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Covid-19 Update

Dear Parents and Carers

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow at pace we are sure that many of you will be feeling somewhat overwhelmed as we all try to balance family life, working life and our responsibilities as a member of the wider community. We are feeling this too so please do forgive us as we find our way in all this. As a school we are genuinely keen to help as much as we can.

 

Monday will have been a strange start to the week for us all. In school we had just a few children and they have all been amazing - a calm and purposeful atmosphere ensured we have had a productive and positive week. We would like to extend our gratitude to those frontline key workers who are critical to the Covid19 response and have no other child care alternatives – we are here for you and we will do everything that we can to pull together.

 

My colleagues have also been ’stars’ - cleaning the school, delivering food vouchers, home learning packs, food hampers for those in need and getting to grips with online learning and these changes so quickly. They have been keen to contribute to a staff rota covering where needed. These are unprecedented and changing times for us all, so it is important we are flexible and supportive of each other.

Thank you to all the parents who have been supporting children in getting to grips with the ILD /Class Dojo and virtual learning. Teachers have received lots of lovely feedback and we can see that most children have engaged with their home learning this week.

 

Teachers and children have had some super interactions via the learning platforms and we look forward to staying connected over the coming weeks. Establishing routines and providing continuity for children will be very important going forward - lots of super practices have been brought to my attention, for example so many children and parents are staying active and engaging in the Joe Wicks active sessions every morning!

 

This is all new for us too so please do give us your feedback and let us know if you have any ideas to share. We’re here to help if we can.

 

Currently the demand for care over Easter is low. It is looking likely that Swindon will be pulling together to provide centralised Easter child care for those who urgently need this provision and have no other alternative. Please let us know if this is something that you will need admin@eastwichel.swindon.sch.uk

 

Care opportunities will only be provided as emergency care for shifts that are being worked and only if there is not another parent/adult at home. Children are safest at home. This is to limit the spread of the virus; protect the staff; their families and the NHS.

 

We wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for your support during this challenging time.

We are thinking of you and wish you and your families all the very best during these uncertain period.

 

Keep safe and well.

Kind regards

Yours Sincerely

 

Mrs P Phillips

Head Teacher

 

 

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