Apologies for the lateness of this message, but I thought it was important to convey it based on the latest news and evidence.
With this in mind we would ask that for the time being parents and any adults who come onto the school site for any reason wear a face covering. Teaching staff who are meeting other adults before, after or during school are also likely to be wearing a face covering. We would also strongly encourage adults to wear face coverings at the school gates where there are groups of parents waiting at the beginning/end of the school day. All other procedures at this point remain the same in school.
We have been one of the few schools that have not had to have any partial closures to date and we are very keen to keep this record for as long as we can.
As a school we will be listening to the guidance closely in the coming days and weeks and will adapt our procedures accordingly (There is likely to be a letter to follow in the coming week). But as always our priority will be to maintain a safe and happy environment for the children, where they can continue their learning.
As always we thank you for your understanding and goodwill.
We look forward to seeing you and your children on Monday,
We are very excited to once again be a bustling primary school full of the joy and laughter of children.
As we welcome back all of our children for the first time in nearly 6 months, please read our September Plan below and find for your reference some government guidance about the return:
Returning to primary school: what parents need to know - please follow this link
There are also some useful videos from the government:
As we get every closer to the end of the 2019-20 academic year we move into the last phase of our partial reopening. Please refer to the letter below: 'Keeping in Touch - results'
We are delighted to be able to offer the children who have been unable to access physical schooling at Brinsley the opportunity to come back and reconnect with their friends, their teachers and their community.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank and applaud the fantastic goodwill of the Brinsley school community for realising the importance of this and supporting us in making it happen.
It is with a sense of excitement and cautiousness that we prepare for what is likely to be a partial reopening on Monday 1 June 2020. Please feel free to refer to the letters at the end of this page for more detail on what that opening may actually look like, at least to begin with. Please also follow this link for a school dinners menu for this period.
SHOULD YOU NEED TO GET A COVID-19 TEST FOR YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK.
Overall we have tried to strike a degree of balance between following the guidance to keep children, staff and families safe and protecting the children's mental health by providing an environment that is familiar, caring and friendly.
We would once again thank you for all of your support at this challenging time and invite you to get in touch if you have any questions, concerns, comments, etc.
Can I also reinforce that if anyone changes their mind and decides they would like to send their child back to school, they need to contact the school office to give us warning, as we will need to see if we can fit new children in to existing 'bubbles.'
Can I direct you to the RISK ASSESSMENT below if you would like to see how BPS is trying to ensure the health and safety of all at school.
We are now a few weeks into social distancing and 'lock down' and I just wanted to remind people to keep referring to the updates and newsletters posted on this website.
As children inevitably seek answers to their questions regarding the strange and difficult times we now live in please have a look at the book in this link by Axel Scheffler (the illustrator that works with Julia Donaldson) using the knowledge of Professor Graham Medley, to help explain.
Can I also remind parents/carers that all of the distance learning materials that are mentioned below are on Class Dojo and the various other platforms that are being used across the school. I have been incredibly impressed at how well this work has been supported by families and children. Please keep referring to Class Dojo as this work is regularly updated.
Working remotely - Children's 'homework'
Teaching staff have given a lot of thought to what the children can do at home to support their learning and keep their brains ticking over. Please find below a link to a letter all of the teachers have shared regarding what work they are making available.
Please note this work can be shared with the teachers and every week or two it will be refreshed over the course of the school closure (excluding school holidays).
Please email your class teacher or phone school should you have any questions or concerns. The letters from the teachers can be found below.
As of March 18th the Prime Minister has said that all schools will close from 23/03/2020.
Of course that is with two exceptions:
Who exactly are "key workers?" Please follow this link.
What happens if these families do not want to, or need to send their children to school? The government's guidance is clear on this issue: If you can keep your children at home, you should keep your children at home.
How can Free School Meals children be supported? Please follow this link. As of 6/04/2020 Brinsley Primary School has accessed the government FSM voucher scheme.
Please keep looking at our website, our Facebook page, our emails/texts, Class Dojo, etc.
For information on the government's coronavirus action plan, please follow this link.
For information on what to do should you need to self-isolate, please follow this link.
For the latest information and updates on coronavirus, please follow this link.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
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