5th February 2021

Dear Parents,

I do hope that you have had a good week. It has been lovely to see the sun again this afternoon! This week some great Lego models have been made by children learning at home and it is so good to hear about a child who is now talking! Another child has walked from their class to their bus without holding onto an adult for the first time (and it is a long way from their class!)and another has been using full sentences. Lots of children at home and school have been doing really well with their phonics too!

Important information

  • Thank you to all critical workers who provided us with details of your employment; this has really helped us. We have been working on new rotas for after the half term break in order that we can support a few more families. We will return to week one on the amended rota and we will publish it as soon as it is finalised next week.
  • I can confirm that the 22rd of February INSET day has been postponed because the nature of the training booked cannot be delivered within the lockdown restrictions. We will need to plan the two lost inset days later in the year because the training being covered was compulsory within our setting and is required to be completed within time restrictions.
  • The second half of term will begin on Monday 22nd February and school will be open for those with a place in week 1 of the new rota.

Zoom protocols

  • We are going to begin to invite children who are learning from home to join lessons virtually as appropriate. Please find attached a Zoom protocol sheet explaining the expectations within this.

Safeguarding spotlight

We know this is a difficult time for families. West Sussex Local Offer provides information, tips and advice on a variety of different topics.  A few such examples are;

If you are in need of support (e.g. you are running out of food or medicine) there is a range of ways you can access it. You can access the West Sussex Community Hub 7 days a week between 8am and 8pm, more information here.

You can also access counselling services including Time to Talk – friendly and approachable talking therapies that you can self-refer, for anyone struggling at the moment

The charity Contact has a series of questions and answers on COVID-19 vaccines should you need any information on them.

The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health have created a poster giving ‘Advice For Parents on Their Child’s Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic’

 

There is ‘Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’.

Young Minds has a range of ideas to help support your child’s well-being.

For fun activities, more advice and online virtual support look at Shorts Breaks Wiki.

Thank you for working with us and all your team spirit and community mindedness! Have a lovely weekend.

Very best wishes

Catriona

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