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20 March 2020
I am writing to inform you that, following instructions from the Department of Education, Ruskin Academy will be closed from today at 3:25 until further notice except for selected key worker children and identified vulnerable children and children who have Educational Health Care Plans. Families of vulnerable and EHCP children will be contacted directly by the school.
Key Worker Child Care
The school has already texted out the process for the Key Worker Childcare Provision. The Department has now published a discrete list of who this applies to. If you fall into anyone of the categories or are not sure if you do and haven't contacted the school, please contact us directly on 01933 381600 or email@example.com The school is providing this facility but will be following the lists and criteria rigorously due to staffing considerations as well as ensuring capacity for our most vulnerable children.
Free School Meals
For children eligible for free school meals we will be providing a packed lunch each day next week that can be collected from 12.30-1.30pm from the community room. Once the government voucher scheme is in place we will convert to that. We will text relevant parents with any updates. If by chance you feel you are eligible and have not been contacted please email the school directly.
To avoid any confusion the trust will be updating parents via the school and trust websites only to ensure communication around closures and openings is consistent and controlled. Please keep checking www.ruskinprimary.net and www.lionacademytrust.net for updates.
Whilst acknowledging that these measures are necessary to combat the spread of the coronavirus, we also recognise the negative impact it could have on children’s learning. Whilst the schools are closed teachers and staff have been set up for home and remote learning which is still the expectation for the children. The trust and school are well prepared through our online platforms and cloud based software so children can still learn at home. Each year group has, therefore, prepared a programme of home learning activities that we are expecting each child to complete during the period of closure. The details and expectations of what children need to do each week are attached to the letter.
Children will need regular access each day to a tablet or computer to enable them to complete activities on Maths Whizz and Google Classroom. These will form the basis of their learning in Maths and Reading. For those children who have not got this access the school has provided paper copies within a yellow book (If your child hasn’t got access to Google Classroom and hasn’t received a yellow homework book then please contact us and we will send you one by post). In KS2, children will be expected to complete writing tasks through Google Classroom which will be monitored on a daily basis by the class teacher. These will be updated each week.Children in KS2 have also been reminded in class this week how the system works and we will also put some tutorials for parents on the websites if they haven't managed to attend any of our workshops.
While the school is closed, we would also like children to complete some practical and project based tasks related to science and other subject areas like history and geography. These can also be brought in when the children return to school.
Please note that teachers will be monitoring pupils’ online activity each day to ensure that they are completing set tasks. If a child is not accessing or completing tasks, you will be notified by the school via a text message. It is really important that you encourage your child to engage in their home learning activities while they are away from school as it will help them to maintain a strong learning focus at this crucial time of the year.
We appreciate that this is a very challenging time, not only for you and families but for the country as a whole. We find ourselves in a set of very precarious and unique circumstances but, as a school and teaching staff, we will be doing our best to ensure that we provide you with the best educational service we can. We will be updating the website as more information becomes available and would ask that you regularly check the school website so that you are aware of any updates. This will be the single source of information during the closure period. If you have any questions or concerns which need to be addressed urgently, you can always email the school at: firstname.lastname@example.org and these will be passed onto the relevant member of staff. Please can these be of an important nature rather than in relation to closure or opening as this will be communicated via the websites.
Thank you for your understanding and support at this difficult time.
Acting Head of School