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School Closure 5th January

Dear Parents/Carers

 

In light of the government decision to close schools from tomorrow, I wanted to write to you and explain the measures we, as a school, have put in place to help you to best support your child with home learning.

 

Although we appreciate that this is a very worrying and unsettling time for everyone, it is of upmost importance that we try to continue the education of our children as best we can, maintaining a sense of routine and stability for them whilst they are not at school. In order for this to happen, teachers have been working hard to create online classrooms for the children using Google Classroom where they will be teaching live lessons to your child every day. However, due to the extreme short notice of the government’s announcement this evening, this will begin from Wednesday 6th January to allow teachers time to plan this effectively and ensure the online learning sessions run as smoothly as possible.

 

Home Learning for Tuesday 5th January:

 

In order to provide you with some learning support during the day tomorrow, we will have year group activities set on the Covid-isolation tab of the ‘Quick Links’ section of our school website which can be found here. You will require a username and password to enter this area of the website. These are:

 

Username: a.parent

Password: HolyRood2020

 

If your child has already accessed all of the work due to previously being in isolation, then there will be a message from their class teacher in their year group folder by 10.00am tomorrow to tell them which lessons to access on the Oak Academy website. This is a website set up by the government with different lessons for children in all year groups and can be found here.

 

Home Learning on Google Classroom – from Wednesday 6th January

 

Google Classroom will now provide the basis for your child’s learning and they will be required to login to their class every day, using the username and password that has been stuck into their home/school contact book. The Google login page for your child can be found here. If you require any assistance with logging on, then please click here to watch a video for how to do this successfully.

 

Once logged on, your child will receive further instructions from their teachers about how to access their lessons. There will be three live teaching sessions each day, starting at 9.00am, 11.00am and 1.00pm. Class teachers and teaching assistants will be in these sessions, to teach and support your child with their daily tasks and activities. The children will then be able to upload their completed work for their teachers to see on Google Classroom each day, which their teachers will explain to them.

 

Email Contacts

 

We are hoping that by using Google Classroom to teach the children each day, they will continue to receive a good standard of education whilst learning from home.

 

However, should your child have any important questions about any of the work set which are stopping them from completing the task, and you are unable to assist them, then you can email staff using the following addresses:

 

yearr@holyroodprimary.co.uk (EYFS)

 

year1@holyroodprimary.co.uk

 

year2@holyroodprimary.co.uk

 

year3@holyroodprimary.co.uk

 

year4@holyroodprimary.co.uk

 

year5@holyroodprimary.co.uk

 

year6@holyroodprimary.co.uk

 

They will then do their best to respond to you in a timely manner, within the school working hours.

 

Support with Accessing Online Learning

 

We are very aware that not all families will have easy access to live lessons on the internet, especially if you have several children, and have already sent out a questionnaire asking you to inform us if you require additional technology to help you with this. As a school, we will continue to offer a technology loan service and a member of our admin team will be in touch via phone tomorrow with those of you who stated that you require support with this.

 

Key Worker and Vulnerable Children

 

As was the case during the last national lockdown, the school will remain open for any children of key workers or vulnerable children. Unfortunately, due to the lack of notice and certain planning that needs to be completed for this to happen safely, we are unable to begin this tomorrow. However, you will be receiving an email shortly with a form for you to complete if you are a key worker and this service will be in operation from Wednesday. More information regarding this will follow shortly.

 

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding. I know this situation is far from ideal for all of us, but the health and safety of our children and staff remains the priority for us all as we continue to deal with this pandemic as best we can.

 

Please stay safe and look after yourselves.

Yours sincerely

 

Miss N Fry

HeadHead Teacher

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