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Newsletter Thursday 11th February 2021
Dear parents, carers, families and friends,
Most importantly, we hope you're all safe and well, and keeping warm in this very wintry week!
You continue to be fantastic in helping the school to keep our numbers of children as low as we can wherever we can. With your support, we've been able to maintain safer, smaller groups of children and staff in school. As you know, at the moment we can only offer places to the children of key workers and children considered to be vulnerable. Our nursery classes are open, but for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes, we have to keep numbers down as much as we possibly can right now.
To everyone supporting their child to learn at home, you're doing an amazing job! Thank you - you are all lockdown heroes!
We appreciate the challenges that this involves, especially if you're trying to work at home as well. You're amazing and you're making a real difference with whatever you can manage.
If you're trying to access online and having problems with the technology, please just get in touch and we'll do our best to help. Remember that remote learning doesn't have to be online - some of our families are using paper learning packs and finding them really helpful. Let us know if that's what you need. The important thing is that your child continues to learn during the lockdown.
A couple of other thoughts around remote learning:
- You don't have to access 'live' lessons to take part - there are activities to join with that aren't on a video
- You'll have heard about junior and primary schools offering tablets and laptops to children who need them. Unfortunately, Infant Schools don't have any devices to pass on from the DfE - unfortunately, our allocation is 0! Talk to us if you're having any problems accessing the learning, and we'll do our best to problem-solve with you.
Safeguarding thoughts re online learning - our teachers have asked me to pass on a couple of reminders:
Internet access - this might be something we can help with. We have a number of SIM cards available through the school office, preloaded with data. Let us know if this might be helpful and we can tell you about the network they're on, in case your device is locked.
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals, we not have Wifi 'hotspot' vouchers from BT for you - I'll be emailing families directly about this over the next couple of days, so please keep an eye on your inbox (or junk folder!)
Half term - is next week. Just like the Christmas break, if your child develops Covid symptoms or tests positive during half term, please email firstname.lastname@example.org straight away to let me know. It's really important that we let any close contacts know immediately, to help to keep them and their families as safe as we can. Thank you.
Thank you again for all of your help and support. Please keep taking lots of care and staying as safe as you possibly can.
Ms Harrison and the team at King Richards