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1st June School Reopening: A Letter from The Head Teacher

Update on Proposed Reopening from 1st June: Letter from the Head Teacher

Survey: Proposed School Opening on 1st June 2020

It is very likely that you have by now heard the Prime Minister’s message about schools reopening on June 1st for children in Year 6, Year 1 and Reception. This is of course conditional on the number of new cases of Covid-19 declining and for it to be safe for children to return to school. So this is a big “IF” and it is still possible that children will not return on this date – like you we have to ‘wait and see.

 

If you haven't done so already, please complete this short survey to indicate your initial thoughts on this proposal. 

 

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6VJJ5JL

 

If you have trouble accessing the survey please e-mail pupilinfo@guardianangels.towerhamlets.sch.uk to indicate whether you would or would not plan to send your child to school should schools reopen from the 1st June, along with any questions or comments you may have relating to schools reopening.

Risk Assessment: Social Distancing during Covid-19 pandemic

As some people have reported issues opening the PDF please find a copy of the most recent letter below:

 

Monday 11th May 2020

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                  

 

It is very likely that you have by now heard the Prime Minister’s message about schools reopening on June 1st for children in Year 6, Year 1 and Reception. This is of course conditional on the number of new cases of Covid-19 declining and for it to be safe for children to return to school. So this is a big “IF” and it is still possible that children will not return on this date – like you we have to ‘wait and see.’ St Anne’s school will continue to be open for all of the children of Key Workers and vulnerable pupils of Guardian Angels School. We also have no indication of when the rest of the children may return to school.

 

We are continually looking at ways and listening to advice about the safest way to get children back to school, we want them back as soon as possible but children and staff safety has to take a priority. We are maintaining safety for those pupils who are currently attending by:

 

  • Installation of hand sanitiser dispensers in every room
  • Deep cleaning every part of the building
  • Ensuring tables and all equipment used by the children are wiped down with disinfectant after use

 

When we are in a position to welcome more pupils back to school we will, as much as possible, stagger break and lunch times as well as arrival and departure times of the children. We will also, staff numbers allowing, split the children into smaller groups so we can distance them as much as possible in the classrooms. We will also insist on very regular handwashing from both staff and children. We will let you know at a later date what we plan to do regarding parents entering the school - this is something we will be seeking advice on.  As I am sure you are aware, social distancing of children will be very difficult, but we will try our best.

 

Thank you for your patience and resilience in this very difficult time – your messages of support have been wonderful.

 

If there is anything you would like to discuss or you just want a chat, please do not hesitate to call the St Anne’s office on 020 7247 6327 – there is always someone here to take your call.

 

Take care and God bless

 

 

Mrs. S. Mouna

Response to Prime Minister's Update on Schools Reopening: Published 11th May 2020

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Healthy Lives Update from Tower Hamlets

Food Bank in E1

 

There is now a food bank operating from:

 

Ocean View Café

Harford Street Multi Centre

115 Harford St,

London

E1 4FG

  

It will be operating Thursday & Friday this week (9th & 10th April) and all of next week (starting Monday 13th April) between 11am and 2pm.

 

This is specifically for vulnerable people and frontline workers.

Free hot meals for families with school aged children over Easter

 

The following locations will be serving hot meals to take away starting on Wednesday 8 April until Friday 17 April - excluding Saturday 11 April and Easter Sunday.

 

Each location will be serving a maximum of 300 meals each to ensure social distancing etiquette can be followed.

 

Meals will be free to any family with school aged children who are struggling to afford, or find, food during the current situation. You should only take what you need for your family for one day.

 

More locations may be added soon - check this page for the latest information.

 

https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/health__social_care/health_and_medical_advice/Coronavirus/Schools/Free_school_meals.aspx

 

Monday to Friday only.

 

Brady Centre 192 Hanbury Street E1 5HU open 12noon to 2.30pm

Harford Multicentre 115 Harford Street E1 4FG open 12noon to 2.30pm

St Paul's Way 83 St Paul's Way E3 4AJ open 12noon to 2.30pm

Gayton Classroom 1 Gayton House, Chiltern Road E3 4BY 2.30pm to 4pm

Spotlight 30 Hay Currie Street E14 6GN 2.30pm to 4.30pm

 

More locations may be added soon.

Tower Hamlets Advice: 'Looking After Yourself, Looking After Your Children'

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:

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

 

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:

 

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

 

 

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:

  • the children of key workers where both parents in a family are key workers
  • the children of key workers where the parent in a single-parent family is a key worker
  • for children with certain needs including those children with EHCP plans and other Special Needs (this does not include siblings) 

 

It would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you are one of the following;

  • National Health Service
  • Armed forces
  • Teachers and childcare staff
  • Care home workers
  • Social workers
  • Police officers, community support, civilian staff
  • Prison officer or other probation staff
  • Firefighters
  • Local authority planners
  • Environmental health officers
  • Highway Agency traffic officers

 

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 admin2@guardianangels.towerhamlets.sch.uk 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

  • If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via email admin2@guardianangels.towerhamlets.sch.uk or telephone
  • Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety

 

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.

  • We have set up an online learning platform on Google Classroom. Your child’s login should be in their home learning books (it is the same log in used in class to access the Chrome Books). Please check your child’s login at home and let us know if you have any problems. More information about learning from home can be found on the ‘Parents’ and ‘News’ pages of the school website.
  • Every child has a login for Timetables Rock stars and Purple Mash – if your child cannot remember their login please contact the class teacher.
  • We are sending learning packs home with pupils who are still in school. If your child is not currently in school and you would like to pick up a pack they will be available from the school office.
  • You can contact the school via telephone or email. Children can contact their teacher during school hours – 8.30 to 4.30 Monday to Friday via the Google Classroom platform. Please be aware that if a teacher is absent through illness they will not be able to respond but if they are self-isolating and still well they will respond.

 

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.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs. S. Mouna

Executive Headteacher

Update: 19.03.2020

 

 

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

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).

 

A video guide for pupils can be viewed here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5UQ2V3nRp4).

 

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

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents

 

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

BBC Bitesize provides free curriculum guides and games for all areas of the curriculum.

 

If your child is in Year 1 or Year 2 you can access the KS1 page here (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p).

 

If your child is in Year 3-6 you can access the KS2 page here

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn).

 

Purple Mash

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/guardian-e3

 

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

https://nrich.maths.org

 

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.

(https://nrich.maths.org/early-years)

 

If your child is in Year 1 – 6 you can access the relevant activities here.

(https://nrich.maths.org/primary)

 

Printed Packs

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.

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If you have any problems accessing the above then please contact the school via e-mail using the following e-mail address: pupilinfo@guardianangels.towerhamlets.sch.uk

 

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.

 

Kind regards,

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 coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

 

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.

 

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms [this is significant for those who have siblings in the school]
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
  • If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

 

Update: 16.03.2020 (3pm)

16th March 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

                                                                          

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?

  • The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given
  • All school functions continue to run as normal – breakfast club, after school club and after school enrichment clubs will all remain open so long as we have the staff to run them
  •  Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms they should remain at home for 7 days:
    • a new, continuous cough and/or 
    • a temperature of 37.8 and above
  •  If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by calling the school office
  •  All school trips involving public transport have been postponed (including swimming lessons)

 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 

  • If a child feels ill on the school premises we will call you and ask you to take them home
  • All children and staff must wash their hands when entering the school building and at regular intervals throughout the day such as after playtime, before lunch, after lunch and before home time. Unfortunately, we have been unable to purchase any hand sanitizer so if you have some, please give it to your child to use at regular intervals throughout the day
  • Teachers are running lessons for pupils about hygiene and supporting some children in how to deal with anxiety

 

What we need you to do

  • If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via email or telephone
  • Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety
  • Come and collect your child straight away if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough)

 

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).

  • Every child has a login for Timetables Rock stars – if your child cannot remember their login they can ask their teacher. You will find your child’s logins inside their home learning book.
  • Teachers will set work via the Google Classroom site and more detailed information will be posted on the school website regarding how to access/use it in the coming days. Please check your child’s login is at home and contact your child’s class teacher if you have any problems accessing this
  • We will also send home packs of work for each child in every class

 

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:

  •      Contact you via text and post information on the school website
  •      We’ll let you know when the school will be reopened via text message and the school website

 

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:

  • School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue 
  • NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
  • Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools
  • Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead

 

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.
Yours sincerely


Mrs. Sheila Mouna
Executive Head Teacher

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