Wednesday 25th March – COVID-19 Update Letter

Dear Parents / Carers

These are unusual times and as such we are all doing the best we can. Each and every one of us will manage the weeks ahead in our own way. Schools were closed last week with very little notice and were also expected to operate as emergency childcare for critical workers within the COVID-19 response.

I appreciate that some families will want as much work as possible at home to represent a school day and to support their children academically as much as they can. I am also aware, that some parents will have limited access to technology, may have larger families and will, to be quite blunt, “want to survive”. The pressures and strains of being a family in “lockdown” under these uncertain times are immense and I certainly do not wish to add to that. As a school, we wish to support you in any way we can. For this reason, we are setting up class emails so parents/carers are able to communicate with the relevant class teacher.

We will be posting additional work and ideas to keep children busy, on our school website under the class pages, but please follow these basic principles –

-Something is better than nothing

-Little and often

-Do your best

To this end, I am fully aware that any games, craft or fun activities, watching any BBC children’s programmes and doing PE with Joe at 9 am on YouTube will benefit your children. Completing the work we set will help too but not if it causes massive amounts of stress to your whole family, think about how much of it you need to actually do. The children need to do some reading and maths daily and some regular writing a few times a week. Anything else is a bonus.

As I am sure you can appreciate, the skeleton staff in school are currently busy providing childcare to children as well as monitoring those at home. As a result, there may be a delay in replies you receive to emails. We will aim to reply to emails every Wednesday at the latest however, teachers will reply during the working day as and when they are able to.

This is a good opportunity for teachers to share resources and ideas with you and for you to ask questions and even just show us what you are getting up to. If you send images of your child’s work or activities and give us permission we will try to get as many as we can on the school website. Obviously, we will not be able to post all but sharing some may help keep connected as a school community during this time.

Please can we ask parents to email their child’s class email address with the name of their child so that the class teacher has a correct email address so teachers can respond and keep in touch, if you have more than one child you will need to email each class individually.

We will keep our class pages up to date every Wednesday and ensure class teachers have checked their emails on our “Web Update Wednesdays”.

willowclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

sycamoreclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

mapleclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

elmclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

birchclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

If you are struggling with anything else and want any support or advice that you feel we as a school may be able to help with then please email our earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk all these emails are managed by myself and our staff.

Take Care, Stay Safe

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.