Information Update: 15.5.20

Hi Everyone,

What a week …… I hope you have all managed to get your heads around what you can do and what you can’t. Just as long as you stay alert we’ll all be fine!

As you can all imagine, this week we have been working hard to read, digest and understand all the guidance that is coming at us from a range of resources – the government, the unions, the LA and our H&S advisors to name a few! Most importantly, I want to assure you that we have the health, safety and welfare of pupils, staff and families very much at the heart of all that we are doing. We will only open, when we are confident that we can provide an environment that minimises the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

We know you will have questions about when your children will be able to return to school. It is important to remember that the date announced by the government is not yet confirmed and is subject to further decision making that its Five Tests have been met. The Cobra meeting to decide on whether the measures have been met will take place on the 28th May, and only then will the date to begin a phased return be confirmed.

Should the government measures to allow school opening have been met and subject to our own careful risk assessment,  June 1st could mark the beginning of a slow and gradual approach to the staggered return of some year groups in smaller class groups. Whilst it is always impossible to eradicate all risk, please be assured that we will proceed with extreme caution and care with safety our first priority.

In the meantime, children of critical workers and those identified as vulnerable will continue to come in to school. If you are a critical worker and need your child to be in school, please contact me at: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk
As part of our planning, a survey was sent out to parents and carers of children in Year 6, Year 1 and Reception, as these are the year groups identified by the government as the first to return. Thank you to everyone who has responded; the results will inform our future plans. Ms Gray will be contacting nursery parents soon.  Once a date for a phased return has been confirmed by the government, we will be contacting families individually to discuss our plans. We anticipate a gradual return, one year group at a time. Children will only return to school when they have received a start date from us.

I can assure you that we are looking forward to welcoming children and families back and will do this in a thoughtful and measured way and we will continue to keep you informed every step of the way!

Calls home

This week teachers have been calling some families; it is always lovely to hear from pupils about their learning.  This time we have prioritised families where we have not had any contact with on Seesaw.

Family well-being

During this stressful and cooped-up time, don’t let the pressure of parenting get you down. Try these simple tricks and tips, formulated by Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke and the POP-UP team, which are backed by science and proven to work with families. A really helpful list of 8 top tips, each one backed up with a short animation: https://maudsleycharity.org/familiesunderpressure/.  There’s something there for everyone!

Local Food bank

One in five Primary School parents are struggling to feed their children.

St Peters Brockley FOOD BANK will be connecting with individuals and families in our community to deliver weekly food parcels, which will include fresh and non-perishable grocery items

 

WHEN: Deliveries will take place on Wednesdays to their home

WHERE: St. Peter’s Church, Brockley, Wickham Road, SE4 1LT

HOW: Families will need to request a food bundle delivery by visiting: https://www.stpetersbrockley.org.uk/foodbank or ring 07405 136 249

You can support the food bank with a financial donation by visiting  https:// www.stpetersbrockley.org.uk/foodbank-donate or donate fresh or non-perishable food by dropping things off at the South entrance of St Peter’s building every Monday from 12:00 – 4:00  pm.  If you would like any further information, or wish to lend your support please visit: https://www.stpetersbrockley.org.uk/foodbank

 

Community Fund

We have a community fund which is there to support families in times of need. We know many families will be in difficult situations right now with incomes being lost overnight due to the lockdown. If you are struggling and would like some help, please contact the school at: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk or 020 8691 01611. Remember we are here to help.

Take care everyone and stay safe.

 

 

 

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