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Information for Lockdown January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

As you are aware, we are now in a national lockdown and the school will remain closed until at least February 2021. If you can keep your child at home, and they are not vulnerable, then please do. As I write, there is still no new guidance as to how the school is supposed to be operating for children of critical workers or those considered vulnerable. However, we have been able to make some decisions as to how we can operate safely and effectively for these children.

 

We will support critical worker children on the days that you need us to, but appreciate you keeping them at home whenever possible. A list of critical workers can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision?utm_source=4%20January%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19

In order to help us organise our provision, we would appreciate it if critical worker parents could contact us weekly, in advance. Please contact us via email, by Friday at the latest, to inform us which days they will be attending.

 

The school will be contacting some families to offer their child a full time place at school if they meet our vulnerable criteria. Ideally, we would like these children to attend school on a full-time basis, but ultimately the decision to send children to school is up to parents.

Unlike in the first lockdown, when the guidance encouraged us to mostly provide child care, this time school will operate as normally as possible with regular lessons throughout the day. In the first instance, teaching will be organised into 7 year group bubbles containing a maximum of 15 children. Each bubble will be taught by one of the teachers from this year group, while their partner organises the remote learning.

 

Children who are able to stay at home will be supported with their home learning through the online learning platforms (Tapestry for KS1 and Seesaw for KS2). If you have any problems or queries logging on, please contact the school. We are currently investigating the possibility of providing some live lessons and other ways of face-to-face regular contact.

 

Children coming in to school will need to wear their school uniform and arrive and be picked up at their normal staggered times (please see www.kingsbridgeprimary.co.uk/useful-information-about-our-school/).

 

The kitchen are still able to offer lunches, but there is a revised and simplified menu (please see attached). Please note that this is subject to change, depending on availability of produce. Children will be eating their lunches in their classrooms.

 

The school office is closed but we will do our best to monitor the telephones. Emails will be checked and responded to during the school day, so in the first instance, please contact us at admin@kingsbridge-pri.devon.sch.uk.

Best wishes

 

Gareth Howells

Head of School 

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