January 5th 2021
SS Mary & Michael Catholic Primary School
CASTLE LANE, GARSTANG, PRESTON PR3 1RB
Telephone: (01995) 603023
Fax: (01995) 600075
Dear SSMM families
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister that schools are to close from midnight tonight, SS Mary and Michael will only open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children tomorrow. (Please see the list below) If your child was with us during the first lockdown in either of these categories, they can automatically return to school, in school uniform and from the normal times and in the usual way.
If you think that you are now in the categories, (or have a child in reception class and think that you are in the categories) please contact school by phone in the morning. It may be that for tomorrow your child may need to arrive late or stay at home but we will clarify the situation and from Wednesday they will be welcomed to school.
- At this point, it is unclear what the provision for school meals will be, so please provide your child with a packed lunch.
- At this point, Discovery Vine will open breakfast club for key worker children tomorrow. It is unclear yet how the breakfast and after school club will operate beyond that.
- Once the above points are clarified, you will be contacted tomorrow.
If your child will be studying via blended learning (at home), below sets out a schedule which will be communicated later on later in the week, specifically by your class teacher via Dojo.
Please note, blended learning will not be fully operational until later in the week as staff, adjust and plan.
This will combine:
- A live lesson via Zoom. The lesson times of this will vary from class to class, to allow for siblings and the ages of children.
- A messages via Class Dojo, (each child has their own individual login/portfolio) which will cover foundation subjects with work sheets attached either to print off, photograph or respond online and instructions on expectations.
- Activities via Purple Mash (each child has their own individual login).
- Staff will use Zoom, Dojo, email and phone to respond to children/families, set up small group work etc.
- If you require support with I.T. please contact school as we have a limited supply of laptops that we could lend out.
- Our approaches will develop/change as we move forward and this will be on a class by class basis as, I’m sure you will understand, the approaches needed to support year 6 pupils are very different to EYFS pupils.
- All staff will be present in school as normal. This will ensure high quality, structured teaching approach for all our pupils, whether virtual or in person.
All of our individual situations will vary and each one of us will need to respond differently day by day at this unique time. Please try to keep your child engaged with their blended learning but do as much or as little is right for you, your family and your situation.
Weekly newsletters will still be published and I will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops and I receive more information.
I realise, that due to the late nature of the decision that there you will have many questions / thoughts. We will respond and reply from tomorrow when we have more information.
Please stay positive, keep safe and remember to pray.
With very best wishes
These categories are from the Government Guidance given on 31/12/2020
Vulnerable children and young people
Vulnerable children and young people include those who:
- are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
- have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
- children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
- adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
- those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
- those living in temporary accommodation
- those who are young carers
- those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
- care leavers
- others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.
Health and social care
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
- support and teaching staff
- social workers
- specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach
Key public services
- those essential to the running of the justice system
- religious staff
- charities and workers delivering key frontline services
- those responsible for the management of the deceased
- journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
- the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
- essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms-length bodies
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
- sale and delivery
- as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)
Public safety and national security
- police and support staff
- Ministry of Defence civilians
- contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
- fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
- National Crime Agency staff
- those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas
Transport and border
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
- staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
- the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
- information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
- key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
- postal services and delivery
- payments providers
- waste disposal sectors