Covid & Remote Learning
As you’re probably aware, outdoor gatherings of either 6 people or 2 households are now allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside. Children also now allowed to take part in formally organised outdoor sports and so in light of this, after Easter we have made the following changes to our risk assessment:
- From the 19th April, (assuming no further announcements), the wearing of face coverings in our playground is no longer compulsory, as long as parents continue to social distance.
- Face coverings are still encouraged if parents are unable to maintain social distancing (for example at peak times during drop-off or if the exit is busy).
- Please can parents avoid gatherings until they are well away from the exit/entrances to the playground so that these areas remain easily accessible.
- After Easter, children will operate in year group bubbles rather than class bubbles. This is to help with staffing arrangements and reflects the same approach as we had in place last Autumn.
- Clubs and activities after Easter will also operate in year group bubbles unless we are confident that we can keep the children apart and maintain high levels of ventilation.
All other measures will remain in place. Please refer to the risk assessment on the school website for further information.
An updated copy of our risk assessment is now available under 'Policies'.
Return to school on Monday 8th March
We hope you have had a good half term and managed to spend some quality time with immediate family.
Following on from yesterday’s announcement, I am pleased to announce that we are welcoming back all children on Monday 8th March. There is probably a mix of feelings about the decision but at the least, I hope your child will be excited to see their friends again and reunite with their class.
At the end of this week, we will write to you with further information and next Monday, I will talk to your child in assembly about what to expect when they return. However, in the meantime here are some important notices.
To prepare for the return of all children we first need to know how you and your child are feeling about the prospect of returning to school. Whilst our teachers have contacted some of you over the last half term, we would love to hear from all parents (and children) who are still home schooling so that we can better understand the different views and circumstances your child has been through. This way, we will plan more thoughtfully. You can do this by completing a short online survey here. These will be shared with the class teacher who will then follow-up any comments with a call next week should it be necessary. We hope you can be honest and open as every piece of information will help us personalise our response.
For the majority of you, your child will remain at home over the next two weeks, and I can imagine it might be hard to keep up the determination to keep logging on each day. We will do everything we can at Mayhill to keep the remote learning engaging and I’m sure you’ll help us in encouraging your child to log on each day. When we do welcome them all back, all of their efforts to date will be a huge help to them and they should be really proud of how well they have done. Hopefully the final furlong!
Currently our teaching and support staff are all fit and well. All of our staff, including SCL and cleaning staff, take twice weekly LFD tests which help us to safeguard against asymptomatic cases and we will continue to run a bubble system when your child returns. We are currently reviewing our risk assessments but I do want to reassure you that we will continue to put in every measure we can to make the school as safe as possible. We are very fortunate to have not yet had a case reported at Mayhill; thank you to everyone in the local community for following the guidelines so well.
SCL have confirmed that wrap-around care (before and after school) will start again on Monday 8th March and the booking system is now open. Please contact them directly to book a place and for further information on their safety measures.
In the meantime, please look out for the full newsletter on Friday and we look forward to welcoming you and your child back again on the 8th March.
Following government guidance, we are now able to share a copy of our Statement of Intent for Remote Learning Provision.
A copy is available here.
As you will be aware, Mayhill will remain open only to children of critical workers and vulnerable children, a definition of which can be found here. If your child is considered vulnerable or has an EHCP, we will be in contact with you today to discuss whether you would like your child to attend.
If you are a key worker, it is important to stress that where there is capacity to look after your child i.e. one parent is not working, we would urge you to do so. This is not only to protect our staff here, but to reduce the chances of transmission of those children who are in school. We do very much want to help those families who are supporting us through this time, but equally ask you to do everything you can to reduce the number of children in school. Where there is flexibility to only send your child in on the days where it is most necessary, this can indicated on the survey.
If you are a key worker and would like to request a place, please complete the online survey that is available here by 3.00pm today. We will then email out confirmation to all parents by the end of day.
On other matters, our staff here are preparing remote learning that will start tomorrow using Seesaw. If your child has forgotten their password, please contact us today by calling the school office. We know most parents won't have the capacity to support their child from 9.30am each day, so please don't feel you have to! We will do our best to make the activities as independent as possible and teachers will upload supporting videos to help your child with new learning. However, we do want learning to continue and we will be expecting children to log on every morning and engage in their work.
Later today, we will send out more detailed information about home learning that will hopefully answer all of your questions.
Use of IT equipment
If your child does not have access to a laptop or tablet, we will should be able to help. Please can you email into the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org today so we can make plans for getting these to you.
Families who are eligible for free school meals
Currently vouchers are not being offered and therefore food parcels will be available. For this week, picnic lunches will be available to pick up at 12.00pm each day. From next week, we will be providing weekly food parcels which will be made available every Monday morning. These have proved really successful in lots of schools, but we do need to know by Thursday each week how many to make. Please call or email the office and we can provide further details on how and where these can be picked up.
Very best wishes