Hello to all our parents and carers

As this strange time continues, I hope you are all OK out there.

It has been good to see a few pupils back in school this week, albeit under the rather strange organisation we have in place to ensure everyone is as safe as possible. We have had a few enquiries as to whether, or when, we may be able to have more children in school. At the moment, the Government advice remains that everyone, including children, are safest if they can stay at home. The measures we have in place at school also mean that we can only cater for a few children for no more than 2 days a week. We have therefore had to prioritise children who needed a place most for a wide range of reasons, including if they are children of Key Worker parents. We will however keep everything under review based on Government advice and as hopefully, the situation improves.

I am hoping that all families have continued to have some support from one of our Teachers through a phone call at least weekly.  Please let us know if this is not the case as we may have the wrong contact details for you. As we do not have enough school phones for everyone, Teachers will be phoning from their personal phones. They will then appear as “Number withheld” or similar on your phones. I know some people are nervous of responding to such calls, but please know to expect such a call and please answer it. We really would like to know how things are with you and of course, to offer any support we can. Jo, our Parent Support Advisor, also continues to work hard to keep in touch with families. She has many contacts with other agencies and can often find the right person to help for the wide range of difficulties that may be arising at this time (not necessarily school related things). The school phone (01493 720158) continues to be checked regularly, if not answered, each day, as does the office email: Office@johngrant.norfolk.sch.uk . Jan, our School Nurse, is now in school on many days, so if you have any medical queries, again please get in touch.

Annual EHCP Reviews: We have been having some enquiries as to whether people should be coming in for their child’s Annual Review, that was booked for this term. Unfortunately, we have had to suspend all Annual Reviews as we are not able to meet under the current circumstances. The Government has temporarily relaxed the rules on timescales for doing these reviews. We will continue to write and gather the reports for the reviews that are due, in preparation for the time when we are able to meet again. If however, you think there is something urgent that needs to be addressed, please do get in contact.

Free School Meals: The system that the Government set up to send out vouchers to those families entitled to Free School Meals, has of course been overrun with applications from schools. We understand the backlog of requests is now starting to clear and people should start to receive the codes they need to redeem their shopping vouchers (you need to go on line to get the actual vouchers – you cannot take the codes to the shops). For those children who are now in school 2 days a week, a hot school meal can be provided, so you will have a voucher for the 3 days your child is not in school.

Increasingly many organisations are providing access to activities for children to do at home during this time. I know our Teachers are suggesting many relevant ones to you, and I’m sure you have all seen the adverts for the BBC Bitesize activities that are now available. I have also attached the latest edition of the School Library Service Newsletter, which has ideas which may be helpful.

Please keep well and keep safe

School Library Service Newsletter can be found here

Very best wishes

Pam

Pam Ashworth

Headteacher

24.04.20.