Dear Parents / Carers
I hope you and your families remain safe and well. After all the changes and government announcements of last week, things have calmed down a little and we are starting to establish some routines here in school. It is very important that children have routine when working at home too and I would encourage all parents / carers to try and get this in place as best you can. Hopefully, the daily Zoom calls with your child’s class teacher, are helping to establish some form of routine at home. I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have encountered a few technical issues with these calls but we are slowly sorting them out. If you are experiencing difficulties and are unable to join these daily Zoom tutorials, please contact us ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01270 882472) and we will do our best to sort it out. I would also like to praise our fantastic staff for embracing this new way of working so readily. It is a big change for us all and the staff have shown real professionalism in delivering these remote tutorials, we will no doubt all get better at them the more we practice. My thanks to those parents who have been in touch and said how much their child is enjoying these daily calls. If we have concerns that your child is not engaging in these tutorials or with the work we are setting, we will be in touch. It is really important that all children remain focused on their school work and keep up with their reading during this period of remote learning. Please remember you can submit photographs of child’s work or achievements through ‘Highfields Stars From Afar’ – see our website for details.
Today our food parcels for families entitled to Free School Meals have arrived in school and these will be distributed as soon as possible by our newly appointed Family Liaison Officer, Sara Leopold. Please remember that if you, your child / children or family need any support, advice or help during this difficult time, get in touch with us. We are here for you. Please see the attached letter from Mrs Henshall our SENCO which offers further advice and guidance for parents and families.
Can I please encourage everyone to stay safe during this national lockdown, please follow government guidelines in terms of reducing the amount of contacts outside of your family or bubble that you are having. If your son / daughter is coming into school, please do not congregate around the gates at the start or end of the day, please keep your distance from others and please wear a face covering. It is worth remembering that schools are not closed, we are open with large numbers of children on site and staff are working very hard under difficult circumstances and we must all do what we can to keep each other safe.
My thanks for your continued support and understanding
Acting Headteacher and Executive Headteacher AMAT