Letter to Parents
Well, firstly, CONGRATULATIONS!! You have made it to half term! And what a term it has been so far. I’m sure, like me, that 6 weeks of home schooling was not in your plans for 2021. You have all done a fabulous job at home, accessing the online learning set by the teachers, sending the photographs back each day and keeping the children safe and healthy at home. I really do appreciate that home is not the same as school, and it never should be, but in these strange times we are all adapting to new situations and just doing the very best we can. So give yourselves a well-deserved pat on the back. Half term next week – you can all have a week off!
The staff in school have worked extremely hard throughout the lock-down, keeping the home-learning going, responding to emails and phone-calls, offering technical support where needed, organising zoom calls, 1-1 support, solving device and wifi issues and supporting children of Critical Workers in school. I am sure you will join with me in thanking them for all their efforts. They will not be responding to the home-learning emails throughout half term but will access them again on Monday 22nd February, so please continue to send any outstanding work through.
As you know, we don’t find anything out about the re-opening of schools before you hear it on the news, so we still have no idea if we will reopen to all on 8th March. The Prime Minister is making an announcement on 22nd February so we will be in touch after that with a further update. In the meantime, the safest place for your child to be, to help reduce the spread of the virus, is at HOME. If there is an adult at home or you have a childcare bubble arranged, please do stick to this arrangement. We know some children are finding home learning hard, and if we could reopen school properly, we would do. We are here to support you as best we can.
Track & Trace – please remember to let me know of any symptoms or positive cases in your household!
Just a reminder that even over the Half term, if anyone in your household tests positive for Covid-19 OR has any symptoms WITHIN 48 HOURS of us closing today and is having a test you MUST inform me up until Thursday 18th February as I still need to report this to our Public Health Team. Depending on the timing it also may or may not affect whether others need to isolate so it is vital you keep me up to date. I will be checking my emails regularly up until this point so please let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org or MESSAGE on Facebook Messenger. Also if you develop symptoms or test positive during the holidays, please email so I can work out your likely return-to-school date for you.
It is with a heavy heart that Mrs Hartley (Class 3 teacher) has made the tough decision to move on from St Oswald’s to pastures new after 7 years here. I know you will join me in wishing her all the very best for the future. She will be sorely missed. Mrs Mackey will be taking over the home-learning for the time being, and Miss Tate will oversee the Critical Worker children in school.
Mrs C Kippax