Dear Parents / Carers
I cannot believe we are now coming to the end of our second week of Mason Moor Primary School being closed due to the coronavirus epidemic. I can honestly say that I miss the children so much and the wonderful school community that we have. The school feels so quiet and empty when I go in to be with our key worker and vulnerable children.
Firstly, let me thank you for all support during this time. My staff and I have had some lovely messages of support from parents during this time. It really does mean a lot. It is wonderful to see so many children interacting with their teachers using the Google Classroom platform. The teachers have been signing in every school day between 9 am and 4 pm and are there to not only set and mark work, but also to support children with it. I know that more and more children are using this everyday. If you require any support logging in to your child’s account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The teacher's will not be setting work during the Easter holiday period, but will start again on Monday 20th April 20 if school is still not open.
Spelling Shed, Timestables Rockstrs and Bug Club
All the children should have their passwords for these. They are a great way of keeping the children learning during the holidays. The teachers have set work for the children that is appropriate to their level of learning.
Using the Bug Club login, children can also access Maths Focus and Grammar and Spelling Bug. These have been made available by Pearsons for free during school closures. Again, teachers have set work for the children on these platforms. If you need any passwords to be reset, just ask.
Free School Meal Vouchers
We have not started providing vouchers yet for free school meals as the government only released their scheme earlier this week. We have signed up to be part of this. The first vouchers should be emailed to parents of eligible children during week commencing Monday 20th April 2020. These vouchers are worth £15 per week per eligible child and can be used in all major supermarkets.
Free school meals vouchers will only be provided to the parents of children who are currently entitled to benefit based free school meals. This does not include infant universal free school meals.
If you think you qualify for free school meals as you are in receipt of benefits but are currently not on our list, please contact us on the above email and we will send you a form to complete. As soon as we have confirmation of this, we will start sending out the vouchers.
School closed to all children over the Easter Period
During the next two week (Monday 6th April - Friday 17th April 2020) Mason Moor Primary School is closed for all children. We checked that all known key worker children had alternative arrangements in place for this period before making this decision at the beginning of the week. The Local Authority offer of childcare provision was offered to those parents. If you are a key worker and need childcare over the next two weeks, please contact us on the above email address and we will signpost you to different providers.
Monday 20th April 2020 onwards
We have no information as to whether schools will be reopened on this date. As soon as we know, we will pass the information onto you. The teachers will be prepared to support your child’s learning whatever happens. If we remain closed, work will again be added daily to the Google Classroom and also to the website. We will not be printing out workbooks as parents coming in to collect these is a risk that we do not want to take. Any work the children produce can be photographed and emailed to the class teachers on the class email addresses. They check this regularly everyday so your child soon get a speedy reply.
From Monday 20th April 20, we will recommence our emergency childcare provision for key worker children. If you have not yet used this service but wish to from this date, please email email@example.com. We will then provide you with all the information you need.
From Monday 20th April 20, we will also recommence our vulnerable children provision. A member of staff from school would have been in contact with you if your child is entitled to this provision. If you have not yet used this service but have been contacted by school to say that you can, again please contact via the email address to get more information. Please do not just turn up on Monday 20th April 20 as will plan staffing based on known numbers.
I hope that answers any questions you may have, but please do ask if you have any others, we are always here to help. We will be checking emails regularly throughout these next two weeks so someone should be in touch within 48 hours.
I hope that everyone is well in all your families. Take care and keep yourselves as safe as possible. I will be in contact again soon.