26th March 2020
Do you have enough food?
If not, please get in touch and let us know. CLICK HERE to see about poster about support that is available.
Swinnow Community Centre are giving out packed lunches for all children on Mondays to Fridays 12:00 until 2:00.
If your child is entitled to means tested free school meals, you can collected a lunch from the downstairs hall between 11:00 and 12:00. We are hoping to start rolling out a voucher scheme next week - please look out for emails.
23rd March 2020
Thank-you to everyone who has kept their child at home today. To those parents who have needed to send their children in, we really appreciate how you have kept this to a minimum.
CLICK HERE to read a letter from the Leeds Children and Families Directorate.
If your circumstances change and you NEED to send your child to school, then please ring or email and we'll get back to you.
20th March 2020
Re: Coronavirus update – Key workers and free school meals
Thank-you for your patience over the past few days.
I am sure you know that late last night, the government published its list of key workers. You can see the document by clicking here.
We are absolutely committed to supporting our families and community through this very difficult time. With that in mind, we are intending to be open between 8am and 5pm each day – only for the children of key workers or other vulnerable children. However, I would like to draw your attention to the first key principle the government states:
If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
The aim of the school closures is to minimise contact between people to slow the spread of the virus. This means we expect you to send your child to school for the minimum amount of time. If you work for 3 hours a day – then your children should only be in school for the time you need. If you work 2 days, then they should be here for 2 days. If you are a key worker, but your partner is working from home, I would ask that you seriously consider whether it is appropriate for you to send your child to school. Children can be dropped or collected at any time. If arriving at 8am, please enter via the downstairs hall doors in the children’s centre car park. After that, please come to the school office. Children should be collected from the school office.
We need to know which days your child will attend and approximately what times they will attend.
If you asked yesterday if you were eligible, we will telephone you today. If your situation changes over the coming weeks, and you feel you would qualify for this service, then please email email@example.com or telephone the office.
As long as we have enough staff, we will remain open, providing this service.
Free school meals
If your child is entitled to a means tested free school meal – not universal free school meals for all children in reception, Y1 and Y2 – then we will be providing a cooked meal each day. These can be collected from the downstairs hall door between 11:00am and 12:00pm. Obviously, this does not apply if your child will be in school.
I am sure you appreciate that things are changing quickly, but we will do whatever we can to keep you informed. Please bear with us if things are not as timely as we would all like.
These are very difficult times for all of us. If your child will be at home, please get in touch with us if you need anything. Take care of them, yourselves and your community.
With best wishes – Mrs B Naylor - Headteacher
Re: 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 this Friday until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, delivery drivers and others in frontline services) as well as children with certain needs.
We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. Please could you either:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your job
- Speak to a member of staff with a clip board around school this morning
- Telephone the office.
We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is via the website and text message.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
- Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.
- Your child will bring a resource pack home today with ideas of activities they can do.
- The home learning tab on the website home page will be up-dated with links to useful websites.
Wherever possible, the teachers will up-date the class blogs with ideas and activities.
If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with 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’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via our school email – email@example.com. This will be checked throughout the day. If we have further up-dates, I will up-date via the website and a text message will be sent to alert you.
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
With best wishes – Mrs B Naylor - Headteacher
17th March 2020
I know you will be aware that the situation regarding coronavirus is rapidly changing. There is a possibility that schools will close. We are following all government advice.
Firstly, we have some members of staff who have been advised to self-isolate because they have under-lying health conditions. At the moment, we feel it is safe to keep school open, but if over the coming days we do not have enough staff, we may consider a full or partial closure. Please be assured that we will do everything we can to keep school open for as long as possible. If a closure is necessary, we will let you know by text message, the school website and through the Leeds City Council website. As soon as we have enough staff, we will re-open and will let you know through the same channels.
Additional school activities – such as before and after school activities – have been cancelled until further notice. Breakfast Club and After School Care Club will continue as normal for the time being.
Parents’ evening next week will not go ahead.
The Y3 and Y4 trip to the Royal Armouries has been cancelled; we will arrange a refund through ParentPay.
In the event that the government instructs schools to close for a longer period of time, we will send work home. Depending on the age of your child, this will be a mixture of formal work and ideas for them to learn and play in different ways. Wherever possible, the teachers will be up-dating the class blogs with links to activities and tutorials to support learning at home.
Our school email address: firstname.lastname@example.org will be checked every week day, so if you need to get in touch, please do so. If you have a specific request for a specific member of staff, mark it in the subject box and it will be forwarded to the correct person.
If your child develops a temperature or persistent cough they will need to stay at home. The latest advice is that your whole family will need to self-isolate for 14 days. At school we are doing whatever we can to stop the spread of the infection. If a child appears unwell at school, with the symptoms described above, we are contacting parents immediately. Our cleaning schedule has been stepped up – all hard surfaces such as door handles and toilets are being cleaned twice daily. Children wash their hands several times a day.
Please keep in mind that the vast majority of people who contract this virus have mild symptoms. Children seem least affected. I know this is a very difficult time. We will continue to do whatever we are able to support your children and you. Please take care and let us know if there is anything you need. If we can help, we will.
With best wishes,
Mrs B Naylor - Headteacher