7th January 2021
COVID-19 cases are continuing to soar in Dudley, and now the borough has the highest figures in the West Midlands.
Residents are being urged to follow the national lockdown rules. See the latest figures on our data dashboard www.dudleyhealthandwellbeing.org.uk/localoutbreakcontrolplan
For advice and information on coronavirus visit including testing locally www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
We really didn’t expect the first newsletter of the New Year and spring term to be during another national lockdown. The very late announcement on Monday evening of partial school closure under the new national lockdown came a quite a surprise and we have had to respond quickly this week. It has been a real team effort as always and we would like to thank you for your support. As always, we are here to do our best for the children in our community and support each other in the best way we can during this period.
As you’re aware, we have switched to remote learning for most children and school is open for vulnerable children and for those whose parents are critical workers. We will continue to work hard to ensure that our children have the best possible education during the circumstances.
We are continuing to put all home learning on our school website. This can be accessed daily via the Children’s Tab / Home Learning and by ‘clicking’ on your child’s year group ‘star’. Information also includes teachers’ email addresses for you/your child to keep in touch. If you have any difficulties or queries with home learning, please contact the teacher in the first instance. You can also contact us via our school email at email@example.com which is checked daily; messages will be passed on for you. Teachers will be making phone calls to all families who are working at home over the coming days to see if there is anything else we can help you with.
Free School Meals
If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals (not universal FSM) we will continue to provide grab bags for the rest of this week (Thurs/Fri) for you to collect from the school office.
With effect from Monday 11th January, we will be providing all of our families, who are entitled to Free School Meals, with a food hamper. The hamper is intended to provide some staple food and ingredients for the next two weeks and then this may be reviewed as we continue to follow guidance from the DfE. We intend to deliver the hampers on Tuesday next week but will keep you informed of any changes.
All children who are learning in school will, of course, continue to have a hot meal provided for them on the days they are in school if they wish.
If you have any queries about Free School Meals, or wish to apply, then please don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
School Website & Communication
Please ensure that you continue to look at our school website regularly as this is where we will be updating everyone with any changes and additions during this lockdown. We know there’s a lot of information but it is very important that you keep up to date with what is happening. Generally, the main tabs to check are the Parents Tab/Coronavirus Updates and the Children’s Tab/Home Learning. There is also a ‘running message’ across the top of the website home page which we’ll use to flag any urgent messages. Thank you.
We also use the website/school app to contact parents by text or email but will also continue to send out texts via teachers2parents for the time being. If you have changed your mobile number or email address during the last few weeks it is vital that you contact us with your updated information as a matter of urgency.
Further to our previous newsletter (dated 10th December) we are conscious that a number of our older children may still be using the App ‘Snapchat’ to keep in touch with friends whilst at home. We would like to once again remind all parents and carers that the age restriction on this App is 13 years and is not deemed suitable for primary aged children.
There are many good reasons why age restrictions are placed on social media Apps, not least to protect children from harm. Youngsters under the age of 13 are not yet mature enough to navigate their way safely through the all risks associated with Snapchat. It is important that all of our children are kept safe from harm, including online and, if your child does use this App I would ask you to reconsider your permission and not to allow this.
If you do allow your child to use this App, please make sure to talk to them about what they’re sharing on Snapchat. Agree rules together for the different features they can use and what to do if they see something which worries or upsets them. Please be careful.
Covid-19 Update and Social Distancing
Thank you to everyone for continuing to use face coverings whilst on our school premises. May we remind all parents and carers to be mindful of social distancing whilst on the school premises and not to congregate around the school gates and access paths? This also includes accessing the school office; only ONE adult (and one child) can be allowed into the foyer at any time. Please keep to the left-hand side when walking up and down the pedestrian path and driveway. Thank you.
Please may we take this opportunity to remind all parents and carers that we continue to have an open-door policy here at Christ Church Primary School? In line with Covid-19 infection control guidance, visitors into school will be by appointment only and should now wear a mask whilst accessing public areas on our premises (i.e. playgrounds, office foyer etc.). We would still very much like you to contact us with any questions and queries no matter how small. Please telephone our school office of email us and office staff will pass on all information, questions and queries to the relevant person. If your query is more urgent or you feel it is important to speak to someone in person, please come along to the office window. We ask that only one person or one family steps into the entrance and while you are waiting, please maintain social distancing.
Telephone: 01384 818375