Important Information and Letters
21.08.20 – Return to School – September 2020 Update
Updated information regarding the return to school on Wednesday 2nd September. Click the individual links below to access the documents directly:
10.07.20 – Useful Government Guidance
Please find below a useful link to government guidance regarding your child coming back to school.
02.07.20 – Updated Government Guidance
08.06.20 – Opening of County Durham Schools to More Children
Durham County Council have published a letter regarding the opening of County Durham schools to more children. To download the PDF version of this letter, click here.
27.05.20 – Latest Durham County Council Guidance
In order to keep you as informed as possible, I have uploaded the guidance I received this morning, regarding reopening the school. In light of the guidance, school will continue to offer provision for vulnerable and key worker children only, until June 15th.
To download the PDF version of this letter, click here.
21.05.20 – School will Open to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6
14.05.20 – Government Guidance for Parents
The Department for Education understand this is a challenging time for parents, as many of you are supporting your children’s learning at home. You may also have questions about your children potentially returning to school.
They have developed the following guidance and resources for parents:
- Q&A which answers key questions parents may have
- Guidance for parents on phased reopening of education settings
- Guidance for parents on supporting learning at home for early years and primary age children (secondary school guidance to follow)
- List of online resources to support children’s development
02.04.20 – Easter Childcare for Key Workers
School will continue to offer childcare throughout the holidays. Please contact the school via telephone, text or email for more information.
Keeping in Touch
Class Dojo – this is the online platform we use in our school, which is the preferred method of communication and work for our children. Class teachers can be contacted via Class Dojo, and they will return messages as soon as possible. If you need your child’s Class Dojo code, please contact the school office, and we will happily provide this for you.
Weekly Tasks During Closures
Over the coming weeks, tasks for children to complete will be posted weekly on individual class blogs. You can access the class blog by clicking on the ‘Our Classes’ tab and selecting the appropriate class.
Useful Advice and Information
Online Safety Advice for Parents
Please find below a document outlining online safety advice for parents, this will provide you with help and guidance to keep your children safe online during this time.
Click on this link to access the document:
As children are staying in touch with friends/family online, please stay vigilant at this time. A link for information and guidance for parents (NSPCC Net Aware) is below:
SEND Support During Coronavirus
Free Webinars for Parents
Children in Scotland are a charity, who are delivering five free webinars that are aimed at parents and carers of children with additional support needs.
Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 10.30am-12pm (FREE) Discussing coronavirus and lockdown with children/teens with ASN Delivered by Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy
Monday, 20 July 2020, 3pm-4.30pm (FREE) Supporting children/teens with ASN to manage health anxieties Delivered by Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy
Thursday, 23 July 2020, 10.30am-12pm (FREE) Understanding children’s rights and additional support requirements Delivered by My Rights, My Say
Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 10.30am-12pm (FREE) Creating positive home routines for children/teens with ASN Delivered by Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy
Friday, 31 July 2020, 3pm-4.30pm (FREE) Supporting children/teens with ASN with their transition back to schooling Delivered by Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy
Mental Health and Well-Being Resources
If you have any concerns about your child’s mental health or well-being, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) have created a site for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet, that are available to help support you.
There are some videos, information sheets and books available to read. These resources may help you to explain the virus to young children, in a way that can help reduce the fear and worry it can cause in children.
Should you find it helpful, you can access the website using the link below:
Helping Children Understand Coronavirus
Talking Tips for Coronavirus
Please find attached a couple of resources that you might find useful.
The Keeping Calm document has lots of tips from Incredible Years about parenting with the children at home, during lockdown.
The book below, that can be printed off, is a lovely book illustrated by Axel Scheffler, to help explain Coronavirus to children, if you feel it is appropriate or needed.
There is also some information about the support that Little Treasures are providing during this time, this is for all parents, but has additional information about children with special educational needs.
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