A message was sent at 21.40 regarding school provision from tomorrow – unfortunately due to the current demand on ParentApp this hasn’t yet been delivered but will hopefully arrive with you soon.
The message read:
As you will have heard in the Government announcement tonight, primary schools will be moving to remote learning with immediate effect. Only vulnerable children and those of critical workers will still attend school for face-to-face teaching. If you are eligible to register as a Critical Worker please ensure the form sent earlier today is completed by 10 pm tonight so that we can make our plans for tomorrow. Those registered as critical workers will be sent a further form on which you will need to identify the school provision required which should only be for the days you are required to work.
We understand that this is difficult for parents and we will work quickly to provide an effective package to support home learning. Because of the short notice given, all teachers will post a relevant selection of tasks and activities onto Google Classroom for tomorrow, with a fuller, more interactive on-line learning package from Wednesday. Please keep checking ParentApp for further updates. Thank you
As you will have read in our latest letter home we have started a Pennystone Pebble Python – it starts from school and we would love it to grow longer and longer by the addition of more decorated pebbles. So, if you are walking along Pennystone Road, come and admire the children’s artwork and feel free to add your own!
We are aware that many children will be spending increased amounts of time on-line at the moment and we would urge you to study the following points to ensure their safety is paramount.
be aware of what your child is being asked to do online. Teachers will be
giving them specific sites to use and reminding them to tell a trusted adult if
something goes wrong, for example accidentally accessing a different/unsuitable
site when doing research.
links to You Tube are suggested by teachers, parental supervision is required.
Children who are being asked to work
online have very clear reporting routes in place so they can raise any concerns
whilst online. When
children are asked to complete independent work online, teachers are reminding
them of our school policy, based on the common language of our Kidsafe
Programme in school. They are taught that if they have “yukky feelings” in their tummy about something they come across,
they should immediately “say no, walk
away and tell a trusted adult”.
well as reporting any concerns back to their parents or teachers, children
should be reminded that they can get practical support from the likes of:
CEOP – for advice on making a report about online abuse
If parents and carers choose to supplement the school learning activities with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors, we would emphasise the importance of securing this from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.
Further support for
parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:
Internet matters – for support
for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
We are advising children daily of our strict hand-hygiene regime. We are receiving daily updates and continuing to follow guidance from the Department of Education regarding any further actions that need to be taken.
Where to find the latest information:
A new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. staff, parents and young people has been launched and details are given below for your information:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)