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Newsletter – February 2nd

Dear Parents and Carers,

The government has now informed us that the earliest return to the full opening of school will be Monday 8th March 2021. We fully appreciate all of the challenges that come with learning at home and we would like to say a really big thank you to everyone for supporting your children during this period. As always, the Warren Park staff team are here to help if you need any support – please just contact them through their year group email or directly through the school office.

Online learning

Every week we are seeing the numbers of children accessing online learning increase as well as the number of lessons that they are completing. If for any reason, such as sickness or IT issues, your child can’t access the learning then please just drop us an email so that we are aware.

Safeguarding your children is our most important responsibility and we have had to adapt some of our procedures to take account of the online home learning. The children are really enjoying the live sessions that year groups have been putting on as this is an opportunity to catch up and learn with friends. In order to make sure that these live sessions remain safe, please ensure that an adult is present in the room with your child. It is also really important that the space used is suitable and anyone else who is within vision at any time is appropriately dressed.

This week sees the launch of our new reward scheme to recognise those children who are really doing their best in these challenging circumstances whether this is at home or in school. The year groups will explain to the children how the reward scheme will work as this may differ depending on age. It will involve being able to earn a number of certificates or points and those who achieve the highest award will have their names entered into a year group raffle and will be in with a chance of winning a £10 Amazon voucher each week.

Critical Workers

In order to protect our staff and children, we are following the government guidelines in restricting attendance in school at the moment. We can offer places to the children of critical workers but the government guidance makes it clear that this provision should only be used when needed:

 ‘Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.’

This means that children of critical workers can attend school on the days that are necessary and access online learning on the days when parents or carers are at home. If your child is attending school and your circumstances change, please do let us know. A member of staff may contact critical workers to confirm current requirements and update our records.

We are all committed to making our community as safe as we can for our staff, children and families until we are able to welcome everyone back to school.

Please do stay safe and well, with our very best wishes,

Elizabeth Cooper