Coronavirus Letters

We had updated our Child protection and safeguarding policy to reflect the current COVID-19 situation.
To read the policy please click on the PDF below:

A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler is available here:
https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

Online safety

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.


As from Friday 27th March Rosemellin School is closed until further notice.

If you need to contact us please email secretary@rosemellin.cornwall.sch.uk

If your child is attending the Crofty MAT ChildCare provision at Roskear school please ring:

Roskear school on 01209 714241


 

Dear Parents

Well, not our usual newsletter but, just as I am about to have a few days with my family and to take a break over some of the Easter period, I just wanted to say what a great job you are all doing.

 

I couldn't be prouder of our children, our staff and our families who have all risen to the challenge of what is in front of us. In a very short space of time we have found a way of working and supporting each other that is very different from what went before, but it works and all seems to be going okay. It's early days, but we are all doing amazingly.

 

The two week Easter holiday is fast approaching- we may have all forgotten about it because of the current crisis we are  in!- but I am letting you know that I have asked all of my staff -unless they are involved in the Hub childcare provision-to take a very well deserved break. 

 

Staff will NOT be uploading, supporting or messaging during these two weeks. They also need time with their families, with their children and time for themselves. This is also the same for myself. I would be grateful if you could respect this and feel that a well-deserved rest for all of us is the things that will re-energise us  in the weeks ahead and whatever we may have to face. 

 

Those parents who are key workers and need emergency childcare provision over the Easter holidays will be given details as soon as possible. Please be aware that this is NOT at Rosemellin but WILL be at ROSKEAR. 

 

Take care of yourselves and your children. Stay safe, stay at home and we will be back in contact on Monday 14th April.

 

Best, best wishes

Mrs Finn


 

We have lots of food boxes to give to our families with children registered as Free School Meals. They can come and pick them up from the car park at school- we have a list we are working from.

Here is the link for the key worker survey. Please complete by midday today (20th March 2020)
 

Friday 20th March 2020

Dear Parent

We contacted you yesterday to inform you of the government’s decision yesterday to close schools from Friday 20th March for the majority of pupils.

“The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why 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.”

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Final confirmation of key workers has now been received.
The Government states “If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision”:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and child care
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

Further detail within each of these categories can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Children in care, with an EHCP or a social worker are considered to be vulnerable, however there may be some degree of flexibility to manage individual circumstances.

We are ready to continue to provide child care for the children of key workers or those who are vulnerable from now on, including all holiday periods.  

As made clear, within the government guidance, we need to keep the number of children attending to a minimum and will need to prioritise those families where both parents/carers are key workers or where the sole parent is a key worker. To help us assess the level of support we need to provide, if you are a key worker please could you complete the online survey by 12 noon today.

We are doing everything possible to be open on Monday morning as usual from 8.30 a.m – 4p.m. for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils (these hours will change as the week progresses).

If we are able to offer you a child care place we will contact you to confirm arrangements, please do not bring your child to school until you have been contacted to confirm a place.

Yours sincerely

Mrs N Finn

Headteacher


 

20th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

We have been advised by Public Health England and the Department for Education that the school will close for the majority of students from today, Friday 20th March.

I am writing to you to make you aware how we intend to communicate with you and that we will do our best to support you and your children through this period. Our intention is to provide you and your child with a broad variety of learning activities to keep your child purposefully engaged during this period of time. Teachers have prepared packs for your child or made provision on Class Dojo, linking you to on- line learning links. Please, if you are unsure, contact the teachers directly via Class Dojo.

Learning

Without being presumptuous, I would encourage you to develop a week day routine with your children with regular slots , for school work, physical activity and other pastimes. Evidence shows that over a prolonged period of time a clear structure for young people has many advantages.

Learning will be reading, maths (using WhiteRose and Times Table Rock Stars and other on-line links provided for you by the teachers) as well as a variety of topic based learning activities. Each teacher will provide you with details via Class Dojo and, if you are unsure, please get in touch and we will ensure you have the necessary information to get started. Our plan is that each day teachers will communicate with you learning that you can engage with at home.

Communication and Feedback

Whilst the school is closed you can continue to communicate with us through the following means:

Class Dojo or email via secretary@rosemellin.cornwall.sch.uk and we will ensure your query is forwarded to the most relevant member of staff to deal with it.

We will continue to use the website, face book and email to communicate with you.

Free School Meals

For those students receiving free school meals, we are awaiting further information from the government regarding vouchers and should we have any additional information, will let you know as soon as we can. I am afraid, currently, this is a watch this space.

Student Wellbeing

For those students and families who may feel isolated from normal school support, where necessary, we have contacted the available services to inform them of the school closure. However, for any student and/ or family requiring support which the school could help with during this period, please contact us via Class Dojo and we will try and answer any questions. We will also be putting various links to agencies and support groups on our school website.

I would like to think that even in this unique situation, we will still be able to share positive experiences and examples of community spirit from our children and celebrate all the great things that will continue to happen.  With this in mind, I would encourage you to send any distinctive, positive and/ or kind acts to our school email address as above. Please do not be discouraged if we do not send an acknowledgement but, as time progresses it may well be that we do a weekly round -up or something. (Please don’t hold me to this, it is all a little uncertain!)

Finally, I know this is a difficult day for all of us. We are about to enter unknown territory but, I also know that we will face it with strength and the resilience I know we all have. I couldn’t be prouder of our children, of our staff and of you, our parents. Please, look after your children and yourselves. Keep healthy, well and most of all…keep smiling.

Best wishes

Mrs Finn


 

19th March 2020

 

Dear Parent / Guardian,

 

Due to the recent announcement from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson that all UK schools must close due to the spread of Coronavirus, we are writing to officially notify you of Rosemellin Primary School’s closure.

 

This is an extremely difficult situation which impacts us all, but we believe that the closure of schools is necessary to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone and prevent further spread of the virus.

The Prime Minister has advised that children should not be left with older grandparents or older relatives who may be particularly vulnerable to the Coronavirus.

Vulnerable children and children of key workers will continue to be able to come into school as normal. As soon as we know the precise criteria of ‘key workers’ and vulnerable children we will write to you again. We are awaiting a definition of ‘key worker’ and will let you know as soon as we do.

 

Our staff have been working hard behind the scenes to devise learning plans to ensure that your child still has the opportunity to continue learning at home. Information on the details of this, particular to your child’s class will be sent home on Friday.

 

If you have any questions or concerns during the closure, please communicate with us via Class Dojo.

 

As soon as we have an official date to re-open, we will communicate this with you via email and the school website.

 

Until then, we would like to offer our very best wishes and hope that anybody affected by this unprecedented virus makes a speedy recovery.

 

Yours Sincerely,

Headteacher

18th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you for your support and patience at this extremely uncertain time. The school will now be closing as from Friday 20th March and will remain closed until further notice. Plans are being put in place as regards children of essential workers and Free School Meal children but when we know more, we will obviously share.

 All teachers are currently working on home learning packs that will either have been shared with your child today, are left in the Reception area for you to pick up or will be delivered to you via a neighbour etc. I know that teachers have made individual arrangements with those families concerned.

In the first instance, teachers have prepared 1 or 2 weeks’ worth of work. Should schools be closed for a longer period, teachers will continue to work hard to ensure your child’s learning continues. Teachers will keep in contact with you via Class Dojo. However, I ask that you respect the two week Easter Break for all members of staff as school staff will be resting with their own families.

If you are not yet set up on Class Dojo please ask your child’s class teacher. As we continue to make plans, it is likely we will set a specific time for parents to contact teachers so that you will have daily contact. However, please be mindful that staff may well have their own children at home to look after as well as completing their own work related tasks. As Headteacher I will be monitoring the accounts to check that teachers do not have unreasonable demands placed upon them whilst they are also trying to juggle family commitments themselves. In the event of a teacher falling ill themselves, we will ensure a Senior Leader will engage with you on their behalf until fully recovered.

We will all need to continue to work together to protect each other and keep each other safe. There are difficult times ahead and my wish is that we all manage to stay healthy and well. Self-isolation will be challenging in a variety of ways but I hope, as long as you are well, that this period of time may be an opportunity for families to spend valuable time together to connect and enjoy family life. Who knows, the pace of life for all of us may be slowed enough for us to consider what is important and those things that really do make a difference.

Keep well, look after yourselves and should you have any concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Mrs Finn


 

18/03/2020 8pm

Rosemellin School will be closed from 3.15 pm on Friday 20th March until further notice.

 There is a great deal of detail yet to be announced relating to key workers and free school meals.

 We will keep you informed as and when we know more.


 

UPDATED Guidance 16/03/20 8pm If any member of your household has a new, persistent cough or temperature, all members of the household should remain at home for 14 days. 

16th March 2020
 

Dear Parents

 

Coronavirus – Additional measures to reduce the spread of the virus

We continue to review the information available to us, as you are aware this is a rapidly changing picture.  

Current government policy is that schools should remain open, which we will do until we are instructed otherwise by the authorities.

As a school we have a legal and a moral duty to “provide appropriate and adequate care for staff and pupils”. This is a responsibility we take very seriously and, having discussed the situation with the other Crofty Trust Headteachers and leaders, we believe we should introduce additional ways to reduce the risks of spreading the virus.

For at least the remainder of this term the measures we will be introducing with immediate effect are:

  •          Cancelling all school trips, including swimming lessons, and refund parents any monies paid in due course
  •          Avoiding large group gatherings such as assemblies
  •          Postponing any planned in school events such as parents’ evenings
  •          Reducing the number of visitors that enter the school building to an absolute minimum - at drop off in the morning we ask parents not to enter the building apart from via the office

To help us keep the school as safe as possible for everyone could you please:

  •          Keep us informed of any reasons for absence
  •          Keep your child home from school for at least 7 days if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19 (High temperature, a new persistent dry cough).
  •          Contact 111 if you have any worries about your child’s health or 999 in an emergency.

You can be assured that we will continue to monitor the children and, should any child present with symptoms during the day, we will contact you immediately to come and collect them.

We will of course be reminding the children and staff to wash their hands properly and regularly.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in supporting us through what is a uniquely challenging time for everyone.

Kind regards

Nicola Finn


 

Dear Parents


Coronavirus (COVID – 19)

I would like to assure our parents, staff and children that we are closely monitoring, and following, the latest information and advice issued by Public Health England with regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We are monitoring advice from Public Health England and the DfE daily, to stay abreast of the changing situation and we will update you accordingly.

Our school has stringent and robust systems in place to ensure that daily cleaning procedures are thorough and effective. Children's personal hygiene routines are enforced daily by school staff as an integral part of their day.

We hope that it is unlikely that we will need to close our school due to the virus. However, if a positive coronavirus case is identified from within our staff or pupils, we will seek immediate advice from Public Health England.

If there is an enforced closure of schools by Public Health England we will inform you by text and follow up letter. We also will send out notifications to the media.

Where a closure happens within a school day a text message/radio alert will be sent to all parents and no pupil will be released from our care until a parent has collected them or given the school permission for them to walk home.

During a possible period of closure your child will be provided with work to complete at home through existing online learning apps, project based learning tasks and a daily physical challenge in addition to reading, spelling and times tables work (as appropriate for age of child).

We currently use the following programmes which you child should have home access to:

 

  • Times Tables Rock Stars
  • White Rose Maths resources
  • Class Dojo
  • Literacy Planet
  • Espresso

 

CLASS DOJO will be the way teachers will communicate with you about children’s learning should an enforced closure of schools take place. Please make sure you are signed up, that you have checked whether  you are able to access these resources at home and that your child has user names and passwords which work.

Should you need help with setting up Class Dojo please ask your child’s class teacher.

 

We have added a Corona virus page to the website within the parents section of the website where you will be able to access the most up to date information, including any news regarding the reopening of the school.

If any of your family are diagnosed with the virus we need you to inform us as soon as possible.

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

Yours faithfully

 

Mrs Finn