Parental Letter – 20th June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Keeping in touch
We continue to ring all families each week to keep in touch and talk to the children who are not currently in school. This is also a chance to check in to see if there is anything, we as a school can do to support the children and families during these strange times. Please remember to contact the class email address or phone school if you need anything else or at any other time.

School Uniform Orders
Please order uniforms by Friday, 3rd July at the latest, to allow us to place an order with our supplier. As part of our COVID-Secure arrangements, uniform orders can be placed by sending an e-mail to jwhittaker@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk or phoning Mrs Whittaker in the school office, by calling school and selecting option 1, any morning. Sizes and prices have been posted on our school Facebook page.

Wider opening of schools
Thank you to those parents who phoned to discuss places for their children in the vulnerable, key worker and Year 6 groups. Our “bubbles” (small groups) are now full and our staffing capacity has currently been reached so we are unable to admit any more children at this time. The guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) is constantly changing and if this means we can make changes in school before the summer break we will and we will inform parents as soon as we are able to do so.

Times Table Rock Stars
Mr Huckstepp has set up new battles on Times Table Rock Stars starting from Monday (29th) until Friday 3rd July. The battles are Year 5 vs Year 6 and Year 3 vs Year 4. Good Luck everybody!

September
The government has announced its intention for all pupils to be back in school from September but so far have offered no additional guidance as to how to do this safely. Once we have the guidance I will work closely with the Staff, Governors, Local Authority and Trade Unions to ensure we can open in September.

At this stage, it is only fair to warn parents that things in the Autumn term may well be different from previous years. We may have to continue the set times for different groups of pupils and staggering the start and end of the day, we may not be able to host our usual parents’ assemblies and activities in the hall. Currently, we just do not know what we will and will not be allowed to do. I share your frustration and understand the anxiety this uncertainty can cause so I want to explain the timeline of events as they happen. The government make announcements about schools, then, 2 weeks later, the DfE offer some guidance and details which we then need to use to produce our action plans and risk assessments.

As soon as we receive details of what we can and cannot do to ensure the children and staff are safe, we will produce our plans and share these with parents.

Stay Safe,
Mr R Walthall
Headteacher

Safeguarding Notice

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of any of our pupils, please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found here.