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Covid-19 PARENTAL GUIDANCE

 Dear parents

  • School grounds are now off limits to parents except if parents are collecting their child’s Work Pack. No more than two people in the Mall at once. DO NOT report to the Office.
  • Children will be escorted to the pedestrian gates for collection.
  • Stand at least 2 metres away from other parents when waiting for children to be brought out of school at home times.
  • Please leave immediately without trying to engage in conversation with staff.

If you need to email the school; do so on:

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Thank you for your co-operation! 

C McCambley

(Principal)

 

FAO 'Key Worker' Parents

Dear 'Key Worker' Parents,

As the school and my staff prepare for Monday I would like to outline some VERY important points:

  • There will be a skeleton staff on operation
  • This is a Childcare arrangement as advised by the DENI
  • Children will not be allowed any electronic devices in school
  • Children must wear school uniform
  • Children must bring a Packed Break and Lunch
  • Children must have all requisites from home (ie; the school equipment cannot be used as it would be simply impossible to 'deep clean' the toys, stationery and classroom equipment plus the actual classrooms on a daily basis)

May I emphasize that we are a 'LAST RESORT' for childcare and should only be used if absolutely necessary.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

C McCambley

(Principal)

Key Workers

Dear Parents, 

If you are an identified Key Worker as listed below, please consider the following points before sending your child to school: 

  • Only children with a parent working as a key worker on shift during school hours should consider attending school. In single parent families, the individual parents MUST be a Key Worker 

  • If possible, alternative childcare arrangements should be sought* before deciding to send your child to school. Use school as a last resort in order to limit the number of children and adults congregating together; social distancing cannot be guaranteed in a school setting 

  • If your child is attending, he / she must be wearing full school uniform (and trainers) and bring their Home Learning Pack, Break and Packed Lunch 

  • Schools are being asked to provide Child Care NB teachers WILL NOT be delivering normal teaching and learning

  • Opening times match your child's normal school day (ie Nursery 8.45am - 11.45am, P1-P3 8.45am - 2.00pm, P4-P7 8.45am - 3.00pm)

 

Remember: 

DO NOT send your child to school if: 

  • He / she is unwell 

  • Any member of your family is unwell 

  • Any member of your family is in the ‘vulnerable’ category 

 *Social distancing and good hygiene are VITAL to preventing the spread of Covid-19.  Your child is significantly safer at home than in any other setting. 

If you require the services of the school, please email me in strictest confidence  

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with the following information by 4.00pm today so we know which and how many children will be in school each day next week: 

  • Your name 

  • Which Key Worker category you and, if relevant, your partner falls in to 

  • Which day (s) your child will be in school between 23 and 27 March 2020 

 

Best wishes to all of you and your families.  

C McCambley 

Principal 

 

Key Workers  

  • Health & Social Care. This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, home carers and staff required to maintain our health and social care sector 

  • Education & Childcare. This includes, nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who will remain active during the Covid-19 response 

  • Public Safety and National Security. This includes civilians and officers in the police (including key contractors), Fire & Rescue Service, prison service and other national security roles 

  • Transport. This will include keeping air, water, road and rail transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response 

  • Utilities and Communication. This includes staff need for oil, gas, electricity and water (including sewage) and primary industry supplies, to continue during the Covid-19 response, as well as key staff in telecommunications, post and delivery services and waste disposal 

  • Food and other necessary goods. This includes those involved in food production, processing distribution and sale, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (e.g. hygiene, medical etc) 

  • Other workers essential to delivering key public services 

  • Key national and local government including those of administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response 

School Closure

Dear parents

The school has now closed. We have a further set of instructions, especially relevant, to families that are self-isolating at present.

Several of the staff have been staying late with me each evening this week since the government’s announcement that schools are to close. Therefore, we have been able to send home some work packs today (Thursday 19 March). The outstanding class work packs which are still being prepared will be available for collection from the school’s Central Mall on Monday 23 March and NOT before.

Thereafter class teachers shall continue to communicate with you using the SeeSaw App and information will continue to be placed on the school website.

In regards to the SeeSaw App, a consent form, which complies with our GDPR protocols, is available for download from the school’s Front Page News section. Simply sign the form, photograph it and email it to school using the following email address:

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If you do not have access to a printer, the forms are also available in the Central Mall. Simply sign the form and leave it in the box on the table.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your families at this most difficult time.

C McCambley

(Principal)

School Closures

Dear parents

As the government’s co-ordinated response to the Covid-19 virus continues to unravel, we wish to update you regarding the news that school’s in Northern Ireland are to close.

As of the moment (Wednesday 18 March), we wish you to know that Waringstown Primary School will open to children and staff on Thursday 19 March.

On Friday 20 March the school is closed for an Exceptional Closure. This is to enable staff to prepare a work pack for each child. Within the work pack will be guidance on how we will continue to communicate with you using the SeeSaw App. This is a direct means of communication by which we can send home activities, classwork and homework type activities.

Obviously, the work packs will have to be collected from school and with this is mind the main School Mall will be open on Monday 23 March (8.30am – 3.30pm). We ask that you simply collect the work pack from the school Central Mall, avoiding conversation with any other parents in the building at that time.

The school is being thoroughly cleaned on Monday so we ask that you DO NOT move to the classrooms or attempt to speak with staff who may be in the building. It is vital at this time that we avoid contact with other people. 

At this very difficult time, my staff and I extend very best wishes to each member of the Waringstown Primary School community.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.

C McCambley

(Principal)

Exceptional Closure - Friday 20 March

Dear parents,  

With the fast changing Government response to the spread of Covid-19 we have taken the decision to move our Exceptional Closure from Monday 20 April to this Friday. 

The Exceptional Closure will enable staff to prepare work for the imminent closure of schools in a systematic way. 

Absent children’s work 

Some children are absent from school because they or a family member are self-isolating which is in line with government advice. 

It is simply impossible for staff to send Classwork home on a daily basis! 

Those children self-isolating will be provided with the work pack when the government takes the decision to close the schools. In the meantime, please use the Educational websites available from our website. 

If the school has to close before the work packs are ready for collection, they will be available in the School Mall on clearly labelled desks as in line with our contingency plan. 

Thank you for your continued support as we seek to safeguard the whole school community! 

C McCambley 

(Principal) 

School will take an Exceptional Closure this Friday (20 March)

Dear parents, 

With the fast changing Government response to the spread of Covid-19 we have taken the decision to move our Exceptional Closure from Monday 20 April to this Friday.

This will enable staff to prepare work for the imminent closure of schools in a systematic way.

Please spread the word to other parents as this will enable families to arrange child care for Friday.

C McCambley

(Principal)

 

No extra curricular clubs

There will be NO extra curricular clubs until further notice.

As of yet we still haven't received any guidance from DENI nor the EA regarding what to expect in the coming days.

Covid-19 Update

Dear parents

As a school, we are aware of the current extremely worrying situation regarding the spread of Covid-19.

As yet, we have received no guidance from DENI nor the EA regarding a school closure. We will of course update you immediately should the decision be made by The Department of Education via our school website.

We have been adding additional hygiene measures in school and stressing the all important need for increased hand washing.

Should your child develop a fever or a persistent cough we stress that it is vital that they stay at home for the seven day isolation period.

C McCambley
(Principal)

Links to FREE Resources

School closures will no doubt come, for any parents worrying this list was put together by the home ed community.
 
FREE online education resources
 
A non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators. 
Feel free to share.
 
Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
 
BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
 
Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
 
Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
 
Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
 
Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
 
Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming
 
Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos
 
National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
 
Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
 
Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons
 
The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos
 
Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects
 
Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience
 
Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.
 
iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
 
Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
 
Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.
 
Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
 
Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.
 
Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
 
British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning
 
Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age
 
Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
 
Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!
 
Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
 
The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities 
 
Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
 
The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
 
Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games
 
DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac
Activities and quizzes
 
Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Ditch the Dark Day - Tomorrow

As part of the Sustrans Active Schools Travel programme we are holding a DITCH THE DARK DAY on FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 2020.

We are encouraging our pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to school and to wear their brightest clothing, or accessorize their clothes in a bright and creative way (hi vis vests, hats, scarfs, leg warmers, gloves etc). They may also decorate any bikes and scooters in a safe manner.

Parents are encouraged to actively travel with their children on the morning of Ditch the Dark Day.

** If you are unable to walk, scoot or cycle the whole journey from home, please consider a ‘Park n Stride’ option where you are encouraged to drive part of the journey to school, find a safe and suitable place to park up, meet friends and walk the final part of the journey (7-10 mins) – you may find this more relaxing than sitting in traffic. Our suggestions would be to park either close to the Nisa Service Station or close to the Post House Café and Trader D.**

This will be a fun day whilst highlighting the importance of being seen while travelling to school. We would ask for a small donation of £1 per pupil, which will be used by our School ‘Eco’ Council for ECO SCHOOL activities in the future.

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