Dear Parents and Carers,

The Government, yesterday, made the decision to delay the start of term for all schools in the Maidstone district.  As a result of this short notice, Monday 4th January is now an INSET day and from Tuesday 5th January we will only be open for children of Key Workers or those children classed as vulnerable and remote learning will be in place for all other children.

It is likely that the school will re-open on Monday 18th January; however, this is subject to governmental review later in January. As soon as we have any further information, we will inform all parents and guardians.

The school will remain open for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. The most recent list of jobs and professions considered to be critical workers can be found here

If you intend on using the provision and you are considered a critical worker (key worker) and have no other childcare support or your child is considered vulnerable, you will need to complete this PDF registration form and ensure that the form and relevant identification is brought to school on the first day of your child/ren accessing the provision. If your child is attending this provision they do not need to wear their school uniform. 

Home Learning Information

The expectation is that all children access their learning from home, either via Seesaw or via workpacks which will be produced as a last resort. Each day new learning will be set on Seesaw for your child to access by the class teacher. 

Your child will be able to contact the class teacher via Seesaw in the normal way if they have a question or have difficulty accessing any resources. You should be able to access Seesaw from most devices, including a smartphone (you may need to download the Seesaw Class app from either the Apple Store or Play Store). Children can produce work online (this would be more likely for KS2 children) and may be set tasks via Seesaw that they will need to hand in virtually by responding to the task set. If your child has completed something in EYFS or Key Stage 1 in a  more practical way, then a photograph can also be uploaded to share with the class teacher. Each day there will be either a live lesson or pre-recorded introduction for your child to access.

 

Attendance

Although distance learning is quite different from the normal experience that children and families have, it is very important that children engage with the learning that they are set on a daily basis.  Attendance will be monitored by the class teacher and the school will be in contact with any families who are not engaging, to offer further support or guidance. 

If you have requested a workpack because your child does not have access to a device at home, the work that they complete on a daily basis should be dated and returned to school when the school re-opens.

Contacting The School

The school email account office@mardenprimaryacademy.org.ukwill be monitored daily and we will continue to post updates via Facebook and the school website for further learning ideas. 

We understand that this situation is unknown, but we will continue to work with you to ensure the education of our pupils remains paramount. If you require any further advice or support regarding Covid-19 please use the Trust email address or contact 111. 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs L Fidock 

Principal