Latest update from Woodhouse Primary Academy
Updated 31.3.2020 17:30
Woodhouse Primary Academy is closed until further notice to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Do not attend school unless you have an essential emergency care place, or you are invited onto the premises.
On Monday 23rd March, the government announced very clear guidance: Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading. Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
- to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to.
- to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with.
- for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person.
- to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary.
Our school remains open to support Critical Workers in the response to COVID-19, including a large number of NHS workers. We are proud to offer this crucial support, but this sacrifice relies on all our children and families following the guidance given from the Government carefully. The committed and dedicated staff team here are putting themselves in harm's way for those for whom there is no alternative. You need to ensure that your family does their part too.
For queries relating to our Emergency care for critical workers or vulnerable children, or to discuss care needs, contact Mr Wilson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those staying safe at home, we have set up a wide range of home learning resources for children and their families. More is added every day and will continue to be so for as long as we are closed. These can be accessed on any device which connects to the internet, including mobile phones. Our online home learning site is available on our website below this message. Much of the regularly updated work is delivered through Google Classroom, where staff will set and mark work, as well as keeping in contact with the children. There is more work than you will need, remember that you don't have to complete everything you can find! We recommend only working during school hours during the week, and not during weekends or holidays. Your child does not need to complete everything and should be able to work independently most of the time. Teachers and teaching assistants have contacted all families, and we will continue to contact you regularly to check on how learning is going and to offer support and help. We'll also take the chance to check that you and your families are ok. If we can help, just ask.
Many children have been given packs of printed work which do not require online access. We can send these by post to any parent if this would be helpful. Just let us know when a staff member rings you, or contact us directly. If you have queries or questions, or you require support, then we have a dedicated email address to send requests to: email@example.com and these will be responded to during normal school hours. If you are unable to access the resources for any reason, please email us as above and we will put something in place for your child. If your child is finding the work too challenging, you don't need to make them do it. Please spend time enjoying being with your children, there are plenty of things you can do instead. Learning does not have to be paper and pen (or a screen)! If you do have concerns about how your child is doing you can speak to their class teacher or email Miss Mason at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those children who rely on a free school meal, we have been supported by our Trust so that we can provide for children and families in need. We contacted all families to arrange this for the week beginning 23rd March 2020. We will now be using supermarket vouchers which are sent to your phone or device to be spent in supermarkets. All families eligible for this support have now been contacted about this, however if you have not received information about this and feel you should have done, please contact school to discuss. For some families not in receipt of Free School Meals, you may still require support - including with food and supplies. If this is the case, contact school and we will try our best to offer support or signpost you to help. There may well be something we can do to support you.
We will continue to communicate by phone, Text, the school website and our Twitter account. Our phone will be answered and we will do everything we are able to do to help and support you and your families. I appreciate that this can be a difficult and worrying time for children, staff and our families. If you have any further concerns or require any support, please do not hesitate to talk to call the school office on 0121 4641769 or email us on email@example.com. I am proud to lead such a superb school. Throughout this difficult time for our community, you have your part to play in keeping your children and families safe at home.
Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding in this difficult time, please stay safe.
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