Dear Parents,

School Closure
This evening’s announcement of a full national lockdown has come as a complete shock to all schools and given us no time to prepare. Sadly, the exceptionally short notice means that we have been unable to send children home with reading materials, differentiated SEND resources or remind children of their log in details. All of this is less than ideal and not what we would hope or expect for our families.

I can therefore only apologise that I have no option but to make the very regrettable decision to close the school completely to ALL pupils for one day, whilst we regroup and establish the demand for Key Worker provision.

When will the school reopen for Key Worker and Vulnerable pupils?
The main school (Years R-6) will reopen to KEY WORKER AND VULNERABLE FAMILIES ONLY on Wednesday 6th January.
Nursery classes; NEST, HEN AND WILD will remain open from Tuesday 5th January.

When will the school re-open fully to all pupils?
We cannot say for certain, but the Prime Minister has suggested that this lockdown will last at least until February Half Term. This means that families should prepare for remote education for the next 6 weeks.

I think I am a KEY WORKER what should I do?
You will need to complete the following questionnaire. https://forms.gle/dKSpH4WxXsdGvqFM6 IMMEDIATELY. Deadline for return – 9am Tuesday 5th January.
If you are a designated key worker, you will be sent another booking form to confirm which days you require ‘in-school’ learning. You should return this form by 11am on Tuesday 5th January. After this time – we will not be able to guarantee a space for your child.

I was offered a place as a VULNERABLE FAMILY during the first lockdown. Will this still be the case?
Almost certainly. Someone in school will be in touch to offer you sessions once we know more about the situation.

What learning should my child do on Tuesday 5th January?
All children will have access to the provision uploaded to their learning platforms on Tuesday. This will be interim provision only which will not include recorded lessons.

What learning will be accessible from Wednesday 6th January?
From Wednesday onwards, all children will have access to recorded lessons from their teachers. Governors have agreed that our ‘Remote Learning Policy’ will not provide ‘live’ lessons due to safeguarding concerns. We are fully aware that other schools are doing this. Having carried out a full risk assessment we will not be following suit.
The learning that is uploaded for Years 1 – 6 (including the independent completion of work) should amount to a full day’s work in school – dependent on the age of the child.

What sort of learning is being provided?
For core subjects (English and maths) the children will focus on retrieval practice – i.e. securing and consolidating those subjects they learnt last term. We know that retrieval practice is an important aspect of securing learning and we will use this temporary lockdown to secure these skills in the short term. Therefore, your child should be able to do everything that they are set. We will continue to review this position depending on how long the lockdown is enforced.

Does my child have to do the work set by the teachers?
Yes. Despite everyone’s best efforts, there was a significant drop in standards in children’s learning after the first lockdown. Many children are yet to fully catch up. It is essential that children complete the work set so that they can keep up with the rest of the class and with the year group priorities. Doing other seemingly ‘worthy’ activities is NOT as effective as undertaking classwork.

My child has SEND – what work should they complete?
Online learning will be differentiated and hopefully your child will find some work that they can access. However, if your child is working well below the expected standard for their age group, we will be using staff time on 5th January to pull together additional, targeted work which will be delivered to you. It is vital that you complete these interventions to enable your child to make progress in their learning. Thank you in advance for your support.

We have lost the log in details for G-Classroom. What shall we do?
Please email adminoffice@hordle.hants.sch.uk with the words PASSWORD REQUEST in the subject title and including full details of your child’s name and class in the body of the email. We will respond as soon as we are able to depending on the level of demand.

We cannot remember how to log in / use G-Classroom
We will be uploading a how to video and will send this out to all families. Please keep an eye out for a parent comms on this.

We do not have enough devices in our household to enable our children to all do remote learning at the same time. What can we do?
Please contact us on adminoffice@hordle.hants.sch.uk putting the words LOAN IT DEVICES in the subject title. We do have some devices that we can loan out to families.

Will you resume weekly welfare calls?
Yes. These were a really good way of keeping in touch with children and families. We will be in touch with further details about this.

What will happen about Free School Meals?
The Prime Minister has confirmed that there will continue to support for FSM children. We will contact affected families separately as soon as we have further information about this.

Will you be running a food bank again?
We will certainly be working again with the Lymington food bank who have done wonderful work throughout the pandemic. We will let you know whether our own foodbank provision will resume. If you wish to support the school and vulnerable families again – we continue to accept donations to our Hardship Fund. Please contact adminoffice@hordle.hants.sch.uk to find out more about how to do this.

I am deeply, deeply saddened by this evening’s decision. There is no question that children are uniquely disadvantaged by restricting access to education. I know that for many of you this will be wholly unwelcome news. Nevertheless, we must all play our part to ensure that the NHS is not overwhelmed. We will, as always, aim to be part of the solution and do everything we can for the community at large as well as looking after our wonderful school community.

Sending huge love and compassion to all of you for whom this evening’s news is a huge blow.

That storm has STILL not run out of rain, but our umbrellas are up and we’ve got our wellies on.

Together, we’ve got this.

Mrs A

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