School closure guidance, Friday 20th March
We are now able to write to you with details of how our partial closure will operate from Monday 23rd March – Wednesday 1st April.
Children attending school
Thank you to all parents/carers who filled in the information request form this morning. This has enabled us to make the following plans:
- We intend to operate 6 ‘classes’ of children, with Year 5 and 6 children together due to lower numbers. All other children will work within their own year groups.
- Tunbury staff will be working on a rota system, so that only a limited number of staff are required to come into work on any particular day. The remainder of our staff will be working at home. This rota system means that a different teacher and teaching assistant will be with each class group from day to day.
- Children should wear school uniform as usual.
- Routines for the start and end of the school day will be as usual, although only the front gate and the Catkins/Car park gate will be opened.
- The school kitchen is operating normally, with hot and cold food available at lunchtime.
- Energy Kidz have made the decision that it is not viable for them to operate during the partial closure period, so there will be no breakfast club or after school club on site.
- No extra-curricular clubs will operate.
- The start and finish times of the school day remain 8.45-3.15. Within these hours, normal timetables will be adjusted so that breaktimes and lunchtimes are the same for older and younger children.
- While teaching and learning will be taking place, please note that our main focus during the partial closure period is to support the UK’s coronavirus strategy by providing childcare so that our key workers can continue with their essential roles.
- Teaching in school will follow the same pattern as the home learning activities published on our school website for all children.
- Children of key workers should only attend school when they cannot be safely cared for at home. We understand that this means that many children will be attending school part-time, depending on their parents’ working patterns. We also understand that parents’ working patterns will change from week to week.
If you have already filled in the ‘information request for continued educational provision’ form today requesting a school place on Monday, you don’t need to take any further action. We look forward to seeing these children on Monday morning. If you decide not to bring your child to school, because you or your child are unwell/self-isolating or because your childcare situation has changed, please let us know by contacting the school office.
There are some parents/carers who we will be contacting early next week to clarify the information that you have already provided, but please send your child into school without waiting for a phone call from us.
If you have not already filled in the ‘information request for continued educational provision’ form but you are a key worker requesting a school place next week, then please download a form (https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Letters-Forms/ )and send this to the email@example.com email address over the weekend.
If you are a key worker who does not currently require a school place, please note that if your situation changes, you will still be able to download and submit this form in the future.
Children not attending school
Teachers in each year group have been preparing learning materials for children who are staying at home. These materials will be published on the school website in the Learning/Classes section:
- Learning materials for each year group will be published three times per week, by 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
- Learning activities will include online learning, practical activities and written work which can be completed in the Home Learning book.
- Learning will also be conducted on online platforms where teachers can see children’s work and progress, including Tapestry for Year R and Mathletics and Purple Mash for Years 1-6.
- Over time, we will also explore further virtual learning opportunities.
- We understand that other factors, including illness and parents’ time, will limit the time children have for home learning, so there is no expectation to complete all the activities provided.
- For maths learning, it may help you to refer to our calculation policy (https://www.tunbury.kent.sch.uk/docs/policies/Calculations_Policy_2019_Incuding_Appendix_1.pdf ) if the way children work out addition, subtraction, multiplication or division is different to the methods you are familiar with.
- If your child is working outside the curriculum for their chronological age, then please look at the home learning materials for the appropriate year group.
- During this time, you can continue to contact us at school via the normal office phone line and email.
- Additionally, we have set up a dedicated email for contacting our SENCo with any queries or concerns on firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that this email helps you to understand how both halves of this partial closure will look and feel from Monday. As everything is new, there may well be further adjustments needed as we move through next week and beyond. We are doing our very best to rise to the challenges presented by the current situation – and we’re sure that our children and families will be doing the same.
Ruth Austin Headteacher