Day 1

Dear Parents,

We hope you are all well and beginning to find some normality in your new way of living.

The staff wanted me to pass on their thanks to all of the families that have managed to make arrangements to keep their children at home. We have loved seeing some of the things you are doing and we are working hard on a new platform for the website which will allow us to communicate with each other during these coming weeks. We will be in touch as soon as that is ready to go live.

In the meantime, enjoy working through your packs and accessing the online learning through Bug Club and Times Tables Rockstars for the older children. Our website also has a Home Learning section which contains some more topic related work.

Because so many of you have made arrangements to keep your children at home, we have been able to significantly reduce the amount of staff we have in school. This has allowed us to develop a rota system between the two schools for the weeks we are open for the children of Critical Workers.

Information for families of Critical Workers, and Vulnerable Children.
The Government released further information regarding vulnerable children on Sunday evening. They are advising that any EHCP children that can be safely looked after at home should be.

The DFE are urging schools to encourage families to find other forms of childcare for their children and should only use the schools as an absolute last resort. We are being asked to submit pupil and staff numbers directly to the DFE by midday every day. I fear that large numbers in school will force us to close our doors completely.
The staff in both schools are keen to stay open for those people who are critically needed to support the fight against this virus. With larger numbers of children in the setting we are increasing the risk of spreading the virus into the families who need to be at work the most. Thank you to you all for keeping us well informed of your plans. We will be asking which families will need their children to be cared for next week through a survey which will be sent out later this week. But please remember, this must be as a last resort. The Prime Minister’s message this evening was very clear.
Free School Meals
The CEO, Chris Huscroft, wrote to you last week asking for those families requiring a free school meal. Grab bags of a sandwich, piece of fruit and a piece of cake will be available to collect from Hook School to those families who requested them between 12 noon and 12.30. If you would like to request a grab bag because you are a free school meal or have a child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 but you have not yet let us know, you can contact the school (01405 762576) before 10am to request this.
We have had some advice that the Government plan to offer a voucher scheme for eligible families, but until that is rolled out, we are only offering the grab bags.

We urge you all to do all you can to keep your families safe at this very worrying time.

Kindest Regards

Caroline Ainley
Head of School