Thank you to all the critical workers and key workers who have made the difficult decision to keep their child/children at home for the safety of pupils, staff, and the wider community.

Government guidelines state that parents who are critical workers and key workers should aim to keep children at home if they can.

If your child has a place at school and your circumstances change or you change your mind, you can withdraw your child from school to complete remote education.

If your child has been invited to attend school during this lockdown, we expect them to attend every day unless you advise us that you are withdrawing them to learn at home. If your child is unable to for any reason (for example, they are unwell), please report this as usual by calling us and leaving a clear message on the absence line. Your message must include your name, your child’s name, their class and the reason for absence.

Changes to operating arrangements in response to national lockdown (@21:15, 04.01.2021)

The Prime Minister in his announcement at 8pm this evening announced closure from tomorrow until February half term for all schools as part of a second national lockdown. Therefore Hook Junior School will be closed for ALL pupils from tomorrow, Tuesday January 5th with children accessing remote learning via Seesaw.

Children of key workers and vulnerable children only

As yet, we await formal written guidance from the DfE but children of key workers and vulnerable children will be invited to attend school from Wednesday January 6th. In order for us to plan and organise staffing for pupil numbers we politely request that if you are a key worker or a parent of a vulnerable child that you inform us if you wish for your child to attend school from Wednesday January 6th by completing a brief survey by 1pm on Tuesday January 5th, 2021. Given the rate of infection and the move to lockdown, it is entirely up to parents (key workers or of vulnerable children) to decide if you wish your child to attend school or not. Children of key workers and vulnerable children will undertake at school the same remote learning that children are undertaking at home.

In the meantime, we will be in touch with further advice as soon as we have more details from the DfE. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we act in response to Government advice and work for the children’s best interest towards a move back to remote learning.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs L Martin

Headteacher

Catch Up Premium Funding Report

Our Covid Catch Up Premium Funding Report explains how we will invest additional funding allocated by the Government to support all children who have experienced interruption to their learning as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Local Restriction Checker

To coincide with three tier restrictions coming into force on Monday 12 October 2020, the Government has published a post code checker for you to check the local tier level for any given area and explains what you can and cannot do.

Remote Learning Strategy and Remote Learning Policy

To provide continuity of education during the coronavirus pandemic, we have created a Remote Learning Strategy and a Remote Learning Policy .

These documents set out our intention for providing remote learning for pupils who are self-isolating and unable to attend school.

My child has one or more symptoms of Coronavirus. What should I do?

It is important that if your child (or anyone in their household) has any coronavirus symptoms, they must not attend school and stay at home.

You must arrange for the person with symptoms to get a test and tell us their test results.

If the test is negative and nobody else in the household is displaying symptoms, your child can return to school.

We recommend that all parents and carers read advice published by the NHS Test and Trace team and offers further advice on when to get a coronavirus test.

Staying safe when online

Children have access to a multitude of online sites and apps and understanding the potential benefit and risks associated with each can be challenging.

The Parent Zone website includes a guide to the most popular online services that your child may have access to.

NetAware.org.uk offers a similar collection of resources.

Home Learning for families who are isolating

Home Learning resources are provided for children who are isolating.

  • Home Learning resources posted daily on SeeSaw
  • Resources are only assigned to those pupils who we know are in isolation
  • When you have notified us that you are isolating, the teacher will upload work each day for your child to complete the following day
  • Work will continue to be uploaded daily until your child returns
  • Home learning is explained in more detail in a letter for year 6, year 5, year 4 and year 3.

Online Learning while in Isolation

We are providing online learning for children who are isolating. This is made available via our learning platform, SeeSaw. Spending more time at home, children may be online for longer than under normal circumstances during term time and exposed to different content and associated risks. The London Grid for Learning has produced a video aimed at parents of children in primary school to help you support your child in this respect.