Please see the Home Learning area on the Parents page for more information

Dear parents & carers,

This is something I never thought in all my years of teaching I would have to write and the hardest letter I have ever written. I would like to begin by saying thank you for all the support you have given us over the last few weeks. The children have been fantastic coping with exceptional circumstances. We are extremely proud of each and every one of them. This is an ever changing climate

It is clear that the government is trying to limit the spread of the Coronavirus by minimising the amount of contact between children, teachers and their families, whilst also supporting key workers in providing emergency services and enabling us to have access to food.

The guidance makes clear the following important points:

• If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

• the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

• fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

• If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

Key Groups who can attend school (as long as the school can maintain safe operating levels)

Two key groups will be able to access school provision from Monday 23rd March 2020 – Key workers (see government definition) and those children who have Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs) or who are being supported by a social worker.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educationalprovision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Please let us know by email (head@gastrells.gloucs.sch.uk) if you intend to send your child into school,giving the following information:

Child’s (children) name/s

Your name & partners (unless single parent)

Your job roles & employers

Which day/s you require

For those children who are in next week there are some important pieces of information:

School will be open from 8am – 4pm (for key workers only – 9-3pm for everyone else) but they can come when convenient

Please buzz the front door for entry and we will meet your child.

They will not be expected to attend in uniform (preferably wear something they can play in too, including a coat)

There will be lunch available to purchase (unless they are entitled to a free school meal – not universal free school meal) but this is not following the current menu, or children will need to bring a lunch

A snack will be needed

Thank you for your continued support – please do keep in touch with each other and your class teachers. It is important we try and make the best of an unusual time. Make time to share an extra cuddle with your children, read a story, play a game, put up the tent in the garden, and if possible go for a walk or jog. Try and realise how special your family and friends are, and look out for them, virtually, whenever you can.

We appreciate for year 6 this is a very emotional time, as they will miss out on all the fantastic opportunities they normally receive and had been looking forward to including their residential, leavers play and leavers party. We will, whenever this comes to an end make sure that we organise a ‘leavers party’ and assembly as we think it is important to acknowledge what a special group of children they are, and 7 years of schooling and friendship should be recognized.

Please take care of yourselves, we will be in continual contact and keep you updated as the situation progresses.

Again thank you, and take care of yourselves and your families, we hope to see you as soon as we possibly can.

Kate Merriman

Key Workers

o Health and social care – doctor, nurse, midwife, paramedic, social worker, care worker, other frontline health and social care staff (paid or volunteer), producer or distributor of medicine or personal protective equipment

o Education and childcare – teaching or nursery staff, social worker, and specialist education professional who needs to continuing working during COVID-19 crisis

o Key public services – staff in the justice system, religious staff, worker delivering key frontline services, responsible for management of the deceased, or a journalist or broadcaster providing public service broadcasting

o Local and national government – staff responsible for delivering essential public services (e.g. delivering benefits)

o Food production and delivery – staff involved in production, processing, delivery and sale of food and other key goods (e.g. hygienic and veterinary medicines)

o National security – police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian, contractor, and armed forces personnel, fire rescue service employees (and support staff), National Crime Agency staff, border security staff, prison and probation staff

o Transport – staff working to keep air, water, road, and rail transport running during the crisis (both freight and passenger)

o Financial services – essential staff in financial services (including banks, building societies, and financial market infrastructure)

o Communication – staff working network operations, field engineering, call centres, IT and data infrastructure, or 999 and 111

o Utilities – staff in the oil, gas, electricity, and water sectors (including sewerage worker), civil nuclear and chemicals, waste disposal, postal service, or payment providers

A FREE offer for Parents and Carers from resources website Twinkl

As the Coronavirus spreads, we’re aware that more schools are closing and pupils’ learning is being disrupted. Parents, carers and teachers are looking for ways to ensure the continuity of education during school closures so that no children miss out on valuable learning time.

To support you during this period, Twinkl is offering every parent and carer in your school access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge so your pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Please take a look at the Parents Hub at https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents for more helpful ideas and support

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the Coronavirus outbreak and we hope that this will go some way towards helping.

Welcome to Gastrells Primary School

Kate

Gastrells Community Primary School is a thriving primary school in the Rodborough area of Stroud. We are a friendly, welcoming school where children achieve well in all aspects of school life.

At Gastrells Primary School we believe in a ‘Flying Start to a Life of Learning’. We teach the skills, knowledge and values that children need to handle the complexity and diversity of today’s world. As the children grow, we expect that they will gain respect for themselves, for each other and for the world in which we live.

– Kate Merriman, Head Teacher

We currently have spaces in Reception and Year 2 only. Please call if you would like to come and look round.


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