UPDATE JANUARY 4th 2021
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCMENT ON SCHOOL CLOSURES - ALL SCHOOLS WITHIN THE PARTNERSHIP TRUST WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW 05.01.21 TO ALL CHILDREN
You will no doubt be aware of the announcement made at 8pm this evening by the Prime Minister regarding a national lockdown and closure of schools to all but critical worker and vulnerable children with effect from tomorrow, Tuesday 5 January 2021.
Schools did not receive any prior information regarding the announcement made and heard the briefing at the same time as the nation.
I am sure that you will appreciate that there are a number of logistical matters to manage, including the identification of keyworker children that require provision at school; groupings and staffing for those children attending school; provision of transport for those attending school; free school meals to those in and out of school as well as a number of other matters. At the time of writing this message, we do not have any information from the Department for Education by way of additional guidance for schools.
In order to enable schools to put in place appropriate in school provision, all schools within the Trust will be closed tomorrow to all pupils and remote learning provision will be in place from Wednesday 6 January 2020. Your school will contact you directly with details of that remote learning provision.
Tomorrow, schools will be contacting all families with regard to the identification of critical worker children requiring provision at school; free school meal provision and those that fall within the vulnerable category.
I appreciate that this is very short notice for all families and I know that for some this change will cause difficulties. I also appreciate that for some critical worker families there may be implications on childcare.
If you are a critical worker who has absolutely no other child care available at home or where both parents are critical workers who are required to attend the workplace tomorrow and you urgently require a place for child at school tomorrow please contact your school directly.
Details of the individual school have been inserted below.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org saying you need critical worker places for TOMORROW.
I appreciate the frustration that many of you may be feeling, whilst understanding fully the rationale behind the Government’s announcement and the urgency of the situation but would ask that you please only contact the school for childcare tomorrow if it is absolutely essential.
We will endeavour to offer Key worker childcare for children of all key worker parents from Wednesday 6th January.
Chief Executive Officer
Reopening of Schools:
Please see Mrs Hogan's letter dated 15/7/20 for the most up to date information regarding full school reopening in September.
Following the recent government announcement to ease lockdown and the plan of schools reopening to select year groups as part of a phased return before the Summer we would like to collect the thoughts of yourselves as parents and carers. This is a confusing time for all and reopening of schools can only happen; following risk assessing, if strict health and safety guidelines can be adhered to and staff numbers make this possible. To help us plan for this next step, we would like to gauge how many parents would be willing to send their children to school if and when we are safely able to open, following the guidelines that have been shared. We ask all parents/carers of EYFS and Year 1 children to complete this form and submit their response no later than Monday 18th May. Thank you for your ongoing support.
During this period of school closures, the Government have worked closely with educational professionals and technology experts to create a suite of learning programmes to help you with supporting your child's learning whilst schools are open to care for the children of key workers. Whilst Paulton Infant School staff are working hard behind the scenes to create interesting learning activities that aren't necessarily reliant on using computers and printers at home, we understand that you may wish to have more formalised activities for your children.
Please access more personalised planned learning activities created by Paulton Infant School Teachers from the year group closure tabs.