11th January 2021
I do hope this letter finds you well. As we have moved into the third national lockdown, Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly and the new government guidance about what you can and cannot do can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
On Wednesday, the Secretary of State for Education made a statement to Parliament. He reaffirmed that schools have not suddenly become unsafe but reinforced that limiting the number of children and staff who attend them is essential to curb the spread of the virus. Therefore, schools are open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers only and we have worked quickly to ensure that we can offer this provision so that essential work across the country can be completed. It is important to reiterate the guidance does state that ‘parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can’. Therefore, if you can continue your critical work with your child learning at home, please do so and only book a place if you need it. Remember that children who attend school will be accessing the same lessons and Google Classroom resources as those learners at home.
I am pleased to note that the staff are reporting there have been increasing levels of engagement throughout last week and it was great to see children awarded silvers, golds and wonderful week for their efforts. The government expectation for this lockdown is higher with all children expected to engage in remote learning and complete their work. Through our well-being phone calls, we are aware that some children do not have any access to any technology to complete their remote lessons. Please ensure that you get in touch with the school as soon as possible so that we can support you with this. Last week we distributed 20 iPads to children who didn’t have any access to technology.
For all parents/carers that have requested paper copies of work please be aware that all the school work has been set online and teachers are recording lessons, modelling and marking work, so by not logging into the learning platforms some children may be missing out on the help they need. In addition, if technology worries you, we have dedicated staff who can talk you through how to use Tapestry and Google Classroom. All staff are determined that the children do not miss out on the learning they deserve.
Also, please try not to worry if your children have to share devices or you have to complete your own work first as work can be uploaded at a time that is convenient you. Don’t forget a summary of what the children will be learning each week, with additional links can be found on our website to help you plan the week https://www.whcps.org/blended-learning-at-whitehouse/
Financially, January can be a very difficult month for many people. We have several food hampers in school that we are keen to distribute. If you feel you need a hamper please contact our pastoral team and we can organise this for you.
My continued thanks to everyone in the school community for their continued support.
With best regards
Mrs A Hall