Term Five 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Never in my career have I experienced such strange times. I guess we are all feeling mixed emotions right now with this unpredictable virus which has changed our day to day lives so much.

I would like to thank you all personally for being such loving and caring parents, for keeping education going in whatever form you can and for keeping your children, your family and society safe in these hard times. 

We are all missing school and please keep on sending those photos in of your children learning at home…it is the nicest part of my day to open the link up and to see the pupils.

In this term your teachers continue to be there for you and your children. The online learning platform is full of good advice, free learning programmes, lots of learning ideas and free resources. Your teachers are there for your children via Google Classrooms, Google Hangouts and emails.

The school remains open for children of key workers and the most vulnerable.

This follows government advice. The latest Department for education advice states:

If childcare settings are open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, can they accept other children if they have enough staff and space?

No. Care should be provided to children of critical workers and vulnerable children only, in order to limit the spread of the virus. Other children should remain at home, in order to further reduce the number of social interactions and thus flatten the upward curve of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Many working parents who are critical workers may also be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

In these uncertain times we are not sure when schools will reopen. Until we have clear guidance from the DfE we will continue to open to be able to provide much needed childcare for our key worker parents working on the Coronavirus front line.

Our staff will be in school on a rota basis to minimise their personal risk, however all are going ‘above and beyond’ and they have my deepest thanks.

We will continue to deliver free school meals every Monday to those in total isolation. Lunch packs are also ordered for you in advance from pick-up points around the North Somerset area. If you are in receipt of Free School Meals you have been informed of the arrangements for your particular family.

Please also be aware that all of our expert staff are there to help. You can contact our PSAs, Speech Therapist, Art Therapist, Advisory teacher, Intervention worker, in addition to teachers and teaching teams, for help and advice via the Online Learning Platform.

Until we meet again, I wish you all the very best in term five…let’s hope if nothing else the sun keeps on shining!!

Keep safe everyone! Westhaven School is thinking of you and missing your children!

Best regards,
Ms T Towler

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