Update 20.03.2020 (10am)
Provision for Vulnerable Children and Key Workers
The Government has updated their guidance on Key Workers. This can be viewed here:
If you think this applies to you or your partner, please contact the school as soon as possible to register for a Key Worker Provision space at St Anne's School.
There are some key principles in the guidance that we would ask all parent/carers to consider and follow:
Update: 19.03.2020 (12pm)
Plans for School Closure & Provision for Key Workers and Vulnerable Children
Dear Parents and Carers,
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for:
It would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you are one of the following;
The Prime Minister has also stated that Supermarket delivery workers and those looking after the elderly and vulnerable should be included on that list. The best way to let us know is via email email@example.com but you can also call us or let us know at the office. It is essential that you let us know no later than Friday morning. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we know if any other occupations have been added to this list.
Please contact the school and speak to Mrs Mouna/Miss Nottage by the end of the day.
We’ll be in touch with parents of those children with certain needs directly today.
The best and most efficient way we can do this is by keeping one school open as the hub school, we have not got sufficient staff to keep the two schools open. This means that any of the designated families may send their child to St. Anne’s School from Monday 23rd March if you wish. If you choose not to send your child to St. Anne’s, you must keep your child at home as Guardian Angels school will be closed to children from Monday 23rd March.
We are waiting for the government to publish more information on who they classify as key workers, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of the above categories.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is via text message and the school website.
What we need you to do
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.
If your child usually receives free school meals we will be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced. St Anne’s school will also be receiving bagels and cereals from the Magic Breakfast charity during this time of closure, we will let you know how we will be distributing these - all of this will be distributed from St. Anne’s school.
We will endeavor to keep the Breakfast Club and After School Childcare provision at St. Anne’s open for as long as possible for those designated children, but this will depend on our staffing levels. We will keep you up to date on this via text message and phone.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the email address provided above.
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
Mrs. S. Mouna
Update: 19.03.20 (10am)
Guardian Angels Distance Learning Arrangements in the Case of a School Closure
Staff have been working to put things in place so that children can continue to complete learning at home should the school have to close or pupils and families have to self-isolate. We have now made the following arrangements to support pupils and parents at home. Please note that if pupils are themselves ill they are not expected to complete learning until they are fully recovered. Should you have any questions regarding distance learning, please speak to your child’s class teacher for more information.
Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating and distributing assignments and learning tasks in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.
A simple video guide for parents on how to use Google Classroom can be viewed here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iowi-gmbys).
Each child in the school has their unique Google username and password which they will need to access the service. This should be in their home learning book. If it is not, please contact their class teacher as soon as possible or e-mail using the address below.
Teachers will set work to be completed on a weekly basis and it will appear in the Google Classroom by 9am each Monday morning. There will be a week’s worth of English, Maths, RE and/or Topic work. It will not be possible for feedback to be given on this work therefore teachers will include answers wherever possible so that it can be marked with an adult or self-marked at home.
Please note that we will only be able to do this on the basis that staff themselves do not become ill. In the case of staff sickness, then the following self-directed resources can be used.
Twinkl are offering a free service for parents. They offer a selection of printable activities for all areas of the curriculum. If you don’t have access to a printer you can use their online game area Twinkl Go! They also have a selection of original eBooks which can be viewed on their Twinkl Originals page. You may also choose to join their Book Club to receive physical books in the post every half term [fees may apply].
BBC Bitesize provides free curriculum guides and games for all areas of the curriculum.
If your child is in Year 3-6 you can access the KS2 page here
Purple Mash is an online provider of activities and study guides for pupils in KS1 and KS2. Each child at Guardian Angels has their own log in to the site. This should be in their home learning book. If it is not please contact their class teacher as soon as possible or e-mail using the address below.
NRich Maths provides a variety of maths-based problems and games for children from Reception to Year 6.
If your child is in Reception you can access the relevant activities here.
If your child is in Year 1 – 6 you can access the relevant activities here.
If the school should close, printed work packs will be sent home with the children who are not already self-isolating. We will also try to scan these packs and upload them on to the class pages of the website. Year six pupils also have their revision/study books which they should use at home. The school will set which pages to complete whilst you are away from class.
If you have any problems accessing the above then please contact the school via e-mail using the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that whilst we endeavor to respond to e-mails as soon as possible, we cannot guarantee a same-day response. We shall aim to respond in as timely a manner as possible given the current circumstances.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time.
All of the staff at Guardian Angels School
Update: 17.03.2020 (11am)
For guidance on when children, siblings and families should stay at home please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The NHS are advising that you should:
Stay at home if you have either:
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
Update: 16.03.2020 (3pm)
16th March 2020
As you’re probably aware, the government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We’re getting in touch to let you know what we’re doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.
We’d like to reassure you that at Guardian Angels we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and Tower Hamlets Local Authority.
What’s the current situation?
We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation, so please look out for messages from the school, on the website and via email (please make sure the school has up to date contact details for you).
What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff
What we need you to do
So we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote learning, if the school does need to close at some point, we are in the process of setting up an online learning platform via Google Classroom (this will go live by Wednesday lunchtime, more information to follow).
What happens if the school has to close?
We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school.
In either case, we’ll:
Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.
Please ensure that we have the correct mobile telephone number for you as text message is the easiest form of communication between the school and parents/carers.
If you have any questions
Please consult the:
It’s a tricky time and we know you’re worried about the impact this might have on our community. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs. Sheila Mouna
Executive Head Teacher