:30pm (or 6:00pm if your child attends 3:30 Club).

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. Please ring or e-mail the school office office@dunham-on-trent.notts.sch.uk 01777 228383. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know by texting and placing a message on the school website.

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.

  1. Go to your child’s class web-page for links and documents to support their learning
  2. We will acknowledge their work, but staff will not be able to mark absolutely everything so please do that for your children, and still send any work back to school when we open again. Teachers will be updating their class pages when necessary
  3. Go to the school website for teacher’s e-mails. Teachers are expecting communication so please don’t hesitate to ask anything (including if links are not working or you’ve worked through everything!)

If your child usually receives free school meals, we will also be in touch with more information when we have had further information from the government.

We won’t be able to go ahead with school trips and Breakfast & 3:30 Clubs. We have also had notification that all statutory testing has been cancelled – so there will be no National Tests (KS1 and KS2 SATS), no Year 4 Tables Test and no Year 1 Phonics Screening.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via your class teacher e-mails or contact myself or the school office using the usual e-mail addresses.

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Over-leaf is a suggested home-learning timetable if that helps. Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Julia Wallace Headteacher

 

 

Suggested Timetable

 

Some pupils have asked us for a possible timetable for their day, so here is the suggestion.                                Many thanks to Abbey and Lewis for their help.

 

Recording what you do each day would be helpful.

 

9:00am – 9:30am

Phonics revision or spellings practise.

9:30am – 10:00am

Enjoy a book – don’t forget to collect those minutes!

10:00am – 10:15am

Snack/drink and run-around.

10:15am – 11:00am

Do some maths. Practising Tables and Number bonds is most important. Do a worksheet or two from the website.

11:00am – 11:30am

Do some English – writing/ reading comprehension/ grammar.

11:30am – 12:30

Go for a walk around your garden, or to the park if safe to.

Check on family by facetime or neighbours over the fence!

12:30 – 1:30pm

Relax and have some lunch.

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Enjoy a book - don’t forget to collect those minutes!

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Topic time! Do something science/history/geography/RE.

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Creative time! Do something music/art/design technology.

17th March 2020

 

Re: Update – Coronavirus                       

                                                           

We would like to reassure you that we are taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the Government, Public Health England and the Local Authority.

The school receives a daily update from the Department for Education that contains the same messages as the updates received by parents on the news.

 

What’s the current situation?

  • School remains open – this is the current official guidance
  • All school functions continue to run as normal including Breakfast and 3:30 clubs
  • Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – ‘If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days.’
  • If your child is otherwise unwell, report this as you would normally
     
    What we need you to do
  • If you have recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via email (office@dunham-on-trent.notts.sch.uk) or telephone (01777 228383)
  • Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It could be a worry for them and we should make sure children feel supported.
  • Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we will contact you if they become ill with either a possible fever or a new, continuous cough). All members of your household will then be expected to be isolated for fourteen days.
     
    What happens if the school has to close?
    In the event of school closure we all need to work together to ensure that pupils keep up with their learning and are not disadvantaged on their return. We are aware however that it will be very difficult for some parents to provide both care for children and wider family, and continue with their own jobs, as well as teach their children.
     
    We will only close if we are either officially advised to do so or we do not have enough staff to run the school and keep our children safe.
    In either case, we will:
  • Alert parents via text and on the school website;
  • Inform parents about the re-opening of school via text and on the school website;
  • Send out packs of copied work (not extensive, as we would like to limit photocopier and paper use) and add links to each Class' web page that will enable pupils to access learning that will be useful to them. www.dunham-on-trent.notts.sch.uk. These will include relevant documents to work from, as well as links to Timestables Rockstars and NumberBots, Purple Mash and Phonic activities.
  • Update resources on the class website page when necessary. 
  • Be available to respond to e-mails, but please don't expect immediate responses as staff may be ill themselves or involved in their own childcare. (Teacher e-mail addresses can be found on the school website.)
    Please let school know if you have concerns around accessing learning online, food poverty or any kind of safeguarding or pastoral support needed. Also please let us know if you require extra paper or pens/pencils. We think it is reasonable to expect some homework to be completed and we will make sure all learning is acknowledged either, online as time goes by, or when pupils and staff return.
    This is an unprecedented situation and although there may be some worry about the impact it might have on our community, it’s important we keep each other safe and keep talking.
    Thank you for your continued support.
     

13th March 2020

Coronavirus update and advice from the Government

Within school, our cleaning regime remains high. Children are continually reminded of the importance of personal hygiene, for instance, handwashing and what to do with coughs and sneezes. Please also encourage your children to do this effectively. 

We are rightfully trusting in the advice delivered by Public Health England and by the Prime Minister: "If you have coronavirus symptoms however mild, either a new continuous cough or a high temperature, then you should stay at home for at least seven days to protect others and help slow the spread of the disease."

 

 

All other illness will be treated in exactly the same way as usual. Parents will be expected to say what type of illness their child is suffering from when they inform school.

School closure will only happen following Government and Nottinghamshire County Council Advice.

The texting service will be the continued avenue in which we will send communication to parents. Should we need to close, further information will follow about the learning that will be set.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

A new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:  Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email:
DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

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