March 2021 re-opening Parent Update 25/02/2021
Thursday 25 February 2021
25th February 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to you to confirm arrangements for next week and for the 8th March when school re-opens on site to all pupils.
From Monday 1st March
The Department for Education decision to bring all children back at once is a significant challenge as we are currently accommodating 170+ vulnerable and critical worker children. To give staff a chance to prepare planning, provision, rooms and the site to receive a full deep clean, we need to make some changes for next week.
There will be no live lessons next week. All provision will be via the curriculum compliant Oak National Academy videos, the links for learning are uploaded and scheduled for the week for parents / pupils via Seesaw. Time allocations will be the same as already provided. There will be an expectation that evidence of engagement with the materials will be logged on Seesaw, and feedback will be provided by staff. Any pupils who do not engage with the online provision will be contacted based on the school's legal requirement to make daily contact.
Onsite will continue as normal Monday to Thursday however the school will be CLOSED on Friday 5th March as this is now a designated INSET day and we have planning, preparations and deep cleaning as mentioned above.
From Monday 8th March
Attendance as of the 8th March is mandatory. Pupils must attend. There will be no option to continue remote learning for the vast majority. The only exception will be any children classed as extremely clinically vulnerable as per DfE guidance below.
>A small number of children and young people may be unable to attend in line with public health advice to self-isolate. You should not send your child to school or college if they:
>have symptoms or live in a household with someone who has symptoms
>have tested positive themselves, even if they do not have symptoms
>live in a household with someone who has tested positive, even if that person does not have symptoms
>are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
>are required to self-isolate for travel-related reasons
We know from growing evidence that many children identified at the start of the pandemic as clinically extremely vulnerable are not at increased risk of severe outcomes from coronavirus (COVID-19). Children are gradually removed from the shielding patient list as appropriate, following a review with a clinician."
If you are abroad and do not return within 20 school days, the academy reserves the right to remove your school place.
On their return, the children will be phased back into full academic expectation - we will start with a supportive curriculum focused on social, emotional and mental health. We will be re-establishing boundaries and expectations and expect your cooperation in this matter.
Uniform, along with almost all measures, will return to the arrangements from the Autumn. We will be rotating uniform as before Christmas - any missing items will need to be replaced by the SUMMER term. We will give a grace period until Easter.
We have an academic recovery plan. This will be presented to parents by Miss Sharma and Mrs Downey within the first couple of weeks once we have everyone back and settled. We will also be publishing an amended school calendar detailing the events from reopening until the end of the year (as it stands now) in July.
We are confident that we can reintegrate everyone back successfully. The measures taken in the Autumn term were extremely successful. We will continue to work with you to ensure every child gets the support and care they need to make the most of a challenging year. Your support thus far has been instrumental; moving into this next phase again, a close working relationship between school and home is all-important.
A revised Parent Handbook is attached to cover the reopening period, together with two further supporting documents – these contain all of the relevant information you require.
There will also be a Q&A session tonight at 1930 on Zoom using the link below if you have any questions:
Topic: Ark Oval Primary Academy - Parents Q&A with Principal
Time: Feb 25, 2021 07:30 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 932 1135 4325
The DFE have also published a guide for parents / carers - link as below:
Principal – Mr T.Martlew