A message from all of the staff at New Marske Primary School
Above is a message to all of our pupils and families at school. We are missing you all and are looking forward to the time when school will be open again. Please read the individual messages we are sending to you and your family.
As a school we are following the latest government advice that everyone should continue to avoid any non essential journeys and continue to work from home as far as practically possible. This means that school will continue to be closed until further notice, and only open for the care of vulnerable pupils and the pupils of critical and key workers.
If circumstances have changed for parents and you now feel that your children fall into this category, please contact the school via the firstname.lastname@example.org email address or on01642 486392.
E-Books about the why we have to stay inside
We have shared a few e-books with you over the past week that attempt to explain the coronavirus to children in a way that they would understand and we do hope these have been useful. Miss McLoughlin has suggest another e-book that could be used for children, as it explains why we have to stay inside.
As well as the learning activities set up by class teachers, there are a useful range of resources for families that could be used during school closure. Some of our particular favourites are:
A range of children’s audiobooks for children from EYFS to Y6. These audiobooks are free while schools are closed.
A site with recommended booklist, categorised by age, range and topic; including fiction and non fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section.
A range of maths activities, some interactive and some to be completed offline/ activities are classed by age range.
A wide range of interactive resources covering the primary science curriculum
Disney 10 minute shakeups
10 minute activities based on Disney films.
Videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum which are accessible on YouTube.
The Child Bereavement Network
Advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.
British Psychological Society
Advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about coronavirus.
Free School Meals
We are pleased that we are beginning to see some progress in getting Free School vouchers to our families. We understand that Edenred, the company organising the distribution of the vouchers, has been inundated with schools applying for vouchers and the initial backlog has now been processed. Hopefully, as we now move past this initial setup of the system, the distribution of vouchers should work much easier from here on.
On Thursday, school sent out an email to eligible parents, detailing what should done if the 16 digit code does not arrive, or there are problems with receiving the voucher. This should help if there are any initial concerns.
If parents that their personal circumstances have now changed and their children could be entitled to Free School Meals, please contact the school office, via email@example.com or on 01642 486392 where advice can be given.
In October 2020, pupils in Years 4 and 5 are due to go to Robinwood as part of our annual trip to the activity centre. Parents have been paying for this trip since January, with a further instalment due in April. We have been in touch with Robinwood to see if there are still plans to hold the trip in October and what will happen if parents or the school cancels the excursion. As soon as we hear any further information regarding the trip, will let parents know.
Community messaging from Redcar and Cleveland Borough council
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic and subsequent social distancing measures, local authorities are seeing more waste produced from households than normal. This can lead to overflowing bins and excess rubbish. Should you or one your household members be displaying any symptoms of Covid19, it is important to follow the following guidelines;
- personal waste such as used tissues, cleaning cloths and personal protective equipment such as gloves or masks should be disposed of securely in rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
- Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. When cleaning, you should use your usual household products, like detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and table tops. This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house. When placing items of rubbish in to your external bin, please wipe clean the handles of the bin to assist the refuse collectors.
- Members of the community should be reminded that the disposal of tissues, protective gloves, masks or other forms of PPE on to the ground in public or private spaces puts others at risk.
Food Bank Donations
Donations to, and stocks within, the regions food banks are currently at an all-time low and community foodbank organisers are asking for additional support from members of the public. Demand on our local foodbanks is extremely high as many parts of the community are facing increased pressures during lockdown due to the financial hardship as a result of their employment ceasing, by being furloughed or even their self-employment opportunities slowing down.
The effect of lockdown, initial food stock-piling by some and the ability to only shop once a week for bare-essentials has resulted in a large decrease in food donations. Organisations across the Cleveland area are crying out for additional support, no matter how large or small. They ask, if you are able, to buy one additional item of non-perishable food or drink on your next Supermarket shop and donate it to the Supermarket’s own foodbank drive. These essentials will find their way to local vulnerable people and families most in need.
If you can do more, please buy a bag full and do the same or drop it in safely, following social distancing measures, to your local foodbank.
- Redcar area foodbank: Craighton House, Redcar TS10, UK
- Middlesbrough area foodbank: 9-10 Wallis Rd, Middlesbrough TS6, UK
- Hartlepool Area foodbank: 28 Church Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7DH
- Stockton and Billingham Area foodbank: 16 W Precinct, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees TS23 2NL, UK
With the extension of the lockdown period, we know that school will not be open for the foreseeable future. As a school, we have no idea of when we will return, but we know that we will. When we do, all of our staff will be looking forward to seeing our pupils and supporting them to understand what we have all been through since March the 20th. We are all looking forward to getting back into school to make sure that the progress we are desperate to make in school is not another casualty of the COVID19 pandemic. Up until that point: Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.