Urgent School Update – Start of Spring Term

Dear parents and carers,

As you will no doubt be aware, there has been a huge amount in the media about Primary schools returning after the Christmas break. The situation is changing all the time and you may already be aware that the Prime Minister is holding a televised addressed this evening at 8:00pm. I do not have any inside information on what he is going to say, and this address may change our plans for school opening once again. However, as things currently stand, the following sets out the position at East Claydon School from Wednesday 6th January.

Whilst it has always been my intention to welcome all children back to school on Wednesday, I need to inform you that this will now not be possible. Our current staffing situation means that I must implement a move to remote learning for these classes:

  • Robins (Preschool)
  • Puffins (Reception)
  • Woodpeckers (Y3/Y4)
  • Golden Eagles (Y5/Y6)

For these children, work will be provided through Google Classroom (as was the case from March 2020) and, in the case of Reception and Pre-school, we will be using Tapestry and Class DoJo to set the work. If you have any difficulties with accessing online learning, then please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance so that we can support you over the next few days to get up and running.

I anticipate being able to provide face to face learning in school, for the following:

  • Swallows (Y1/Y2)
  • Children of critical workers from classes on remote learning
  • Vulnerable children

The definition of critical workers is as listed by the Government and you can refer to it by using this link. To summarise, you are likely to classed as a critical worker if you are employed in: health and social care; education and childcare; key public services; local and national government; food and other necessary goods; public safety and national security; transport and border; utilities; communication and financial services. It will be very important that I know as soon as possible how many children of critical workers we will be expecting on Wednesday and I ask that you use the email address: office@eastclaydon.org.uk to let me know by 11:30am on Tuesday 5th if you are sending your children in. Please include in your email:

  • the names of your children
  • your job title or role, and
  • the name of your employer.

If neither parent is considered to be a critical worker then there is no need to email in.

The office is liaising with our new hot dinner provider to find out the situation for those who have ordered them through WisePay and we anticipate being able to continue with PE sessions on a Tuesday and Wednesday. As you will appreciate, the current situation is a fast moving one and I will do my very best to give you the relevant information as swiftly as possible so that you can remain fully informed and updated. I sincerely apologise for the inconvenience that this situation may cause you and I hope that school will return to ‘normal’ as quickly as possible.

Stay safe.

Mr G Avery

Gary Avery
Headteacher