Dear Parents and Carers
We hope all our families are keeping safe and well.
On Sunday 10th May, the Prime Minister announced that schools should prepare to open to more pupils, no earlier than June 1st 2020. The year groups to which this provision could be open are Years Reception, 1 and 6 initially. It is clear that only pupils from these year groups will be able to attend school until further notice.
We are beginning to plan, with guidance from the government, the Local Authority, the teaching unions and our governors. This will not happen immediately on 1st June and it will be a carefully planned process.
Until we have received further guidance, and we can assure that staff and pupils remain safe through social distancing measures, the school will not re-open to these pupils, it will be a gradual process. The recent government guidance indicates teaching of pupils in small groups, where social distancing can be made possible. There are a number of ways to achieve this which could involve pupils attending only on certain days or at certain times if this is the safest way.
As always we will keep in close communication with you at this time. Thank you for your patience.
Mrs G Sykes
Guidance from the Department for Education
Information for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the resources available to parents to help them educate their children at home, eligibility for device and connectivity at home, and keeping children safe online.
The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Don't forget to check our Home Learning Page for topics and activities that your children can be doing at home.
For your own health, and that of your families, please ensure you stay familiar with, and follow, the current advice provided by Public Health England.
Thank you for your support.
As time moves on, we are hearing more stories about families struggling, so we wanted to share a few options which may be useful:
· Healthy Start - during lockdown we know that many financial situations have changed. The Healthy Start scheme may be able to help. If on certain benefits, families, including pregnant women and children under 4 can get free milk, fruit and vegetables and vitamins with Healthy Start vouchers. Apply on line at the following website https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/ . When approved, vouchers through will arrive through the post which can be exchanged a supermarkets and small retailers.
· Leeds City Council - support is available for Food which can be accessed by calling 0113 376 0330 and there is an additional COVID helpline number for none food related support which can be reached on 0113 378 1877.
· Counsellor Support – St Gemma’s Hospice and Wheatfield’s Hospice have joined together to support Leeds residents affected by COVID-19 during this time with trained specialist counsellors available. Additional information is attached.