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Latest Update ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ 30/03/2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Families,

Welcome to week two of ‘Stay at Home’ – I do hope that you are all managing to keep positive in these very unusual times; as always let’s try and take this a week at a time.

Our welfare calls to you all today have been so positive and on behalf of the Teachers I would like to say a massive thank you for your positivity and kind support of us. Our welfare calls to you all will continue through the Easter break but if you need any support of any kind then please do email via samantha.wall@redkite.school or call using the new mobile school number (07309675261).

We continue to add home learning links to our website which are well worth checking out, as is our Twitter account (@RedKiteCorby) where I try to tweet daily with a link to a resource or article that may help you out or just let you know that you are not in this alone! We are also subscribing to an online learning platform for some of our primary and secondary pupils which allows us to set and monitor curriculum work. Esther our Music Therapist will also be contacting families that she works with over the next week with the aim of providing sessions via a link and online music and songs.

Each week I will aim to set a challenge for you to photograph your child completing an activity and I will aim to add these to the website so that our children can see their friends! Any images sent we will assume that you are happy to be uploaded unless you state otherwise. Last week we had lots of lovely photos for ‘show us your home learning’. This week we are asking for ‘show us your smile’… let’s keep the school community links going everyone!

Our school staff are all busy completing reports, data and courses. We are desperate to have the school open again but we are following the government and local advice and protecting everyone in our community by remaining closed through the Easter break as we have no families with two keyworkers needing support. This will be reviewed during the holiday on a daily basis by our Senior Leadership Team with the aim that we open again as soon as we safely can. 

Current advice also remains that all parents of children in special schools, as in other settings, should be asked whether they can make arrangements at home and children with SEN should only be coming into special schools where absolutely necessary for two key worker families (one keyworker in a single parent family). Guidance does not recommend that every child with an EHC plan can or should remain in school; it is about staying safe and avoiding contracting COVID-19. Many of our children and students have underlying health conditions which means that it is necessary for these young people to be at home and I can see that as parents and carers you fully support this. Social distancing is now an essential part of the national UK strategy to slow the rate of infections and so the current guidance advises that special schools where students won’t be able to understand (or cope with) social distancing and hand washing routines should not open, or re- open unless it is safe to do so, following rigorous Risk Assessments.

Stay safe and well everyone – we are really doing our bit for Stay Home, Save Lives, and I know we all pray for this to be over quickly.

With kindest regards as always,

Donna Luck, Head Teacher

 

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