The Government announcement on Monday confirmed that schools are closing to all pupils with the exception of key worker & vulnerable pupils, although I don't think that any of us expected the announcement that this closure would last until mid-February.
This means that pupils will have at least 6 weeks learning at home.
We understand how difficult this will be but if we all continue to work together, then our pupils will continue to learn, just in different circumstances.
It is important that all children access the home learning resources that are available daily on the school website: https://www.stowheathprimaryschool.co.uk/find-your-year-group
This is a very new way of working for us and making videos of our lessons is so far from what our teachers are used to. It is important to state that our videos are covered by data protection laws and regulations and therefore these videos, or parts of these videos eg screenshots/screengrabs, should not be shared with any one else or on ANY social media posts.
Over the next couple of days, you will receive a telephone call from your child's class teacher. This is to make sure that you know how and where to find home learning resources. We will also be asking you for an email address so that we can share information with you regarding your child's learning.
We will also make sure that you can send an email to your child's year group address. This is so that you can ask any questions and receive any additional support that you may require. We would also like to use this email as a way of celebrating your child's learning at home and so feel free to email your child's teachers an update on how they are getting on. At the end of the week, class teachers will post a celebration video that shares some of the positive learning that has been taking place that week.
Each week, it is hoped that that class teachers will have had email contact from parents or carers. If no email contact has been made by Wednesday, then class teachers will telephone you to check that your child is accessing their learning at home. We have a duty of care to ensure that all our children are safe, well and accessing an education. Should there be no contact made, the Local Authority have set up a pathway that will enable schools to work with local Police and other agencies if schools are unable to contact parents via email or phone so that safe and well checks can be made should they be needed.
This email address will be checked daily between 9am and 4pm and we aim to respond to emails within 24 hours.
Again, we thank you for the positive comments and support that we have received over the past few days. We cannot wait to be able to open our doors to all our pupils again and we look forward to seeing the work your children create whilst they are at home. Remember: school is still open and we are here to help via emails or phone should you need us.
For now, stay safe & our very best wishes.
Mrs Scoffham & everyone here at Stow Heath.