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We MUST work together to ensure our pupils are learning at home. We currently have on approximately 77 critical worker and vulnerable pupils registered for face to face support in school. Staff are teaching face to face as well as providing remote learning so we need your support at home.
All classes will have additional lesson ideas and activities posted on the Class Dojo page so do check this regularly.
Teachers want to see your work so try to send one picture each day to show them what you are doing.
Teachers will not answer messages before 9:00am or after 4:30pm as they will be preparing for the working day. Also, when staff our teaching face to face they will not be able to answer individual queries on Class Dojo. Email school if you have a more urgent request.
Class 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be providing zoom lessons from next week. Your invite will be on Class Dojo.
Nursery, Class 1 and 2 will post activities on Class Dojo and post video messages to help the children touch base with their teachers.
If you have difficulty accessing Technology, Internet or Data use in your home then please contact school. We have distributed 50 laptops to date and maybe able to offer support.
If you haven’t received a learning pack email me below urgently.
You should email: email@example.com
We will arrange for your completed learning packs to be returned and the next pack collected in due course please watch out for messages on Class Dojo.
If you are entitled to Free School Meals please collect a food parcel from the junior hall tomorrow from 1PM I would suggest bringing two carrier bags with you as it would probably be easier to carry bags rather than boxes. If you require a food parcel but cannot collect it due to isolating please email school.
Food parcels are replacing supermarket vouchers. The following items are included in the food parcels.
loaves of bread
YOU ARE ENTITLED TO ONE BOX PER CHILD
From Monday 4th January, our school will move to a partial closure and will only be open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children in all classes from Nursery, to Year 6 (see information at the foot of this message for the government definitions of vulnerable children and key workers children to check your eligibility).
All other children will access learning remotely and teachers will deliver learning via Class Dojo and Zoom in Years 1 to 6 and Tapestry/ Class Dojo for children in our Nursery and Reception classes.
We are taking this step to move to remote learning because the school is operationally compromised due to not having sufficient staff to supervise and safeguard the children in our care. Please access our Home Learning page on our website (millbrookprimaryknowsley.co.uk) for tomorrow’s learning, while teachers have time to fully organise remote learning and home packages.
Please ensure that only those children deemed as vulnerable or the children of key workers attend school from Monday 4th January. All routines of staggered start and finish times, designated routes and entrances/exits around school will remain in place at this time. You will be asked to register your child upon entry so we can determine eligibility.
I apologise for the unavoidable but short notice of this message and the potential disruption this may cause you. Our aim is to always ensure the safety and wellbeing of the staff and children at our school.
We will update you as the situation develops and keep you informed you of any changes as soon as we are able to.
As always, I thank you for your support and work in keeping us all safe at Millbrook and our wider school community.
Mrs Maloney, Headteacher
The definitions of children of key workers and vulnerable children as defined by the government are set out below:
Vulnerable children and young people
Vulnerable children and young people include those who:
- are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
- have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
- children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
- adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
- those living in temporary accommodation
- those who are young carers
- those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
- care leavers
- others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.
Health and social care
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
- support and teaching staff
- social workers
- specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach
Key public services
- those essential to the running of the justice system
- religious staff
- charities and workers delivering key frontline services
- those responsible for the management of the deceased
- journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
- the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
- essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arm’s length bodies
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
- sale and delivery
- as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)
Public safety and national security
- police and support staff
- Ministry of Defence civilians
- contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
- fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
- National Crime Agency staff
- those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas
Transport and border
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
- staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
- the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
- information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
- key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
- postal services and delivery
- payments providers
- waste disposal sectors
DFE OR SCHOOL OR ANY AUTHORITY LINKED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS WILL NOT ASK FOR YOUR BANK DETAILS. IF YOU ARE ASKED FOR BANK DETAILS THIS IS A SCAM. IGNORE AND REPORT THIS
Guidance for all Parents
All children and young people, in all year groups, returned to school in September.
We know that many parents are still worried about their children being back in school – please remember schools remained open during the worst days of the pandemic for vulnerable children and the children of key workers and schools have been practising strict protective measures. There will still be risks while coronavirus (COVID-19) remains in our community, and that is why each school is asked to put in place a range measures to protect children and young people.
It is vital that children and young people are in school – for their educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development. School attendance was mandatory from the beginning of the new academic year. For parents and carers of children of compulsory school age, this means that the legal duty on you as a parent to send your child to school regularly applies.
A small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19). If your child is unable to attend school or for this reason, you can continue to support your child’s learning by accessing resources on our home learning page:
Should your child be forced to stay at home due to symptoms linked to Corona Virus, we wanted to offer you some ideas to help you continue their education. On the pupil pages of our school website, you will find home learning packs, practical ideas and guidance and answers for parents.
With an alarming rise in figures across Knowsley, we have agreed a number of additional measures to try and stop the rate of the community transmission that is currently causing the significant rise in infections. It really does help pupils and staff to feel more confident when we are pulling together to keep safe and protect each other.
These measures include:
- Parents should wear face coverings throughout their time on the school premises and must not gather within two metres on the school playground and in the pram shelter on the junior playground.
- Reinforcing the need for staggered drop off/pick up times for schools.
Thanks for your continued support.
Please refer to the latest guidance from Public Health England for your reassurance.
I have attached the full plan for reopening for September 2020, so that parents who wish, can see all the safety measures we are implementing so that all pupils can attend school safely. I have also attached the risk assessment.