15th January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
Government guidance on critical workers has been updated since last week’s newsletter. I would like to draw your attention to the updated text which now says:
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.
It is imperative that we keep numbers in school as low as we can to safeguard the children who absolutely have to be here because they fall into the category of “vulnerable” or they have parents whose frontline jobs are imperative for dealing with the COVID crisis, and would be unsafe at home because there is no-one to look after them.
In order to keep the school community safe, and to help all of us out of lockdown more quickly, if only one of you is a critical worker, please think carefully about whether you really need to send your child to school or whether you might actually be able to keep your child at home as the government is requesting.
Full guidance can be found here.
Thank you all for doing an amazing job at home again this week. I have really enjoyed looking at Tapestry, ClassDojo and Google Classroom and seeing all of your work. We are all very proud of all of you.
I would like to reassure parents at home that children in school are following the same plans as the children at home: they are watching the same video introductions and completing the same tasks. They are being supported by the TAs (and teachers for some of the time), but there is no additional “teaching” that is different from the remote learning.
I know that one challenge for children learning at home is that they are missing having other children with whom to discuss their work. Some parents are organising Facetime/zoom meetings between friends during the day to make this easier. This is a fantastic idea to support your child’s learning and also their well-being at the same time. However, with my safeguarding hat on, I need to remind parents that you do need to supervise these interactions to make sure that your children are safe, and not exposed to things that might upset them. Platforms like WhatsApp have a 16+ age limit as it is recognised that it is not safe for younger children to be communicating online without the supervision of a parent/carer.
Reminder: Free Data SIMs
I still have a small number of free data SIMs that have been donated by Vodafone for families without a home broadband connection to help them to stay connected if they are using mobile data for home learning. They come with 30GB of data free for 90 days. Vodafone’s information leaflet is attached to this newsletter. If you are relying on mobile data and think this would be useful, please get in touch with us.
Reminder: Covid Reporting and Self-Isolation
It is more important than ever that you do not send your child to school if they are unwell or have any COVID symptoms. You must also keep them at home if any member of your household has any COVID symptoms. Please remember to use firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of COVID symptoms/cases. This email is monitored during the day, in the evenings and at weekends so that we can support you if your child, or someone in your household, has coronavirus symptoms or a confirmed case of COVID. It will also enable us to take prompt action to safeguard other members of the school community. During school hours, it is still best to phone the school.
Anna Hayesmore and the Burrough Green Team
Amazon Wish Lists
A big thank you to parents who have brought items from the wish lists, it is very much appreciated that you are supporting the school. You can find our wish lists here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3KFS6BWV51LF3?ref_=wl_share