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Update from Mr Walker - The First Federation Trust

Dear Parent/ Carer


Apologies for having to write to you for a second time today. Following tonight’s announcement, I am writing to inform you that our schools are required to close with immediate effect. This means pupils will not return to school tomorrow as planned until the February half term.


As of tomorrow, the majority of pupils are expected to work from home. Teachers will be providing a learning plan for pupils to follow. This will be communicated directly by your child’s school. However, we will be aiming to provide a full day of activities. This will be a programme that will include online resources and paper based materials.


Due to the timing of the announcement, we will need some time tomorrow morning to ensure staff are ready for the new way of working. This does mean that home learning might not be available immediately; a full programme will be available by Wednesday. Please do check your school website for initial home learning.


If access to an internet enabled device is a problem, please contact the school directly. We will work with you to find a solution that works for you and your family.


We will expect all children to participate in the online learning. Teachers will email feedback each week and share any concerns they have with you directly. The learning should be easy to follow and accessible for your child. If there are any problems, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly.


As in the previous lockdown in March, schools will continue to open for children who have keyworkers for parents. The reason we are closing is to try and reduce rates of transmission and infection. Therefore, we are asking that pupils who attend school are doing so as a last resort. Your school will be asking you to identify yourself as a key worker, confirming what your role is. They will also need to know which sessions you require your child to attend. To help keep our staff safe and well, we want to have as few staff in school as necessary. Therefore, if you are able to keep your child at home, please do so. The children coming into school will follow the same remote learning the children at home are following.


If your child develops symptoms and has a positive test, please let us know immediately as we may need to inform other parents. If your child is attending school as part of our key worker provision, they must only do so if they are symptom free. Should a positive case occur over the coming weeks, it would require us to send home all the children in the key worker bubble. If in doubt, keep your child at home and contact school.


Families in receipt of free school meals will, as before, have meals provided. Your school administrator will be in touch about how to ensure you receive your food.


The situation at the moment is fast changing. I am aware the impact it has on all families having to arrange childcare. Please do contact school if you are having any problems with the home learning. Likewise contact us if you are having any health and wellbeing challenges, as we may be able to offer some support and guidance.


Once again, thank you for your continued support. I will write to you when we have any further information.


Yours sincerely,


Paul Walker

First Federation Trust