Coronavirus / School Closure Updates

Since 23rd March, under government instruction, our school has remained open only to a priority group of children: children who have a parent who is a critical worker and vulnerable children.

From the week commencing 1st June, the government are also asking infant schools to welcome back all children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, alongside priority groups. As an infant school, under current government guidance, we will commence a phased reopening to our children in Nursery (3rd June), Reception (8th June)  and Year 1 (10th June).   Children of critical workers, and vulnerable children who are already eligible, will continue to be offered a place, regardless of the year group they are in.

The government's ambition is to bring all primary year groups back to school before the summer holidays, for a month if feasible, though this will be kept under review. Schools will only welcome back additional year groups if the most up-to-date assessment of the risk posed by the virus indicates it is appropriate to have larger numbers of children within schools. The safety of children and staff is our utmost priority.

Any setting that cannot achieve these increases at any point because:

  • there are not enough classrooms or spaces available in the setting
  • they do not have enough available teachers or staff to supervise the groups

have flexibility but must first focus on continuing to provide places for priority groups (vulnerable children and the children of critical workers). Further guidance, including the full list of critical worker jobs, can be found here.

Our wider reopening plans and procedures

   Start Date  Arrive  Home time
 Nursery  3rd June  10am  1pm
 Reception  8th June  9:45am  2:30pm
 Year 1  10th June  9:30am  2:15pm

At present, following our risk assessments, we are only able to accommodate a maximum number of children in school during our initial phase of reopening. If your child is eligible to attend school under current government guidance and you would like your child to start attending from the above dates, please contact the school on 01332 345997 or email admin@stachads.derby.sch.uk

 
Home-School Communication
We will be using the app, Class Dojo, to communicate school updates with all of our families and to share home learning tips and activities for those children not attending school. Please check your child’s Class Dojo app as regularly as possible for any updated information (once a day would be ideal).

Our School Story Page and your child's Class Page is where senior leaders and class teachers will be regularly posting updates and key information, so please keep an eye out for notifications on your phone and ‘check in’ on a regular basis.

The messaging service on the app is available during school hours only for you to share your child's home learning with their class teacher. We love to see photographs of your child's home learning and enouarge a photograph to be shared at least one a week. Please can I kindly ask that you do not use the messaging service to send any messages to teachers that are not in relation to home learning (teachers will only respond to direct messages relating to home learning). General queries, including any problems that you are having accessing the app, should be communicated to school using our normal methods of communication:

  • Telephone: 01332 345997
  • Email: admin@stchads.derby.sch.uk  
Letters to parents/carers
Although we have sent home learning packs and will continue to upload ideas to our website and Class Dojo page, there are no expectations from school about what you do or don’t do. These are very unusual and unprecedented times.
Please remember: 
  • Our children might be scared at the moment. They see and hear a lot, even when we think they don’t. 
  • Their routines and structures are disrupted. They will feel tension and anxiety from the adults around them. It is a completely new situation for us all.  
  • Children may expect the weeks ahead to feel like the summer holidays; we know that they will feel very different.  
  • They may react to all this by changing their behaviours and showing behaviours you have never seen from them before. This might be difficult for you and your family but it is natural and to be expected.  Your child just needs these feelings to be acknowledged and to be reassured that you understand that life is just that bit less predictable at the moment.
  • Under these circumstances, home learning may well add to this anxiety and stress – for them and for you. In that case, leave it. Your children need to be reassured, comforted, loved and feel secure more than they need to be learning.

So, please don’t argue and fall out about any of the learning ideas we have sent home or provided. Instead, cuddle on the sofa and watch a film. Share a book and talk about it. Bake and cook together. Paint pictures, create and make. Play board games. Look at old photos and tell stories about family members, some of whom your children have never met. Write letters to those you cannot visit at the moment. However, for some children, a learning routine may be exactly what they need. They might thrive on structure and routine. They might be bored or anxious about not learning. They might be desperate to feel connected to their school friends or teachers. They might love learning online and fly through tasks. Your child might be both of these types of children: most children are! Follow their lead and use your gut instinct. You won’t go far wrong. Don’t worry about their academic progress. All of the above will help them. Every child is in the same boat at the moment. They will all be ok. When we get back to school, after celebrating being back together again, we will pick up from where we left off and meet your child’s needs like we always do. That’s our job.

In a nutshell: use the learning resources, but we kind to yourself. Try to have fun spending time together. Your child’s emotional and mental wellbeing – and yours – is far more important than anything else. How they felt during this time will stay with them for the rest of their lives, far longer than any worksheet or online learning task. 

Parent Booklets
Home Learning EYFS (Nursery and Reception)
Home Learning KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2)
Government Guidance