Re: Temporary School Closure
I am very sorry that my very first letter to you is to convey this news. It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Pot Kiln Primary School will be closed from Tuesday 5th January to all pupils and will re-open to children who are vulnerable or children of critical workers only on Wednesday 6th January. This will be the case until Friday 15th January when the situation around Covid will be re-considered again by leaders and the Chair of Governors.
The staff have reviewed all 3 Risk Assessments today with me. The staff and the Senior Leadership team of the school, including me, all agree that we cannot open the school safely. Many staff members have given me letters to explain why they feel unsafe in the school environment at this time. The current situation locally means that we are very mindful of protecting us all. Currently data shows that Great Cornard has an infection rate of 574.3 per 100, 0000 and Suffolk as a whole is only 347 per 100,00. This data was reported for the week ending the 28th December 2020. Obviously, as a school, we need to protect our children, their families and our staff and their families and so I fully support this decision taken today.
If you are a critical worker, you need to email or bring proof of this e.g. a name badge with your company name on and your name on, to the school on Tuesday 5th January from 9:30am until noon. Only parents/carers who have provided this proof will be allocated a place for their child/children. Please be aware that due to a severe shortage in staff, children are likely to be in Key Stage groups and so only ask for a place if you are in extreme need as children from different classes will be in one bubble together.
If you are vulnerable yourself or have a vulnerable child, please telephone the school and speak to Mrs Jestico or Mrs Lock. You can also email Mrs Lock on Mrs.Lock@potkiln.net or myself on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to borrow an iPad for remote learning, please contact Mr Stevens on email@example.com and we will arrange a safe collection time for you to pick up a device from school from 1:00pm till 3:00pm on Tuesday 5th January. Please only ask for an iPad if you really need it. You will be asked to sign an agreement on picking up the device and will be legally responsible for this whilst it is in your possession.
We will providing Remote Learning from our teachers from Wednesday 6th January until Friday 15th January. This is compulsory and we expect all children to access and complete this learning. Should you have any issues, please contact your class teachers in the first instance. There will be no paper packs provided due to the risk of infection.
There is now a Remote Learning page on the website – please take a look as it has some very helpful self-help videos which support families using Tapestry and SeeSaw.
Ash, Chestnut and Cherry Classes:
If you have not already, please sign into Tapestry for children in the Nursery (Ash Class) and Chestnut and Cherry Classes. Teaching staff will be adding specific work on this platform from Wednesday. Until Wednesday, we advise you use the following resources online:
CBeebies Go Explore & Story Apps Messy Goes to OKIDO
(phonics which follows the Letters and Sounds scheme we do in school)
Get squiggling CBeebies
All other classes:
Remote learning will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) and the following sites can be accessed to help with learning:
On Wednesday the class teachers will be using SeeSaw to guide children through their learning. If your child is in Cedar Class, Mr Pemberton is still poorly and is unable to teach at the moment. Instead Mr Hickman will be setting your work. He is an excellent supply teacher and will be
working closely with Mr Ambrose so that both Cedar and Oak Classes will have the right remote learning for their needs.
I hope you understand the reasons for the closure and continue to support us at Pot Kiln.
Headteacher of Pot Kiln Primary School
We trust you had a relaxing and peace filled Christmas break. As you are aware, primary schools are expected to open for all pupils as planned at the start of January.
Here at Pot Kiln we have an inset day on Monday January 4th for all staff, children in Reception to Year 6 will be returning on Tuesday January 5th and our nursery children will be joining us on Thursday January 7th. The staggered start times remain in place and we ask that you continue to follow social distancing when dropping and collecting your child/children and we encourage you to wear face coverings if you are not medically exempt.
We are very much aware that this is a time of anxiety and concern and we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you again all that we have put in place to ensure your child (and the staff who work with them) are as safe as possible whilst they are in the school building.
You can read our latest Risk Assessment in full here.
Mr Ambrose has also updated our PE risk assessment here.
Miss Harris has also updated our Music risk assessment.
As we begin 2021 may we wish you a happy new year and please be assured that your child’s safety remains our number one priority as we navigate these unchartered times.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming the children back next week and if you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out via a DM on twitter (@PotKilnPrimary) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.