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Wednesday 21 October 2020

Update for Parents/Carers from Mrs Oxton, Headteacher 

All classes that were self isolating are now back in school!

However, we still have a few pupils at home self isolating but even so, they should be receiving the same level and quality of education as if they were still in school.

Therefore home learning is now being emailed to these affected pupils (via their parent’s email account) at least once a day. Some work may also be sent out through Google Classroom (see the very bottom of this update for more information on Google Classroom).

We ask that parents check their email accounts regularly so they can pick up the work that is being sent.

The activities being sent out mirror the activities on the timetable which the pupils would have been undertaking if in school. It is an expectation that every pupil will carry out the work that they are sent and respond back to their teacher.

Monday to Friday are still school days, even if children are at home!

Staff will be making welfare calls to pupils and following up with parents if work is not being completed. If calling from a mobile, for privacy purposes, staff will withhold their number, so if you receive a call showing a withheld number, please do answer, it is probably your child’s teacher calling! Some calls may be made from the school office and parents will see this familiar number displayed.

If parents have any issues with the home learning, please email your child’s teacher, who will be happy to help.

 

There was a undoubtedly a great deal of disruption to education last academic year with pupils not attending school from March through to the end of August

It is essential we don’t let that gap in learning widen anymore and we need parents to support us in this crucial endeavour – thank you.

 

Just before the summer we purchased the online learning platform GOOGLE CLASSROOM. In order to enhance our remote learning offer further, over the next few weeks, we will be training pupils on how to access and use Google Classroom for their work. This is so we can be absolutely sure that any pupils who are at home for a period of time receive the same level and quality of education as if they were still in school.

 

On Tuesday evening, the Government declared that the position on Manchester – and indeed the whole of Greater Manchester – has now changed. Our local COVID alert level is now ‘very high’ . This means new measures will come into effect from midnight on Thursday 22 October and we will be in Tier 3. These measures include a ban on households mixing indoors and outdoors. You must not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues. There will also be closures of some businesses in Manchester.

Because of the restrictions, unfortunately other parents cannot drop off or pick up children that do not live with them and we were clear about this at the start of the school year. I understand parents in the past have relied upon each other to help out at drop off and pick up times, but at the moment this is not possible.

May I also remind parents that they should notify the school immediately if their child displays COVID-19 symptoms, or has come into contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positivePlease do not send your children to school, call us and we will advise you on what to do next.

Below is a clear quick guide for parents on what to do in different situations:

COVID-19 Advice for Parents in Greater Manchester

 

We wish everyone a restful half term break but ask that parents continue to inform the school over the holiday period if a positive result is received as we may have to alert others and advise them to self isolate. Please contact  the school using the usual email address admin@cheetwood.manchester.sch.uk as it will be checked daily.

We return after the holiday on Monday 2nd November.

 

Thank you very much to all our families for their support during these very challenging times.

 

MRS OXTON

HEADTEACHER