Thank you so much for all of the support you have shown our school during these challenging times. We understand that this is very hard and miss seeing all of our children very much.
As you know, we have continued to stay open as a childcare facility since Monday 23rd March for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils, only closing for bank holidays.
This week we have seen the return of some Year 6 pupils and next week we will see the return of some Year 1 pupils to our educational setting. We would very much like to invite other children back to school but are governed by a strict risk assessment process. Our classrooms were measured and abiding by current social distancing rules, we are only able to have 12 children and 2 adults in each classroom ‘bubble’. This obviously immediately makes it impossible to have all
children return whilst these rules are in place. Secondly, this then also affects the numbers of available adults as ratios are much smaller. Thirdly we
have the issue of some staff unable to be in school due to shielding or living with someone who is shielding etc.
Further to my letters of 2nd June where I explained that eligible year groups should notify school by Wednesday, we would like to inform you that this should
be by midday. As we hadn’t made midday clear, we did this week accept requests until the school closed but from next week this will be midday.
The school then have to complete a report to review the school capacity and this is sent to leaders of our Trust who then inform us by Thursday afternoon if we have additional numbers approved and can inform parents that their places are confirmed.
We currently have some capacity to add additional bubbles to our educational setting and therefore are now giving EYFS parents the opportunity to email the deputy headteacher Miss Rachael Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org by midday next Wednesday if they would like their child to return.
We will not be able to tell you if your place is confirmed until Thursday afternoon, so please do not assume that you have a place until you receive the
confirmation. No child will be admitted to school unless they have received confirmation that they have a place within a bubble.
I apologise that some may find this process difficult to accept but it is the only way that we are able to work within the guidelines.
We are aware of the report published by Public Health England last week which identified that there’s a disproportionately higher number of deaths amongst people in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups and we are managing this through a school specific actions which includes strict social distancing, defined bubbles, appropriate PPE and additional hygiene measures. We have also undertaken a Health, Safety and Wellbeing Risk Assessment for every member of staff to understand their personal challenges and concerns and we are working to address those.
Thank you again for you understanding and support in these challenging times.
With warmest wishes
Dear Parents/Carers of pupils in Years 6 and 1,
Please find attached further information regarding the partial re-opening of our school for these groups of children.
Please note that next week we will be opening additional provision for Year 6 ONLY, followed by Year 1 the following week. Please note that the Wednesday before each Monday is the deadline for informing school of your child's attendance. Year 6 will not be having their usual teacher Miss Cox at the present time.
I hope very much that you and your families are well. I have attached for you a letter, from our Academy Trust Reach2, detailing further information on potential dates, for Camulos to partially open as a school. We will update you further on this as soon as we are able to.
In the meantime, we are very grateful for all of the support you have shown us and are greatly looking forward, to the time when we will be able to welcome you all back.
Wishing you all a lovely bank holiday weekend.
Please see a link below to a questionnaire for you to please complete as soon as possible. The responses to these will form an important aspect of our plans for possible re-opening as an educational establishment for some year groups.
Please see attached a letter from our Trust CEO Sir Steve Lancashire about proposed plans for the re-opening of schools.
With kind regards
Thank you so much for all of the contact you have been making with your children's teachers. It has been wonderful to hear about all of the activities you have been getting on with during these difficult times. I luckily get to hear and see lots of it.
As you know, the Prime Minister is due to give a briefing on Sunday to inform the nation as to whether we will see any reduction in the current lockdown measures. We are working closely with our Academy Trust and will let you know as soon as any decisions have been made that will affect the children of Camulos. In the meantime, there will continue to be work added to the website class pages.
Our school has remained open as a childcare provision, to the children of key workers and vulnerable children, as outlined by the government since it closed on 20th March to the majority of pupils. Most of the staff have been able to be part of the rota to staff this over the past seven weeks.
We have also been busy recruiting new staff and have successfully appointed three additional fabulous teachers for September. More news on this to follow.
We are also very excited about welcoming the 60 new pupils who have been offered places in our EYFS from September.
We are missing you all and are very much looking forward to seeing you as soon as we are able to.
In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy the long VE Day Bank Holiday weekend.
Take care and stay safe.
Mrs Lisa Frith-Sly
Dear Parent / Carer,
Firstly, I want to thank you for your contribution to the national response to the Coronavirus pandemic. For most of you, being at home with your child(ren) and supporting their continued learning, alongside your own work and wellbeing, is a significant challenge in what are both unprecedented and worrying times. However, we do know that this action is helping to reduce the spread of the virus and helping to save lives.
You will be aware that last week the government confirmed that the lock down will continue for at least another three weeks. However, alongside this news is constant speculation about when and how schools across the country will be reopened. I want to confirm that at this time these messages are pure speculation – neither your school nor the local authority or Reach2 has any information about what plans the government are considering once the lockdown is eased or when that might be.
Re-opening schools will be complex, even if that is partial re-opening. The priority, of course, will be to ensure that it is safe for all children, staff and parents when they return to school. At present, for those few families that are accessing school provision, you will know that social distancing is being practiced alongside good hand hygiene, and whilst some learning is being supported, it is far from the reality of normal school life and is essentially a childcare facility. For schools to re-open, clear guidance on social distancing will be required as well as ensuring that the majority of staff can return; we are aware that for some their personal circumstance means that they are required to ‘shield’ or live with family members who are shielding, which may mean that they need to socially isolate themselves and not return to work.
As with all decisions the government are making in relation to coronavirus, the scientific evidence will be required to underpin the timing of the decision to re-open schools as well as the process for this.
To support all parents at this difficult time, yesterday the government launched a series of measures for families to assist with remote education, wellbeing and general support. The guidance can be found here alongside a whole list of on-line resources for you to use. If your child(ren) has SEND need, support can also be found in these resources.
In addition, the BBC are launching bitesize daily lessons, details of which can be found here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons.
The government have also developed an online virtual school called the Oak National Academy where lessons are being streamed to those who logon to them. They cover all ages and subjects and you can access them through this link.
As you will be aware, we are also providing as much support as we are able to with home learning resources. Your child’s teacher will be emailing you with updated information regarding the provision of work for this Summer Term. I know that teachers have been in contact with you via email or messaging, but they have not yet heard back from all of you. Therefore, please may you email your child’s teacher by the end of this week Friday 24th. This is an opportunity for you to engage school with any support you may need with home learning and to discuss any wellbeing concerns you may have. If everything is all fine, please also report that to your school. If we haven’t heard from you by the end of the
week, we will call you next week just to check in. We appreciate that many of you would like some face to face (albeit virtual) contact with your child’s teacher. After discussions with staff today, we have agreed that this is something we will look at again, should the school shutdown continue after the current period.
I want to assure you that there is no expectation that your child(ren)’s education should continue as it would if they were attending school daily. We all fully understand that during this unprecedented time, normal education across the country has been suspended. Therefore, any daily support, both in terms of academic learning and physical and emotional wellbeing you can provide is to be applauded, and please do not worry about your ability to replace your child(ren)’s normal education during this time. When we do re-open, we
will work as hard and as quickly as possible to bridge any gaps in your child(ren)’s learning.
I would like to thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.
As we reach the end of the strangest two weeks of my very long teaching career so far, I wanted to let you know that all of the staff are missing the children terribly and to that effect we have put together a video for you all to watch. Big thanks to Mr Young for his technical skills.
You can find the video here https://vimeo.com/403642729
You have been plunged into a situation of having to be a teacher as well as a parent and I know that this is tricky. Well done for everything you have managed to accomplish. Teachers are doing their best in these strange and challenging times to meet the learning needs of all pupils. Please be careful that in signing up to any 'free' online learning programmes, that you haven't in fact signed yourselves up to a paying service once an introductory free period ends.
Additionally, please remember that this is the end of term and therefore for the next two weeks you have strict instructions from us to focus on having fun and being a family in the best way possible, despite the current restrictions. Staff will not be directing you to more home learning until the week beginning 20th April.
As we remain open for very few key worker children in a childcare setting, staff are taking holiday at different times. If your child's class teacher is on holiday, they will post an 'out of office' message on their automatic email reply and direct you to a colleague who may be able to contact you in their absence.
Please keep sending us messages and images of the things you have been doing and follow us on Twitter @CamulosAcademy
Thinking of you all
We are working extremely hard to continue to keep our school open in these unprecedented times. You will be aware that the government has now moved from the containment phase to the delay phase with regards to the virus and has released new advice around self-isolation and vulnerable groups of people.
The impact for schools of this new advice means that many staff are affected by the self-isolation policy, in the same way that families are also impacted. This means that Head Teachers are dealing with higher than usual levels of staff absence at the current time, as per the new guidance.
We want to reassure you that our key priorities are the safety, welfare and wellbeing of your children and young people and our first job is to ensure that schools continue to be safe places for your children and young people, whilst they remain open. Therefore, with a significant number of staff absent, it may become impossible to continue to run schools as normal. For this reason, it may become necessary to partially or fully close schools, even if the government has not made a decision to close all schools. Schools will do everything to avoid a full closure, however if staff levels are too low to ensure children are safe, schools will be left with no choice but to consider this option.
What partial closure may look like – some of the strategies that might be used
What full closure may look like
Actions Head Teachers are taking to keep schools open for as long as possible
A reminder that the advice around self-isolation has changed and is now;
What is self-isolation?
It is very important that individuals with symptoms that may be due to coronavirus and their household members stay at home. Staying at home will help control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community, and particularly the most vulnerable.
If you or another member of your household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials, other than exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
What you can do to help
Schools are working closely with the Local Authority and their Academy Trusts and Headteacher Associations in order to offer a consistent and safe response to the current crisis. The health and safety of your children is everyone’s first priority.
The advice around self-isolation is changing daily – following on from yesterday’s announcements,.
The advice around self-isolation:
If any member of your household has a persistent new cough, high temperature or shortness of breath please following the NHS guidelines. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
We will continue to update you accordingly and expect all pupils who are symptom free to be in school as normal.
Should advice change where school closures are enforced work packs are being prepared for your child/ren.
PLEASE KEEP THE SCHOOL INFORMED OF ANY SELF-ISOLATION ADVISED BY NHS 111.
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