Update for parents 17 March 2020 re school procedures

Tuesday 17 Mar 2020

Update for parents 17 March 2020 re school procedures

Dear Parents and carers,

I'm sure most of you will have now heard the latest government information about the Coronavirus.
It is clear from the announcements that we are being asked to keep our schools open as part of the national effort to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the resilience of the NHS. We will of course do everything that we can to help and we will continue to communicate with you in the coming days, as and when further updates become available. If, however, you or a member of your family is showing any symptoms such as a high temperature or a new, persistent dry cough, you will need to self- isolate as a household for 14 days.

School Clubs and tuition
As from today, all lunchtime and after school clubs will be postponed indefinitely in order to minimise the number of visitors. All planned sporting events this term have been cancelled (Boccia, Cheerleading, etc). The Breakfast/After School Club that takes place in the scout hut will operate as normal.

School trips
School trips will not be going ahead for the foreseeable future (eg Year 5 to the Moorland Centre on Thursday and Year 6 Singing Festival). The money for these will be refunded.

Special Needs Reviews
If you were expecting to attend an SEN review, these have now all been cancelled and will be rearranged at a later date.

Parental Helpers
If you are one of our wonderful volunteer helpers, we are asking you not to come in to school for the time being. Thank you for your understanding and we will miss you!

Curriculum at home
Encouraging your child to read more often is a simple yet effective way of supporting their development. Try to vary the range of reading material they have access to. When considering reading activities, this should also include reading aloud to your child. If you have access to the internet, please focus upon Maths Whizz and Spelling Shed. Practising times tables is also incredibly useful for your child and we strongly recommended they do this on a daily basis. Further details and suggestions will follow.

Our year group Twitter accounts already provide a useful source of information about what is going on in school. We will be expanding our use of these accounts in order to use them as an information tool as well, so look out for ideas, links and tips about what you can do at home with your child if you find that they are unable to go to school for whatever reason.
A new Twitter account @Bradwaywellbeing has been set up to provide you with support to do with wellbeing.

We are continuing to emphasise the importance of handwashing in school, providing extra time for children to do this. Please ensure that children come to school having washed their hands.

Parents' Evenings
These have been postponed.

Please telephone the school as usual to leave a message if you need to report your child's absence. If you need to discuss a particular issue, please email the school on urgentqueries@bradway.sheffield.sch.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Senior staff will also be outside school before and after school as much as they can, if you would rather communicate in person.

The school curriculum
The school curriculum will inevitably be impacted by the current situation and some elements may not be covered in as much detail as usual. In order to respond appropriately to the emotional needs of our children, more time will be allocated to allow children to express their worries and we will also be spending time looking at ways in which we can all support each other's wellbeing.

With best wishes,
Paul Stockley