Dear Parents and Carers,

Many thanks to you all for your continued support and good wishes. I don’t think any of
us expected or indeed want to be back in the current situation. We learned a lot from
the lockdown last year and hopefully this will enable us to approach this current
situation in a slightly different way.

As a school I wrote to parents earlier this week regarding provision that could be offered
for your child in school over the next half term. Priority has been given to our most
vulnerable pupils and critical workers. However, unlike the last lockdown, we are keen
to also ensure that the wider school population can also access some face to face
teaching on a rota basis over this half term.

A number of parents/carers have chosen to keep their child at home, which the school
fully supports. The rota shared with parents this week will be reviewed on Friday 15th
January. Depending on numbers attending school, we may adapt the provision
available to pupils and be able to increase the number of days those pupils on the rota
can attend. If there are any changes to your child’s allocated days in school parents will
be informed by Friday 15th January.

The rota will be reviewed fortnightly. If you need to contact the school, the office will be open Monday – Friday 8.15am-3.30pm, otherwise please email schooloffice@st-ants.org which is monitored daily.
The staff have been working really hard to make sure there are plenty of activities/work
for pupils to access. The on-line resources are available on the Learning Zone on the
school website www.st-ants.org.

Paper based packs will also be provided for pupils regularly through this half term. Should you require any additional resources in addition to what has been provided, then please contact your child’s teacher.

I do know many parents/carers are concerned about supporting their child’s learning
whilst they are not able to attend school. Please do not become anxious about the
academic progress your child makes over the coming weeks. We need to remember
that every child is different and will respond to this situation and learning in a different
environment to their norm. Some will be able to do this and some will find it very hard.

Staff will be here when we return to school fully to ensure that all pupils have the
opportunity to continue to make the progress they are capable of and move forward
from this situation both socially and academically.

At this time the mental health of your child and family must be of paramount
importance, so please use your judgement as a parent/carer to what your child needs
during this time. Activities are there if you choose to access them.

Best wishes to all, have a lovely weekend and stay safe.

Helen Ball

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