31 December 2020
As you will no doubt have heard on the news, the Government has made some unexpected changes to next week’s return of primary schools across many London boroughs, including Hounslow and Ealing. This means that we will not be reopening school on Wednesday 6 January for children in Years 1-6.
School will, however, be open to all children in Nursery. I have sent an online form for parents of children in Nursery to confirm their decision as to whether or not their son/daughter will be attending school.
We will also remain open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. If you fall into this category, please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding details of your situation and confirming when your child would need to attend school. In order to arrange staffing, please let the school know by 5pm on FRIDAY 1 JANUARY 2021.
As before, we will be using a blended learning approach of pre-recorded and live lessons on Google Classroom, along with daily Google Meets. Class teachers and specialist teachers will aim to mirror the class timetables as closely as possible. Registration for each class will be on Wednesday 6 January at the time stated on Google Classroom and English and Maths lessons will start on the same day. A comprehensive timetable and further information for the w/c 11 January will be posted in the feed section on Google Classroom next Tuesday 5 January. If you have any technical issues, please contact Mr. Cornish at email@example.com in the first instance.
As I am sure you appreciate, this announcement was not expected by us but I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that all the staff at CBPPS will work tirelessly to provide an excellent and thorough online provision for all our pupils.
With best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021.
For further information, please see the Government Contingency Framework Guidance published on 30 December 2020 – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-contingency-framework-for-education-and-childcare-settings
5 November 2020
Schools continue to remain open for all children and young people as they have since the start of the autumn term for the duration of the national restrictions.
Being at school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time spent out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of education, and children’s future ability to learn. It continues to be our aim that all pupils, in all year groups, remain in school full-time.
The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in the classroom far outweigh the low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools can take action to reduce risks still further.
The full guidance document: “Education and childcare settings: New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020“
15 October 2020
Throughout this half term, staff and pupils have all worked extremely hard to ensure strict hygiene and safety guidelines have been followed and I am pleased to report that we have not yet had to send home any ‘bubbles’. However, numbers of cases are evidently increasing and, at the time of writing, there is some suggestion of a 2-3 week circuit breaker over the half term period. Should this be the case and if schools are required to close during term time, we will continue to provide an excellent education for your son/daughter through the Google Classroom online learning platform. Those of you who are new to this way of teaching and learning will have received an invitation to join Google Classroom. If you have not already done so, please accept the invitation to log in to your child’s Google Classroom as soon as possible. Please contact Mr Cornish (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any issues logging on. Please do remember to log out of all other personal Google accounts, as you can only be admitted to Google Classroom with your child’s school-issued login credentials.
Part of the government guidance stipulates that shared areas such as classrooms should be well-ventilated. With the weather becoming cooler, therefore, children might need an extra layer or two!
8 September 2020
The staggered start and finish times continue to work well and the younger children have admirably risen to the challenge of walking to their classrooms independently. Everyone is in the habit already of good handwashing and sanitising. We do however need to change a couple of the morning drop off arrangements and the class teachers will pass on the relevant information in the Meet the Teacher meetings.