Phone: 020 8858 5497 Email: sao@sherington.greenwich.sch.uk

School closure and home learning – Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

 

Provision for vulnerable children and key workers

In line with Government and Public Health England guidance, schools are open for vulnerable pupils and children whose parents and carers are key workers. Contact has been made with these families and we will be providing care for identified pupils between the hours of 8:50am and 3:15pm.

Children should enter school and be collected from the main entrance on Wyndcliff Road.

If your circumstances have changed and you need this provision, please contact the school office.


 

School events

All school events, including parents’ evening, are regrettably put on hold. We hope to be able to re-arrange them for a later date if possible. 

 

What do I do if I receieve free school meals?

We have been working with the Local Authority to provide support for children who receive free school meals. We are working with an online company called Wonde who work with most major supermarkets in providing e-vouchers.  This is how the system will work:

  • You will receive a voucher each day to the value of £2.30 per child
  • These e-vouchers will be sent to you by email
  • These e-vouchers should be redeemed online 

If you have any difficulties using this service please contact the school office.

 


 

Home Learning

Whilst we are going through turbulent times, we have approached this challenge with optimism and creativity. We are aiming to provide structure and distance learning for all year groups from Nursery to year 6 through daily emails from class teachers. These emails will come via Teachers 2 Parents so please look out for them. At 9:30am you will receive an email outlining a maths, English and PE workout for each day. At a time when most of us will be leading very sedentary lives, we believe it vital for our pupils to get daily exercise. In addition, there will be one other subject focus per day, e.g. science on Monday, history on Tuesday and so on. For younger children, the activities will be largely practical. For older pupils, much of this distance learning will be online, although the homework resource booklet will also be used. An extended writing task will be set each Monday for submission the following Monday. Teachers will provide toolkits and resources to support the writing task. In all subjects, the amount of adult intervention required will vary according to the task and age of the child. I’ll be providing more information about how you can send in your pieces of writing, who you should contact etc. in my letters next week.

Our teachers have been excited to devise new ways of teaching and learning for our pupils; much thought has gone into the process and planning. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of teachers who put the child at the centre of all they do. In order to replicate the structure of a school day for our pupils, I will be sending out an email at 9am each morning in place of an assembly. Our aim is to encourage positive learning and studying habits in our pupils, helping to foster their love of learning, fire their curiosity and develop self-regulation. This letter is to re-assure you that out of sight is definitely not out of mind. We are here for you and your children in these troubling times and will do our utmost to provide continuity and love through our daily interactions with you – albeit remotely. Please click here to see Miss Burnell’s full letter dated Friday 20th March.

If you need any advice or support, please contact the school office.

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice

In line with guidance, if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus (anyone with a new and persistent cough, and/or a high temperature), then all household members must stay at home (self-isolate and stay away from school) and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. 

Further information from the government can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

Please call NHS 111 if your symptoms worsen. If you have a concern about your child’s health or need further information, you can also find advice from Department of Health and Public Health England here.

Should there be any further guidance issued, we will update you. Please look out for texts and emails from us.

The helpline for questions about COVID-19 related to education:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk 

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Mon to Fri)

 


 

Travel Guidance 

This link below will help you understand how to travel safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in England. It provides guidance for walking, cycling, using private vehicles (for example cars and vans), and travelling by taxis and public transport (for example trains, buses, coaches and ferries).

You should avoid using public transport where possible. Instead try to walk, cycle, or drive. If you do travel, thinking carefully about the times, routes and ways you travel will mean we will all have more space to stay safe.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers  

 


 

Testing

Do not wait. Ask for the test as soon as you have symptoms.

You can ask for a test:

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have coronavirus symptoms

In England, you can ask for a test for a child who lives with you, whatever their age. 

For more information on hoe to get tested, visit:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-tests-and-testing-kits-for-coronavirus-covid-19-work