I actually cannot believe we have been back for almost 8 weeks! What a busy time we have had but oh my, what we have to celebrate. The school is a buzz of learning from the second we open until after the children return. What is utterly clear, from the last 7 months, is how strong our community is, we thank you all for your continued support.
For those of you who have read our recovery curriculum newsletter you will know that our quest has been to support children through a process of re-engagement, which has led them back to their rightful status as fully engaged, authentic WCPS learners. The majority of our pupils are doing us and their families proud!
We have already hosted our first parents evenings of the year and thank you to everyone who booked an appointment. Staff were really positive around the process and even though it was slightly different this year, telephone appointments went really well. For anyone who didn’t manage to make an appointment please do ask class teachers for one before half term.
After a turbulent period away from school, positive attendance is more important now than it ever has been! Children can only catch up with missed learning if they are in school to do so. Attendance has been generally good, days attendance percentages have fluctuated but as a whole we are currently at 96.4% which is higher than this time last year and infact higher than it has ever been since October 2016!
The biggest impact on attendance currently is (non Covid related) single day absences. An odd day off here and there may not seem bad but at this point if you’ve had 4 days off that takes your attendance into persistently absent. I have spoken to some parents who aren’t aware that we can give calpol in school, if you have signed a non prescribed medicine form and left the labelled calpol bottle in your child’s classroom.
We thank those parents who have acted swiftly with Covid related symptoms and got tests ASAP to get children into school. Where a child is absent for Covid related reasons home learning will be set through seesaw, if you require an update of your child’s home learning code please do get in contact.
This half term has also seen our first bubble closure and feedback from parents has been really positive. In the event of Public Heath England directing a closure we transition to a blended approach using live learning streamed through Microsoft Teams and the continuation of Seesaw to upload learning onto as well as providing feedback. If you child is part of the closure they will be assigned a school email address to give the access to Microsoft teams which will allow them to access live streamed lessons. For those wanting to prepare for the event of a class or bubble closure please use the video below to show you how to access the app.
We are doing everything we can to keep our children and staff safe inside school and ask that you keep to the new restrictions outside of school to support us. You are now not allowed to mix households inside and so children should not be going into other households to play. We continue to encourage the wearing of face masks on school site and this is mandatory when visitors are inside the building. Thank you for your support.
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