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Keeping in Touch Letter, from Mrs Kang, 15 January 2021

 

Dear Parents                                                                                                      

I sincerely hope this email finds you and your children and families safe and well.  Hopefully, we are all beginning to adapt to yet another National Lockdown and I thought I would just touch base with everyone.

 

Firstly, I wanted to say thank you for the enormous amount of support you have shown for remote home learning and the keyworker/vulnerable Bubble groups that are in school.  We realise how demanding remote home learning is for parents and children and really appreciate all your hard work.  The staff have had some super work from your children.

 

Once more our school is a very strange place without most of your children here and we really miss seeing their happy faces.  The current National Lockdown and school closure is not ideal for anyone; not for the few children who are in school, the majority of children who are at home, the staff or the parents.  However, for the health and safety of everyone, we all have to persevere with and abide by the national restrictions in place and as a school we can all only do our best!

I understand fully you have all been on the most incredible learning journey over the last week or so and the tough challenges you have faced and adapted to with Google Classroom and home learning. We appreciate that many of you are still working both at home and at your place of work, and you do not have a great deal of time to spend supporting your children’s learning. 

 

Thank you for persevering with technical issues to support your children’s learning.  We do need all children to be ‘attending’ remote learning please.  This will be absolutely vital to ensure children continue to progress and can come back to school without having missed out on too much on their learning.  Parents still need to do all they can to ensure that their children are educated through this lockdown period (sorry!). We really do how hard this is, as many of our staff are facing the same challenges with their own children at home!  Please be reassured that we will do all we can to help you.

 

Please see the attached ‘Learning through Lockdown’ letter which has information on internet safety, additional resources that available, both online and offline and all the contact details you need to keep in touch.

 

Please do not stress yourself about the home learning.  We know that this is incredibly tough on you as parents too.  No one would ever want to be in this position. Contact us if you are struggling and we will do everything possible to help you establish an effective, manageable routine.

 

We miss the children very much, but know we must follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our extended community safe.  It is an extremely challenging time for us all.  However, we are already waiting and hoping for us to all be back in school and for the children to be taught ‘normally’ again!

 

Thank you for all the positive feedback we have received so far and the numerous messages of support.  Your kind comments are greatly appreciated by all.   

  

We will aim to keep you updated weekly via emails or letters!

 

Take very good care of yourselves and stay safe.

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To contact the school: 

  • For all Special Educational Needs enquiries:   office@williamaustininfants.co.uk FAO Mrs Barltrop
  • For any safeguarding concerns: office@williamaustininfants.co.uk    FAO Mrs Kang/Mrs Cullen or call 07788 474241
  • To contact a teacher about your child’s learning at home: Go to the Home Learning section, select your child's year group and use the contact form at the bottom of the year group page 
  • General enquiries: office@williamaustininfants.co.uk or call 01582 595198
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