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Coronavirus Letter to Parents

Useful Contacts and Emergency Assistance for Families




1st April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you are all well. I want to take this opportunity to continue to thank you for everything you are doing to support your children and also show appreciation to the vast majority of you who have been so positive and understanding during this time.

The Government has recently announced the National Voucher Scheme for children eligible for Free School Meals. Please note that this is not the same as the Infant School Meals or Eat for Free for KS2 children which have both been suspended. Schools will have been in contact with parents of children eligible for  these vouchers and will continue to contact families entitled to this benefit. Parents should check their eligbility by completing the application  on line using the following link to Newham’s website  https://www.newham.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Free-school-meals.aspx.

Your school will be informed if your child is eligible and they will then be able to provide the vouchers. If you feel that you are eligible and you have completed the online form, but have not heard anything, please contact your school.

Once you have been identified we will send information to you regarding the way in which the system works and what you will need to access the vouchers and where they can be used. We will also happily help make sure you can access this.

In the meantime, if you need non-medical support  or are struggling to get out to get shopping due to family self isolation please contact the Trust’s Helpline on  07944 224 266, Monday to Friday 10am-3pm.  School staff will be on hand to signpost parents to external services and offer help where possible using our volunteers.  

 

Best wishes,

Paul Harris

CEO

The Tapscott Learning Trust


27th  March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have made it to the end of our first week in these extremely difficult circumstances.  However, I have been humbled by the wonderful messages of support that our schools have received and also by the collective feeling that ‘we are all in this together’.

I would like to take this opportunity of saying a huge thank you to our staff who have put themselves at the front of helping our communities and I’m extremely happy to see that school and trust staff are now being recognised as national heroes in the media.

Getting online and learning from home can be difficult.  If you are finding it hard to access online learning, please focus on reading for at least 30 minutes a day and practising times tables with your children.  The schools will not be sending any more home learning until after what would have been the Easter holidays but there are lots of resources available on the website

Our volunteer group has been set up and is being co-ordinated by Mr. Mansfield. If you would like to volunteer please email us at info@ttlt.academy, letting us have your name, telephone number and a brief idea of tasks that you are happy to do such as picking up and delivering shopping/collecting prescriptions etc.

In the meantime, if you need non-medical support please contact the Trust’s Helpline on  07944 224 266, Monday to Friday 10am-3pm.  School staff will be on hand to signpost parents to external services and offer help where possible.

At North Beckton, plans are underway to support the Beckton and Royal Docks community distribution hub and we are extremely proud to be able to support our local community in this way. Please remember that you are welcome to contact us on the school number: 0207 473 3344 or on info@northbeckton.newham.sch.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

Please take time this weekend to rest if you possibly can; we will get through this together.

 

Best wishes,

Paul Harris

CEO

The Tapscott Learning Trust




24th  March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you  for your support at this unprecedented time for the whole country.

Following yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister, it is essential that only the children of key workers and those with SEN funding/a Social Worker are brought into school during this period.  This is to ensure that we are doing our best to limit the spread of the virus to famiies and staff.

For those of you entitled to Free School Meals, please note that we are still waiting for the council to advise all schools of their plans.  As soon as we are advised, we will be passing on this information to you.  If you are running very low on food, please do contact your schools and we will try to help in any way we can.

In the meantime, if you need support, please contact the Trust’s Helpline on  07944 224 266, Monday to Friday 10am-3pm.  School staff will be on hand to signpost parents to external services and offer help where possible.

At North Beckton, please also be reminded that we are answering our school telephone everyday between 8.30am – 3.30pm (0207 473 3344) and we are also answering any queries sent through to info@northbeckton.newham.sch.uk. If you are yet to pick up the ‘home learning pack’ for your child, these are available from the school office.

Together we will get through this very difficult time.

Best wishes,

 

Paul Harris

CEO

The Tapscott Learning Trust





18th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Daily Update 6pm 18/03/2020

You may already have heard the announcement from the Prime Minister this evening about the government’s intention to close all schools at the end of the day on Friday 20th March for all pupils with the exception of those children of key workers and also the most vulnerable.   Please be aware that our schools received this information at the same time as everyone else and therefore were not  pre-warned of this new measure.

The government also announced that they are putting in place arrangements for children entitled to free school meals.

Over the next few days we will be working with the authorities to understand the full impact of these decisions and will then be able to give you more information.

We understand that this is a very worrying development for everyone. In terms of any further information please ensure that you regularly check your school’s information system and website for our daily updates. 

Please be aware that our schools are working to ensure that all pupils will receive a  home education learning pack which will be given out by Friday at the very latest.  We are also making arrangements to distribute these to anyone self-isolating.  Each school will be making their own arrangements for these.

In the meantime please ensure that you look after yourselves and continue to follow the advice of Public Health England https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.

Best Wishes,


Paul Harris

CEO

The Tapscott Learning Trust

 




18th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Daily Update 2pm 18/03/2020

Thank you again for your continued support.  Advice from Central Government is unchanged and our schools continue to remain open but if this changes today we will update you after 6pm.

As outlined yesterday, if you have decided to self-isolate your family we will be authorising this absence and parents will not be subjected to fines. 

Can I also remind you that parents are not to come into school buildings at this time to ensure that we limit contact and that all school visits have been cancelled at least until the Easter Holidays.

As public servants, our staff remain duty bound to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our communities are supported in this time of need.  The Trust is therefore putting together a list of parents volunteers that would be willing to help other members of the community during these unprecedented tubulant times with offers to:

  • Shop for anyone that needs to self-isolate
  • Collect prescriptions
  • Check on elderly neighbours
  • Deliver food parcels

If you are willing to volunteer your help in the event of closure please email info@ttlt.academy with the following details:-

  • Your Name
  • Your childs name
  • Childs school
  • Your telephone number
  • The area that you live in
  • If relevant, any area of expertise that you have

Over coming days we will be advising of additional support including setting up a hotline for non medical issues to offer advice and signpost parents to external services. We would also welcome any ideas that you may have that would support the community.  We will update you on these plans once we have a database of parents that are willing to help.

Finally, please keep safe

Best Wishes,


Paul Harris

CEO

The Tapscott Learning Trust



17th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Daily Update 2pm 17/03/2020

I would like firstly to thank you for your continued support.  As promised, as a Trust and group of schools we  are continuing to follow the directive of Central Government, which at the moment is for all schools to remain open.  We will continue to update parents to give precise and clear guidance daily at 2pm as agreed and will also provide more information on school information systems and websites should the Government give another late in the day briefing, as happened yesterday.

Last night’s advice from the government stated that should someone from your home have symptons of the virus, the household must self isolate for 14 days. Up to date advice can be found from Public Health England at  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england.  If you are feeling unwell or have a concern about an underlying health issue we ask that you contact 111 for their advice.

If, as a family, you make the decision to self-isolate, please advise your school immediately and continue to give daily updates so that we can ensure everyone’s wellbeing.

Please note that we are also asking parents not to come into the school buildings to ensure that we limit contact as much as possible in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.   All school visits have also been cancelled up until the Easter holidays.

Please continue to report all absences via the StudyBug App with a clear explaination as to why your child is off school.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Yours sincerely,


Paul Harris

CEO

The Tapscott Learning Trust




 16th March 2020

5pm Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for your support in this ever changing situation.  As promised, we are updating you daily on where we are as  a group of schools.  We are continuing to follow the advice from Public Health  England and should anything change we will inform you through your school’s information system  and it is therefore really important that if you haven’t already signed up to this that you do so immediately. Please speak to your school’s office for more information.  

We will also be updating our website daily at www.ttlt.academy.

We ask that all parents keep in contact with their school in the event of your child presenting with a high temperature and/or a persistent cough as you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. In this event, please report this to your school and be aware that any child with these symptoms will not be allowed back into the setting until after the 14th  day. Any other sickness should be reported as normal, however, children being kept away from school with no personal or family symptoms they  will be marked as an unauthorised absence, however, this does not mean that parents will be fined. 

It has been announced that new measures are coming into force and therefore we are changing all school responses to be now be the same in regards to the following advice:-

  • Family isolation – if you have any member of the family whom has a fever and/or persistent cough all the family is now to self isolate for 14 days – please do not send brothers or sisters to school.
  • All Educational Visits have been cancelled.
  • To support social distancing, all parental meetings and presentations will be rearranged such as assemblies, special days and meetings.
  • We would ask that parents collect children from the exits and are requesting that they do not enter the building.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Yours sincerely,


Paul Harris

CEO

The Tapscott Learning Trust







16th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for your support in these ever changing situation.  As promised, we will update you daily on where we are as  a group of schools. We are continuing to follow the advice from Public Health  England https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  and should anything change we will inform you through your schools information system  and it is therefore really important that if you haven’t already signed up to this that you do so immediately. Please speak to your school’s office for more information.   We will also be updating our website daily at www.ttlt.academy .

We ask that all parents keep in contact with their school in the event of your child presenting with a high temperature and/or a persistent cough as you will need to self-isolate for seven days. In this event, please report this to your school and be aware that any child with these symptoms will not be allowed back into the setting until after the seventh day. Any other sickness should be reported as normal, however, children being kept away from school with no symptoms will be marked as an unauthorised absence, however, this does not mean that parents will be fined. 

Schools will continue to remain open but each school will be making its own arrangements regarding its daily organisationas per below.

North Beckton

  • As per Friday’s newsletter, we have cancelled our Parents’ Evenings and our What We Are Learning Afternoon at the end of this term. These will both be re-arranged for later in the year.
  • Mrs Girzarde has sent a letter to our EYFS parents today explaining that we will be re-arranging our Mothers’ Day events and Achievement Assemblies for later in the year.
  • Ms Kurup has sent a letter to our Year 4 parents today detailing about the prosponement of our Year 4 residential until later in the year.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

 

Yours sincerely,


Paul Harris

CEO

The Tapscott Learning Trust






13th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you are all well.

I understand that there is a wide range of information being presented to parents regarding the current situation with Covid19 (Coronavirus). I am therefore writing to you in order to offer a calm and considered approach to what we, as a Trust and its schools’, have planned during this time of uncertainty.

We intend to do everything in our power to remain open for as long as possible and to continue to offer our sevices to our children and families for as long as we are permitted.  However, we will be following the advice of Public Health England and the Government as the safety, security and health of the children and their families is of the highest importance.  It is therefore vital that you now follow the new advice regarding self isolation and personal hygiene - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Due to this new advice, if your child is presenting with a high temperature and/or a persistent cough you will need to self-isolate for seven days. In this event, please report this to your school and be aware that any child with these symptoms will not be allowed back into the setting until after the seventh day. Any other sickness should be reported as normal, however, children being kept away from school with no symptoms will be marked as an unauthorised absence.

There maybe some changes over the next few weeks regarding educational visits and extended school activities and you will be informed by your individual school in a timely manner if there are any changes to the programme.   

To help prepare for any further information being released we ask that you download the school’s information system Studybugs as a matter of urgency. Please also be aware that each school will be updating their websites with news on a daily basis as of Monday 16th March 2020.  

In the event of the Government declaring a  closure of all schools, we will have no choice but to comply and we are currently organising plans to provide pupils with home learning opportunities linked to the curriculum. Information on how to access these materials will follow, should the need arise.

If you have trouble understanding this letter please also speak to a member of staff so they may help you to understand the contents.

Thank you for your understanding in these uncertain times and remember to try not to panic, follow the hygiene guidelines and keep open the lines of communication with us, especially when reporting symptoms that your child may be experiencing  so that we continue ‘working together, achieving for all’.

 

Best Wishes,

 

Paul Harris

CEO

The Tapscott Learning Trust