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Extract from letter dated 15/10/20


The school understands that some families may wish to take a holiday abroad during the half term break. Please note that if you travel to a country or territory that is not on the travel corridors list (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors), your child will not be allowed back into school during the period of self-isolation and must quarantine at home for 14 days.

 

Update 01/10/20

In line with latest guidance, the school's core control measures and risk assessments have been updated. Please find a copy of these documents here: 

Updated Core Control Measures

School Opening Risk Assessment

 

Extract from letter dated 01/10/20

On Tuesday, our Home Learning Procedures and Curriculum Delivery Plan were emailed home. A copy of these documents together with our ‘Parent and Pupil Acceptable Use Policy for Zoom’ are attached below. (Following more advice from Schools ICT, we have decided that Zoom will be a better forum for communication.) Please read these documents carefully then sign and return the reply slip by Tuesday 6th October. A reply slip is needed from each family to enable children to access home learning. If you have any questions about the attachments, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

Please see links below for the relevant letters:

Curriculum Delivery Plan 2020-2021

Home Learning Procedures

Parent & Pupil Acceptable Use Policy for Zoom

 

Extract from letter dated 24/09/20

 

This week, I have received a letter from the Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire. The letter asks head teachers to remind parents that GP’s cannot diagnose coronavirus nor are they able to administer tests. The only ways to obtain a test are via the NHS website or by calling 119. We have also been asked to distribute the attached letter from NHS Test and Trace about when it is appropriate to get a test. NHS Test and Trace Letter


We are aware of the difficulties in obtaining a test and the current delays in receiving results. If your child is not able to come into school because of the isolation rules, we will send work home, see below:

  • A member of staff will call parents of isolating children during the day to arrange to email work home. We will aim to have made contact with you by the end of lunchtime of the first day of absence.
  • Whilst waiting for work, we suggest children read their reading books or access online learning resources eg Activelearn reading or BBC Bitesize etc
  • In the event that the whole year / bubble is isolating at home, learning will move online with learning resources sent home for children to work through.

Please note: More information will follow next week about these home learning procedures.

Please be assured that any absences as a result of the isolation rules will be coded as authorised leave.

 

Extract from letter dated 03/09/20

 

Full reopening of school Tuesday 8th September 

We are now permitted to fully reopen school for all pupils on a full time basis. We hope that children will be looking forward to their return to school but understand some children may be feeling a little nervous after such an extended period of time away. Our priority in the first few days will be to settle the children back into school and the new routines.

 

Please see below important things to be aware of about school reopening and see attached our risk assessments.  

Staff procedures - children

Staff procedures - staff

Staff procedures - parents

Building risk assessment

One-way system sketch

ASCoaches Transport risk assessment

 

Returning from holidays abroad – If you have been abroad during the summer holiday and have visited a country that requires 14 day quarantine on return, a reminder not to bring your child to school until the 14 days have passed. If your child cannot attend school because of this reason, please inform the office via telephone message or email by 9.00am on Tuesday 8th September. 

 

School uniform – All children in years Reception to Y6 will be required to wear school uniform. Nursery children have the option of wearing the nursery jumper with their own clothes. 

 

Drop off and pick up times – Unfortunately, parents cannot come into the school buildings and should only come into the playground (following the one way system on the attached sketch) at the allocated time for their child’s year (or the time of the eldest child). Please do not start to queue until your time. Please keep your distance from other families and depart the vicinity of the school quickly after drop off or collection. 

 

Bubbles               Drop off times            Pick up times

N & R                      8.30-8.40                   3.10-3.20

Y1 & Y2                   8.40-8.50                   3.20-3.30

Y3 & Y4                  8.50-9.00                   3.30-3.40

Y5 & Y6                  9.00-9.10                    3.40-3.50 

 

Breakfast club and after school club – The clubs will run for children in years Reception to Y6. The children will be kept in an ‘infant’ and a ‘junior’ bubble for these clubs. Breakfast club is from 8am every morning, please drop off at the drop off point in the playground where staff will then take your child into school. After school club is until 5.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and 5pm on Thursday. To collect your child from after school club, please wait at the gate and ring the school (01943 462896) to advise staff you have arrived, staff will bring your child to you at the gate. Please collect promptly and keep socially distanced whilst dropping off/collecting your child. 

 

 

School lunches – The catering company will be starting the term with a basic menu. Please inform Mrs Bentley, by 10am Tuesday 8th, via email or telephone message, of the days when your child will be having a school lunch. It is assumed all children in years Reception, 1 and 2 (who are all eligible for a free school lunch) will be having a school lunch, unless informed otherwise. Children in year 3 and above (with reliable memories!) can tell their teacher their lunch time plans on the first morning, or parents please inform the office as requested. 

 

NYCC home school transport – Please refer to the NYCC website for the latest information about home school transport. If your child is going to use the bus or taxi service, please inform Mrs Bentley, via email or telephone message, by 10am Tuesday 8th, of the journeys your child will using the transport for. If your child is using ASCoaches Transport, please see attached their risk assessment and contact details. For ASCoaches, children should arrive at the bus stop with clean hands and must be able to fasten their own seat belt. If a parent needs to get on the bus to help their child they must first sanitise their hands and wear a mask. There will be a seating plan for the bus which must be adhered to. 

 

Items your child can bring to school – Children should bring to school a coat, a named water bottle and a PE kit. Children may also bring a pencil case (years 1 and above) a school bag and packed lunch/ snack if required. We have a child with a severe nut allergy so please do not send any item containing nuts for a snack or packed lunch. Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 should also bring to school the Workbooks that they collected from school during lockdown. 

 

If you have any concerns or questions about the contents of this letter please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk

We thank you for your cooperation with these new rules and procedures and look forward to seeing all the children on Tuesday 8th September.

 

Extract from letter dated 03/04/20

 

Yesterday, a 'home learning code' was emailed out for each child. This can now be used for your child to access their Seesaw learning journal. They will be able to complete the sample task, designed to help them become familiar with the tools on Seesaw.

 

Today, you will receive an email to access your family/parent portal on Seesaw. Here you will be able to see your own child's completed learning and you will be able to communicate with your child's teacher about any questions you may have regarding the learning tasks.

 

The next set of learning will be uploaded today between 3pm and 5pm. In some cases, it will be appropriate to send home answers to the learning tasks which are uploaded. We will only be sending answers to parents and not to the children. In order to receive any answers for the set of tasks to be uploaded today, you will need to have registered to access your individual Seesaw parent portal by this coming Monday 6th April. Answers will be made available on Tuesday 7th April through the parent portal via: inbox-messages.

 

Please note: there is no expectation for children to complete work over the Easter holidays but they can do so if they wish. More work will be uploaded on Friday April 24th.

 

Where appropriate, any answers for the printed materials which were sent home for your child will be emailed by the end of today. I am sorry that we do not yet have online answers for Years 1 and 6 for the Maths No Problem books. I was assured that I would have these this week but as yet the company is still working on it. As soon as I have these, I will email them out to you.

 

Best wishes

 

Mrs Nayler and the Askwith team

 

Extract from letter dated 02/04/20

 

Today we will be sending home information on how to access your child’s learning journal on Seesaw. You will receive a separate email entitled, ‘Seesaw Home Learning Code’. Attached to this email, there will be instructions on how to access your child’s Seesaw journal. Your child only has one login to access their journal and this can be used on different devices.

Once you have access, please feel free to encourage your child to become familiar with the layout of the journal. There will be a sample task available for your child to complete. This is designed for them to become familiar with the different tools in Seesaw.

As previously mentioned, each week we intend to send your child up to: 5 English, 5 Maths and 2 tasks from other subjects in the curriculum. New learning tasks will be uploaded every Friday. The first set of tasks will be uploaded between 3pm and 5pm tomorrow. Please use these to supplement work already sent home.

In the first instance, these tasks will recap previous learning so that we can ensure that this is embedded in the children’s long-term memory. These tasks can be carried out as and when you feel your child is ready to complete them. Children do not need to have completed the packs which we sent home before beginning these online tasks. You may, for example, want to run these tasks alongside the packs to provide some variation for your child.

Tomorrow, you will also receive an invitation to create a parent/family login. Here you will be able to see any completed learning in your child’s online journal. You can also use the parent login to message your child’s teacher with any questions that you may have about the learning tasks.

Where appropriate, any answers to tasks set will be sent to you through the parent/family login page. These will appear in the inbox as and when they are made available.

A helpsheet, detailing how to respond to learning tasks in Seesaw, is also attached to this email. This can also be found on through the inbox pages on Seesaw.

Once again, we appreciate your patience in the first few weeks as we all become more familiar with this new learning system.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Extract from letter dated 31/03/20

As explained in the previous email, we have been exploring different options for how to support home learning online.
From the end of this week, we will begin to send home learning electronically using ‘Seesaw’. (For those families who do not have the internet, we will send it home via post.)


Seesaw is accessible online through a website or by downloading an app to a tablet or phone. Through Seesaw, your child will be able to access their own online learning journal. This will enable them to access learning tasks, complete these and then respond to any feedback given by their teacher.


You will also receive an invitation to create a parent/family login. Here you will be able to see any completed learning in your child’s online journal. You can also use the parent login to message your child’s teacher with any questions that you may have about the learning tasks.

 

Information on how to access your child’s journal and your parent login will be sent to you later this week.

 

Each week we intend to send your child up to: 5 English, 5 Maths and 2 tasks from other subjects in the curriculum. New learning tasks will be uploaded every Friday. Please use these to supplement work already sent home.

 

In the first instance, these tasks will recap previous learning so that we can ensure that this is embedded in the children’s long-term memory. A helpsheet, detailing how to respond to learning tasks in Seesaw, will also be sent later this week.

 

We appreciate your patience in the first few weeks as we all become more familiar with this new learning system.

 

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Extract from letter dated 19/03/20

 

Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after tomorrow until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. In order to organise provision for care for children of key workers and vulnerable children, North Yorkshire LA has asked us to gather the following information:

  • An indication, if you may be a key worker, of whether care will be needed by your family
  • An indication, if the care is needed, of the days of the week and timings.

Please email or phone with this information if you think it applies to you by 10.00 am tomorrow morning. The definitive list of key workers/vulnerable children is due to be published later today and further information will be sent in due course but this information will be essential for us to be able to begin to ascertain the need.

 

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

We will keep you updated as we receive information in the coming days/weeks and will re-open fully as soon as we can.

 

What we will continue to do whilst your child is at home:

Your child’s learning is of course important to us so we will continue to help your child to learn in the following ways:

  • All children from Nursery – Y6 have been provided with a pack of work. (Please ensure that you have arranged for this to be delivered to you if you are currently self-isolating)
  • All parents will be given password access to an area on the school website where more work will regularly be uploaded
  • We are in the process of creating a communication forum for parents/children/teachers to ask/answer questions etc

If your child usually receives free school meals, we will also be in touch with more information about how this will be provided for your child with support from a scheme that the government has announced.

 

We appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal.

If you require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Extract from letter dated 18/03/20

Following the government advice to self-isolate if in a vulnerable group, Mrs Bennett, Miss Johnson and Naomi the cook will all now be off school as they are all pregnant. We wish them well and look forward to sharing happy baby news with you in the future. I myself have also been advised to self-isolate due to an underlying health condition but hope to be back to school at the end of the recommended period of time. I will remain in contact with my staff and will maintain my responsibilities as head teacher.

 

As a result of this reduction in staffing, please be advised of the following:

- After school club will run on Thursday but there will be no after school clubs next week and not again until further notice, please collect all children by 3.30pm from Friday onwards

- Breakfast club will continue as usual

- Mrs Mort will now be the lead teacher in nursery and reception together with Miss Dunbar and teaching assistants

- Years 1 and 2 will be taught together by Miss Gregory

- The Design Technology Challenge will be postponed until later in the year

 

As previously notified, parents should only come into school if they have an important message for a teacher and drop off and collect their children as quickly as possible.

 

Please continue to leave messages of absence on the school telephone answer service with the reason for the child’s absence to enable us to code the registers correctly

 

Please click the link below for the updated version of Government guidance on self isolating.

 

 

Letter sent out 17/03/20  

Following the Prime Minister’s press conference yesterday afternoon, the guidance has now changed: 

 

  • If your child or anyone in your household has a cough and/ or a temperature of 37.8 degrees or above then everyone in the household must self-isolate for 14 days. (The 14 day period starts from when the first person became ill.) Please leave a message detailing the reasons for any absence on the school answer service as usual. Thank you to parents who have already left messages, this is much appreciated. 

  • Everyone is being asked to stop all non-essential contact with others.  

Having asked parents of children in year 1 and above to not come into school unless necessary, we now ask that parents of children in reception and nursery also follow this guidance: 

From tomorrow morning, reception and nursery parents should not come into the classroom unless they have an important message to give to a teacher. Goodbyes can be said at the classroom door and bags and coats handed to the staff who will help the children to hang them up.  

 

  • Parents are asked not to gather in the playground before 3.10pm if collecting from nursery, reception or year 1 and not before 3.25pm if collecting siblings or children from other year groups. Please spend as little time as possible dropping off and collecting children. 

  • The PTA Easter disco was cancelled yesterday. We will review other planned school events and notify you of cancellations and postponements accordingly.  

As a staff team, we are doing all we can to stay well and healthy and keep school running as normally as possible for the sake of the children and our school community. During the coming days/weeks, our school will continue to face a changing situation that is likely to include staff absence. In the worst case scenario, i.e. many staff are self-isolating, this will result in partial or full school closure. In this situation, school will endeavour to provide work for the children to do at home. Details of how to access work will be forwarded soon. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

 

 

Extract from letter sent home 16/03/2020

With regard to symptoms of the Covid-19 virus and self-isolation measures, the new guidance is that anyone with a ‘new, continuous’ cough or high temperature (37.8c or higher) should self-isolate at home for 7 days. The full guidance relating to this can be found by following this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

 

 

Extract from letter sent home 13/03/20

Should the decision be taken to close or partially close schools, we will be in touch with further guidance about work which will be prepared for pupils to do at home.

As soon as we have any further information or updates to give you, we will be in touch. In the meantime, we would like to thank you for your continued support in helping us to maintain normality and please continue to follow normal school procedures including for pupil absences.

 

 

Extract from newsletter number 23 dated 05/03/20

We continue to take the Coronavirus situation very seriously and have put the following measures in place to endeavour to keep our school community safe. Children and staff are washing their hands more frequently and hard surfaces such as door handles and tables are being cleaned more regularly with antibacterial products. From Monday, as a further precaution, we would request that only parents / carers of children in the nursery and Reception come into the classrooms in the morning. Parents of children in year 1 upwards should say their goodbyes at the classroom doors, children will then come in on their own to hang up bags and coats. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, then you may come into the classroom as usual. Messages such as changes to going home arrangements can be left on the school answer phone or by emailing.

 

Extract from letter sent home dated 25/02/20

The worldwide situation is changing on a daily basis and today it has been announced that the virus has been found in Tenerife. If you travelled to Tenerife, or other affected areas, over the half term holiday, please call NHS 111 and follow their advice.

 

Likewise, if you are going on holiday to areas where the virus has been found, on your return and before coming back to school, please call NHS 111 and follow their advice.

 

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