Please find below links to current guidelines about COVID-19:
Post Easter Arrangements
Thank you all for your continued support of school at this time. It has been anything but business as usual over the past few weeks, and with the Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic escalating over the past fortnight it has been a very anxious time for all of us. With the Easter break upon us, it is important to keep all families informed about our plans for the school offer after the holiday period.
The Government guidance remains that all children should be kept at home, unless this is not a safe option for them. Schools are now designated as emergency care settings for those children of key workers who have no safe alternative for their child, and also for those children who are classified as “vulnerable” where they are not safe to be kept at home. Across the country, this has placed a lot of pressure on families – however, we have a clear instruction from the Government that self-isolation and social distancing are the necessary approaches for everyone unless in exceptional circumstances, and we are required to reinforce that message as much as possible.
What we also realise is that – by the time the Easter holiday has ended – many families will have been in a state of self-isolation or social distancing for a long period of time, and some of our pupils may be at a crisis point. Unless Government guidance changes, all families must still adhere to the above. However, we also want to make sure that we can meet emergent need where families can no longer provide a safe care offer at home.
As such, the school site will be closed on Monday 20 April 2020, unless your child is currently attending school this week and you continue to meet the above criteria. Any more families requiring emergency care for their child after Easter are asked to contact the school by midday on Monday 20 April, so that we can review staffing levels and ensure a safe offer can be made from Tuesday 21 April. At this time, all employers are managing unprecedented rates of staff absence and we therefore may not be able to guarantee an offer for all families. We may need to undertake a risk assessment for children, in partnership with social care, if we have more demand for provision than we can facilitate. This will then inform how we prioritise places.
Our aspiration is to provide the level of emergency childcare we are required to, so please be assured that we are doing all we can to meet families’ needs and this will continue to be the case moving forward. Our staff continue to work remotely to keep in touch with children and families and we will continue to do all we can to help support you at this time. A list of Easter holiday activities will be shared with you by the end of the week. Please see class pages for more information.
Should Government guidelines change over the next few weeks we will issue further guidance to families. However, the current forecasts are that things will get worse before they get better, so if anything we are expecting more stringent measures to be implemented in time, rather than relaxed.
Thank you all for your continued support – please stay safe and have the best Easter break you possibly can.
Friday Update - 27.03.20
We hope you are all safe and well and have managed to take some time to rest and recover this week.
All classes will have a new home learning sheet for next week. These will be uploaded to the school website and shared on each class teachers twitter page ready for Monday morning. Each child has also been given a log in for See Saw. This is a programme which allows teachers to upload work and resources to support with the home learning plan. Teachers can comment on the work and children can share what they have completed at home. Access to the website can be found here - SeeSaw. If you need any help with accessing the programme then please let us know so we can help you - here is a guide to getting started with the app - How to use the SeeSaw app. It has been great to see how many of you are already using this!
Please follow the school twitter page @CragsSchool for quick updates. On each class page there will also be a list of recommended websites to help you at home and details of how to access each class twitter page. You can also keep fit with Mr Vickers and Mr Wallace by completing their daily activities @CragsPe. We must once again stress that children should not have twitter pages, these are parents only.
Free School Meals
The school will continue to provide a chilled choice option for families eligible for free school meals to come and collect them from the school. Please contact school before 9.30am on the day you wish to collect the lunch.
Over the coming week we will be liaising with individual families directly to discuss what their childcare need is. The school continue to offer childcare provision to support our most vulnerable families and those children of key workers essential to us at this time. All children should otherwise remain at home unless you are unable to keep them safe. Further guidance can be found on the links below.
Take Care and stay safe over the weekend
After reflecting over the weekend on what has been the most challenging of times for schools, nothing could have prepared us for what we are all facing. We are all in this together and are trying to do our best for our families, friends and the communities in which we live and work. The digital world will help us to do this now more so than ever.
We hope that you are all safe and well and that you have now received your home learning packs thanks to staff taking the time to deliver these around the community this morning. New learning plans for each week will be posted on each individual class page on the website ready for the start of the following week.
Each class has their own twitter page so please give their page a follow, as your child’s class teacher will be posting regularly. We must stress that children should not create their own accounts – this is a platform for you to use and share with your children. We would also love to see what your children have been doing at home so please share this with us! Every child also has access to See-Saw which is a platform for children to access work set by the teacher and for teachers to interact with comments.
We are determined and committed to keeping in touch with our families as much as possible, but please remember to use these resources appropriately – and also remember our Staff have their own families to look after too!
Free School Meals
The school is able to offer a chilled choice sandwich option for any children who are in receipt of free school meals. Please contact school if you wish to collect a lunch for the following day or as soon as possible on the day they are required. We will give you further information about collection when you make contact.
We do not know what the timescales will be for this situation but we will keep you updated at every opportunity. In the meantime, be safe and be kind - this is not easy for anyone.
Take care of yourselves
As of week commencing Monday 23rd March 2020 the school currently remains open only to those children whose families wish/need their children to be here. The school will not be delivering any curriculum teaching and children will not be accessing classes as normal, this will be a childcare provision in place to support those, including the most vulnerable and children of key workers essential to us at this time (see below guidance for criteria). There is no statutory requirement for recording of attendance/absence for those children remaining at home now until further notice as school is considered closed. Current guidance continues to state that all children should remain at home unless you are unable to keep them safe.
For key workers and families needing to bring their children, on arrival to school we will be asking you to complete a form sharing details of reasons for accessing the childcare provision, to ensure we can record information and attendance that we are now required by the DfE to report daily. We await regular updates from the local authority and Government and will keep you informed of any changes as we face them. Please be patient - the school will act as quickly as it can to keep up with changes and do everything we can to support our community at this time. Further information will be available regarding free school meal support and home learning tomorrow.