Update 25th March 2020
School remains closed to most pupils.
By now staff are organising resources for home education. We are aiming to avoid worksheets as, if you are anything like us, your printer is out of ink. With lockdown and the price of ink, we’re trying to avoid this. However, below is a link to additional resources you could use if you wished.
Also, we are getting Wellbeing communications from various agencies. They can be found here.
On that note – if you are in crisis; if you have any safeguarding concerns or need to discuss issues with me – please call me on my school mobile – 07927 077688 during school hours.
For education resources in addition to class teaching – click here
For wellbeing and helpline information – click here.
Following todays announcement and subsequent DfE round robin I can (or cannot) confirm the following:
- The school will be closed on Monday indefinitely for most children,
- Homework packs will be sent home today and/or tomorrow,
- Homework packs have about 2 days worth of work and our online portal login details,
- Parents of absent children can pick these packs up on Friday. On Monday, any remaining packs will be available after the school children have gone home. After that I will attempt to email login details to parents but this may take quite a bit of time to organise.
Who is a Key Worker or vulnerable child?
- The official definition of vulnerable children and Key Worker children is not known to any school at this point. The DfE have promised that at some point tomorrow that definition will become available to us. At that point we will attempt to communicate that to all parents.
- Truth is that we probably won’t know until well into Thursday.
- Armed with information, we will INVITE children to attend school on Monday but we need to know which parent fits the key worker role.
- IT IS LIKELY THAT WE WILL NEED TO HAVE EVIDENCE THAT YOU ARE A KEY WORKER AND THAT YOU DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER CHILDCARE OPTIONS. IT IS LIKELY THAT A NURSE WITH AN ACCOUNTANT AS A PARTNER WILL NOT BE INVITED TO SEND THEIR CHILD TO SCHOOL.
- THIS ALL HAS TO BE DONE BY THE END OF FRIDAY IF WE ARE TO PLAN WHO IS ATTENDING ON MONDAY.
- PARENTS ARE GOING TO NEED TO BE VERY PROACTIVE HERE. WITHOUT PHYSICAL EVIDENCE WE WILL NOT BE INVITING PARENTS TO ATTEND. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE LIKELY TO FIT INTO THE KEY WORKER ROLE YOU WILL NEED TO FIND A WAY TO ENGAGE WITH THE SCHOOL BEFORE 16.30 ON FRIDAY IF YOU ARE TO BE INVITED TO ATTEND SCHOOL ON MONDAY.
Other bits and bobs
- Staffing levels at The William Amory are falling as we stick to the governments rules. Phones may remain unanswered and emails remain unanswered as well. We understand how frustrating this may be but if Mrs Pattinson and Lowndes are off and I am teaching all day I am not going to able to answer the phone and I’m unlikely to catch up on old messages.
- PLEASE KEEP THE PHONE FOR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL. PLEASE EMAIL ME (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your child is not at school. I will get back to you as soon as my other duties allow.
- From Monday our website will be our key method of communication for parents whose children are not attending school. All information from Mr W will be both emailed and presented on the COVID19 section of the website. Here you will know what we know. If it is not on the website, we don’t know the answer.
Please use the school website to find answers.
From Monday our Before and After School Club will be available to Key Workers and Vulnerable children only. All the conditions listed above apply to them as well. But there is one additional condition (because of absent staff):
THE CLUB WILL OPEN AT 08.00 AND CLOSE AT 17.00 from Monday.
From Monday our nursery will be available to Key Workers and Vulnerable children only. All the conditions above apply to them as well. But there are two addtional conditions (because of absent staff):
THE NURSERY WILL OPEN AT 08.00 AND CLOSE AT 17.00 from Monday.
IF STAFF ARE UNAVAILABLE, THE NURSERY MAY NEED TO CLOSE.
PLEASE ASSUME YOUR CHILD(REN) ARE NOT ATTENDING SCHOOL ON MONDAY AND ONWARDS.
Please rest assured, every one of us at The William Amory (and I know the other schools as well) are doing our very best to ensure the best for your child, for our staff and for the families of our children and staff.